Join the team designing the systems of ElleVille
Sustainable Systems Internship
SmartHoods believes in a future where people live sustainably in technologically advanced self-sufficient neighbourhoods that produce their own energy, food and water. We help create this future by providing systems engineering and consulting services to project developments with high sustainability ambitions.
SmartHoods x Elleville
To enable our vision, we have partnered up with ElleVille, a highly scalable ecovillage project 1 hour north from Copenhagen that aims to provide a sustainable and supportive community for its residents. The ecovillages will be constructed using carbon-neutral wooden (CLT) houses designed by the world-famous Bjarke Ingels. The project has secured land and financing, and is awaiting approval for its zoning plan. Soon it will break ground, in January 2023, and SmartHoods is both designing and building the systems for it.
ElleVille wants to become as off-grid as possible, using both conventional and unconventional technologies such as solar panels, batteries, biomeilers, a home-made CHP, natural greywater filtration systems, district heating, etc. We are therefore creating a systems model that can incorporate all the power, heating, water, biomass and waste streams so that we can create different system configurations. We have done so for projects in the past, and are looking to streamline our methodology for systems engineering for new project developments.
About the internship
For this internship, you will help design an integrated food-water-energy system for ElleVille. In doing so, you will help to develop a framework for all the possible neighbourhood systems that can be used. You will get the chance to create a framework that will be used in all future SmartHoods projects.
Your work activities will exist of the following:
Research into various systems, processes and technologies within different domains, and categorise them into a digital library.
Think along about streamlining the work flow and advisory process for new SmartHoods clients
Set up automation and tooling with which we can make design decisions regarding the individual components
Create a model for representing systems that allows us to making choices for optimal scenarios based on technical, sustainable and economical parameters
We possess a lot of knowledge, concepts and ideas with which we can support you and on-board you. We can also give you a lot of personal interactions and guidance, as you will be directly working with the founder of SmartHoods, as well as getting regular interaction with the ElleVille core team. This means that there is a lot of space to contribute your own ideas, and your contribution can have a serious impact on the future of both SmartHoods and ElleVille. We can also look together for opportunities to join our team as well.
We’re looking for a candidate with a technical background and an analytical mind, who is deeply passionate about sustainability and intrinsically motivated.
Good English communication skills
Technical background, analytical mind and excellent systems-thinker
Enthusiastic about sustainability, especially within the built environment. Intrinsically motivated.
Independent and conceptually strong. We expect you to come up with many ideas yourself.
Experience with programming or relevant tooling for modelling (e.g. Python and Excel) is very much appreciated.