Welcome to AC Microgrids

  • Description: A Microgrid can be defined as a part of the grid with elements of prime energy movers, power electronics converters, distributed energy storage systems and local loads, that can operate autonomously but also interacting with main grid. The functionalities expected for these small grids are: black start operation, frequency and voltage stability, active and reactive power flow control, active power filter capabilities, and storage energy management. This way, the energy can be generated and stored near the consumption points, increasing the reliability and reducing the losses produced by the large power lines. In addition, as one of current trends and developments the Internet of Things (IoT) is affecting and will shape the society and the world in all respects. The meet of IoT and energy industry naturally brings the promise of Energy Internet round the corner to introduce significant advantages and opportunities: enhanced automation, controllability, interoperability and energy efficiency, smarter energy management, and so on.

The course starts giving some examples of Microgrids in the world. The course participants not only will learn modeling, simulation and control of three-phase voltage source inverters operating in grid-connected mode and islanded mode, but also, how these power electronics converters are integrated in AC Microgrids and how to be extended Energy Internet at a systemic level.
Relevant concepts like frequency and voltage droop control as well as the virtual impedance concept are explained in detail. Finally, this course also introduces the study of the hierarchical control of Microgrids for AC electrical distribution systems, stability analysis based on small signal models, as well as Energy Internet-enabled opportunities and advanced solutions.

Day 1: Microgrids Systems Overview, Modelling and Control.
Ernane Coelho(3h), Josep Guerrero(1h), Juan Vasquez (1h) and Yajuan Guan (1h)

Day 2: Distributed Energy Storage Systems, Hierarchical Control, and IoT-enabled energy internet solutions
Josep Guerrero (2h), Juan Vasquez(2h), Yajuan Guan (2h)
Prerequisites: Matlab/Simulink knowledge is recommended for the exercises.
Form of evaluation: The participants will be grouped and asked to team work on several case study scenarios and tasks proposed along the course. The assessment in this course will be done through a final multi-choice test in combination with delivery of exercises reports.

  • Organizer: Professor Juan C. Vasquez, Professor Josep M. Guerrero

  • Lecturers: Professor Josep M. Guerrero, Professor Juan C. Vasquez, Professor Ernane Coelho, Assistant Professor, Yajuan Guan.

  • ECTS: 2

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  • Number of seats: 20

  • Deadline: April 13 2020 




    We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics


Description:

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) has been successfully used in innovative design, trouble-shooting, optimization of technologies and facilities in numerous areas. This advanced CFD course will provide a familiarity with and an in-depth understanding of the following topics and issues:


Day 1: Fundamentals of CFD (intro to CFD; the finite volume method for various steady and unsteady problems; different spatial and temporal discretization schemes, their formulation, assessment and applicability). Lecturer: Chungen Yin; 7.4 hours


Day 2: RANS turbulence modeling (SIMPLE algorithm for pressure-velocity coupling; fundamentals of turbulence; different isotropic eddy viscosity models; near-wall modeling; meshing impact and strategies). Lecturer: Chungen Yin; 7.4 hours


Day 3: Multiphase flow modeling (different methods for multiphase flow modeling such as Lagrangian method, Eulerian method, mixture & volume of fluid approach; modeling multiphase flow in porous media). Lecturer: Torsten Berning; 7.4 hours


Day 4: Turbulent combustion modeling and user-defined functions (combustion analysis tools; species transport/eddy dissipation or EDC; mixture fraction/PDF; fundamentals & examples of user-defined functions). Lecturer: Chungen Yin; 7.4 hours


During each of the four days, lectures will be combined with demos and hands-on sessions, in order to achieve the above objectives.
Prerequisites: Basic knowledge in fluid flow, turbulence, multiphase, combustion, programming


Form of evaluation:
1) a mini-report on the source code to numerically solve a general transport equation using the finite volume method and the key results; or
2) a mini-report on modeling of a turbulent flow using a commercial CFD code both by the default software and by developing and integrating user-defined functions.



Organizer: Associate Professor Chungen Yin, email: chy@et.aau.dk

LecturersAssociate Professor Chungen Yin, Aalborg University and Associate Professor Torsten Berning, Aalborg University



ECTS: 4

Time: August 18-21, 2020

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Number of seats: 25 

DeadlineJuly 28 2020 

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.



Description:

Digital controllers are now extremely powerful. With the current Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA), designing a controller is no longer limited to the programming of a microprocessor but includes also the programming of the architecture of the processor itself along with its peripherals and its computing accelerators. As a consequence, the control designer should be now a system architect who also needs a deep understanding of the final system to be controlled. Along this line, this course aims to propose a rational use of current FPGA-based reconfigurable platforms for controlling power electronic and drive applications.


The following topics are covered in the course:

Day 1. - Introduction, presentation of the current trends in terms of digital control implementation for electrical systems.
- Description of FPGA components (Internal architecture of FPGAs, recent System-on-Chip extension, presentation of the corresponding development tools), VHDL reminders.
- Hands-on basic examples, tutorial on a current FPGA development tool chain.

Day 2 and 3: - Main design rules of an FPGA-based controller: Control algorithm refinement (design of a time continuous controller, internal delay issues, digital re-design, sampling issues, quantization issues). Architecture refinement (algorithm / architecture matching, IP-modules reusability, Hardware-In-the-Loop (HIL) validation, system-on-chip extension, High Level Synthesis (HLS) design approach).
- Presentation of practical cases: Current control of a synchronous motor drive, sensorless control techniques (Kalman filtering, high frequency injection), Adaptive MPPT for PV applications, Fault tolerant control of Voltage Source Rectifier.
- Hands-on the FPGA-based control of a power converter connected to the grid. Design of different types of regulators (PI current controller, PR current controller, sliding mode current controller, predictive current controller) and their corresponding Simulink-based and HLS-based IP modules. HiL validation.

Prerequisites: Matlab/Simulink knowledge and C/C++basic knowledge is recommended for the exercises



Organizer: Professor Josep M. Guerrero, Professor Juan C. Vasquez

Lecturers: Professor Eric Monmasson (University of Cergy-Pontoise), Assistant Professor Mattia Ricco (University of Bologna)

ECTS: 3 

Time: April 28 - 30 , 2020

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Number of seats: 16 

Deadline: April 7, 2020

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.



Welcome to Advanced measurements techniques in fluid mechanics – theory and practice




Description: The objective of this course is to give the student a brief overview of measurement techniques in the field of fluid mechanics. Particle Image Velocimetry, Laser Doppler Velocimetry, Constant Temperature Anemometry and flow meters are introduced and discussed in terms of advantages and limitations. Selected techniques are used in 4 different experimental session, where the participants are trained in the use of the equipment. As experimental sessions are an important part of this course, the participants must work together in groups of max 4-5 persons. Topics on data reduction and analysis are offered in addition to the theoretical and experimental aspects.

Day 1 – 8 hours:
Registration and welcome, Overview of measurement techniques in fluid mechanics. Characteristics of tracers used in laser-based measurements. Laser doppler Velocimetry, Constant temperature anemometry.


Day 2 - 8 hours:
Flow visualization. Particle Image Velocimetry. Laboratory safety. Experiment #1. Group work.


Day 3 – 8 hours:
Presentation of Industrial cases. Analysis and uncertainty of acquired date. Experiment #2. Experiment #3. Group work


Day 4 – 8 hours:
Data reduction for presentation and documentation. Design of experimental setups Experiment #4. Excursion. Group work


Day 5 – 8 hours:
Using experimental for validation of numerical results. Mini conference with presentation of results obtained during the course. Closing and feedback


Prerequisites:
Participants must have fundamental knowledge on fluid mechanics and simple data acquisition.


Software requirements:
Participants are expected to bring a laptop with their own software for data processing. We recommend MATLAB


Form of evaluation:
The participants must hand in miniprojects in groups and complete a multiple choice test



Organizer: Henrik Sørensen

Lecturers: Henrik Sørensen, Jakob Hærvig, Anna Lyhne Jensen and external guest lectures

ECTS: 5

Time: 31 August – 4 September 2020

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Number of seats: 20 

Deadline: 10 August 2020


Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.



Welcome to Advanced Optimization Techniques for Energy Systems Planning and Operation




Description: Optimal decision-making is a must in energy system planning and operation as the non-optimal decisions may lead to high economic losses and/or technical issues. The course on “Advanced Optimization Techniques for Energy Systems Planning and Operation” is aimed at providing an in-depth introduction to energy system optimization methods. The course will contain a wide range of the basic methods to advanced techniques with hand on examples related to energy systems. The participants will learn how to implement the methods using optimization packages such as GAMS and MATLAB.

Syllabus:
The course will mainly cover the following subjects

Day 1 (8:30-16:30- both Lecturers)
1.1. Introduction to optimization
1.2. Linear programming (geometric methods, simplex algorithm, and sensitivity) and duality theories (dual problem, weak duality theory, and strong duality theory)
1.3. Decomposition Techniques for LP ( Dantzig Wolfe & Benders)

Day 2 (8:30-16:30- both Lecturers)
2.1. Mixed integer linear programming
2.2. Nonlinear programming (KKT conditions, convexity, duality)
2.3. Application of Metaheuristic Algorithms

Day 3 (8:30-16:30- both Lecturers)
3.1. Multi-objective optimization
3.2. Bi-level programming
3.3. Stochastic Optimization
3.4. Risk Modelling and Management

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge in linear algebra and programming

Form of evaluation: The participants will be evaluated by exercises in a daily basis (both individually and in groups) and a mini-project on the optimization of energy systems at the end of the course.


Intended Audience:
- Utility personnel involved in energy system operation, planning and related activities

- Power engineers

- Policy makers and energy planers

- PhD/Guest PhD Students (Engineering, Mathematics, Economics, Planning)



Organizer: Associate Professor Amjad Anvari-Moghaddam – Aalborg University

Lecturers:  Associate Professor Amjad Anvari-Moghaddam – Aalborg University Postdoc Behnam Mohammadi-ivatloo – Aalborg University

ECTS: 3

Time: 10 - 12 March 2020

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Number of seats: 25

Deadline: 18 February 2020

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Application-Oriented Modelling of Renewable Energy Sources, Conversion and Energy Storage Systems




Description: This four-day course provides an overview and hands-on experience into the most common modelling methods used for the design, analysis, and planning of solar photovoltaic (PV) generation, wind power (WP) , and energy storage (ES) systems.

The course will focus on the applicability and practical implementation of the models, and cover the following main topics:
i) modelling solar and wind resource: from high frequency variations to hourly, daily, and monthly averaged models;
ii) detailed/dynamic models of the photovoltaic generator (PVG), wind turbine generator (WTG), power electronic converter (PEC) and battery storage system (BSS), used in applications where models with a high bandwidth are required, such as switching converter applications;
iii) averaged, performance, and ageing models of the PVG, WTG, PEC, and BSS used in power system integration studies, power plant design, or performance monitoring and analysis.
The mornings are dedicated to lectures, while the afternoons are spent with off-line application examples and exercises in Matlab/Simulink, and laboratory exercises focusing on Real Time implementation, where the students will apply the models and methodology in practice.


