Design of Power Electronic Systems


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The module is based on knowledge achieved in the project module Modelling and analysis of simple energy conversion systems or similar.

Learning objectives


  • Be able to understand the function of power electronic appliances
  • Understand the operation, characteristics and usage of modern power electronic semiconductor components
  • Be able to understand scientific methods and theories compared to the semester theme and identify different types of problems
  • Be able to understand and create an economic analysis for the power electronic device or system



  • Be able to analyse and design power electronic devices with associated analog or digital microprocessor based controllers
  • Be able to analyse power electronic interaction and impact on the environment, e.g. in drive systems with electrical machines or in relation to the impact of the electricity grid
  • Have experience in design and testing of power electronic equipment via laboratory work or real measured data series
  • Be able to understand business principles and be able to make a cost-benefit analysis of the power electronic system


  • Have achieved an ability to convert academic knowledge and skills in the field of power electronic devices for a practical problem and to process such a problem and be able to put this into perspective in relation to the surrounding society
  • Have achieved an ability to enter into a technical and interdisciplinary cooperation in power electronic devices
  • Be able to evaluate the basic economic conditions for the development and commissioning of systems or devices

Type of instruction

Problem based and project organised work in groups. Some lectures are given in business principles and cost-benefit analysis to support the objectives in this area.

The students are introducted to the entrepreneurship PBL Model from AAU. They are introduced to models, tools and methods often used in entrepreneurial projects.

Extent and expected workload

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



Name of examDesign of Power Electronic Systems
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Oral examination with external adjudicator based on a presentation seminar and project report.
Permitted aidsFor 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

Facts about the module

Danish titleDesign af effektelektroniske apparater
Module codeN-EN-B5-1D
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionDanish and English
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