Advanced Power Electronics and Applications


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The module is based on knowledge achieved in Dynamic modelling of electrical machines and control systems and High voltage engineering and EMI/EMC.

Learning objectives


Have knowledge and comprehension within the following areas

- Magnetics scalability toward high power

  • - High power three phase transformers 
  • - High power inductors
  • - Material properties

- High power devices

  • IGCT, GTO, Thyristor (Press-pack)
  • IGBT (package)
  • Emerging devices
  • Package properties

- High-power converters

  • Graetz bridge, Two level and three level (NPC)
  • Overview of other multilevel converter topology and basic control and applications.
  • Modular multilevel converters
  • High Voltage DC transmission and STATCOM

- High Power DC-DC converters

  • Soft switching, resonant
  • Converter topologies (practical aspects of design)


  • Be able to compute the overall size and then system level ratings of the high power converters for different applications in power and renewable energy systems
  • Be able to analyse the main components and requirements of high power converters
  • Be able to evaluate the converter characteristics and design its high level controller
  • Be able to analyse and evaluate high power converter systems and evaluate their pros and cons for the given application
  • Be able to evaluate the limitations and hence create the necessary design modifications (at system level) in high power converters


  • Independently be able to define and analyse high power converter topologies and their specifications for the specific application in power and renewable energy systems
  • Independently simulate the high power converter systems and communicate the results for system engineering
  • Independently participate in the professional and interdisciplinary development work related with the application of high power converters in power and renewable energy systems

Type of instruction

Lecture followed by numerical and simulation exercises and possible e-learning activities.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 5 ECTS course module, the work load is expected to be 150 hours for the student.



Name of examAdvanced Power Electronics and Applications
Type of exam
Oral exam
Permitted aids
With certain aids:
For more information about permitted aids, please visit the course description in Moodle.
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleAvanceret effektelektronik og anvendelser
Module codeN-EE-K2-12B
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Energy
DepartmentDepartment of Energy
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science