Day 1: Modelling of photovoltaic systems – Sergiu Spataru  (8 hours)

 Modelling the solar resource, solar cells, modules and arrays
 Performance models of the array, inverter and PV plant
 Modelling of PV panels and systems from measurement data
 Real-time implementation of the model

Day 2: Modelling of power converters – Tamas Kerekes (8 hours)

 Average and switching modelling of the power converters
 Thermal modelling of the switches
 Modelling of different modulators for PWM
 Comparison between the different level of modelling with the experimental results obtained from dSpace

Day 3: Modelling of energy storage systems – Daniel Stroe (8 hours)

 Battery performance testing
 Methods of battery performance modelling and validation
 Development of the static battery model;
 Development of the equivalent electrical circuit based dynamic battery model based on measurement data;
 Validation of battery model

Day 4: Modelling of wind power systems – Florin Iov (8 hours)
 Modelling of wind resource, aeromechanical part and electrical part of different wind turbine concepts
 Performance models for wind turbine systems
 Smart grid applications including storage and PV systems
 Modelling of wind turbine systems components
 Real-time implementation aspects
 HIL testing and verification of models


Prerequisites:
A degree in electrical engineering or control engineering and Matlab/Simulink knowledge is strongly recommended. The course language is English.


Form of evaluation:
The students will be evaluated based on an individual report that must be submitted in maximum 10 working days after the course is finished.
The individual report must document their solutions to the mandatory assignments received during each day the course.



Organizer:

Assistant Professor Sergiu Spataru, ssp@et.aau.dk, Aalborg University
Associate Professor Dezso Sera, des@et.aau.dk, Aalborg University

Lecturers:

Associate Professor Dezso Sera, des@et.aau.dk, Aalborg University
Associate Professor Tamas Kerekes, tak@et.aau.dk, Aalborg University
Associate Professor Florin Iov, fi@et.aau.dk, Aalborg University
Associate Professor Daniel-Ioan Stroe, dis@et.aau.dk, Aalborg University Assistant Professor Sergiu Spataru, ssp@et.aau.dk, Aalborg University


ECTS: 4

Time: 16 – 19 March 2020
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Number of seats: 20

Deadline: February 24, 2020

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Artificial Intelligence in Electrical Energy Systems


Description: Artificial intelligence (AI) has recently become ubiquitous in our society, with applications in search, image understanding, apps, mapping, medicine, drones, and self-driving cars. Core to many of these applications are visual recognition tasks such as image classification, localization and detection. On the other hand, AI has also been used in Electrical Engineering for many decades for data-driven modelling of system whose analytic modelling was hard or simply not possible to do. For instance, they have been widely used for load/generation/price forecasting, for modelling nonlinear parts of the industrial control systems and for creating surrogate models of complex systems. All these applications are enabled by the artificial neural networks – the fundamental workhorses of the AI.

However, as opposed to past decades when neural networks were small and comprised only a few neurons, recent dawn of the big data age (characterized by the unprecedented access to large computational resources and big datasets) has enabled the creation of much larger networks. They have greatly advanced the computer vision field but have recently also enabled many new applications in the electrical engineering field.
In a nutshell, this course is focused on providing the attendees the following material: a) AI historical background in electrical engineering and wider, b) an understanding and fundamental characteristics of artificial neural networks, and c) practical applications of AI proposed by the lecturers that have solved some of the long standing research problems in electrical engineering. All models will be provided to attendees and experimental lab demonstration is expected as well.
Upon completing the course, the participants will gain insight how to obtain a high accuracy surrogate model of a power electronics systems, utilize the surrogate for multi-objective optimization problems or synthesis of complex power electronics controllers.


Day 1: General information about AI, Tomislav Dragičević (4.5 hours) + Mateja Novak (2.5 hours)
9:00 – 10:00 Artificial intelligence – how is it revolutionizing the world
10:00 – 10:30 Features of neural networks – the workhorses of AI
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:00 Artificial intelligence in electrical engineering – historical background
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch break
13:00 – 14:00 Application of AI to optimize design of power electronic systems
14:00 – 15:00 Imitation learning of computationally heavy controllers
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 – 16:30 AI for optimizing the control parameters of industrial control systems


Day 2: AI laboratory exercises. Tomislav Dragičević (3.5 hours) + Mateja Novak (3.5 hours)
08:30 – 10:30 Laboratory 1: AI-aided design for reliability of power electronics systems
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:00 Laboratory 2: AI-aided imitation learning of industrial control systems (part 1)
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch break
13:00 – 14:00 Laboratory 2: AI-aided imitation learning of industrial control systems (part 2)
14:00 – 15:00 Laboratory 3: AI-aided tuning of control parameters (part 1)
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 – 16:30 Laboratory 3: AI-aided tuning of control parameters (part 2)


Prerequisites:
General knowledge about electrical engineering field.
Practicing knowledge in power electronic systems.
Experience in using Matlab/Simulink (Deep Learning toolbox, Parallel Computing toolbox)
The course is recommended for PhD students and power electronic control engineers focusing on multi-objective optimization problems and implementation of complex control algorithms


Form of evaluation: Report evaluated by the lecturers.

Key References:
 T. Dragičević, P. Wheeler and F. Blaabjerg, "Artificial Intelligence Aided Automated Design for Reliability of Power Electronic Systems," in IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, vol. 34, no. 8, pp. 7161-7171, Aug. 2019.
 T. Dragičević and M. Novak, "Weighting Factor Design in Model Predictive Control of Power Electronic Converters: An Artificial Neural Network Approach," in IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, vol. 66, no. 11, pp. 8870-8880, Nov. 2019.
 M. Novak, T. Dragicevic and F. Blaabjerg, "Weighting factor design based on Artificial Neural Network for Finite Set MPC operated 3L-NPC converter," 2019 IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC), Anaheim, CA, USA, 2019, pp. 77-82.
 S. Mohamed, S. Rovetta, T. D. Do, T. Dragičević and A. A. Z. Diab, "A Neural-Network-Based Model Predictive Control of Three-Phase Inverter With an Output LC Filter," in IEEE Access, vol. 7, pp. 124737-124749, 2019.



Organizer: Prof. Tomislav Dragičević (tdr@et.aau.dk)

Lecturers: Prof. Tomislav Dragičević, dr. Mateja Novak

ECTS: 2

Time: 24 – 25 September 2020

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Number of seats: 30

Deadline: 3 September 2020


Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Capacitors in Power Electronics Applications


Description:

Capacitors are one of the key components in typical power electronic systems in terms of cost, volume, and reliability. Power electronics applications are consuming unprecedented quantities of electrolytic capacitors, film capacitors, and ceramic capacitors. This industrial/PhD course will discuss the sizing, modeling, and reliability analysis of capacitors from an application perspective, focusing on both classical and emerging power electronics applications. It is the latest research outcome of several PhD projects and industrial collaboration activities. The course will cover the following aspects:
1) Basics of capacitors and its functions in power electronic converters
2) Emerging capacitor technologies and latest developments
3) Capacitor sizing criteria in power electronics by considering steady-state performance, transient and stability performance under both normal and abnormal operations
4) Reliability of electrolytic capacitors, film capacitors, and ceramic capacitors
5) Mission profiled based electro-thermal-lifetime modeling of capacitors
6) Condition monitoring and protection of capacitors in power electronics applications
7) Capacitor minimization techniques in power electronic systems
8) Case studies in DC-DC converters, Modular Multi-Level Converters (MMC), photovoltaic inverters, wind power converters, adjustable-speed-drives, Solid-State-Transformers (SST), and ultra-low inductive capacitor bank design.


Day 1 – Introduction to capacitors and its electro-thermal-lifetime modeling and accelerated testing (Lecturer: Huai Wang, 08:30 – 16:30)
L1 Basics of capacitors and emerging capacitor technologies
L2 Electro-thermal-lifetime modelling of capacitors
Exc 1 Mission profile based capacitor lifetime modelling
Lab 1 Capacitor thermal characterization
L3 Accelerated degradation testing of capacitors
Exc 2 Step-by-step capacitor lifetime data analysis
L4 Capacitor condition monitoring


Day 2 – Capacitor sizing in power electronic applications (Lecturer: Haoran Wang, 08:30 – 15:30)
L5 Capacitor sizing criteria in power electronics
L6 Active capacitors with semiconductor circuits
L7 Capacitor application case studies
Exc 3 Step-by-step capacitor sizing for a power converter with specified reliability
specifications


Prerequisites:
Basic understanding of power electronics circuits and control


Form of evaluation:
Case study exercise, lab measurement, and report submission



Organizer: Professor Huai Wang, hwa@et.aau.dk

Lecturers: Professor Huai Wang, Postdoc Haoran Wang

ECTS: 2

Time: November 19-20, 2020

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Number of seats: 30 

Deadline: 29 October, 2020

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.



Welcome to Cyber Security for Microgrids


Description:

Microgrids are becoming a cornerstone of power distributions systems that will facilitate the realization of a carbon-neutral electric power systems. Alongside their flexibility to be operated in both grid-connected and autonomous modes, they also provide natural interfaces with many types of RES and ESSs and good compliance with consumer electronics. Moreover, microgrids can be grid-interactive by providing grid supportive functions such as frequency response and, regulation, reactive power support and voltage regulation, etc. All these facts lead to more and more deployment of microgrids in transmission and distribution levels. Furthermore, with proliferation of communication technologies, microgrids are evolving into cyber-physical systems (CPS) that use sophisticated software-based networked control. This increased sophistication imposes numerous new challenges involving coordination, operation philosophy and vulnerability to cyber-attacks.
Cyber-attacks can be designed in many ways: (a) sensor infiltration, (b) communication infringement. Even though several hard-bound secure protocols are designed to ensure the authenticity of the actual signal, the attackers usually target the control layer as an easy target. Hence, this course aims to focus: (a) identifying the vulnerable access points in microgrid controllers, (b) introduce the most prominent cyber-attacks, (c) detection of cyber-attacks in in real-time, (d) removal of these attack elements and ensuring stability/preventing system shutdown, (e) design of resilient controllers for microgrids, which heals by itself despite any cyber intrusion attempts. All models will be provided to attendees and experimental lab demonstration is expected as well along with discussion on future research ideas.


Day 1: General information about cyber security and its impact in microgrids – Tomislav Dragičević (2.5 hours) + Subham Sahoo (2.5 hours)
9:00 – 10:00 Microgrids – Role in modern power systems
10:00 – 10:30 Basic control and operation philosophies of microgrids
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:00 Cyber security in power systems – Lookback into the past events
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch break
13:00 – 14:00 Vulnerability assessment of microgrids to different kinds of attacks
14:00 – 15:00 Design of cyber-attack detection and mitigation strategies for microgrids
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 – 16:30 Design of resilient self-healing controllers for microgrids


Day 2: Cyber security laboratory exercises. Tomislav Dragičević (1 hour) + Subham Sahoo (4 hours)
09:30 – 10:30 Laboratory 1.1: Detection of cyber attacks in microgrids (part 1)
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:00 Laboratory 1.2: Detection of cyber attacks in microgrids (part 2)
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch break
13:00 – 15:00 Laboratory 2: Design of resilient controllers for microgrids
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 – 16:30 Laboratory 3: Mitigation of cyber attacks in microgrids


Prerequisites:
General knowledge about electrical engineering field.
Practicing knowledge in power electronic systems and control theory.
Experience in using Matlab/Simulink


Form of evaluation: Report evaluated by the lecturers.



