Clean Marine Energy LLC, South Norwalk, CT
Research, marketing decks, energy models, and conference calls. These are a few of the various work streams I have had the opportunity to work on this summer with Clean Marine Energy (CME). Across these projects I have honed my research skills, expanded my knowledge of Excel and PowerPoint, and I have learned a lot about the maritime industry and clean energy space and how the pairing of these two industries will drive our society to a cleaner future.
A J-term class this past winter on the evolution of energy initially sparked my interest in the clean energy space. I saw the potential for innovation in the energy sector as I analyzed Tesla stock and discussed the future of Li-ion batteries with my peers. New technologies that will propel our society to a cleaner future are imminent, and I wanted to get involved. During a class meeting, we had the opportunity to call Clean Marine Energy and speak with them about their projects, including the first LNG fueling station in North America and the first zero-emissions vessel in North America. These projects were new concepts for me, and I was intrigued by Clean Marine’s ventures into “firsts.” I then decided it would be a great firm to spend the upcoming summer working with. I knew with CME I could further my interest in the clean energy space, learn more about the maritime industry, and apply skills I had gained from my academic studies.
CME and SWITCH Maritime (CME’s sister company focused on developing the first fleet of zero-emissions vessels in North America) are building an all-electric propulsion, zero-emissions ferry in the San Francisco Bay area powered by battery and hydrogen fuel cells. One of the initial projects I started working on was designing a hydrogen fueling station for the ferry. In order to understand the logistics and requirements that would be necessary for a fueling station, I had to have knowledge of hydrogen and its technologies, like fuel cells. As I worked on the project, my supervisors allowed me to sit in on calls with other companies working on the station and I gained a better perspective on how CME worked as a business. Every project is a puzzle that involves lots of pieces. Through meetings, research, and a lot of thought, CME puts the puzzle pieces together to form innovative clean technologies for the maritime industry.
Apart from working on developing a hydrogen fueling station in San Francisco, I had the opportunity to explore other projects like analyzing the current ferry fleets in the U.S., building energy models and conversion calculators on Excel, as well as developing marketing decks for the firm. On some projects I honed my skills, like learning new tools and shortcuts on Excel. On other projects I gained an entirely new skillset, like how to develop clear and concise PowerPoints for marketing.
At the end of this internship, I am thankful for the exposure I gained working for a small firm at the crossroads of clean energy and maritime. More importantly, I appreciate the time and effort CME and my supervisor spent working with me, providing advice, and giving me the chance to be a part of the firm. My internship with CME has cemented my interest in clean energy, in addition to exposing me to a new interest of maritime, and I look forward to continuing a career down this path.