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Component connection to the grid by DC/AC converters

General details of the subject

Face-to-face degree course

Description and contextualization of the subject

Couse Objective:

To be able to understand, simulate and analyze different power electronic converters for Renewable Energy Systems Grid Integration

Course Outcomes:

1.To have a good understanding of the basic principles of power conversion

2.To understand the operating principles and models of different types of power electronic converters including dc-dc converters, PWM rectifiers and inverters

3.To be able to choose appropriate power converter topologies and design the power stage and feedback controllers for various applications

4.To be able to use power electronic simulation packages from Matlab/Simulink for analyzing and designing power converters for RES integration into the grid

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
CORTAJARENA ECHEVERRIA, JOSE ANTONIOUniversity of the Basque CountryProfesorado Titular De UniversidadDoctorNot bilingualElectronic
VECHIU , IONELÉcole Superieure des Technologies Industrielles Avancées-ESTIADoctor


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. 10.0 %
Establishing dynamic models of the different components of Smartgrids, particularly different Distributed Generation units. 20.0 %
Design of control laws locally for the different components of Smartgrids, particularly Distributed Generation units. 30.0 %
Evaluating and validating models and drivers of different components of Smartgrids, through simulations and experimental testing, using different computing and prototyping tools. 20.0 %
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 %
Students should be trained to understand and analyse technical documents, standards and scientific articles on the topic of the Master, and to apply them in the creation of work and research related to the field of Smartgrids. 10.0 %

Study types

TypeFace-to-face hoursNon face-to-face hoursTotal hours
Applied classroom-based groups34.57.5
Applied laboratory-based groups404
Applied computer-based groups81826

Training activities

NameHoursPercentage of classroom teaching
Application Workshops4.0100 %
Exercises7.540 %
Expositive classes15.0100 %
Solving practical cases26.031 %
Systematised study22.50 %

Assessment systems

NameMinimum weightingMaximum weighting
Oral examination10.0 % 30.0 %
Practical tasks20.0 % 40.0 %
Written examination40.0 % 60.0 %

Ordinary call: orientations and renunciation

Practical tasks 50%

Exam 50%

The final evaluation is done on an obligatory work based on a project (report).

Extraordinary call: orientations and renunciation

If there is a resit examination, the examination form may change from written to oral


Introduction to Power Converters for the Integration of Renewable Energy Sources

Conventional Control of Grid-Connected Converters in the Absence of Faults

Architecture and Control Solutions for Power Converters subject to Network Failures

Operation of Power Converters in the event of Network Failures

Parallel Operation of Power Converters


Compulsory materials

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

Basic bibliography

R. Peña, J. C. Clare, and G. M. Asher, Doubly fed induction generator using back-to-back PWM converters and its application to variable-speed wind-energy generation, IEE Proc.-Electr. Power Appl., vol. 143, no. 3, pp. 231,241, May 1996.

M. Chinchilla, S. Arnaltes, and J. Burgos, Control of permanent-magnet generators applied to variable-speed wind-energy systems connected to the grid, IEEE Trans. Energy Convers., vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 130¿135, Mar. 2006.

I. Vechiu, O. Curea, and H. Camblong, Transient operation of a four-leg inverter for autonomous applications with unbalanced load, IEEE Trans. Power Electron., vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 1591,1596, 2010.

I. Vechiu, H. Camblong, G. Tapia, B. Dakyo, and O. Curea, Control of a four-leg inverter for hybrid power system applications with unbalanced load, Energy Convers. and Manage., vol. 48, pp. 2119,2128, 2007.

M. A. Perales, M. M. Prats, R. Portillo, J. L. Mora, J. I. León, and L. G. Franquelo, Three-dimensional space vector modulation in abc coordinates for four-leg voltage source converters, IEEE Power Electron. Lett., vol. 1, no. 4, pp. 104¿109, 2003.

M. I. M. Montero, E. R. Cadaval, and F. B. González, Comparison of control strategies for shunt active power filters in three-phase four-wire systems, IEEE Trans. Power Electron., vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 229¿236, 2007.

S. Orts-Grau, F. J. Gimeno-Sales, A. Abella¿n-Garci¿a, S. Segui¿-Chilet, and J. C. Alfonso-Gil, Improved shunt active power compensator for IEEE standard 1459 compliance, IEEE Trans. Power Deliv., vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 2692¿2701, 2010.

In-depth bibliography

Q.-C. Zhong, and T. Hornik, Control of Power Inverters in Renewable Energy and Smart Grid Integration. Chichester, West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.

R. Teodorescu, M. Liserre, and P. Rodríguez, Grid Converters for Photovoltaic and Wind Power Systems. Chichester, West Sussex, UK: Wiley-IEEE, 2012.

S. Bacha, I. Munteanu, and A. Bratcu, Power Electronic Converters Modeling and Control with Case Studies. Springer, 2013.

M. P. Kazmierkowski, R. Krishnan, and F. Blaabjerg (Eds.), Control in Power Electronics. Selected Problems. San Diego, California, USA: Elsevier Science, 2002.

L. Xu, Coordinated control of DFIG's rotor and grid side converters during network unbalance, IEEE Trans. Power Electron., vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 1041-1049, May 2008.

H. Geng, G. Yang, D. Xu, and B. Wu, Unified power control for PMSG-based WECS operating under different grid conditions, IEEE Trans. Energy Convers, vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 822-830, Sep. 2011.

I. Vechiu, C. Balanuta, and G. Gurguiatu, Three-phase four-wire active power conditioners for weak grids, International Conference on Power Science and Engineering (ICPSE2), Hong Kong, 2012.

A. Etxeberria, I. Vechiu, H. Camblong, and J.-M. Vinassa, Comparison of three topologies and controls of a hybrid energy storage system for microgrids, Energy Convers. Manage., vol. 54, no. 1, pp. 113-121, 2012.

I. Vechiu, O. Curea, A. Llaria, and H. Camblong, Control of power converters for microgrids, COMPEL: The International Journal for Computation and Mathematics in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, vol. 30, no. 1, pp. 300-309, 2011.


IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics

IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics

IET Power Electronics

IET Electric Power Applications

IET Renewable Power Generation

IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion

IEEE Transactions on Power Systems

Wind Energy

Wind Engineering

Energy Conversion and Management

Renewable Energy


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