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    Young CIGRE team day: Off-shore wind

    Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to attend the Team day of Young CIGRE NL at Roosendaal. Young CIGRE is an organization for Young Professional Engineers which supports its members in development of knowledge, value and contacts in the energy sector. The topic of the day was Off-shore wind.

    “We’re all hypocrites. Why? Hypocrisy is the natural state of the human mind”  – Robert Kurzban
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    Not in my back yard syndrome :p

    We all want clean energy through renewables, but due to various constraints, we actually do not want it. *confusing much?*. Wind energy farms are a perfect example for this.
    A syndrome known as NIMBY (which encapsulates the environmental concerns, shades and reflections from the energy plants ,worries about property values, suspicion of outside developers, permit issues and many more) is on the rise and has forced the energy investment into the off-shore sector.
    *BOOM*
    The raise of off-shore wind farms‘.
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    Off shore wind farms in UK

    There seems to be an ‘off shore wind farm invasion in the north sea’ :p
    Although, the sharp developments in the north sea needs to be applauded (after all, cleaner and cheaper energy is what we all desire, isn’t it?) . An artificial north sea island is being developed as you read this. This island would act as an interconnector to distribute the power among the surrounding countries.
    Wind turbines generate alternating current (AC), which has to be transformed into direct current (DC) to minimize energy loss during transport. By executing the transformation into direct current onshore, or on an island, the process is cheaper than when done offshore.
    An artificial island (artist's impression pictured) with an airstrip and harbour could be built in the North Sea to help power Europe by 2050. Energinet, the Danish state-owned energy operator, said it hoped that the offshore power plant would be completed by 2050

    Artificial island :O

    So, back to the young CIGRE team day, we had series of presentations by the professionals from various companies working on off shore wind.
    • The event kicked off with “offshore wind in the Netherlands” by Eeke Mast, Renewables Advisory DNV GL : covered topics related to cost reduction, further innovations and a note on offshore supergrids.
    How are these wind farms insured? Just a random thought!
    • There was a presentation by Bart Leijssen from Sompo Canopius(Japan-dutch based insurance company). This session emphasized on submarine cable losses and how the insurance companies deal with it.
    Crucial feasibility studies need to be carried before implementing new concepts.
    • Future Offshore Grid Connections via Long HVAC Cables: Impact Study to the 400-kV Dutch Transmission System was the next presentation by Konstantinos from DNV GL.

    High penetration of wind energy into the grid means high penetration of asynchronous generation.

    • Eoin Sweeney explained the challenges faced due to these asynchronous generation in Ireland. Stressed on control activities and ancillary services, incentives to power plants for better development of the grid.

    What goes into a construction of wind farms, what are the procedures to be followed, the challenges faced by TenneT

    • Aravaind Srinivasan from TenneT TSO B.V shared his experiences and the challenges that go into the development of these off-shore wind farms. The development of platforms, the converter stations and the permit issues were all discussed during the presentation.

    So, how do the DSOs (distribution companies) deal with renewables?

    • Peter van der Sluij from Alliander ended the presentation marathon with mind boggling question, Solar Vs wind : the future energy competition. Which of the two is more desirable w.r.t a distribution company? which is efficient? more advantageous? …. it’s like AC Vs DC all over again :p

    Presentation Marathon

    After the presentation, it was time to meet the people of young CIGRE NL and also participate in the indoor skydiving event.

    Indoor skydiving, Roosendaal

    Time to fly :p

    Young Cigre NL

    CIGRE: Conseil International des Grands Réseaux Électriques(International Council On Large Electric Systems)

    More about CIGRE: Young CIGRE NL

    More about the artificial island: North sea island TenneT

    The bluish glow! – A visit to the Delft reactor!!

    The US president Dwight Eisenhower made a speech to the United Nations known as ‘Atoms for Peace’ in the year 1953. The speech empasized on US support for its allies to use nuclear technology for “peaceful” applications. A nuclear reactor was used as a publicity tool to promote this agenda. This reactor travelled all around the allied countries and finally landed at schiphol in the Netherlands. After featuring at an exhibition at Schiphol entitled ‘The Atom’, the reactor was finally moved to Delft University of Technology in the year 1963.  

