When Margaret “Molly” Cougill accepted a summer internship with Carbon Recycling International (CRI) in Reykjavik, Iceland, she made her expectations clear:
“I told them I didn’t want to deliver mail or file papers, like they do at some internships. I wanted real work experience to use the things I learned in the classroom at Rice,” said Cougill, a senior in and materials science and engineering at Rice University.
Founded in 2006, CRI is a renewable methanol company. It takes carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and uses the geothermal resources of Iceland to create renewable methanol fuel. It can be blended into transportation fuel to meet renewable energy directives or processed as a chemical feedstock.
The company employs Emission-to-Liquid (ETL) technology that uses geothermal energy, and plans eventually to add hydro, wind and solar energy sources. ETL consists of a system of electrolytic cracking and catalytic synthesis resulting in a low-pressure, low-temperature electrochemical production process.
From June 3 to Aug. 23, Cougill’s job focused on pipe corrosion and she developed an Excel tool to enhance materials selection for a methanol plant, compiling a 30-page report, including the Excel tool and a global steel market analysis. As part of her job, she delivered weekly presentations to the CEO, engineering managers and her fellow interns.
“Their whole emphasis there is on renewable energy. They try to do everything with the environment in mind. They expected a lot of work out of the interns,” Cougill said.
She was one of 15 interns from six countries who worked last summer at CRI. The company will accept internship applications for summer 2014 from December through Feb. 15.
“I don’t think this was your typical internship. I worked hard but I also had a wonderful time. Iceland is a beautiful country and I got to travel and see a lot of it,” Cougill said.
For more information on the internship and to apply see: http://www.carbonrecycling.is/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&....