Organizer: Prof. Tomislav Dragičević

Lecturers: Prof. Tomislav Dragičević; Dr. Subham Sahoo

ECTS: 2

Time: 25 – 26 May 2020

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Number of seats: 30

Deadline: 5 May 2020

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to D-FMEA: Design Failure Mode and Effect Analysis for Power Electronic Converters


Description: 

The aim of the course is to meet both scientific challenges and industry needs for electrical engineers and scientists with reliability expertise and systems engineering concept, especially the D-FMEA for system design. The lecturers would like to extend for the workshop as a regular PhD course so that it can benefit a wider range of participants.
Design Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (D-FMEA) helps to foresee design issues and to mitigate them at early stages of product development. Best practice of D-FMEA for power electronics design is believed to be of general benefits to the power electronic converter designer across industries and academic research. Based on engineering case studies, this course will introduce a systematical way to perform D-FMEA and its important aspects. Participants will bring their own designs to the course, and will leave with hands-on experiences in building up D-FMEA of their specific applications. The course will mainly cover the following aspects:

1) Introduction to D-FMEA and systems engineering
2) How to formulate functions and failures, link causes and effects, and score risk
3) Examples applicable of mega-watt power converter
4) Training in software tool for D-FMEA (IQ-FMEA) and free-of-charge use of tool for duration of course
5) Hands on exercises of selected projects from course participants (teams or individuals)

Day 1 – Introduction of D-FMEA, Systems Engineering (Lecturers: Philip C. Kjær, Rui Wu, and Huai Wang, 08:30 – 16:30)
08:30 – 09:00 Welcome, introduction to the course
09:00 – 10:30 Introduction to D-FMEA
10:30 – 12:00 Introduction to systems engineering
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 15:30 Exercise on functions & failures
15:30 – 16:30 Participant team project support

Day 2 – Failure Cause & Effect and Risk Scoring (Lecturers: Philip C. Kjær, Rui Wu, and Huai Wang, 08:30 – 16:30)
08:30 – 09:00 Recap from Day 1
09:00 – 10:30 Converter – a worked example
10:30 – 12:00 Cause & effect analysis
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 14:00 Converter – a worked example
14:30 – 15:30 D-FMEA risk scoring
15:30 – 16:30 Software training of IQ-FMEA (I)

Day 3 – Failure Cause & Effect and Risk Scoring (Lecturers: Philip C. Kjær, Rui Wu, and Huai Wang, 08:30 – 16:30)
08:30 – 09:00 Recap from Day 2
09:00 – 11:30 Software training of IQ-FMEA (II)
11:30 – 12:00 Participant team project discussions
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 15:00 Participant team project presentation
15:00 – 16:30 Participant team project discussions

Day 4 – Participant Team Project Implementation and Exercises (it is mainly performed intensively by the course participants in teams, lecturers can provide support upon the request, otherwise, no formal lecturers on this day)

Day 5 – Participant Team Project Presentations and Discussions (Lecturers: Philip C. Kjær, Rui Wu, and Huai Wang, 08:30 – 16:30)

Prerequisites:
1. Pre-reading the shared materials
2. Participants should choose their own products for studying in the course, which should be:
1) a product at an adequate complexity level within power electronics area, for instance, a EMI filter, a Print circuit board (PCB), a magnetic component, discrete semiconductors, a heat sink or a liquid cooling system;
2) a product with new designs, or a product with modifications to the exist design, or a exist product needs FMEA analysis
3. Participants should form a DFMEA team inside their institutes/companies for their design, including: a core team - designers of the product, a support team - assembly, manufacturing, design, analysis/test, reliability, materials, quality, service, and suppliers, as well as designers responsible for the next higher system.
4. Participants should be aware of the customers’ requirements/ expectations on their products.


Form of evaluation:
A DFMEA report on the participants’ own project (teams or individuals)


Organizer: Huai Wang, Professor, Aalborg University

Lecturers: Philip C. Kjær, Chief Specialist, Vestas Wind Systems A/S, and Professor, Aalborg University, Rui Wu, Power Electronics Engineer, Vestas Wind Systems A/S and Huai Wang, Professor, Aalborg University


ECTS: 4

Time: September 14 – 18, 2020 (including 1-day project team hands-on exercises)

Place: 

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City: 

Number of seats: 30

Deadline: 24 August 2020

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.



Welcome to DC Microgrids


Description:

DC distribution and transmission systems are a clear trend in electrical networks. The focus of this course is on modeling, control and operation of DC Microgrids, starting with stability and control strategies analyzed in detail, DC droop, virtual impedance concepts and hierarchical control structures for DC microgrids are also introduced. Control of DC-DC and AC-DC converters oriented as DC Microgrid interfaces are evaluated.
Distributed energy storage systems and mature DC output generation systems including distributed energy storage solutions are presented showing their interaction in DC distribution Microgrids. The course also shows examples of DC microgrids in different applications like telecommunication systems, wind power DC collector grid, residential DC electrical distribution systems and hybrid AC-DC microgrids.
Form of evaluation: The participants will be grouped and asked to team work on several case study scenarios and tasks proposed along the course. The assessment in this course will be done through a final multi-choice test in combination with delivery of exercises reports.


Day 1: DC Microgrids Introduction, Design and Control.
Josep Guerrero (3h), Juan Vasquez(2h), Baoze Wei (1h)


Day 2: DC Collector Grids for WPPs and Hierarchical Control of Microgrids
Sanjay Chaudhary(1.5h), Josep Guerrero(1.5h), Juan Vasquez(2h), Baoze Wei (1h)


Prerequisites: Matlab/Simulink knowledge is recommended for the exercises.


Form of evaluation: The participants will be grouped and asked to team work on several case study scenarios and tasks proposed along the course. The assessment in this course will be done through a final multi-choice test in combination with delivery of exercises reports.



Organizer: Professor Juan C. Vasquez, Professor Josep M. Guerrero

Lecturers: Professor Josep M. Guerrero, Professor Juan C. Vasquez, Associate Professor Sanjay K. Chaudhary, Assistant Professor Baoze Wei

ECTS: 2

Time: May 6 - 7, 2020

Place: 

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City: 

Number of seats: 20

Deadline: 15 april 2020

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.


Welcome to Design Considerations for Robust and Reliable Power Semiconductor Modules


Description:

In this course, the continuously growing importance of power electronics and the need for long and reliable power semiconductor devices will be addressed. First, an introduction to the most widely used power semiconductor devices will be given with a short introduction to its operation principle. Then, the role of the parasitic elements and thermal stresses in real applications, without forgetting about abnormal operations such as short-circuit will be addressed. With the target of accelerating the transition towards long-term lifetime of power electronic systems, four golden rules for reliable power module design will be proposed, which includes reliable operation under both normal and abnormal conditions.
On the second day, an overview of the most common failure mechanisms in silicon IGBTs and SiC MOSFETs will be presented. The prediction of such failure modes is complex since they can be triggered due to many parameters, such as temperature, voltage variation, inductive and capacitance effects, unbalanced current distribution and also EMI (Electro Magnetic Interference). Examples of instabilities will be given and the PhD student will become familiar with the failures that one can find in the field. The student will learn through a software tool, such as PSpice, how to model abnormal operations aiming at increasing the device robustness.

The course is organized in two consecutive days of full-time activities, covering the following:

Day 1
Lecture 1: Introduction, overview of new developments in SiC MOSFETs and Si IGBTs (Iannuzzo).
Lecture 2: Importance of parasitic elements in real applications considering thermal aspects (Bahman).


Day 2
Lecture 3: The four golden rules for reliable power application design including abnormal operation (Iannuzzo).
Lecture 4: Introduction to the most common failure mechanisms in silicon IGBTs and SiC MOSFETs (Iannuzzo).


Criteria for assessment: the PhD student must simulate with PSpice a simple semiconductor power module including chips in parallel and inductive elements under both normal and abnormal operations. The exercise can be done in group of 2-3 members. Assessment is on individual basis, with oral Q&A session.


Prerequisites: basic knowledge of circuit theory and device semiconductor behavior.



Organizer: Prof. Francesco Iannuzzo, fia@et.aau.dk , Aalborg University

Lecturers: Prof. Francesco Iannuzzo, Assist. Prof. Amir Sajjad Bahman, AAU

ECTS: 2

Time: 3 – 4 December 2020, all days 8:30 – 16:30

Place: Aalborg University, Pontoppidanstræde 101

Zip code: 9220 

City: 
Aalborg East

Number of seats: 30

Deadline: 12 November 2020

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.



Welcome to Design of Modern Power Semiconductor Components


Description:

The main component of modern Power Electronics circuits is the semiconductor power switch. This course presents the fundamentals of Power Switches operations from a physical point of view, together with the specific peculiarities and the reason to use them in a special application.
An overview on different packaging technologies and their properties, advantages and disadvantages, is also given. Requirements from the applications and possibilities to tackle them with a semiconductor package solution will be proposed.

Day 1
Lecture 1: 08.30-12.00 (V. Popok, K. Pedersen)
 Junction theory, PN- and PIN-diodes.
 Fundamentals of bipolar junction and field-effect transistors.
 MOSFET and IGBT in power electronics.
 Emerging (wide band-gap) technologies.
Lecture 2: 13.00-16.30 (F. Iannuzzo)
 Operation of MOSFETs and IGBTs. On state, off state, switching theory. Miller plateau, voltage/current overshoots and voltage/current tails. Power loss calculation.
 Overview of abnormal operations: Safe Operating Area (SOA), unclamped inductive switching (UIS) and short circuit.
 Principle of instability theory: current crowding and thermal runaway. Negative capacitance.
 Modern driving strategies: including two-level turn off and desaturation protection

Day 2
Lecture 3: 08.30-12.00 (E. Hoene)
 Introduction on packaging techniques for modern semiconductor power switches.
 Challenges in terms of power density, stray inductance/resistance and reliability.
 Modern interconnection solutions: copper bond wires, low-profile packaging, bondless packaging, etc.
Group work, part 1: 13.00-16.30

Day 3
Group work, part 2: 08.30-12.00
Final lecture: 13.00-16.30 (F. Iannuzzo, E. Hoene)
 Project presentations by groups, Collective project verification and discussion

Prerequisites: basic knowledge of circuit theory

Form of evaluation: the participants will be grouped and asked to work in team on a real design. Groups will compare and deeply discuss the achievements and the design choices in the final 1-day lecture. Attendees are asked specific questions about the developed design to be answered individually.


Organizer: Prof. Francesco Iannuzzo, fia@et.aau.dk, Aalborg University

Lecturers: Prof. Eckart Hoene, AAU and Fraunhofer IZM; Prof. Francesco Iannuzzo, AAU; Prof. Kjeld Pedersen, AAU, Prof. Vladimir Popok, AAU

ECTS: 3

Time: 9 - 11 November, all days 8:30 – 16:30

Place: 

Zip code: 

City: 

Number of seats: 30

Deadline: 19 October 2020

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.



Welcome to Dispersed Generation of Electricity




Description:

Environmental concerns and various benefits of small on-site generation have resulted in significant penetration of dispersed generation in many distribution systems. But, this has resulted in various operational problems. This course aims to address various challenges and opportunity with having a lot of dispersed generation in a network. It focuses on the balancing, stability and reliability problems in the network together with power quality. In addition, various aspects of islanded operation of distribution systems with dispersed generation are also discussed. The course also covers the role of electric vehicles and other flexible loads as a provider of ancillary services in the future electric power systems.

Day 1: Topic and short description + name of lecturer (+ hours)
Lecture 1: Energy Demand and Security of Power Supply (BBJ) (9.00-10.30)
The lecture introduces the trends of energy demand, relevance of dispersed generation, and challenges and solutions to security of future power systems.
Lecture 2: Renewable Energy Sources and Storage Systems (FI) (10.45-12.00)
Different topologies of distributed energy resources, its characteristics and technologies are presented in the lecture.
Lecture 3: Power Quality (BBJ) (13.00-14:15)
it includes various topics related to origin and consequences of various grid disturbances affecting power quality, apparatus to compensate for the different disturbances including battery energy storages,
lecture 4: Trends in Distribution system planning (BBJ) (14:30-16:00)
Future trends as seen by Cigre for automation in the grid, probabilistic model of a dispersed generation network and use of forecasting using artificial neural networks, state estimation.