    Wow, that is some fascinating history isn’t it?
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    Reactor situated inside the TU Delft campus.

    The world is moving towards the renewable energy, which means there is a drastic shut down of conventional power plants like the nuclear plants. The classic example for this is Germany. Nuclear power produces nearly 20% of Germany’s energy, but in 2011 (after Fukushima incident) the German government vowed to shut down its nuclear capability within 10 years. Not just that, but to replace it with renewable energy, cut greenhouse-gas emissions by 40% by 2020 and 80% by 2050, they also want to ensure that renewables contribute 80% of Germany’s energy by 2050. Well, the Netherlands seems to have embraced this idea long back, although the nation depends on coal for its major power productions, its progress in the renewables domain seems to be exceptional. Dutch electric trains have become 100% powered by wind energy.

    So, does this mean it is the end of nuclear energy? what does the deflt reactor do, does it have any application? is it in use? does it generate power? It is inside the campus, what if there is a meltdown? 

    At the same time,  not all universities have its own reactor:p

    These were the few questions that popped up before the visit to the reactor. The student visits to the reactor is very limited due the security reasons. The visit was organized by EUROAVIA, it is the European Association of Aerospace Students at TU Delft. Usually, there is a limit to the no. of students that are permitted inside the reactor(around 20). The spots usually fill up quite quickly and most of the students appear to be on the waiting list. I registered in 2016 and was on the waiting list, which brought down my chances to visit the reactor, eventually I din’t make the list. I attempted to give it try again in 2017, was lucky enough to confirm a spot :p

    This particular event is highly recommended and hugely popular among the TUD students, but, it is organized only once in an academic year. 

    So, around 20 students gathered in front of the reactor at 12:30 sharp. After a quick security check and collection of visitor badges, we entered the site for a presentation.

    Presentation and Instructions!

    Presentation and Instructions!

    Once there, we were introduced to the history, the working and the applications of the reactor plant. After which we were given instructions about the reactor core visit. We were divided into two groups and the visit officially began. Not before each group got its own Geiger-Mueller (GM) tube, or a radition detector. (Safety first guys!!)

    Reactor Core

    It is an open pool-type research reactor, using MTR-fuel assemblies and low-enriched Uranium-235  as fuel. Well, they don’t produce electricity, but the radiations that are emitted are used for wide range of studies including quick battery chargers, nanocarriers for cancer therapy and material sciences.  Therefore, the risk of the meltdown is very insignificant as the reactor doesn’t produce electricity and a mechanism is also put in place to easily dispose the source without causing a catastrophe. This experience of getting close the reactor core is quiet something (trust me on this!!), most of us were in awe and few of us were lost within the atom, nucleus , matter and the radiation. The bluish emission around the core is due to the particles flowing through the medium of coolant (distilled water). Queries regarding the matter and Anti matter were also raised. Amongst these serious discussions, wild references to the Avengers were also made, HAHA :p

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    Anti matter, annihilation and Infinity stones :p

    We completed the tour in 2hours. At the end of the tour, everyone were scanned for radiation before leaving the core premises. Finally, some warm chocolate was served while having some last minute discussion with the scientists before we dispersed from the site.

    Overall, I would highly recommend this visit, it is informative and quite an experience, well, you can’t get so close to the reactor core anywhere else, can you?? 

    more about Euroavia: EUROAVIA

    more about Reactor Institute Delft (RID) : Reactor Delft

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘Effe Lekker Schaatsen’ (ELS)

    “Ice skating is not just a sport in the Netherlands. It is part of the local history, art and culture.”

    I Amsterdam 🙂

    Winters in the Netherlands is sort of a perfect Sine wave. The good and the bad cancel each other out to give that fantastic balance in life. The longer nights, traffic disruptions and the cold never deters the Dutch from going about their normal buisness during the winters. The most intersesting part of the Dutch winters is the Ice skating. You will notice that the social life and family ties in Holland will truly come alive during this season. Everyone from a young to the old are seen in the ice skating tracks, it’s a pure metaphor for pure fun and freedom.

