Control of Power Electronic Systems


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The module is based on knowledge achieved when studying the 1st semester on the Master of Science in Energy Engineering on one of the Electrical Energy Engineering specialisations or similar.

Learning objectives


  • Knowledge about modelling, analysing and simulating a system that must include a power electronic converter, a power source and an application typically an AC electric machine or an AC grid
  • Comprehension of the practical implementation and test of the designed digital controller for the selected system


  • Be able to apply a systematical design procedure for selection of a digital controller for the analysed system in order to meet certain performance requirements
  • Be able to verify the analysis and models by means of laboratory experiments or by using real measured data series
  • Have an innovative and entrepreneurial behavior giving value for the developed system/apparatus


  • Be able to control the working and development process within the project theme, and be able to develop new solutions within control in power electronic systems
  • Independently be able to define and analyse scientific problems in the area of control of power electronic systems, and based on that make and state the reasons for decisions made for instance with respect to their influences on the total system
  • Independently be able to continue own development in competence and specialisation

Type of instruction

Problem based project organised work in groups. The project can be a disciplinary project, a cross disciplinary project or a part of a multi-disciplinary project, where several groups from the department do different parts of a larger project. Finally, the project can also be a part of a so-called MEGA project where several project groups from more departments are participating, each doing their part of the large project to find a total solution.

The project must include a power electronic converter, a power source and an application, typically an AC electric machine or an AC grid. The operating principles for the system must be described and a control problem is formulated including key specifications. A dynamic simulation model is made taking the relevant dynamics into account. Different digital control methods are designed, analysed and evaluated by means of the simulation model. At least one method is selected for practical implementation in a real system incorporating a power electronic converter, a power source and a load, and a real-time digital control system based on a digital signal processor or a micro controller. The whole system is tested and the developed control strategies are evaluated.

A workshop “PBL competence profile” to make an individual PBL competence profile is offered during the semester. More information can be found at

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 15 ECTS project module, the work load is expected to be 450 hours for the student


Prerequisite for enrollment for the exam

  • An approved PBL competency profile is a prerequisite for participation in the project exam.


Name of examControl of Power Electronic Systems
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Permitted aids
With certain aids:
For more information about permitted aids, please visit the course description in Moodle.
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingExternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Additional information

Project on 2nd Semester Power Electronics and Drives.

Facts about the module

Danish titleStyring af effektelektroniske systemer
Module codeN-EE-K2-4B
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module
Time allocation for external examinersB


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Energy Engineering)
Study BoardStudy Board of Energy
DepartmentDepartment of Energy
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science