Day 2: Topic and short description + name of lecturer (+ hours)
Lecture 5: Smart Grids (JRP) (9.00-10.30)
The trends and relevance of smart grids, smart grid architectures and importance of demand side management are covered in this lecture.
Lecture 5: Grid Connection Requirements for Dispersed Generation (JRP) (10:45-12:00)
The various technical challenges and solutions to integrate DERs, grid codes for grid connection for various types of dispersed generation and storage units are presented.
Lecture 6 – Flexible Demand and Ancillary Services (JRP) (13.00-16:00)
The lecture introduces the importance of ancillary services, need for alternative balancing reserves in renewable dominated power systems, application of flexible demand units (electric vehicles, heat pumps etc.) in power system operation and impact assessment of flexible demand units on distribution networks.

Day 3: Topic and short description + name of lecturer (+ hours)
Lecture 7: Grid Synchronisation and Island Detection (BBJ) (9.00-10.15)
Methods for grid synchronisation and island detection in renewable dominated power systems are presented in this lecture.
Lecture 8: Control and Operation of island systems (FI) (10.30-12.00)
The various topics covered in this lecture includes frequency control and voltage control from DERs, protection issues and load shedding in distributed generation based power systems.
Lecture 9: Simulation tools for Distributed Generation (FI) (13.00-16.00)
Modelling and Simulation of DERs, impacts and its control in electricity grids are conducted in Matlab

Day 4: Topic and short description + name of lecturer (+ hours)
Lecture 9: Exercises - Simulation tools for Distributed Generation (FI) (9:00-12:00)
Modelling and Simulation of DERs, impacts and its control in electricity grids are conducted in Matlab
Examination (JRP) (13.00 – 15.00)

Prerequisites: Electrical engineers and PhD students with knowledge about electrical power andenergy systems

Form of evaluation: Written examination



Organizer: Associate Professor Birgitte Bak-Jensen, e-mail: bbj@et.aau.dk

Lecturers: Professor Birgitte Bak-Jensen (BBJ), Associate Professor Jayakrishnan R. Pillai (JRP), Associate Professor Florin Iov (FI)

ECTS: 3.5

Time: 07-10 September 2020

Place: 

Zip code: 

City: 

Number of seats: 20

Deadline: 17 August 2020

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Electricity Markets and Power System Optimization


Description:

This course provides a detailed description of decision-making tools for modern power systems under the market environment, addressing the perspectives transmission expansion planning, unit commitment and economic dispatch. These tools rely on stochastic optimization, complementarity theory and decomposition algorithms.
The main topics are as follows:
 Introduction to the electricity market organization
 Modeling the competition in electric energy markets
 Stochastic unit commitment to coop with the renewable generation
 Probabilistic midterm transmission expansion planning in liberalized markets
 Decomposition for large-scale optimization problems

Day 1: Impact of renewable energy sources in short-term generation planning. Stochastic Daily Unit Commitment. Implementations in GAMS, Julia and Python. Andrés Ramos (7 h)
Uncertainty and variability of renewable generation resource may drastically affect the short-term operation planning of the electric system. This module will cover how to introduce these specific characteristics of renewables in a unit commitment model.

Day 2: Medium-term Stochastic Hydrothermal Coordination Model. Scenario tree. Stochastic measures. Implementation in GAMS. Andrés Ramos (7 h)
Some generation resources, such as hydro reservoirs, require a medium-term (weekly, monthly, annual) vision for their efficient operation. This module will include this medium-term scope in your decision-making.

Day 3: Generation and Transmission Expansion Planning. Implementation in GAMS. Andrés Ramos (7 h)
Power generators and transmission lines are capital-intensive infrastructure whose lifetimes span from 15 to 40 years. Decisions of today will last several years and may compromise climate change objectives. Expansion planning is the framework to understand the implications of long-term decisions and they can help in climate change policies.

Prerequisites:
Background in power system optimization, and fundamental knowledge in electricity markets.

Form of evaluation:
Assignments to be completed, then the reports to be submitted and evaluated after the course



Organizer: Z. Chen, Professor, email: zch@et.aau.dk, Aalborg University, Denmark

Lecturers: Andrés Ramos Galán, Professor Andres.Ramos@comillas.edu, Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Spain

ECTS: 3

Time: 12 – 14 February, 2020 / 8:30-16:30 

Place: 

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Number of seats: 30

Deadline: 22 January 2020

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy – Theory, Measurement and Analysis




Description:

The course is a full-week course held in week 40.
Monday, Sepember 28th (7,4 hours):
Topic: General introduction to impedance spectroscopy.
Short description: This part of the course provides an introduction to concepts such as impedance elements, equivalent circuits, time-frequency domain relations, Fourier and Laplace transform and measurement methods. This part explains what creates impedance in electrochemical systems and how the impedance can be measured.
Lecturer: Søren and Samuel

Tuesday, Sepember 29th (7,4 hours):
Topic: Measurement optimization and Lab session
Short description: This part discusses possible sources of measurement errors and noise. Various methods for error minimization will be presented. Students will form groups of 3-4 persons where at least one person in the group have previous experience with impedance measurements and ideally have a running experiment/test setup. The groups will visit existing test setups, examine the impedance measurement conditions and discuss if there is anything that can be done to improve the impedance measurements.
Lecturer: Søren and Samuel

Wednesday, Sepember 30th (7,4 hours):
Topic: Impedance Modeling
Short description: The goal of the modeling is to get the most information out of the measured impedance spectra, with due respect to the measurement uncertainties. Various equivalent circuits will be examined and used to model the impedance spectra provided by the students. Modeling tools will be introduced such as ZsimpWin, Zview and Elchemea.
Lecturer: Søren and Samuel

Thursday, October 1st (7,4 hours):
Topic: Advanced electrochemistry, measurement and analysis methods
Short description: This part of the course provides an introduction to various advanced measurement methods such as 3-electrode setups, rotating disc measurements, higher harmonics, and systematic test variations. This part also present various advanced analysis methods such as DRT, ADIS and bulk fitting.
Lecturer: Søren and Samuel

Friday, October 2nd (7,4 hours):
Topic: Online diagnostics and trends
Short description: This part of the course discuss examples of online diagnostics of electrochemical devices and adaptive control thereof. The focus is on opportunities and challenges for further scientific and commercial applications of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy.
Lecturer: Søren and Samuel

Prerequisites: Familiarity with complex numbers and basic calculus

Form of evaluation: Class discussion, case study exercise, lab measurements, presentation of group work results.



Organizers: Professor Søren Højgaard Jensen, Aalborg University

Lecturers: Professor Søren Højgaard Jensen and Associate Professor Samuel Simon Araya, Aalborg University

ECTS: 5

Time: September 28th – October 2nd.

Place: 

Zip code: 

City: 

Number of seats: 20

Deadline: 7 September 2020

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Electromagnetic Transients in Power Systems


Description:

Power systems are constantly subjected to disturbances and switching actions. These actions can go from a normal connection/disconnection of a load or line, to the opening of a faulted line after a short circuit or the incidence of lightning strokes, among others. These events are known as electromagnetic transients and have a short duration in the range of microseconds/milliseconds, typically.
Even being short duration phenomena, electromagnetic transients are of fundamental importance, as the system is subjected to high currents, voltages and frequencies during those micro/milliseconds, which may damage the electrical equipment. As a result, extensive investigations are made when installing new high voltage equipment, in order to assure that the equipment is not subjected to high stresses.
The participants in the course will learn how to analyse electromagnetic transients and different transient phenomena will be explored through the use of examples and real-life examples. When relevant, the respective countermeasures will be explained and examples given on how to do their respective selection.
The course will also focus in the use of software tools for the simulation of the transients, more specifically EMTDC/PSCAD, which will be introduced and explained during the course. The importance of having a proper modelling of the equipment (e.g., overhead lines, underground cables, transformers, …) in function of the phenomena will be demonstrated and guidelines will be provided on how to define the modelling requirements for different transient phenomena.
Phenomena that will be studied in the course are:
• Energisation and de-energisation of capacitor banks, shunt reactors, lines, transformers, …;
• Travelling waves and switching phenomena;
• Particularities of switching in HVAC cables (zero-missing, influence of bonding, etc…);
• Energisation of transformers (inrush currents and other resonances);
• Lightning simulation and back flashover;
• Fault transients;
• Impact of resonance points;
• Guidelines for network modelling:
o Network size;
o Modelling precision;
o Model validation;

Day 1: Basic concepts; Introduction to PSCAD; Basic switching operations (capacitor banks, shunt reactor); Travelling waves and modal domain;

Day 2: Underground cables; Transformers; Lightning; Resonances;

Day 3: Faults; Interruption of inductive currents; Network modelling (guidelines); Presentation of exercises for evaluation

Prerequisites: Master degree in Electric Power Systems or similar

Form of evaluation: Several exercises consisting in the simulation and analysis of different phenomena in an EMTP-type software must be done after the course. The attendees are expected to do a proper simulation of the phenomena, to comment the results and to propose solutions to the main issues, in a manner similar to an insulation co-ordination study.



Organizer: Filipe Faria da Silva

Lecturers: Filipe Faria da Silva

ECTS: 3

Time: 21-23 October

Place: 

Zip code: 

City: 

Number of seats: 15

Deadline: 30 September 2020

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to EMI/EMC in Power Electronics


Description:

With a rapid advancement of power switching devices and digital signal processing units, power electronics technology has found its way into many applications of renewable energy generation, transmission and consumption. Although power electronics systems are a key enabler as a cross-functional technology in the energy conversion process, their pulse energy conversion with inherent switching behavior exhibit disturbing harmonic emissions and electromagnetic noises.
Recently, with the high penetration of power electronic systems and advent of new power semiconductor devices known as wide-band gap (WBG) the importance of understanding and preventing power converters switching disturbances have significantly elevated. The generated harmonic and noise disturbances can result in electromagnetic interference (EMI) and should be controlled within specific limits by applying proper filtering, topology and control scheme. Thereby, in order to prevent the power converters from disturbing their own operation and other nearby electronic devices they should design for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC).
The emphasis of this course is to give a complete and clear picture on EMI issues and mitigation methodologies. Systematic designing of passive EMI filters for differential mode (DM) and common mode (CM) noises in single-phase and three-phase systems will be provided. Printed circuit board (PCB) design criteria, passive and active components parasitic and shielding approaches in reducing near-field couplings will be covered as well. Furthermore, time and frequency domain modeling of conducted low and high frequency emission noises through developing equivalent circuit models of power electronics converters in order to reduce the analysis complexity and prevent from conventional trial and error design approach will be addressed. This course will also focus on new challenges within the new frequency band of 2-150 kHz (i.e., suparharmonics) in power electronic
based power systems. The course content is combined with real-world application examples and demonstration.
In the first day the course will focus on basics of harmonics generated by switching, EMI issues in PWM converters, components parasitic, measurement requirement, interference mechanisms, filtering component and strategy. In the second day there will be more focus on advanced topics such as magnetic coupling, EMI prediction, Shielding and new standard requirements. The second day will be supported with industrial examples and real-world design experience regarding different aspects of EMI/EMC in power electronics.

