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Power electronic application in smart grids

Individual course

This course provides an overview and understanding different power electronic converter topologies in different applications in smart grids and their control. In addition, the student has knowledge about control of different type of power electronic solutions during different operation modes like grid-connected and islanded operation. In addition, power system stability supporting control methods are presented in the course as well as control possibilities and needs of converter interfaces during fault situations. You will gain insight into the control and simulation of power electronic converters in such applications.

Course contents

  • Brief introduction to power electronics
  • Different topologies of power electronics converter (AC/DC, DC/DC converter interfaces of distributed energy resources)
  • Power electronic applications and power quality (grid side filters of inverters/converters and their design), PQC – Power quality conditioners, charging of electric vehicles and effect of power quality, FACTS, SVC, STATCOM
  • Wind turbine systems
  • PV system
  • Battery energy storage system
  • Visiting lecturer from industry
  • DC, hybrid AC/DC distribution/Microgrid
  • Power electronics based solid-state transformers for future smart grids, or power electronics based circuit-breakers e.g. for future microgrids

Learning outcomes

After completing this course successfully, the student

  • understands basic concept of power electronics systems and semi-conductor switches as well as power electronic converter topologies, their control dynamics and design for power electronic devices / interfaces
  • has knowledge about power electronic applications and power quality as well as wind, PV, and BESS systems power electronics interface and power electronics based solid-state transformers for future smart grids.

Moreover, course develops lifelong learning and interpersonal skills.

Teaching schedule

Lectures on campus with hybrid lectures (classroom + online):

  • Thursdays 5.9.-14.11. at 10-12 (except 9.10 on Wed at 10-12).
  • Simulation exercises on Wed 25.9. and on Thu 21.11. at 10-11 in Zoom.

The recordings are available afterwards.

Completion methods

  • Written assignment topics & tasks, deadline 5.12.
  • Online course exam in Moodle 15-20.12.

More information in University of Vaasa’s course page.

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Responsible teacher

University of Vaasa
Mustafa Alrayah Hassan Ibraheem, Postdoctoral Researcher

Further information about the studies

University of Vaasa
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Applications and technologies of energy storages,
Energy engineering
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General prerequisites:
Basics about power electronics and electrical engineering.
Course suitable for:
Engineers in energy sector companies and the future specialists in energy storages.
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