Combined cycle power plant thermo-economic optimization at GE Power

Type: Intership and Master project in industry (GE Power)

Starting Period: July/August 2019

Project director: prof. François Maréchal


Generating new algorithms for Advanced Plant Optimization tool in order to explore new features in combined cycle power plants. The main focus area is development and maintenance of standalone tools for thermo-economic optimization of full or limited scope of power plants.

About the company:

GE Power provides a broad array of power generation, energy delivery, and water process technologies to solve your challenges locally. We work in several areas of the energy industry, including renewable resources such as wind and solar, biogas and alternative fuels, and coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear energy. We also develop advanced technologies to help solve some of the world’s most complex challenges related to water availability and quality.

Work plan:

The internship will be performed in Thermo-Economic Optimization group under Plant Engineering, GE Power, located in Baden (CH). GE Power may offer a Master Thesis after the Internship. Thermo-Economic Optimization group is responsible for performing optimizations of bottoming-cycles in order to select best combined cycle configurations according to thermo-economic targets for the gas plants.


Desired skills are:

  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, energy technology or equivalent
  • Solid understanding of thermodynamics
  • Proficiency in programming with MATLAB, C++, and Fortran, background in Linux, efficient skills in VBA macros
  • Fluent in English (oral and written)
  • High level of motivation and high level of communication skills


  • Internship: 4-6 months
  • MSc thesis: based on agreement during the internship


Compensation will be defined by the company

To apply:

For further information please take contact with Sevket Baykal, at [email protected]

To apply write an e-mail at the same address, attaching your CV, a cover letter and transcript of records (Bachalor’s and Master’s).