Prerequisites: This course is intended for intermediate and advanced researchers and engineers in the field of power electronics and its applications, for EMC specialists and advanced university students exploring new harmonics and EMI challenges in power electronics-based power system and WBG-based power electronic systems. General knowledge in power electronics converters operation modes, passive components and basic control theory are preferred. Course exercises and mini-projects will be performed on MATLAB/PLECS software platform.
1- Pre-reading the shared materials
2- Power Electronics
3- Basic understanding of power electronics control

Day1: 8:30 – 16:30
- 08:30 – 09:00 Introduction and Welcome [Pooya]
- 09:00 – 09:45 Topic1: Basics: Harmonics Generated by Switching [Pooya]
(Why EMI issues in PWM converters?)
- 09:45 – 10:00 Break
- 10:00 – 10:45 Topic2: Basics: Components Parasitic [Pooya]
(Passive and active components non-ideal characteristics)
- 11:00 – 12:00 Topic3: Basics: Measurement requirement [Pooya]
(How to conduct measurement, the role of LISN/AMN and EMI receiver)
- 12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
- 13:00-13:45 Topic4: Interference Mechanisms [Eckart/Pooya]
(Understanding DM and CM interferences)
- 13.45-14:30 Topic5: Filtering Components and Strategy [Eckart/Pooya]
(DM and CM filter design criteria and tricks)
- 14:30 – 14:45 Break
- 14:45 – 15:15 Topic6: Filtering Components (Advanced) [Eckart]
(Near field coupling and suitable filter orientation)
- 15:15 – 16:00 Topic7: Prediction [Eckart/Pooya]
(How to simulate? Which software to choose?)
- 16:00 – 16:30 Topic8: Practical examples [Eckart]
(Simulating EMI vs Experimental)

Day2: 8:30 – 16:30
- 08:30 – 09:00 Topic9: Mechanisms [Eckart]
(Shielding electric and magnetic fields)
- 09:00 – 09:45 Topic10: Design Strategies for Power Electronic Devices [Eckart]
(How to go from Si to WBG)
- 09:45 – 10:00 Break
- 10:00 – 10:45 45 min presentation from groups (mini projects) [Students]
(each group has 5min to present and 5min to get feedback)
- 10:45-11:15 Topic11: New 2- 150 kHz Frequency Range Standard [Pooya]
(Requirements and challenges)
- 11:15-12:00 Topic12: Overview: for interference, propagation, remedies and limits [Eckart]
- 12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
- 13:00-13:30 Topic13: EMC Demonstrator Conducted Mode [Christian]
(How the enclosure and mechanical layout can affect the performance of your filter)
- 13:30-13:45 Topic14: EMC Demonstrator Radiated Mode [Christian]
(How the enclosure and mechanical layout can affect the performance of your filter)
- 13:45-14:00 Topic15: Resonance Phenomenon [Christian]
(Resonance phenomenon in conducted emission measurement)
- 14:00-14:30 Topic16: EMC filters and mechanical layout [Christian]
(What is important in filter layout)
- 14:30 – 14:45 Break
- 14:45-15:30 Topic17: Crosstalk – Ground plane [Christian]
(Minimize noise problems in PCB layout, both emission and immunity)
- 15:30-16:00 Topic18: SMPS and layout [Christian]
(Minimize noise problems in breadboard test set-up, both emission and immunity)
- 16:00 – 16:30 Feedback



Form of evaluation: The participants will work on mini-projects in the final 1-day lecture. The mini-projects are defined based on a real application design and will be assigned to group of four people. Groups will compare and deeply discuss their design method and choices and present their results in presentation form to the class.
1- Mini-projects
2- Power point presentation



Organizer: Associate Prof. Pooya Davari, pda@et.aau.dk, Aalborg University

Lecturers: Professor Eckart Hoene - Aalborg University and Fraunhofer IZM, Dr. Christian Wolf, Lead Specialist, EMC & Power Electronics - Grundfos Holding A/S and Associate Professor Pooya Davari - Aalborg University


ECTS: 2.5

Time: November 16 -17, 2020

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Number of seats: 20

Deadline: 26 October 2020

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.



Welcome to Energy Markets and Analytics


Description:

Energy markets are at the heart of one of the biggest societal challenges of our time - creating a sustainable, reliable and affordable energy provision. Renewable Energies are also new guests and participants in such markets. The PhD/industrial course on “Energy Markets and Analytics” aims at providing an in depth introduction to energy markets and how the renewable energies can be integrated in them safely. The participants will learn how to implement the concepts using appropriate software packages on planning, decision making and optimization.
Syllabus:
The course will mainly cover the following subjects:
Day 1 (8:30-16:30- both Lecturers)
1.1. Introduction to energy markets
1.2. Pricing and market clearing mechanisms
1.3. Competition and different type of markets
1.4. Market participants
1.5. Challenges of participation of renewable energy resources (RER) in markets
Day 2 (8:30-16:30- both Lecturers)
2.1. Policies for integrating RERs in markets around the world
2.2. Impact of RERs on market clearing and market outputs
2.3. Demand side management for RERs integration in energy markets
2.4. Energy storage for RERs integration in energy markets
2.5. Impact of RER on balancing market

Prerequisites: No.
Form of evaluation: The participants will be evaluated by exercises on a daily basis (both individually and in groups) and a mini-project on market practices at the end of the course.

Intended Audience:
 Researchers and utility engineers interested in modern energy system operation, planning and related activities
 Actors in decision making and policy process
 (Post-)Graduate students and researchers in energy engineering, planning, economics, and finance.



Organizer: Associate Professor Amjad Anvari-Moghaddam – Aalborg University

Lecturers: Associate Professor Amjad Anvari-Moghaddam – Aalborg University and Postdoc Behnam Mohammadi-ivatloo – Aalborg University


ECTS: 2

Time: 11 - 12 May 2020 New course dates: 12-13 November 2020

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Number of seats: 25

Deadline: 20 April 2020  22 October 2020

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.



POSTPONED - Welcome to Grid-Forming Inverters: Principles and Practices


Description:

Inverter-based generation and transmission systems are vastly used in modern power grids, driven by the sharp cost reduction of renewable energy resources and the advances of power electronics technology. To secure a stable inverter-based power system, the grid-forming control is increasingly used with grid-connected inverters, who operate as voltage sources to regulate the grid voltage and frequency. There is thus an important need to address this timely and important topic among both power electronics and power system engineers and researchers. This course intends to provide a systematic discussion on the principles and design practices of grid-forming inverters. The main topics include, but not limited to
 Grid-synchronization of inverters
 From synchronous generators to grid-forming inverters
 Overview of virtual synchronous generators
 Synchronous power control – damping, inertia and virtual impedance
 Small-signal modeling and stability analysis
 Design-oriented transient stability analysis
 Active damping of power oscillations

Day 1: From Synchronous Generators to Grid-Forming Inverters (Prof. Pedro Rodriguez, 6 hours)
- Grid-synchronization of inverters
- Fundamental concepts of grid-forming inverters
- Overview of virtual synchronous generators

Day 2: Synchronous Power Control (Prof. Pedro Rodriguez, 3 hours) and Voltage Control (Prof. Xiongfei Wang, 3 hours)
- Synchronous power control: principles and industry practices
- Damping, inertia and virtual impedances
- Design principles and practices of voltage control
- Small-signal modeling and passivity-based analysis

Day 3: Small-Signal and Transient Stability Analysis (Prof. Xiongfei Wang, 6 hours)
- Small-signal modeling of power control
- Analysis and damping of synchronous resonance
- Analysis and damping of sub-synchronous resonance
- Large-signal modeling of power control
- Transient stability analysis

Prerequisites:
Prior knowledge on the fundamentals of power systems and synchronous machines, power electronics, as well as feedback control theory are preferred.

Form of evaluation:
Exercises and report



Organizer: Prof. Xiongfei Wang

Lecturers: Prof. Pedro Rodriguez, University of Loyola, Spain, Prof. Xiongfei Wang

ECTS: 3

Time: May 18 - 20      New course dates: 16-18 December 20202

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Number of seats: 60

Deadline: 25 November 2020

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Introduction to Wind Power


Description:

The course will provide training and education in the field of wind power engineering, covering the electrical aspects of wind turbine systems, including electrical machines, power electronics and power systems. The PhD course will include basic knowledge of electrical systems of wind power conversion systems, and operation and control in power systems with high level wind power penetration. Some of the course contents are based on recently obtained research results
The main topics are as follows:  Overview of electrical systems of wind energy conversion systems  Wind power generators  Configuration and control of power electronic conversion system  Operation and control of wind turbines and wind farms  Parameter estimation, monitoring and diagnosis of wind turbine systems  Offshore wind farms and electrical system optimization  Wind turbines in power systems

Day 1: Basics of wind turbine electrical aspects
Overview of energy system and wind power development (ZCH)
Basics of wind energy conversion systems (ZCH)
Drive train, generators (YWA)
Power electronics (DLI)

Day 2: Wind turbines and wind farms
Wind turbine systems (ZCH)
Transmission system for offshore wind farms (DLI)
Offshore wind farms (ZCH)
Optimisation of wind farms (ZCH)

Day 3: Wind power grid integration (1)
Grid code (ZLI)
Power Quality (ZLI)
Wind farm control (ZLI)
Frequency response and regulation technology (YWA)

Day 4: Wind power grid integration (2) and simulation studies
Wind power impacts on power system operation (YWA)
Wind power impacts on power system stability (YWA)
Simulation Analysis and Practice (YWA/ DLI)
Home work/Exercise (ZLI)

Prerequisites:
Preferably to have general knowledge in electrical engineering.

Form of evaluation:
Assignments to be completed, the reports to be submitted and evaluated after the course



Organizer: Z. Chen, Professor, email: zch@et.aau.dk, Aalborg University, Denmark

Lecturers: Professor Zhe Chen, Assistant Professor Zhou Liu, Assistant Professor Yanbo Wang, Post doc. Fellow Dong Liu, Aalborg University, Denmark

ECTS: 4

Time: 15, 16, 17, 18 June 2020 / 8:30-16:00

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Number of seats: 30

Deadline: 25 May 2020

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.



Welcome to Liquefaction of Biomass - Fundamentals and Practice


Description:

The course is designed to teach students about biofuels and biomass liquefaction technology in the context of energy and chemical products. The course will introduce fundamental principles of liquefaction, focusing on hydrothermal liquefaction. Based on this, it will move on to process analysis and design, process modeling tools and process implementation. Furthermore, the course discusses upgrading technology for biocrudes and drop-in biofuels approach. The course will introduce analytical techniques for product stream analysis and data interpretation with specific reference to liquefaction product streams and their special characteristic. Throughout the course, material taught will be exemplified by or related to experiences and best-practice methods obtained through designing and operating advanced liquefaction equipment. Through a series of lectures, lab session on product analysis and visit to the CBS pilot plant, students will learn how to design, analyze, and scale up various biomass liquefaction technologies for bioenergy production.  Energy conversion processes and conversion technologies specifically hydrothermal liquefaction.  Mass and energy balances, unit operations, and thermodynamics in HTL conversion technology.  Introduction and implementation of Aspen Plus® process simulator for technoeconomical analysis of HTL process -case study.  Product characterization techniques through laboratory instrumentation.