    More Pictures : My ELS experience 🙂

    At TU Delft, you can join  ‘Effe Lekker Schaatsen’ (ELS) to experience ice, skating and much more!! A rough translation means, “Just go for some nice skating”. It is an speed ice skating club in Delft. It consists of over 150 memebers, mostly consisting Dutch students.

    During one of those conversation with the members about Ice skating, I was told that it is very normal for all the Dutchies to learn skating during their childhood, but only few pursue it very seriously to reach some level of professionalism in the sport. ELS also offers the opportunity to participate in marathon skating competitions. In the off-season period, ELS organizes other endurance sports activities such as cycling, in-line skating and marathon running. The number of enthousiastic international students who become facinated by this typical Dutch sport is on the rise and if you are a student in Delft, you should definitely try ELS.

    Ice skating @Maastricht

    Ice skating @Maastricht

    More Pictures : My ELS experience 🙂

    Whether you are a newbie to ice speed skating or an advanced skater, you’ll fit in at ELS. It is true atleast in my case :p, It was actually my first time with the skates and trust me, this sport really needs some serious skills, for me it was mostly trying to find balance and try to improve the speed without falling. My personal advice is to fall on the ice during your first session, it sort of gives you a confidence booster 🙂 It is okay to fall, that is how you will learn this sport.  There are trainings provided in different levels. The ice skating activities are mostly active from October till the end of March. The training sessions take place at the ice rink ‘De Uithof’ in the Hague.

    The gang usually gathers every friday evening at 7pm in Delft and bikes to Hague for practice. I must be honest and confess that i love biking in the Netherlands. There is something about biking in groups, you can only realize it when you experience it :p . Usually, the practice ends at around 9pm, after which the gang holds a meeting over some hot chocolade. Finally, around 9:30pm everyone disperses and we bike back to Delft in groups.

    For more information on the club and its activities, visit: https://effelekkerschaatsen.com/english/

    Also, This would be my last blog for 2016, Happy new year 2017 everyone!! See you next year 🙂

    “Gelukkig nieuwjaar”

    More Pictures : My ELS experience 🙂

    A necessary evil !

    “Something that is undesirable but must be accepted”

    Power system with Sinusoidal analysis is a well-known and well-understood concept. In the last few decades, there seems to be a sudden rise in renewable intergration to the power grid. This has lead to increase in non-sinusoidal waveforms, which has great impact on the power system.

    The amount of power transfer in the system is a measure of power factor. Power factor is the ratio between the active power consumed to the apparent power. The remaining part of the power is called the “Reactive power”. The measurements of apparent power(kVA) and non-active power (kVAr) might contain errors when voltage waveforms are distorted.

    Now, what is this necessary evil?………”Reactive power“?

    What is reactive power?

    You would have seen examples of beer illustration, where the foam part is reactive power part and the consumable part is the active power part.
    Let’s understand using another analogy.

    Suppose, you are at a very crowded bar with only one bartender/waiter. You order your favorite brewed beer. Now face it, your beer doesn’t come alone, it comes with a glass mug (Reactive power). You consume your beer (Active power) and return the mug to the waiter. To supply this beer from the brewing station to your table, we need the waiter (Transmission line). The waiter’s duty is to supply beer to the customers, he needs to carry as many glass mugs as possible. This is best made possible, when the weight of the mugs are decreased. If the weight is increased, the contraints on him also increases (Burdening of transmission lines).

