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Power electronics in offshore power systems

General details of the subject

Face-to-face degree course

Description and contextualization of the subject

Power Electronics is an enhancing vector in the development of renewable energy and efficient electrical energy management. Many of the systems necessary for offshore power production involve the use of power electronics, such as HVDC, FACTS or electric machine drives, studied in other courses in the master. This class presents the state of art in power electronics technology in terms of: devices, packaging, thermal design, design, and industry applications with similar operating requisites and provide the student with skills to select and design the proper components for offshore power converters.

The objectives are:

- To provide students with the ability to choose the proper power device, package and cooling method in each offshore power converter.

- To provide students with the ability to design the main elements of an offshore power converter.

- To provide a wide perspective of previous experience in other industries with similar challenges as offshore power conversion.

- To provide students with the ability to critically evaluate the impact of different power convert topologies on the offshore power generation system

Teaching staff

NameInstitutionCategoryDoctorTeaching profileAreaE-mail
MARTINEZ DE ALEGRIA MANCISIDOR, IÑIGOUniversity of the Basque CountryProfesorado AgregadoDoctorBilingualElectronic


Students are able to evaluate the different aspects relevant to the selection of a proper semiconductor device package for the construction of power converters20.0 %
Students are able to design the main elements of a power converter, such as gate drives, protection and passive elements20.0 %
Students are able to calculate the proper thermal parameters necessary for the correct operation of power converters20.0 %
Students are able to evaluate and compare the relevant merits of different power converters and their suitability for offshore power conversion.20.0 %
Students are able to identify power converters used in other industries that are also suited for offshore power conversion20.0 %

Study types

TypeFace-to-face hoursNon face-to-face hoursTotal hours
Applied computer-based groups1116.527.5

Training activities

NameHoursPercentage of classroom teaching
Classroom/Seminar/Workshop4.0100 %
Expositive classes15.0100 %
Groupwork22.50 %
Laboratory/Field11.0100 %
Systematised study22.50 %

Assessment systems

NameMinimum weightingMaximum weighting
Written examination0.0 % 100.0 %


Lesson 1 Introduction

Introductory classroom session with the main description of the course contents and the basic concepts that will be used along the course

Lesson 2 Power semiconductor packaging technology

Description of the main problems of connectivity, cooling and isolation of power semiconductors and state of the art in power packaging technology and implications in offshore power converter design.

Lesson 3 Power electronics cooling

Description, modelling and simulation of the thermal behaviour of power semiconductors in power converters.

Lesson 4 Gate drive design

Description and design of power semiconductor gate drivers

Lesson 5 Power converter protection

Description, design and selection of power converter protection

Lesson 5 Power converter Industry applications

Study of the most relevant industry power converters with requisites similar to offshore power conversion


Basic bibliography

"Power Electronics" Daniel W. Hart. Ed. Prentice Hall

"Power Electronics: Converters, Applications and Design" N. Mohan. Ed. John Wiley and Sons

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

"Power Electronics: devices, drivers, Applications and passive components" Barry W. Williams,


IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics

Bodo¿s Power Systems

Links ¿Consortium of Universities for Sustainable Power (CUSP)¿ IEEE Power Electronics Society

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