Working inside the fossil fuel industry in Indonesia, energy engineer Gilda Miranda spotted some opportunities in the system. She witnessed first-hand the difficulties surrounding access to energy and the impact on both the standard of living and the ability to conduct business, which inspired her to pursue an education in sustainable energy. She joined the EIT InnoEnergy Master’s in Energy Technologies programme to prepare for playing an active part in the energy transition. We caught up with Gilda to hear how the programme is strengthening her skillset and about her exciting new internship, optimising solutions for the solar industry.
Gilda explains, “During my professional work, I could see the big picture regarding energy production, energy efficiency, and impact of fossil-based resources on the environment. It also widened my perspective on the triangular relationship between the availability of resources, business opportunities, and legal issues in the development of the sustainable energy sector.
I wanted to find a master’s programme to teach me about the technologies that could facilitate the transition to a sustainable energy system – and prepare me for this future. The EIT InnoEnergy Master School was the perfect fit since it blends technical and business with a huge advantageous link to industry.”
Still in her 2nd year, Gilda shares her experience in the programme: “The quality of the courses is fantastic. I learn about the technical side and am exposed to real industry problems, with an opportunity to develop practical solutions – and how to turn those innovative ideas into business. Overall, MSc ENTECH focuses on interdisciplinary studies by integrating technical, entrepreneurial and self-development (such as teamwork and leadership skills) – while helping us to build an international network. It’s not your usual master’s school. It’s designed to prepare us for the future, which is so valuable.”
Wanting to enhance her computer modelling and simulation skills – Gilda found the perfect internship position in the Institute of Solar Research, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) in Stuttgart Germany. She is modelling a concentrated solar power plant from scratch, applying a logical algorithm to reach an optimised condition.
When asked why she’s attracted to this particular work, she explains, “The role of optimisation modelling techniques in power generation and supply is crucial to minimise the operating cost of electricity generation, as well as to maximise profit and deliver optimal capacity. My work helps to ensure that the delivery of electricity meets the power demand in order to balance the power market.”
Gilda was thankful for the help she received from the EIT InnoEnergy Career Centre by reviewing her curriculum vitae and providing a consultation with an H.R. expert. “I received insightful suggestions as to what to include and how to make a professionally eye-catching C.V. They also provide coaching to prepare for job interviews. I have not yet tried this service, but it’s a definite value add for job-seekers.”
The energy transition is not just big players. It’s many individuals seeking a better way to provide us with the energy we need. People like Gilda, who are cultivating their talents to create a better future.