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    In AC circuit, most of the loads need magnetic field (eg: motor) or electric field (eg: capacitor). For performing some useful work, we have to supply power along with the field. The reactive power will provide the necessary background (ie magnetic and electric field) to do work. We can describe reactive power as a security-gaurd who continuously keeps check on the magnetic and electric fields.
    So far so good?……LOL.  The above is a fantastic analogy for Sinusoidal systems.
    With the integration of more and more renewables (more non-sinusoids), an attempt to show the importance of reactive power as also increased.
    In one of the lunch lectures of ETV, I had an opportunity to meet Dr. Gerald Kaiser. During the lecture, I was introduced to Complex time (active and reactive time), time varying complex power and a new form of power balance law.
    Overall the topic was way too complex for me to grasp in my first attempt. Although, I still remember few examples, like ‘catching the bus’: An example for complex time –  Imagine that you have to catch a bus that is accelerating ‘a’ meters per second sq.  The distance between you and the bus is ‘d’ meters and you are running at a top speed of ‘v’ meters per second.  The distance you travel by running is ‘vt’ meters,  while at the same moment the bus is moving at meters.  Let’s assume that the moment you would catch the bus is t=T.  This means that a.T^2/2 = v.T- d,  which has T= v/a±j √ (2ad-v^2)/a as solution.  Now,  this time becomes complex when you do not catch the bus as the transition between catching the bus or not is represented by the condition 2ad-v^2=0.  Again,  all though complex time seems rather artificial,  missing a bus might have negative consequences in the real world (missing out on your final exam for instance 🙁 Something similar applies to reactive power.  It is stemming from the rate of change of a reactive energy x to a reactive (imaginary)  time,  which in the real world gives rise to an increase in conduction losses in the process of transferring energy from a source to load. – What the VAr? Maxwell (May 2016).
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    What is real time? Does 08:30 actually exist? How do you understand reactive time? Complex time? “We often seem to be on edge with Imaginary time.”  I know, I know…All this is just too much, yea…. well, it’s all complex!!
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    All you need to do is, ask!!

    Image result for Hogwarts will give you what you askRemember that famous dialogue from the Harry Potter movie?

    This post is dedicated to all the students who hit rock bottom due to all the stress during their study and rose up again with a lot of struggle to achieve their life goals.

    I personally feel it is quite challenging to study abroad (one needs to be brave enough :p ) away from family, home and your loved ones! One often needs to cope up with the pressure in the academia like meeting deadlines, assignment completion etc. In addition to this, few internationals should also deal with the education loan. There is immense pressure on these students to perform well and also finish their course in time (One needs to pay extra tuition fee if he/she extends the coursework beyond August).

    Sometimes, the stress gets to them! Often followed by depression.  It takes a while before they realize that they are in a depressed state.

    Stressing out at the TU ? This is an interesting read: TU Delta article

    Stressing out at TU Delft

    On the other hand, I would like to share an incident that I came across in Delft. Ashok kumar (name changed) was a master student, just an average student with decent passing streak. During his second year of study, he was devasted by a tragic death of one of his loved ones. He had difficulty to accept that the person who was alive a day ago, was no more today! He had difficulty to concentrate on his coursework and things started falling apart very quickly. He had hit a rough patch, had issues with breathing, had severe panic attacks, visited the emergency room often and kept this incident to himself for a while. One fine day, he made a courageous decision to open up with his close friends at the university. Unfortunately for him, his close friends abandoned him with their own workload as lame excuses. At this point, he hit the rough patch again and the health issues haunted him again. He no longer had hopes of getting closure in the university. He made a decision to quit the university and take a break. The process was almost complete, until he decided to get help from his professors, counselors and school psychiatrist!! During the process, he was able to come to terms with the death of his loved one. It took him months to come to terms that his friend is no more. The struggle was intense, but he survived!

    Lessons learnt from this story:

    • There might come a time, when one might encounter a personal loss all of a sudden. One can never anticipate it. Only thing to do is ‘accept it’ !! It takes time, long time indeed!!
    • It might help to discuss such an event within your peer circle. But sometimes, one might reach out to the wrong people, where instead of feeling better, you become worse! (Like the case of Ashok kumar).
    • Opening up to strangers is difficult, but might help you the most!
    • Also remember, talking to everyone you meet might not help. Sometimes, you end up thinking that no one understands you and become more miserable!
    • Do not expect your friends at the university to help you throughout your period of mourning, they have their own challenges to combat, u know!
    • It is always wise to be vocal with the people who care for you and devote time for you. In Ashok kumar’s case, it was the professors and counselors at the university.
    • Finally, change needs to happen on your own will, others cant really influence change upon you. You alone need to battle your way out of depression. Only YOU can do it!!
    • Stress is a part of life that can be managed. Learning to manage stress is a positive step to take towards enjoying a healthier, happier life.

