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DNV GL Solar Inverter Senior Engineer - Solar Technology in Toronto, Ontario

Do you want to be part of the world’s leading energy consulting firm?

Are you committed to address climate change and positively impact society and the world?

Do you enjoy collaborating with colleagues and clients, and thrive in a dynamic and respectful environment?

Would you like to influence the solar industry and have the opportunity to grow and thrive as a thought leader?

Then an engineering position on our Solar Independent Engineering and Technology Team could be a great fit for you!

DNV GL – Energy is seeking a Solar Inverter Senior Engineer to join our Solar Independent Engineering and Technology team. DNV GL is the world’s leading renewable energy consultant, and our respected staff are viewed as experts and thought leaders in the industry. DNV GL’s Solar IE and Technology team holds a substantial market position in North America as a leading provider of independent engineering services to support the financing and construction of solar energy projects. In this role, our team provides technical consulting and due diligence on behalf of project developers, financial institutions, and investors who rely on our reports in making investment and risk assessment decisions. This solar technology team also takes a leading role in conference participation, participation in codes/standards committees, and in establishing internal and industry guidance on assessing technology risk for our teams in North America and globally. Renewables Advisory is a high-performing, innovative team that strives for equity, respect, and diversity.

As a member of the Solar Technology team, the successful candidate will be a thought leader at DNV GL in the field of inverter technology, testing and operations, and will provide technical advisory and other consulting services associated with inverters used in solar projects. The work will include technical due diligence of solar PV inverter systems for use in pre-construction, construction and operational projects on behalf of lenders and investors. This position will also provide technical support and advisory services to project developers and product manufacturers, including bankability studies, failure analyses, and support for RFPs and technical specifications. The role will include working with product manufacturers to opine on product design and expected reliability, and managing relationships with applicable manufacturers and other stakeholders.

Performing technical reviews will require candidates who can assess detailed aspects of inverter design, including design of the power conversion stack, modeling of thermal behavior, modeling of control algorithms and the ability to make recommendations on testing to validate product performance. The technical review will include evaluation with respect to relevant codes and standards. The successful candidate should be familiar with the major suppliers of power conversion equipment in the solar, wind and storage industry and with the primary technical differences between products and market segments.

This position is based out of our Toronto, ON or Montreal, QC office. Remote locations may also be considered.

Tasks May Include

  • Provide electrical expertise concerning power conversion and electrical distribution equipment across the functions of design, test and manufacture.

  • Provide expertise regarding electrical codes and grid standards as related to solar/wind/energy storage design and field operation.

  • Assess product design including aspects of power conversion, thermal design and control strategies (which may involve bespoke calculations and/or simulations).

  • Review manufacturing facilities for compliance with quality/safety procedures and practices.

  • Provide written and oral technical advice to customers including commenting on design, reliability, and cost aspects of solar PV inverters, and reviewing and commenting on engineering documentation relating to:

  • Design and reliability aspects of power inverters/converters

  • Grid connection contracts including all technical specifications and grid codes

  • Manufacture and installation of power inverters/converters and associated equipment

  • Electrical documentation relating to:

  • Power converter design

  • Testing of converter equipment

  • Field and reliability data

  • Operation and maintenance documents

  • Produce detailed reports which review the feasibility of power conversion equipment use in solar/wind/energy storage projects.

  • Provide recommendations for product improvements and risk mitigation.

  • Travel to engineering/manufacturing facilities to review product design and manufacture, and to field sites to review installation, operation and maintenance.

  • Relate the results of inverter technical reviews to broader technical due diligence scopes by making recommendations regarding commercial and technical risk mitigation and financial model assumptions.

  • Manage stakeholder relationships to develop new business opportunities and promote complementary services from other parts of DNV GL.

Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering with a focus in power systems or power electronics from an accredited university.Master's degree is strongly preferred

  • Minimum of 8 years of engineering experience in a related field are preferable with at least 4 years of experience in the design and/or testing of power conversion equipment used in solar, wind or energy storage applications required

  • Professional Engineer (P.Eng) license is a plus

  • Experience with simulation tools such as PSLF, PSSE, CYME, Spice, MATLAB/Simulink.

  • Experience designing or evaluating products for compliance with UL 1741, IEEE 1547, IEC 62109 required

  • Experience designing or evaluating products for compliance with North America grid codes.

  • Experience developing or implementing safety policies related to product design and testing.

  • Additional preferred skills and experience include:

  • Familiarity with simulation tools/libraries such as PVsyst, SAM, PVLib

  • Familiarity with R, python or other programming languages

  • Some background in uncertainty, probability and statistics

  • Experience reviewing EPC and O&M contracts

  • General PV system design and knowledge of factors that impact safety, and performance

  • Willingness and ability to travel, up to 20% of the time, domestically and internationally.

  • Ability to communicate technical topics to a non-technical audience

  • Must be a supportive team member, able to work in a collaborative environment as well as work on self-directed independent projects

  • Must be able to carry 40 pounds of equipment for short durations

  • Must be able to climb a ladder onto a rooftop to inspect a solar installation, upon successful completion of DNV GL climb training

  • Must have a current US driver’s license

  • Must be able to obtain a valid passport and visas for travel to Europe, China, Japan and Canada

  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook

  • Strong written and verbal English communication skills, including ability to write clear and detailed technical reports, presentations, and emails, and to clearly communicate complex technical issues to a non-technical audience

  • We conduct pre-employment screening.

Opportunities Beyond Business

Our mission is to safeguard life, property and the environment. By joining us, you will work towards our meaningful vision: to make a global impact for a safe and sustainable future. DNV GL offers a congenial working environment, competitive salaries, and an exceptional benefits package.

DNV GL is an Equal Opportunity Employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Please visit our website at www.dnvgl.com

DNV GL is a global quality assurance and risk management company. Driven by our purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, we enable our customers to advance the safety and sustainability of their business.

We provide classification, technical assurance, software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas, power and renewables industries. We also provide certification, supply chain and data management services to customers across a wide range of industries.

Combining technical, digital and operational expertise, risk methodology and in-depth industry knowledge, we empower our customers’ decisions and actions with trust and confidence. We continuously invest in research and collaborative innovation to provide customers and society with operational and technological foresight.

With origins stretching back to 1864 and operations in more than 100 countries, our experts are dedicated to helping customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.

DNV GL delivers world-renowned testing and advisory services to the energy value chain including renewables and energy efficiency. Our expertise spans onshore and offshore wind power, solar, conventional generation, transmission and distribution, smart grids, and sustainable energy use, as well as energy markets and regulations. Our experts support customers around the globe in delivering a safe, reliable, efficient, and sustainable energy supply.

Requisition ID: 2020-14510

Posting Position Type: Permanent Employee

External Company Name: DNV GL AS

External Company URL: http://www.dnvgl.com/

Street: 70 Richmond Street East Suite 315

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