Prerequisites: chemistry, chemical or process engineering at BSc/MSc level

Form of evaluation: individual mini report



Organizer: Professor Lasse Aistrup Rosendahl - Aalborg University

Lecturers: Professor Lasse Aistrup Rosendahl - Aalborg University, Associate Professor Saqib Sohail Toor - Aalborg University, Postdoc Daniele Castello - Aalborg University, Postdoc Kamaldeep Sharma - Aalborg University and Anne Vibeke Kofoed Rasmussen (Academic TAP/Senior Engineer, Steeper Energy)

ECTS: 3

Time: 2 - 4 March 2020

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Number of seats: 15

Deadline: 10 February 2020

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Lithium-Ion Batteries. Fundamentals, Modelling, and State Estimation


Description:

Lithium-ion batteries have become the key energy storage technologies for various applications, such as electric vehicles, microgrids, (nano-)satellites, or for enhancing renewables’ grid integration. This has become possible due to their superior characteristics in terms of gravimetric and volumetric energy density, efficiency, lifetime etc. Nevertheless, Lithium-ion batteries are highly non-linear energy storage devices with their performance (electrical) and degradation (lifetime) behavior strongly influenced by the operating conditions (e.g., temperature, load current, number of cycles, idling time etc.). Therefore, in order to benefit from Lithium-ion batteries’ characteristics, precise knowledge about the performance and degradation behavior has to be known at all moments during the lifetime.
Thus, this three-day course provides an overview of the status of Lithium-ion batteries, fundamentals and a deep understanding of their performance and degradation behavior. Different methods for battery performance (electrical) and degradation (lifetime) modeling will be introduced together with suitable parametrization approaches (from data-sheet to laboratory experiments), respectively. These models will be subsequently used to introduce various Li-ion battery state-of-charge (SOC) and state-of health (SOH) estimation techniques.
Exemplifications of some of the discussed topics will be made through exercises in Matlab/Simulink.

Day 1: Energy storage technologies and Lithium-ion batteries – Daniel Stroe (8 hours)
• Overview of energy storage technologies
• Lithium-ion battery construction and operation
• Lithium-ion battery chemistries
• Performance parameters for Lithium-ion batteries (capacity, resistance, power, efficiency etc.)
• Influence of operating conditions (e.g., load current/power, temperature etc) on the performance parameters of the Lithium-ion batteries

Day 2: Electrical modeling of Lithium-ion batteries – Daniel Stroe & Vaclav Knap (8 hours)
• Laboratory testing of Lithium-ion batteries for electrical and lifetime modeling
• Approaches for battery electrical modeling
• Parametrization of Lithium-ion battery modeling
• Thevenin-based Lithium-ion battery electrical models
• Impedance-based Lithium-ion battery models

Day 3: Lifetime and state estimation of Lithium-ion batteries – Daniel Stroe, Erik Schaltz, Vaclav Knap (8 hours)
• Aging mechanisms of Lithium-ion batteries
• Performance-degradation of Lithium-ion batteries
• Lifetime modeling approaches for Lithium-ion batteries
• State-of-Charge and State-of-Health estimation of Lithium-ion batteries

Prerequisites:
Fundamental (basic) electrical knowledge, engineering degree and Matlab/Simulink and Matlab/Simulink knowledge are strongly recommended. The course language is English.

Form of evaluation:
Students are expected to solve a number of exercises and deliver an individual report with solutions and comments.


Organizer: Assoc. Prof. Daniel Stroe, Aalborg University

Lecturers: Assoc. Prof. Daniel Stroe dis@et.aau.dk , Assoc. Prof. Erik Schaltz esc@et.aau.dk, Aalborg University, Dr. Vaclav Knap vkn@et.aau.dk, GomSpace

ECTS: 3

Time: 26 - 28 October 2020

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Number of seats: 30

Deadline: 5 October 2020

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Lithium-Ion Batteries. Systems and Applications


Description:

Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries have become a key technology in our daily routine, from powering our portable electronics devices and electric vehicles to offering grid support and playing a crucial role in the reliable and cost efficient grid integration of intermittent energy sources.
The objective of this two-day course is to provide the attendees with an extensive overview of the Lithium-ion battery applications, such as EVs, grid support, nano-satellites and forklifts. Battery requirements for these applications as well as Li-ion batteries operation (power and energy management & mission profiles) in these applications will be thoroughly discussed. All the aforementioned application require power electronics solutions (e.g., BMS, chargers, power converters etc.) in order to assure Li-ion battery pack safety, high-efficiency, and reliable operation. Power electronics play three important roles in the battery applications: charge/discharge management, battery cell balancing, and safety protection. In consequence, this course will provide an extensive state-of-the-art on the power electronics solutions for battery charge/discharge management.

Day 1: Power Electronics Solutions for Lithium-ion Batteries – Daniel Stroe, Remus Teodorescu, Maciej Swierczynski (8 hours)
• Overview of Lithium-ion batteries applications
• Battery Management Systems (BMS): functionalities, architectures etc.
• Power converter topologies for Lithium-ion battery systems
• EV chargers
• Smart battery packs using Lithium-ion Batteries

Day 2: Lithium-ion Batteries Applications – Erik Schaltz, Maciej Swierczynski, Vaclav Knap (8 hours)
• The operation of Lithium-ion batteries in stationary applications
o Residential systems
o Grid support
• Lithium-ion batteries in space applications – an example for nano-satelites
• Lithium-ion batteries in vehicle applications
o Modeling, sizing and control of battery powered vehicles

Prerequisites:
A degree in electrical engineering or control engineering and Matlab/Simulink knowledge are strongly recommended. The course language is English.

Form of evaluation:
Students are expected to solve a number of exercises and deliver an individual report with solutions and comments.
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Organizer: Assoc. Prof. Daniel Stroe, Aalborg University

Lecturers: Prof. Remus Teodorescu ret@et.aau.dk, Assoc. Prof. Daniel Stroe dis@et.aau.dk , Assoc. Prof. Erik Schaltz esc@et.aau.dk, Aalborg University, Dr. Vaclav Knap vkn@et.aau.dk, GomSpace, Dr. Maciej Swierczynski mas@lithiumbalance.com, Lithium Balance A/S

ECTS: 2

Time: 29 – 30 October 2020

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Number of seats: 30

Deadline: 8 October 2020

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Low power Energy Harvesting Technologies and Applications


Description:

Low power energy harvesting mechanisms are unique opportunities to provide source of electrical energy for autonomous sensors for predictive maintenance applications, self-powered and wireless micro-actuators, monitoring devices for health care, energy hubs, Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled energy networks etc. This PhD course handles the fundamentals of energy harvesting technologies such as thermoelectric and electromagnetic devices by introducing recent development techniques and detailed module design. This course will continue with integration principles of the energy harvester modules with the system components to enhance output power performance of the modules. Furthermore, control of electrical output of the devices will be discussed for maximum power point tracking by power electronic converting methods. This course also addresses recent applications of such energy harvesting mechanisms with introducing opportunities, challenges and relevant applications in renewable energy IoT industries.

Day 1:
Thermoelectric generator model and module design; Alireza Rezaniakolaei (3 hours)
- The lectures cover history of thermoelectrics, typical thermoelectric systems, basic arrangement & characterizing quantities, challenges for thermoelectrics, contact resistance, effect of geometry and inter-leg heat transfer.
Afternoon: Electromagnetic energy harvesters; Kaiyuan Lu (3 hours)
- The lectures cover the state-of-the-art designs of electromagnetic energy harvesters, typical design principle, device modelling, characterizing quantities, performance improvement challenges etc.

Day 2:
Morning: Integration of heat exchangers with thermoelectric modules; Alireza Rezaniakolaei (3 hours)
- The lectures cover coupled thermoelectric device/thermal system design, high performance cooling technologies, cooling energy vs. power generation, integrated model of thermoelectric & heat sinks.
Afternoon: MPPT and power electronic converters; Erik Schaltz (3 hours)
- The lectures covert thermoelectric generators modelling from power electronics point of view. Fundamentals of Power Electronics, power electronic converters for energy harvester device and maximum power point tracking (MPPT) algorithms for the device will be discussed.

Day 3:
Applications for thermoelectric energy harvesting; Alireza Rezaniakolaei (1:30 hours)
- The lectures cover integration of the thermoelectric generation with solar power systems and autonomous sensor platforms
Photovoltaic energy harvester and packaging solutions for high performance energy harvesters; Christian Uhrenfeldt (2 hours)
- The lecture covers in one part photovoltaic devices for energy harvesting from a material and design perspective and the link energy harvesting systems and in the other part cover packaging schemes and material requirements for efficient energy harvesting platforms.
IoT applications for low power energy harvesting; Amjad Anvari-Moghaddam (2 hours)
- The lecture covers a background on IOT definitions and edge devices, energy harvesting technologies and its requirements IoT applications.

Prerequisites: NO

Form of evaluation: Completion of design and metaphysics simulation of a form of the energy harvesting mechanisms or power output management of the chosen energy harvesting technology in the selective list of the tasks. The assignment will be done in groups and each group must submit the final report.



Organizer: Alireza Rezaniakolaei; Low Power Energy Harvesting and i-Solutions Research Programme

Lecturers: Alireza Rezaniakolaei (ALR), Kaiyuan Lu (KLU), Amjad Anvari-Moghaddam (AAM), Erik Schaltz (ESC), Christian Uhrenfeldt (CHU)

ECTS: 2.5

Time: 2-4 June 2020

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Number of seats: 25

Deadline: 12 May 2020

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Managing Harmonics in Modern Power Distribution Networks


Description:

The ever-increasing penetration of power-electronic-based sources and loads in power distribution networks poses new challenges to the quality of electricity supply. This course intends to provide a systematic discussing on the modeling, analysis and measurement of harmonics in modern power distribution systems. The theoretical modeling and analysis on the harmonic impacts of photovoltaic (PV) inverters in distribution systems will be introduced first. New developments and concepts in determining and assessing the harmonic emission limits and, in particular the supraharmonics above 2 kHz will then be reviewed. Next, practical aspects of harmonic measurements and the impedance identifications of network and devices will be discussed. Lastly, the system-level harmonic studies in low-voltage (LV) distribution networks with PV and electric vehicles (EVs) will be presented. Each aspect is illustrated by real world examples. The main topics to be covered include
 Harmonic modeling and analysis of PV inverters considering the control impacts with different grid strengths
 Latest grid codes, standards and compliance assessment for power electronic based devices
 Supraharmonics (2 kHz - 150 kHz): sources, mechanisms, propagation and resonances
 Harmonic measurement techniques and suitability of voltage and current transducers
 Frequency-dependent impedance measurement of LV distribution networks
 “Black-box” harmonic and impedance measurements of PV inverters and EVs
 Harmonic studies of LV distribution power networks due to PV and EVs

Day 1: Harmonic Modeling and Analysis of PV Inverters, Prof. Xiongfei Wang (4 hours), Dr. Ariya Sangwongwanich (2 hours)
- Introduction to harmonic generation mechanisms of PV inverters
- Representations of PV inverters for harmonic analysis
- Case studies with different grid strengths and voltage distortions
- Interharmonics analysis and mitigation in PV inverters

Day 2: Standards and Practical Measurements of Harmonics, Dr. Jan Meyer (6 hours)
- Latest update on grid codes, standards, and compliance assessment
- Supraharmonics (2 kHz – 150 kHz): sources, propagation and resonances
- Harmonic measurement techniques
- Suitability of voltage and current transducers

Day 3: Harmonic Studies in Modern LV Distribution Networks, Dr. Jan Meyer (6 hours)
- Frequency-dependent impedance measurement of LV distribution networks
- “Black-box” impedance measurement of PV inverters and EV chargers
- Measurement case studies on a 1-MW PV power plant and a 12-MW wind park
- Harmonic modeling and analysis of LV distribution networks

Prerequisites:
Prior knowledge of power electronics fundamentals, digital signal processing, and power quality basics are preferred.

