Water Power Technoeconomic Engineer/Analyst II
CO - Boulder
Hours Per Week
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is seeking a self-motivated and independent junior to mid-level Water Power Technology Engineer to begin by January 1, 2020. This cross-cutting engineering position has significant growth opportunities in the areas of technical cost modeling, innovation impact assessment, early market assessment, and system level design. The successful candidate will support and collaborate with senior engineers and analysts in carrying out work that evaluates technologies that span Marine Energy and Hydropower in the following areas:
(1) developing technology and innovation cost models to evaluate current costs as well as explore future cost reduction opportunities across the full range of potentially viable resource and site conditions;
(2) Using engineering principles, develop technical models and system designs to predict subcomponent performance and cost drivers for a variety of different technologies including ocean energy systems (Wave, Tidal, Ocean Current) and hydropower;
(3) working with internal and external partners to collect primary data and to populate and inform techno-economic models;
(4) utilizing techno-economic models to support the evaluation of R&D opportunities, technology advancement, and market opportunities across a range of potential market and policy scenarios;
(5) developing cost models to predict the impact of next generation manufacturing techniques on system and component level costs; and
(6) work directly with the DOE Water Power Technology Office to develop metrics for early stage technology evaluation.
Synthesis of quantitative results to provide insights in to potential future technology research and development opportunities is expected as well as preparation of briefing materials, technical white papers, technical reports, journal articles, and conference presentations.
Specific job duties are expected to include:
Design of marine energy systems and develop system performance models for economic feasibility assessment;
Data collection and literature review to capture relevant technology, materials, manufacturing and supply chain trends and identify innovation opportunities.
Support for the development of analytical methods and models to characterize current and future technology costs, under varied technology development and deployment scenarios
Support the integration of Marine Energy andHydropower resource data and analysiswith consideration of technology evolution to quantify the impacts of new technology across the national water and wind power resource.
Application of quantitative and qualitative research methods to determine the opportunity or value of technology innovation for Marine Energy andHydropower and their associated sub-components to identify key variables and sensitivities.
Evaluation of potential market drivers for next generation pumped storage hydropower technologies.
Evaluation of early adopter markets for marine energy technologies.
Evaluation of next generation manufacturing techniques for Marine Energy and Hydropower technologies.
Writing and publishing research results in technical reports, journals/conference proceedings.
Presentation of work at conferences, symposia, and review meetings
Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field.
Or, Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field and 2 or more years of related experience.
Additional Required Qualifications
The ideal candidate would possess at least some of the following preferred qualifications:
Very good technical writing skills
Works well independently and on teams
Prior knowledge or experience in the following:
Marine Energy Technology (Wave, Tidal, Ocean Current)
River Current Technology
Hydropower and Pumped Storage Hydropower Technologies
Electric machine design and analysis
Hydraulic System Design
Offshore system design and analysis (i.e. Oil and Gas, Offshore wind, Marine Research, etc.)
Finite Element Analysis using commercial codes (e.g. Ansys or SolidWorks Simulation)
Experience coding in Matlab/Simulink, Python, or other scripting languages
Experience using techno-economic models such as the NREL System Advisor Model (SAM)
Writing technical reports or journal articles for publication
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