Software Engineer (Embedded Systems)

Solo Energy presents an exciting opportunity for a Software Engineer (Embedded Systems) to join an energetic, dynamic and innovative energy business.

Solo Energy is building the power plant of the future – the Virtual Power Plant. A decentralised and 100% renewable energy power plant driven by energy storage, blockchain and the people. We see a bright green future where electricity consumers are given the opportunity to participate in a socially responsible and environmentally friendly energy system, where they can buy, sell and trade energy within the community while also supporting the wider grid network and local renewable energy generators.

Our VPP software platform, FlexiGrid, controls and aggregates home batteries and electric vehicles to operate as a ‘Virtual Power Plant’, allowing energy suppliers to intelligently link energy storage to low‑cost renewable generation and therefore deliver affordable green energy to their customers.

Solo Energy is currently involved in several exciting projects with high-profile industrial and academic partners in the UK and Ireland. These ground-breaking projects have the potential to be a key catalyst in the next evolution of the electricity system. 

The Role

Solo Energy is looking for a highly talented Software Engineer (Embedded Systems) with an exceptional eye for detail. The candidate needs to be highly self-motivated, innovative and confident in developing bespoke software solutions.

Our software platform, FlexiGrid, controls home and commercial batteries, smart electric vehicle (EV) chargers and other grid-connected flexibility assets. This involves communicating via Modbus - and sometimes, through high-level third-party APIs – through a local network.

We are a small team looking for a capable software developer to focus on communicating with embedded systems. That said, your ability and willingness to be flexible will play the biggest role in determining if this job is for you. Key duties and responsibilities are as follows:

  • The candidate will play a leading role in the continued design and development of Solo Energy’s cloud-based software control platform, FlexiGrid, which is designed to interact with various external platforms and APIs including inputs from energy trading markets, weather forecasts, electrical grid signals, customer energy consumption patterns etc.

  • You will be responsible for, and we expect you to be familiar with best practices for developing software which is testable, dependable & maintainable

  • You should take pride in ensuring that your software secure and performant

  • The platform is designed to interact with various external platforms and APIs including inputs from energy trading markets, weather forecasts, electrical grid signals, customer energy consumption patterns etc.

  • Analyse, design and develop new applications, taking projects through the entire software development cycle from concept to product release

  • Maintain and fine-tune existing applications to meet performance targets as business expands

  • Plan and execute projects in a timely manner

  • Look for opportunities to introduce new products, processes and innovations

  • Carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post

The candidate should always be prepared to have fun in the workplace while sharing the company’s passion for environmental sustainability and energy decarbonisation. The role can be based in either Cork, Ireland or Orkney, Scotland.

Essential Criteria

  • Hold a relevant BEng / BSc or higher degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or similar (or any other related technical discipline if sufficient experience in software development / programming)

  • A suitable programming language of your choice

  • Familiarity with low level protocols such as Modbus and willingness to learn

  • Linux familiarity (from a developer's perspective) highly desirable

  • Git experience

  • Ability and desire to learn and implement new programming languages

  • Excellent organisational and time management skills

  • Capable of working within a project team to achieve results

 Desirable Criteria

  • Experience in .NET programming

  • Experience with SCADA systems

  • Knowledge of the energy sector

  • Option to do some work on server backends 

Solo Energy is a wholly owned Subsidiary of Smart Metering Systems PLC (SMS), a company incorporated in Scotland (registered number SC367563) whose registered office is at Second Floor, 48 St. Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5TS.

SMS have been at the heart of the UK energy market for over two decades and are playing a critical role in transforming and decarbonising the UK energy system.  As a major energy services and smart metering company with both technology and sustainability right at the very core of their ethos and business model, SMS Plc is committed to delivering the future of smart energy.  They fulfil this vision through their unique energy offering, serving energy suppliers, the industrial and commercial sector, and the wider domestic market to realise both the environmental and financial benefits of smarter energy practice.

SMS are committed to ‘Putting their people first’ and Solo Energy are delighted to be part of this group.

  

Driven by our People, the Environment, the Future.

Please send CV and Cover Letter to careers@solo.energy