Form of evaluation:
Exercises and report



Organizer: Professor Xiongfei Wang

Lecturers: Dr. Jan Meyer, Technical University of Dresden, Germany, Prof. Xiongfei Wang, and Dr. Ariya Sangwongwanich, Aalborg University, Denmark.

ECTS: 3

Time: 5-7 October, 2020

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Number of seats: 45

Deadline: 14 September 2020

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Maritime Microgrids


Description:

Nowadays, an important kind of islanded microgrids can be found in maritime power systems. For example, under normal operating conditions, the ship power system can be considered as a typical isolated microgrid and its characteristics, including variable frequency, are matched to terrestrial islanded microgrids.
This course provides an overview of the present and future architectures of such microgrids, associated control technologies, optimization methods, power quality issues and state of the art solutions. The significant role of power electronics in realizing maritime microgrids, challenges in meeting high power requirements and regulations in the maritime industry, state-of-the-art power electronic technologies and future trend towards the use of medium voltage power converters in maritime microgrids are also presented in this course.

Day 1: Introduction on Electric Ships and Signal Processing of Power Quality Disturbances
Josep M. Guerrero (1h) + Tomasz Tarasiuk (5h)

Day 2: DC ship power systems: Evolution and Research Challenges
Josep M. Guerrero (1h) + Giorgio Sulligoi (5h)

Prerequisites: The course exercises will be done via MathCad and Matlab/Simulink simpowersytems.

Form of evaluation: The participants will be grouped and asked to team work on several case study scenarios and tasks proposed along the course. The assessment in this course will be done through a final multi-choice test in combination with delivery of exercises reports



Organizer: Professor Josep M. Guerrero, Professor Juan C. Vasquez

Lecturers: Professor Josep M. Guerrero, Professor Tomasz Tarasiuk - Gdynia Maritime University, Poland, Assistant Professor Giorgio Sulligoi - Triste university, Italy

ECTS: 2

Time: April 20 – 21, 2020

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Number of seats: 20 

Deadline: 30 March 2020

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Modeling and Control of Grid-Connected Converters


Description:

Grid-connected converters have commonly been used with renewable power generations, flexible ac/dc power transmission systems, regenerative drives, etc. As the increasing use of converters in electrical grids, the dynamic modeling and control of converters become critical for building a stable power-electronic-based power system. This course thus devotes to provide a design-oriented analysis on the control dynamics of grid-connected converters, covering the fundamental and state-of-the-art of modeling, stability analysis and control topics, including:
 Vector current control
 Complex-valued frequency-domain modeling
 Impedance-based stability analysis
 Grid synchronization control and its stability impact
 DC-link and ac-bus voltage control
 Robust damping control techniques

Day 1: Vector Current Control, Prof. Xiongfei Wang (3 hours), Prof. Lennart Harnefors (3 hours)
- Space vectors and coordinate transformation
- Small-signal modeling of converter power stage
- Design of vector current controller and its anti-windup
- Influences of time delay and LCL-filter resonance
- Harmonic current control and practical design

Day 2: Grid Synchronization and Power Control, Prof. Lennart Harnefors (3 hours), Prof. Xiongfei Wang (3 hours)
- Phase-Locked Loop (PLL): small-signal modeling and parameter tuning
- Influence of PLL on grid-converter interactions
- Impedance-based modeling and stability analysis
- Stability of DC-link Voltage Control (DVC)
- Stability of AC-bus Voltage Control (AVC)

Day 3: Robust Damping Control, Prof. Xiongfei Wang (3 hours), Prof. Lennart Harnefors (3 hours)
- Virtual impedance control
- Passivity-based current control
- Power-synchronization control
- Step-by-step design cases

Prerequisites:
Prior knowledge of three-phase systems, power electronics fundamentals, feedback control theory are preferred.

Form of evaluation:
Exercises and report



Organizer: Professor Xiongfei Wang

Lecturers: Prof. Lennart Harnefors, ABB Corporate Research/KTH, Sweden, Prof. Xiongfei Wang, Aalborg University, Denmark.

ECTS: 3

Time: 27 - 29 May, 2020

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Number of seats: 60

Deadline: 6 May 2020

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Models, Methods and Optimization Tools for Energy Systems


Description:

Energy is a resource that needs to be managed and decisions need to be made on production, storage, distribution and consumption of energy. Determining how much to produce, where and when, and assigning resources to needs in the most efficient way is a problem that has been addressed in several fields. There are available tools that can be used to formulate and solve these kinds of problems. Using them in planning, operation and control of energy systems requires starting with the basics of math programming techniques, addressing some standard optimization problems, and adapting the solutions to new particular situations of interest.
A first issue is revisiting the modelling concept. The model is a simplified and limited representation of our reality. Complex multi-level problems may need different models and models valid at the operational level (operation and control) may not be useful at the tactical or strategic levels (scheduling and planning). Thus, when addressing optimization problems, detailed physical models based on differential equations will be replaced by algebraic equations expressing the basic relations between lumped parameters. The second issue is the choice of a problem-solving method. It is well known that all optimization methods have at least some limitations and there is no single method or algorithm that works best on all or even a broad class of problems. In order to choose the best method for a given problem, one must first understand the nature of the problem and the type of design space that is being searched. Finally, the third problem is how to translate the results of the optimization process into concrete actions that will manage the resources. This means that the digital outcome or solution must be interface with physical systems which general involves a communication infrastructure.
Students attending this course will learn how to recognise and formulate different optimization problems in planning, operation and control of energy systems, and how to solve them using existing software and solvers such as MATLAB, GAMS, and Excel. Different principal algorithms for linear, network, discrete, nonlinear and dynamic optimization are introduced and related methodologies together with underlying mathematical structures are described accordingly. Several illustrative examples and optimization problems, ranging from the classical optimization problems to the recent MINLP models proposed for the optimization of integrated energy systems (such as residential AC/DC microgrids) will be introduced during supervised hand-on sessions and different tools (such as classic mathematical methods, heuristics and meta-heuristics) will be used for solving the cases. The choice of objective functions, representation of discrete decisions, using formulation tricks and checking the results will be also covered. Moreover, specific real applications of these methods and
algorithms will be shown, not only focusing on the optimization by itself but also showing the techniques for interconnecting the computational system with the resources utilizing technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and advanced metering infrastructures (AMI).
The course is intended for those students that, having a general knowledge in mathematics and simulation, have a very limited experience in math optimization and programming, and need to be introduced to these tools for energy systems optimization.

Day 1: Introduction Models and Methods – Moises Graells (5h) + Emilio Palacios García (1h)
Day 2: Optimization Tools – Eleonora Sanseverino (5h) + Emilio Palacios García (1h)
Day 3: Applications to Energy and Microgrid Systems - Josep Guerrero (3h)+ Emilio Palacios García (2h) + Najmeh Bazmohammadi (1h)

Form of evaluation: The participants will be grouped and asked to team work on several case study scenarios and tasks proposed along the course. The assessment in this course will be done through a final multi-choice test in combination with delivery of exercises reports

Prerequisites Familiarity with basics of real analysis, linear algebra, and probability and statistics. Skills regarding Matlab/Simulink is also needed.



Organizer: Professor Juan C. Vasquez, Professor Josep M. Guerrero

Lecturers: Associate Professor Moises Graells (Technical University of Catalonia), Professor Eleonora Riva Sanseverino (University of Palermo), Postdoctoral Fellow Najmeh Bazmohammadi, Postdoctoral Fellow Emilio Palacios García.

ECTS: 3

Time: April 22 – 24, 2020

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Number of seats: 20

Deadline: 1 April 2020

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Modern IGBT gate driving methods for Enhancing Reliability of Power Converters


Description:

After almost three decades of development, Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors (IGBTs) are widely used in many high-power industrial applications. The reliability issues have been studied by employing solutions in active and passive components, mechanical structures, packaging designs and control strategies. Meanwhile, the complex and harsh working conditions are demanding for higher reliability of the power conversion systems. Along with the development of IGBT modules, gate drivers have been improved dramatically over the years, significantly contributing to reliability improvement. In fact, as an important interface between IGBT modules and controllers, modern gate drivers do not only can provide optimal switching signals, but also monitor the operation status of IGBT modules themselves. In particular, benefiting from the understanding of semiconductor behavior matured over the years, both wear status and abnormal events can be monitored and detected, respectively, thanks to modern IGBT gate driver technologies. This course has presented an overview of state-of-the-art advanced gate driver techniques for enhancing reliability of IGBT modules. Broadly speaking, methods can be classified in detection methods, optimization methods and protection methods.

The course will cover the following lectures:
L1: Basic IGBT gate driving concepts
(a) Voltage-source gate drivers
(b) Current-source gate drivers
(c) Optimization and protection principles
L2: Fault detection and protection methods
(a) Voltage and current overshoot
(b) Overload and short circuit
(c) Gate voltage limitation
L3: Active gating methods for enhancing switching characteristics
(a) Closed-loop control methodology
(b) Closed-loop control implementations
L4: Active thermal control methods using IGBT gate driver
(a) Principles for thermal mitigation method
(b) Thermal mitigation methods
(c) Junction temperature estimation methods

Prerequisites: basic knowledge of power device and power converter operation.

Form of evaluation: the participants will be grouped in teams of 4-5 people and asked to design an original gate driver for a given application. Students will



Organizer: Prof. Francesco Iannuzzo, fia@et.aau.dk , Aalborg University

Lecturers: Prof. Francesco Iannuzzo, fia@et.aau.dk , Aalborg University

ECTS: 2

Time: 8 - 9 October, 2020, all days 8:30 – 16:30

Place: Aalborg University, Pontoppidanstræde 101 

Zip code: 
9220 

City: 
Aalborg East

Number of seats: 20

Deadline: 17 September 2020

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

 

Welcome to Modular Multilevel Converters (MMC)


Description:

MMC has been established as the technology of choice for HVDC, large utility scale STATCOM and Multil-MW drives. This course will present the fundamentals, dynamics, modelling and simulation, modulation, control and balancing as well as control under unbalanced grid. Control and operation challenges for MMC application in HVDC, STATCOM and DRIVES will be also presented. The course structure is: Day 1: MMC fundamentals, topologies and design Day 2: Modulation techniques (PSPWM, NLC+Sorting, Model Predictive Sorting) Day 3: Control and balancing Day 4 Applications of MMC (HVDC, STATCOM, DRIVES) Around 40 % of the time will be spent in exercises using PLECS and Simulink models. A demonstration of several MMC applications will be organized in the state of the art MMC Laboratory

Day 1: Basics
Part -1 Topologies and applications, by Sanjay K Chaudhary [1.5 hrs]
Part-2 Modelling and Simulation by Remus Teodorescu [1.5 hrs]
Part-3 & 4 MMC Basics Plecs exercise & Lab visit [SKC & RET, 3 hrs]

Day 2: Modelling and Voltage balancing
Part -1 Carrier-based modulation by Remus Teodorescu [1.5 hrs]
Part-2 Capacitor voltage balancing by Remus Teodorescu [1.5 hrs]
Part-3 Carrier-based modulation PLECS exercise [SKC & RET, 1.5 hrs]
Part-4 Capacitor voltage balancing PLECS exercise [SKC & RET, 1.5 hrs]

Day 3: Dynamics and control
Part -1 & 2 Dynamics and control, by Sanjay K Chaudhary [1.5 hrs lecture, 1.5 hrs lab]
Part -3 & 4 Control under unbalanced conditions, by Sanjay K Chaudhary [1.5 hrs lecture, 1.5 hrs lab]

Day 4: Applications
Part 1& 2: Multilevel Statcom: Introducation and Topologies, Challenges and Advanced Control of MMC Statcom by Massimo Bongiorno" [2 hrs lecture]
Part 3: Simulation of MMC Statcom by Sanjay K Chaudhary [1 lab]
Part 4: Simulation of MMC Statcom by Sanjay K Chaudhary [2 hrs]


Prerequisites: Power Electronics, Matlab/Simulink or PLECS

Form of evaluation: Assignment report



Organizer: Professor Remus Teodorescu

Lecturers: Professor Remus Teodorescu, ret@et.aau.dk, Aalborg University, , Associate Professor Sanjay Chaudhary, skc@et.aau.dk, Aalborg University, Professor Massimo Bongiorno, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.

