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  • Local Unit & Position Description

    In our segment Maritime Advisory in Hamburg we support our customers in understanding complex machinery systems, optimizing plants and engineering the best solution for dedicated tasks. To do so DNV GL simulates the thermodynamic-physical behaviour of energetical plants of an entire city squeezed into a small system fitting on board a complex floating system like cruise passenger ships or drilling rigs.


    Climate change and need to minimize environmental footprint in a competitive economic environment requires also this industry sector to tackle new challenges. For supporting customers in the field of innovative and modern layouts of ship energetical systems, DNV GL evaluates options and benefits form integration of different battery technologies in complex piston engine or turbine plants.


    In this context DNV GL maritime advisory offers an internship followed by a Master (Bachelor) Thesis focussing on following questions and tasks:

    • Identification of the most promising electrochemical storage technology from known systems and such under development
    • Understanding of the main electrochemical and thermodynamic phenomena of the best suiting battery technology and implementing this in an empirical / mathematical simulation model
    • Implementing dynamic behaviour of the battery system like charging time and lifetime degradation
    • Evaluating the dynamic interaction of batteries with engines (piston, turbine, fuel cell) in a transient plant operation including charging operation in ports

    Following tasks can be addressed depending on personal interest and remaining time:

    • Sketching proposals for a possible plant layout and techno-economical evaluation of the selected version
    • High level economic analyses and lifecycle assessment of the selected layout

    Position Qualifications

    If you are interest in these tasks you should have following skills:

    • Fascination for and good understanding of energetical systems as well as thermodynamics, physics and a bit of chemistry as well. Thereby no maritime background/knowledge is required as the focus lays on the power plant of the ship
    • Ability to abstract and mathematically formulate the physical behaviour of energetical systems
    • Basic understanding of programming and a bit of patience/resilience when it comes to fixing tricky problems
    • Eagerness to understand systems and to dive deep into details while not losing the overview as well as a high degree of autonomy
    • Fun at work in a young and motivated team
    • Good English skills (thesis to be written in English, office communication 50% German 50% English)
    • Willingness to relocate to Hamburg for the time of the Thesis


    DNV GL monetarily supports its students and supports them intensively while writing the final thesis.


    Company & Business Area Description

    Driven by our purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, DNV GL enables organizations to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. We provide classification, technical assurance, software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas and energy industries. We also provide certification services to customers across a wide range of industries. Operating in more than 100 countries, our experts are dedicated to helping our customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.

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