South East Physics network (SEPnet) is a group of nine university physics departments that have teamed up with industry to offer placements for students. Good Energy sponsored a physics student to join us for two months last summer.
Natasha, our SEPnet intern, had just finished her second year of a four year MSc in Physics at Queen Mary University in London. We asked how she found her time at Good Energy.
Why did you choose to do a placement?
I was always interested in renewables and ‘being green’. I did a module as part of my course last year called ‘Physics of Energy and the Environment’ which covered everything from climate change and the weather, to how wind turbines work. It was interesting and I wanted to learn more about the sector so the placement at Good Energy was ideal.
What’s your typical day like?
My placement involved a research project for Good Energy’s Trading team. I analysed the impact of renewables on the markets which was lots of spreadsheets and modelling. It was fascinating applying my physics knowledge to the problem.
Would you recommend doing a placement?
Definitely! It’s such as valuable experience and I’ve learned so much about the industry. I remember sitting in my first meeting with the Trading team at the start of my placement and I had no idea what they were talking about! But now I can understand the jargon and technical aspects of it all.
My advice for anyone thinking about a placement – just go for it, don’t be put off, you might feel nervous about not knowing anyone, or being far away, but it’s really worth it and everyone is so friendly.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Good Energy, two months flew by. I’d never worked in an office environment before so wasn’t sure what to expect, but I had a brilliant experience.
A highlight was the opportunity to discuss my research with CEO Juliet Davenport - that was exciting and rewarding to know that my work is being used by Good Energy to make a difference. It’s satisfying that my research is so relevant and is being used to respond to challenges in the ‘real world’.
Will Turner, Good Energy’s Head of Forecasting and Trading Services said, ‘It’s been fantastic to have Natasha as part of our team. Natasha is the second physics student we’d sponsored through the SEPnet scheme and they’ve both had buckets of enthusiasm and brought a new perspective on the industry.
Natasha and James Brown (Good Energy Trading Team) at The SEPnet Expo in November
I presented a poster of my project at our Students’ Expo back in November at the Royal Academy of Engineering. There were over 150 students, academics and employers there to celebrate the achievements of the 84 students who did industry and research placements. My poster was one of six selected as winners! I’m back at university now to continue my studies.
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