Dynamic Control of Offshore Electrical Systems


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module is based on knowledge achieved when studying the 1st semester on the Master of Science in Sustainable Energy Engineering with specialisation in Offshore Energy Systems or similar.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Have knowledge and comprehension within how to design, analyse and model offshore energy systems and the relationship between the used components
  • Have knowledge and comprehension within electrical machines and/or power converters used for offshore energy systems
  • Have knowledge and comprehension within control of electrical machines, compressors, pumps, thermal, or hydraulic machines, etc., used for offshore energy systems


  • Be able to judge the usefulness of the different scientific methods for analysis and modelling of the offshore energy systems
  • Be able to design advanced control systems to improve the performance and the energy efficiency of the different offshore energy systems
  • Be able to verify the analytical and numerical approaches by means of laboratory experiments
  • 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 offshore energy systems, also in cooperation with external partners and as a part of multidisciplinary projects
  • Independently be able to define and analyse scientific problems in the area of offshore energy systems, and based on that make and state the reasons for decisions made
  • Independently be able to continue own development in competence and specialisation

Type of instruction

Problem based project organised work in groups. The students focus on proficient project leadership and management when finding their technical solution. The project can be made in cooperation with external partners and the project can be a disciplinary project, a cross disciplinary project or 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 part of a so-called MEGA project also in cooperation with industry, where several project groups from more departments are participating, each doing their part of the large project to find a total solution.

The project should be based on an offshore energy system which includes fluid power, electrical, mechanical and/or thermal etc. components to be modelled, analysed and controlled. This could e.g. be a wave energy system, offshore oil & gas, offshore wind turbines, or their subsystems, etc. The systems should be analysed and a mathematical simulation model should be developed for the system. Based on the model, the system is analysed with regard to efficiency, technology choices and technology interaction. The analysis is the basis for setting up a control system and making a design or redesign of the system, or selected parts hereof. The design may take its basis in the existing system (optimised redesign) or may include new solutions or designs and control methods.

In both cases emphasis is placed on the fact that the system is improved with regard to efficiency and system performance. The developed design and control method, or the essential parts hereof, may be experimentally verified, either in model scale or on the real system, if possible.

A workshop “PBL competence profile” to make an individual PBL competence profile is offered during the semester. More information can be found at www.ucpbl.net/education-courses/.

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 examDynamic Control of Offshore Electrical Systems
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
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 Offshore Energy Systems (OES).

Facts about the module

Danish titleDynamisk styring af elektriske offshore systemer
Module codeN-SEE-K2-2A
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Esbjerg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Sustainable Energy Engineering)
Study BoardStudy Board of Build, Energy, Electronics and Mechanics in Esbjerg
DepartmentDepartment of Energy
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science