    There are several such stories you witness with the internationals and the locals at the TU.  A good friend of mine made an attempt to reach out to such students with his blog : We face it but we do not talk about it: An initiative to increase awareness about stress and break the taboo

    Career & Counselling Services at TU Delft offers services like, Constructive thinking for fear of failing/perfectionism; Mindful stress relief; Time-management for Masterstudents; Finding a job in the Netherlands; LinkedIn Masterclass and How to pick the right Master course.

    Support for psychological problems: A preliminary appointment will be made to assess the duration and type of support warranted by the nature and gravity of the problems you present. They offer short individual consultation, a relevant course. Anything discussed during the sessions is confidential. If necessary we can also refer you to other professionals within or outside the university. The waiting period could be more than a month or so for an actual session with the psychiatrist.  Find the link here: Appointment link.

    Academic counsellor: While you are trying to overcome the problem you are facing. You also would require some own time, away from the studies. You might need a break from the courses. It is always advisable to make an appointment with the counsellor to discuss your future academic plans. They will guide you and help you with the formulation of a new study plan!  Link here: Counsellor

    At times, you might need immediate help. The professors at TU Delft are always open to helping out the students in need. Request for an appointment with the professor and let them know about your problems, study-breaks and future academic plans after the break.

    Remember, help will always be given at TU Delft, to those who ask for it!

    Update: Ashok kumar went on to finish his Masters with flying colours and also within the duration of the study programme.

    Master Thesis @ TU Delft

    Master student finishes off with a compulsory thesis worth 45 ECTS lasting 8 to 9 months. A student can opt to do this at the end or before his/her internship. Thesis Project is an individual in-depth research or expert design assignment in the specific field of expertise chosen by the student. This blog is specifically aimed at students of Electrical Power Engineering.

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    After toiling for those 60 ECTS with the courses, it is time to do some serious work during your Master thesis / Internships. This phase of the course gives you unimaginable kind of experience, you will learn to research like you never did before, make useful networks while you are doing it, learn to give presentations, reports and yeah, the real test of patience happens during this phase!

    There are also other formalities that you need to complete, before you begin your thesis:

    • You should have 60ECTS (without Internship) or 75 ECTS (with Internship).
    • Select a research group and a responsible professor. Make appointments and discuss all the possible topics you would like to work on.
    • For non-EU students, you would want to complete before August (Plan your schedule accordingly)

    Kick-off Meeting: At the start of your thesis, you should plan a kick-off meeting with your supervisor(s). During this meeting, you present and discuss the research question, research methodology and planning that you came up with. I had my Kick-off meeting during the month of November.

    Power engineering students can choose between different research groups like DCES, IEPG High Voltage and Photovoltaics. I opted to work with IEPG.

    My research group focuses on the generation, transmission and distribution of electrical energy. It covers the three different time scales for which power systems are usually studied: transient, dynamic and steady state behavior of power systems. It also is concerned with the technical, economical and societal performance of the electricity supply system. With large integration of renewables (WIND AND SOLAR) into the grid, it becomes more challenging to maintain the electricity grid. Therefore, the focus mainly is on large-scale introduction of renewable and distributed energy sources and the application of new and sustainable technologies.

    Now, back to the formalities:

    Mid-term meeting:   After you started with the thesis, maybe after 3 months, you will have to update the research group about your progress through a presentation.  This is an oppurtunity to investigate if you are on the right path to reach your goals. If the goals formulated in the project proposal, are still feasible, then there is a chance to either reconsider or change your project goals.  This process will give you a  clear idea of how to proceed in order to finish your thesis on time.

    Green Light Meeting: Towards the final stage of your thesis project, you will have a green-light review. Since you will receive your Master diploma immediately after your Thesis defence this meeting is important. During this meeting it is decided whether you are ready to proceed to your thesis defence: you get a go/no-go.

    Uff, lot of work yea!!!

    Finally it is time for your D-Day! The finale of your graduation process is the defense. Initially you give a presentation of your work to your committee, family, friends, fellow students (General presentation).

    This is followed by oral defense of your thesis with the committee and yourself. (Closed room defense)!

    Succes met jouw Scrptie-verdedinging! (English: Good luck with your Master thesis)

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    Got your TU Delft admit letter! what next? o.0

    Recently, I have been approached by the prospective student with queries related to admission process, housing and cost of living in Delft. Therefore, I will be dedicating the future posts to answer few of them and share my experience with the process of admission at TU Delft.

