Vehicle-Grid Integration (VGI) Project- ON-319

Project type: Research
Desired discipline(s): Engineering - computer / electrical, Engineering, Engineering - mechanical
Company: Peak Power Inc.
Project Length: 4 to 6 months
Preferred start date: As soon as possible.
Language requirement: English
Location(s): Toronto, ON, Canada
No. of positions: 1
Desired education level: CollegeUndergraduate/BachelorMaster'sPhDPostdoctoral fellow
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About the company: 

Founded in 2015, Peak has developed a comprehensive software platform that alleviates strain on the electricity grid and drives value to owners of clean energy assets, buildings, and electric vehicles (EVs) through electricity markets. Our Synergy software platform optimizes the operation of distributed energy resources by forecasting and predicting the behaviour of electricity markets.

Describe the project.: 

The vehicle-grid integration (VGI) project is the next level of the world’s first “Peak Drive” project. Peak Drive is a demonstration project of 20 grid connected electric vehicles in the downtown core of Toronto, where cars are enabled with bidirectional flow – i.e both charging and putting electricity back into the grid. The project is in partnership with Nissan and Ontario Power Generation.  To help move this project to the next step, we’re now looking for support to coordinate the details of the project. Over the summer, the incumbent would coordinate and take ownership of on-site activities associated with the Peak Drive program and its success. They will be interfacing with Peak’s energy market specialists, engineering team, customers/car owners, and commercial leads in managing the performance of Peak Drive’s bidirectional chargers, charger networking, and customer satisfaction. Additionally, the candidate’s role would evolve towards creating reports summarizing key project performance indicators and learnings for submission to the project financier, a major player in the Ontario energy space.

Required expertise/skills: 

The ideal candidate would be a university student in engineering who has a passion for the interplay of technology and the auto-sector. The candidate will also demonstrate an aptitude for quickly learning in ambiguous environments, have a knack for customer service, and also the ability to manage the expectations of multiple stakeholder groups. An interest in high-growth tech companies and a desire to experience start up work culture will also be an important part of success for this role.