Lowering The Peak Energy Demand For The Microturbine Summer Internship 2024

Type: Intern
Region: Eastern

During the winter at Halley research station, all non-essential equipment is turned off and winterised. Only automated science instrumentation and essential equipment is kept warm. This is powered of a small microturbine that generates all the electrical needs. This has been shown to be able to run throughout the winter without the need for any maintenance.

The Microturbine has been a massive success at Halley, however this success is leading to more demand as more automated instruments are added. This is a problem because at very cold periods when the outside temperature is below -40 degrees more heaters are turned on to keep things warm. This can turn off the microturbine. The heaters switch on and off increasing the peak load even though the average load is well within the microturbine capabilities.

This project would be to examine the data previously collected over the last 5 years to understand how the peak loads can be reduced. This will involve looking at heat losses in each of the cabooses (buildings) where the science instruments are kept. Understand how the current heaters work. Think about other heating solutions (smart or auxiliary) and the best strategy to implement this. An ideal candidate would come from a STEM background.


This is a data analysis and basic computer modelling project and could be carried out remotely with some in person work. The in-person work would be in order to get the most out of the project, sitting with the engineers initially, to be able to ask questions and get support.


  • Analysis of data collected.
  • Solving engineering mathematical problems.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English language.
  • Working in a team and under direction.

The role holder will be required to have the appropriate level of security screening/vetting required for the role.  UKRI reserves the right to run or re-run security clearance as required during the course of employment.

Who are we?

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. Its skilled science and support staff based in Cambridge, Antarctica and the Arctic, work together to deliver research that uses the Polar Regions to advance our understanding of Earth as a sustainable planet. Through its extensive logistic capability and know how BAS facilitates access for the British and international science community to the UK polar research operation. Numerous national and international collaborations, combined with an excellent infrastructure help sustain a world leading position for the UK in Antarctic affairs. British Antarctic Survey is a component of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). NERC is part of UK Research and Innovation .

We employ experts from many different professions to carry out our Science as well as to keep the lights on, feed the research and support teams and keep everyone safe!  We aim to attract the best people for our jobs.  If you are looking for an opportunity to work with amazing people in amazing places, then British Antarctic Survey could be for you.

Our vision

At BAS, our vision is to be a world-leading centre for polar science and operations. Making our vision a reality depends on the excellence and diversity of our staff. We are committed to creating a workplace where all our staff can flourish and succeed.  BAS is a Disability Confident employer, we are proud to hold a bronze Athena Swan award and we are a member of enei, the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion.

Working at BAS

Choosing to come to work at BAS means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a defined benefit pension scheme, excellent holiday entitlement, access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme.  You can find out more about our benefits .   

We appreciate the importance of achieving work-life balance and support this with several family and carer-friendly policies. Plus, a flexible working policy for those who may wish to amend their working pattern or arrangement.  We also operate a hybrid working policy to support the balance of working time between the office and home.

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