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Power Electronic Systems

Code: PDEEC0066     Acronym: SEP

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Electrical and Computer Engineering

Instance: 2019/2020 - 2S

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Course/CS Responsible: Doctoral Program in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
PDEEC 2 Syllabus since 2015/16 1 - 7,5 70 202,5

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Adriano da Silva Carvalho

Teaching - Hours

Recitations: 3,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Recitations Totals 1 3,00
Adriano da Silva Carvalho 3,00

Teaching language



To apply the knowledge, methods and tools got within previous programme - Energy Conversion in main application domains.

The student must be able of choosing the appropriate power converter from functional and technical requirements put by the application as well as to design the whole system.

Learning outcomes and competences

To understand the functional and operation requirements of the most important application domains, namely the energy generation either for the grid or for the vehicle and electrical traction either in electrical vehicles or in train transportation.

To analyse the requirements for interconnecting distributed resources with electric power systems (grid codes) as well as for managing power source and mechanical transportation loads (standards).

To be capable of developing an appropriate model for a specific energy source and a mechanical traction load in order to satisfy particular analysis or synthesis requirements.

To be capable of designing and analysing a power electronics based converter system in anyone of these domains.

To be capable of designing a global control system satisfying the requirements of these domains.

To be capable of using simulation software for dynamics analysis.

To analyse fault conditions and design safe operation of power electronics systems in the both domains.

Working method


Pre-requirements (prior knowledge) and co-requirements (common knowledge)

Basic knowledge in power electronics and control systems


Fundamentals of renewable energy sources: wind energy, solar/photovoltaic energy, fuel cell and biomass. Modelling of renewable energy sources for power electronics conditioning. First stage conversion: form primary energy source to electrical energy.

Fundamentals of electrical traction: electrical vehicles and trains. Modelling of mechanical loads for electrical circuits. Energy recovery. First stage conversion: form primary energy load to electrical energy.

Power electronics conditioning for the both domains: voltage and current sources. Analysis of requirements for converter design.

Control methods considering the energy source/load characteristics: algorithms for maximum power flow. Analysis of converter control methods satisfying system requirements.

Dynamical and permanent faults. Operation under abnormal conditions. Safe operation of global system. Standardization.

High performance and dynamics analysis by simulation of power electronics converters based systems using MatLab, SaberTM and PSIM software packages.

Mandatory literature

T. Ackermann; Wind Power in Power Systems, John Wiley and Sons, 2005
M. R. Patel; Wind and Solar Power Systems, CRC Press, 1999
R. O'Hayre, S.-W. Cha, F. B. Prinz, W. Colella; Fuel Cell Fundamentals, John Wiley & Sons, 2005
Mehrdad Ehsani , Ali Emadi , and John M . Miller; Vehicular Electric Power Systems, CRC Press, 2003

Teaching methods and learning activities

Classes will include lectures, labs (using simulation software) and oral presentations from students reporting conclusions from their oriented study and research in specific domains.




Technological sciences > Engineering > Systems engineering
Technological sciences > Engineering > Electronic engineering
Technological sciences

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Exame 40,00
Participação presencial 20,00
Trabalho de campo 40,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Frequência das aulas 43,00
Trabalho de campo 160,00
Total: 203,00

Eligibility for exams

Attendance to classes according to public rules.

Calculation formula of final grade

The components for student evaluation are:

- Assignments

- Projects

- Exam

Each component will receive a grading in percentage.

The final score will be calculated according to the following rule: 0.2 * Assignments + 0.4 * Projects +0.4 * Exam


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