    Firstly, congratulations on the admission to TU Delft .

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    Now it is time to arrange all the things required to finish the admission process. This blog will mainly focus on the non-EU students.

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    What do you do after you get a confirmation from the TU?

    E-mail:  It helps to check your email everyday. You often get mails regarding the preparation and the procedures to be followed.  Also, some emails might also you to respond to them. In addition to this, you also will get newsletters from the TU, if you are not able to see them, check your spam. So, e-mail check !

    MSc students who have already been admitted to a programme at TU Delft can also find extensive information at social network of TU Delft, ” Delftulip “.

    Pay the tuition fees: As soon as you have accepted the offer in the admissions portal, it is time to start sorting out your finances. If you are waiting for the scholarships, they are given out waaay before the deadline for payment of tuition fees. You can opt to pay the tuition fees on a monthly basis or yearly basis. (If you are availing any loan, during your first year it is better to pay annual fees, since you wont get any interest on your amount in the dutch banks).

    Housing – DUWO much? : Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) has reserved rooms and apartments for international guests and students in collaboration with the local housing board (DUWO). You must make the first payment before signing the tenancy agreement. This payment consists of the rent for the first month (or the first month-and-a-half), the reservation/handling fee and the rent for the final 2 months. You pay this first bill in My DUWO (online portal).

    Image result for ZusterlaanView from Zusterlaan! (The place where I stayed during my Masters)

    Detailed information would be shared via mail, right after your admission.

    DUWO must receive this first payment no later than 2 weeks after your documents have been approved. If you get any scholarship, then you do not have to pay this first bill and you can sign your contract immediately in My DUWO. Also remember that you might not always not be allocated to your most preferred room (most of it depends on your luck and availability). Even if you end up in a place a bit far away from the campus, don’t worry since the Public transport in Delft is extremely good and all the places are very well connected.

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    H069.jpgBUS to TU Delft

    Residence permit: TU Delft will arrange for your permit, even before you start your school. Ensure that you submit all the documents correctly online. If there is clarity required or if something is missing, the TU office will get back to you and this will only lengthen the process. Again, if you receive any scholarship, most of the documents you need will be provided along with your scholarship offer.

    When you are all done with the process, how do you kill time?

    • Learn some Dutch: Maybe a few everyday words and greetings just to get the feel of the language. Go through  ‘s blog!

      Learning Dutch is not easy..

    • Try to understand the Dutch culture (food habits, weather etc…).
    • Connect with your future colleagues on Delftulip.
    • Start thinking of the potential thesis topics, companies and internships.
    • You could also go through the Study guide to select your potential courses.

    Trust me, all these would help you to get settled much easier and quicker!!!

     

     

     



    Terborg, Lovink and ‘we connect your power’ !

    During the course of Electrical sustainable energy, a student can do an Internship (15 ECTS) or choose to do free elective courses at the campus. In this blog, I will be sharing my internship experience and also discuss the advantages of doing an internship instead of the classroom courses.

    Electrical engineers work in a very wide range of industries and the skills required are quite broad. These range from basic ohms law to the management skills required by a project manager. The tools and equipments that an engineer would use also varies accordingly, ranging from a simple voltmeter to a top-end analysers to sophisticated design and manufacturing software packages. I would consider my internship to be an application of scientic knowledge obtained at TU Delft, whose primary goal is to provide better solutions for engineering problems faced by the world.

    Part of Royal Lovink Industries B.V, Lovink Enertech started to manufacture power cable accessories in 1919. Lovink Enertech Specializes in the development, production and supply of innovative and reliable medium Voltage Cable accessories, liquid Silicone Cable Joints and Terminations. The company’s goal is to realize uninterrupted electricity supply using reliable and easy-to-install cable accessories, which also shows in the company’s logo, “we connect your power“.

    Lovink Enertech has extensive and modern test facilities at its disposal, such as a high-voltage and material laboratory and an external test eld. The most important customers are utilities, industries and other private contractors.

    The company is located at Terborg (45 min by train from Arnhem).

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    Terborg.

