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Power converters

General details of the subject

Face-to-face degree course

Description and contextualization of the subject

This course examines the application of electronics to energy conversion and control. Topics covered include: modelling, analysis, and control techniques; design of power circuits including inverters, rectifiers, and DC-DC converters; and characteristics of power semiconductor devices. Numerous application examples will be presented such as MPPT systems, power supplies, and grid connected inverters.

In the event that the sanitary conditions prevent the realization of a teaching activity and / or face-to-face evaluation, a non-face-to-face modality will be activated of which the students will be informed promptly

Teaching staff

NameInstitutionCategoryDoctorTeaching profileAreaE-mail
ALBERRO ASTARBE, MIKELUniversity of the Basque CountryProfesorado Titular Escuela UniversitariaDoctorBilingualElectronic
MARTINEZ DE ALEGRIA MANCISIDOR, IÑIGOUniversity of the Basque CountryProfesorado AgregadoDoctorBilingualElectronic


Students should have updated knowledge about the advanced working techniques and methodologies related to the field of Smartgrids and distributed generation, particularly from the point of view of their control. 5.0 %
Awareness and application of the concepts and specifications of Smartgrids, their topologies, constituent components and basic dimensioning. 20.0 %
Design of control laws locally for the different components of Smartgrids, particularly Distributed Generation units. 35.0 %
Evaluating and validating models and drivers of different components of Smartgrids, through simulations and experimental testing, using different computing and prototyping tools. 30.0 %
Students should be able to communicate about the projects carried out working in multidisciplinary and multilingual national and international teams of professionals and researchers operating in the field of Smartgrids. 10.0 %

Study types

TypeFace-to-face hoursNon face-to-face hoursTotal hours
Applied classroom-based groups57.512.5
Applied laboratory-based groups101525
Applied computer-based groups57.512.5

Training activities

NameHoursPercentage of classroom teaching
Drawing up reports and presentations4.00 %
Exercises25.040 %
Expositive classes10.0100 %
Presentation of projects1.0100 %
Solving practical cases20.047 %
Systematised study15.00 %

Assessment systems

NameMinimum weightingMaximum weighting
Practical tasks10.0 % 40.0 %
Presentations0.0 % 20.0 %
Questions to discuss5.0 % 20.0 %
Written examination30.0 % 70.0 %

Ordinary call: orientations and renunciation

30% of the assessment grade is assigned to the lab work

70% of the assessment is assigned by a final exam of the problems and theoretical contents of the course

Extraordinary call: orientations and renunciation

An exam with two separate parts (lab exam 30%, theoretical contents 70%) will be used to assess the students work in the extraordinary call.

If any of the separate parts was passed in the ordinary call, the corresponding part will be assessed using this result.


Introduction to power electronics. Scope of application. Basic principles. Resolution methodology.

DC/DC conversion. Basic topologies. Continuous and discontinuous driving mode. Isolated topologies PWM regulation Applications

Rectifiers. Single-phase rectifiers. Three-phase rectifiers. Applications.

Inverters. Single-phase inverters. Three-phase inverters. Multilevel inverters. Applications.

Modulation. PWV. SVM. Harmonic elimination.

Power semiconductors.

Thermal Calculation. Static calculation. Dynamic calculation. Thermal cycling.

Converter design.


Compulsory materials

Documentation of the subject's web page. Accessible at:

Basic bibliography

"Electrónica de Potencia" Daniel W. Hart. Ed. Prentice Hall.

"Power Electronics: Converters, Applications and Design" N.

¿Mohan. Ed. Jophn Wiley and Sons.

"Problemas de Electrónica de Potencia" Andrés Barrado, Antonio Lázaro, Prentice Hall.

"Electrónica de Potencia: Componentes, topologías y equipos" Salvador Martinez García, Juan Andrés Gualda Gil, Ed.


"Electrónica de Potencia" M. Rashid Ed. Prentice Hall.

In-depth bibliography

Fundamentals of Power Electronics, R.W. Erickson, Kluwer.

Application Manual: Power Semiconductors A. Wintrich, U. Nicolai, W. Tursky, T. Reimann. SEMIKRON International GmbH.

Principles and Elements of POWER ELECTRONICS: Devices, Drivers, Applications, and Passive Components B.W. Williams, ISBN 978-0-9553384-0-3 © Barry W Williams 2006


IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics: Estado del arte en Electrónica de Potencia, con contenidos bastante avanzados y complejos, pero con algunos artículos de los que los alumnos pueden extraer nociones básicas importantes.

Bodo's Power Systems: Información del mercado de la Electrónica de potencia, de manera que los alumnos puedan conocer los elementos que pueden utilizar para el diseño y fabricación de convertidores de potencia.

Links Consortium of Universities for Sustainable Power (CUSP); : El apartado Knowledge base contiene gran cantidad de información técnica Gran cantidad de documentos técnicos con aspectos prácticos de convertidores

de potencia. : IEEE Power Electronics Society. : Foro de discusión de electrónica de potencia

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