    Terborg

    There has been increased integration of renewables into the grid, especially in the europe. This has paved way to revisit the idea of a complete/partial DC power grid. Lovink Enertech also wants to explore the possibility of using its existing AC cable systems in MVDC grid. Therefore, as my project, I dealt with the analysis of refurbishment of existing MVAC cable accessories (joints and terminations) under MVDC conditions.

    If you are a international student like me, you will actually gain a lot from doing an internship in the Netherlands, such as:

    • The ability to gain international experience along with the knowledge and skills you will learn on the job.
    • A chance to network with professionals working in another part of the world.
    • Learn more about what it takes to be successful working in another country.
    • Increases your marketability as an internship abroad adds great value on a resume.
    • A chance to get a job offer working in another country.

    Because you will be working with local employees (and quite possibly few employees who don’t speak English and converse ony in Dutch), you have the opportunity to learn from the people you meet in the workplace and outside it. Almost every job posting, regardless of industry, highlights cross-cultural skills and sensitivity as a 
key requirement. Apart from this, you can brush up/ learn Dutch from talking to the locals, you get to travel and explore different parts of Netherland.

    I started applying for internships in March/April. I would suggest future interns to start searching for opportunities
    from the month of December itself.Lovink Enertech is a perfect company to work in the field of High Voltage Engineering. It is always hard to get accustomed with the new working culture in the first few weeks. But, overtime the feeling just goes away.
    I would also advise the interns to start searching for the rooms as soon as the internship is confirmed. The search could be through agencies or simply using the facebook groups. Make sure you move to your new accommodation way before your start date. And also try to sublet your place in Delft, through Facebook or through DUWO, in parallel.

    Good Luck!

    Internships

    Why should you do an Internship?

    Internships are a proven way to gain relevant knowledge, skills, and experience while establishing important connections in your field. In Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or Embedded Systems, we do an internship at a company as part of our free electives. The course code is EE5010 on Blackboard.

    Start searching for an Internship: If you plan to start internship in the summer, it is ideal to start searching and applying online from March/april itself.

    Discuss with the Professors and Phds working in your field about the internship oppurtunities —> Start applying online —-> once confirmed, Finish the compulsory formalities with TU Delft to begin your internship —-> if you are moving, search for a place online, make contracts/registration etc. —->Finish an internship for 3months(15 ECTS) —> Make report, submit to the internship office —> After their review, you get your credits for Internship.

    In case you are not able to find an Internship in a company, don’t panic, you can always do a extra-project at the university itself. Unpaid internships may be easier to get but may also pose problems if making money is necessary, especially during the summer.

    Discuss with your master track coordinator and your thesis professor to see if the internship fits into your ISP.


    What are the takeaways ? I have tried listing out few of them,

    1. Chance of employment increases.

    Doing any internship program means you have an oppurtunity for future employment at the same company or you could get some awesome references.

    2. Platform to implement your knowledge and skills.

    Practical knowledge is way too different from book-ish knowledge. Doing an internship gives you grounded experience of what your studies might look like in a work environment.

    3. Strengthen your CV.

    It’s obvious that with more experience, you will have a better CV.

    4. Increased networking

    An internship gives you the opportunity to increase your network, expand your professional branding, and having probably one or two personal ambassadors that would be glad to help you when you need them.

    Nu, Ik ben stagiair bij Lovink Enertech B.V.


    
    

    Go intern……, go get an experience of your lifetime :p

    Floating parade!

    Delft never seizes to amaze me.  This time with the hour-long floating parade through the canals of Delft.

    Elsa from Frozen (Flower parade)

    Elsa from Frozen, the highlight of 2016 flower parade.
    (Flower parade)

    There was loud music, huge crowd gathering, people with their own picnic tables/chairs along the canals of Delft. One thing that amazed me was that, everyone from small kids to the elderly seemed to enjoy watching or participating. I cycled along the canal and it was a wonderful atmosphere.

    Check out these videos, I made…..

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    Each year, there is a beautiful Varend Corso in Delft and surroundings, usually in the first week of August.  The event showcases the best fruit, vegetables and of course, flowers in the region.

    This year around, we were fortunate with nice weather and thousands and thousands of people found a place to sit to watch the hour-long floating parade.

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