ECTS: 4

Time: 23 – 26 November 2020

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Number of seats: 30

Deadline: 2 November 2020

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Multiphysics Simulation and Design of Power Electronics


Description:

Simulation of power electronic components and systems is key to achieve the Design for Reliability (DfR) approach. Besides, multi-domain, multi-physics and multi-objective optimization tools are required for future integrated power electronics. This industrial/PhD course will equip attendees with the theory, fundamentals and advanced multiphysics simulation and modeling techniques required to effectively design power electronics systems and components. When selecting a new power electronics component, the design engineer must consider thermal management, EMC/EMI, magnetics, mechanics and manufacturability. Although power electronics designers often concentrate on only one critical issue at a time, e.g. thermal management, in a DfR approach, the trend is to take into account multiphysics aspects.
The course targets the design of a 10 kW voltage-source converter by applying the problem based-learning (PBL) teaching method and presents a step-by-step training on design development of power electronics converter and components using multiphysics tools including ANSYS Workbench, Simplorer, Maxwell, Q3D Extractor, Icepak, Mechanical, and DesignXplorer to design power electronics from component level – e.g. power module, heatsink and fuse– to system level – e.g. circuit parasitics. It is expected that some lectures to be given by ANSYS simulation experts. The course contents are based on the latest research outcomes of the Center of Reliable Power Electronics (CORPE). Following the PBL model that focuses on learning by doing and reflection, the course activities will include group work, problem defining and solving applied to real-world case studies, practical exercises, and discussion sessions.
The course is organized in three consecutive days of full-time activities (08:30-16:30). Attendees armed with the knowledge gained from this course will be able to apply advanced simulation tools to streamline and shorten the design cycle, improve the reliability and deliver high quality products.

The course will cover the following lectures:
Day1: Circuit level multiphysics simulation and design of power electronics
Day2: Component to System levels multiphysics simulation and design of power electronics
Day3: Hands-on exercises and discussion

Prerequisite: Basic understanding of power electronics circuits and components.

Form of evaluation: Fulfilment of design a simple voltage-source converter based on multiphysics simulation platform. A 30-day trial license of required software will be provided prior to the course. The exercise will be done in group of 2-3 members and final report must be submitted by each group.



Organizer: Assistant Professor Amir Sajjad Bahman

Lecturers: Assistant Professor Amir Sajjad Bahman from Aalborg University, Lecturers from ANSYS

ECTS: 3

Time: 3 days, 30 November – 2 December 2020, all days 8:30 – 16:30

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Number of seats50

Deadline: 9 November 2020

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Multivariable and Intelligent Control of Industrial Electronic Systems


Description:

Intelligent and multivariable control methods are growing in the industrial electronic systems like power electronic converters, renewable energy systems and electric drives. The course is focused on the application of multivariable control and intelligent control techniques for industrial electronic systems. The main topics are as follows:
- State feedback control theory
- Design and implementation of fuzzy controller for industrial electronic systems
- Design and implementation multivariable Control theory for industrial electronic systems

Day 1: State feedback control theory, stability, controllability and observability by Amin and Mohsen (6 hours)
Day 2: Introduction to Fuzzy Control Theory, Standard fuzzy controller, Adaptive and self-learning fuzzy controllers. Industrial applications of the intelligent control systems in power electronics and electric drives by Amin (6 hours)
Day 3: Industrial applications of the intelligent control systems in power electronics and electric drives by Amin (6 hours)
Day 4: Multivariable Control theory, Robustness Conditions for Multivariable Systems, Singular Values, Modelling Error, Robust Stability, Estimation and Control for Multivariable Systems. By Mohsen Soltani (6 hours)
Day 5: Industrial applications of the multivariable control systems by Mohsen Soltani (6 hours)

Prerequisites:
Control theory, Advanced power electronics, Electrical machines, Electrical Drives,

Form of evaluation: Mini projects, Modelling and Simulation, Hardware Implementation



Organizer: Amin Hajizadeh (aha@et.aau.dk) and Mohsen Soltani (sms@et.aau.dk)

Lecturers: Amin Hajizadeh (aha@et.aau.dk) and Mohsen Soltani (sms@et.aau.dk)

ECTS: 5

Time: 24 – 28 August 2020

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Number of seats: 15

Deadline: 3 August 2020

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to New Energy technology based Integrated Energy Systems


Description:

The course will provide training and education on the subject of new energy technology based integrated energy systems. The Ph.D. course will include fundamental knowledge of energy sources, energy conversion systems, new energy technologies, energy system integration, transmission, and distribution. Basic techniques of analysis, operation and control will be presented. Some contents are based on up-to-date research results. The main topics are as follows:  Overview of modern energy resources and systems  Basics of energy conversion systems  Renewable energy technologies  Basics of nuclear energy systems  Instrumentation and Control (I&C) Systems for Nuclear Applications  Nonlinear control of energy systems  Advanced technologies and emerging facilities for energy system integration  Optimization techniques applied in integrated energy systems

Day 1: Energy systems and grid integration
Overview of energy system (ZCH)
Basics of energy conversion systems (ZCH)
Basics of energy conversion systems (ZCH)
Electrical system integration: grid requirements (ZCH)

Day 2: Nuclear energy systems, instrumentation and control
Basics of nuclear energy systems (MC)
Control of nuclear energy systems (MC)
Instrumentation and Control (I&C) Systems for Nuclear Applications (MC)
Principles of design of a central I&C System (MC)

Day 3: Nonlinear control systems and optimisation of energy systems
Introduction to nonlinear control systems (MC)
nonlinear control in power and energy systems (MC)
Optimization of integrated energy system (ZCH)
Assignments (ZCH)
*About 2 hours each topic

Prerequisites: General knowledge in electrical AC circuits and electrical power engineering, preferably background at the graduate level in power systems. Exercises involve Matlab.

Form of evaluation: Assignments to be submitted after the course.


Organizer: Z. Chen, Professor, email: zch@et.aau.dk, Aalborg University, Denmark

Lecturers: Z. Chen, Professor, email: zch@et.aau.dk, Aalborg University, Denmark

ECTS: 3

Time: 26 - 28 February, 2019

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Number of seats: 30

Deadline: 5 February 2020

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Open-source Computational Fluid Dynamics – 1. Fundamentals

Description:

Interaction between fluid and a human-made structure or device is design critical in a wide range of engineering disciplines. When designing bridges, cars, wind turbines and when optimising electronics cooling, ship hulls etc. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software is becoming an ever more important design tool. CFD enables faster design loop iteration by detailed flow analysis in or around a proposed design in a virtual environment.
This course is an introduction to CFD using OpenFOAM which is the most widely used open source toolkit for CFD. The fact that OpenFOAM is open source makes it extremely versatile allowing the user to modify any aspect of the code to his/her needs. While large scale simulations with commercial CFD software can be extremely expensive due to licence fees, OpenFOAM can be run on massively parallel HPC’s at no additional cost.

Prerequisites:
Participants must have basic understanding of the physics of fluids and the usage of CFD methods. Furthermore, basic skills in general use of computers are expected. The participants will work with exercises on an OpenFOAM installation on Microsoft Azure, so before the first day you must sign up for an account on Azure and preferably log in and verify the installation (more detailed info provided after sign-up).

Form of evaluation:
A standard mini-project must be delivered (4-8 pages) in addition to the OpenFOAM code. The mini-report should explain the choices made with regard to the OpenFOAM setup and present the outcome of the simulations.



Organizer: Assistant Professor Jakob Hærvig, Dept. of Energy Technology, AAU (jah@et.aau.dk) Assistant Professor Johan Rønby, Dept. of Mathematical Sciences, AAU (roenby@math.aau.dk)

Lecturers: Assistant Professor Jakob Hærvig, Dept. of Energy Technology, Aalborg University Assistant Professor Johan Rønby, Dept. of Mathematical Sciences, Aalborg University

ECTS: 2

Time: 8 – 9 June 2020     New course dates will be announced later.

Place: Frederikskaj 10A 

Zip code: 
2450

City:
 Copenhagen

Number of seats: 20

Deadline: 18 May 2020

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Open-source Computational Fluid Dynamics – 2. Efficient Workflows and Code Customisation


Description:

Interaction between fluid and a human-made structure or device is design critical in a wide range of engineering disciplines. When designing bridges, cars, wind turbines and when optimising electronics cooling, ship hulls etc. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software is becoming an ever more important design tool. CFD enables faster design loop iteration by detailed flow analysis in or around a proposed design in a virtual environment.
This course is an introduction to CFD using OpenFOAM which is the most widely used open source toolkit for CFD. The fact that OpenFOAM is open source makes it extremely versatile allowing the user to modify any aspect of the code to his/her needs. While large scale simulations with commercial CFD software can be extremely expensive due to licence fees, OpenFOAM can be run on massively parallel HPC’s at no additional cost.

Prerequisites:
Participants must have basic understanding of the physics of fluids and the usage of CFD methods. Furthermore, basic skills in general use of computers are expected. The participants will work with exercises on an OpenFOAM installation on Microsoft Azure, so before the first day you must sign up for an account on Azure and preferably log in and verify the installation (more detailed info provided after sign-up). Furthermore, fundamental knowledge of OpenFOAM is expected. We recommend that new OpenFOAM users start with the course “Open-source Computational Fluid Dynamics – 1. Fundamentals“. Additionally, basic knowledge in Python programming is recommended.

Form of evaluation:
A standard mini-project must be delivered (4-8 pages) in addition to the OpenFOAM code. The mini-report should explain and document an OpenFOAM workflow along with modifications to either a flow solver, boundary conditions or functions objects



Organizer: Assistant Professor Jakob Hærvig, Dept. of Energy Technology, AAU (jah@et.aau.dk) Assistant Professor Johan Rønby, Dept. of Mathematical Sciences, AAU (roenby@math.aau.dk)

Lecturers: Assistant Professor Jakob Hærvig, Dept. of Energy Technology, Aalborg University Assistant Professor Johan Rønby, Dept. of Mathematical Sciences, Aalborg University Niels E. Linnemann Nielsen, Sr. Manager, Grundfos

ECTS: 3

Time: 10 – 11 June 2020  New course dates will be announced later.

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Number of seats: 20

Deadline: 20 May 2020

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Periodic Control and Filtering in Power Electronic Converter Systems


Description:

A key issue for power electronic converters is the ability to tackle periodic signals in electrical power processing (e.g. sinusoidal voltage/current regulation, power harmonics mitigation, synchronous frame transformation, grid synchronization, etc.) in such a way to precisely and flexibly convert and regulate electrical power. Classical controllers (e.g., PID control) are not able to remove the dynamic periodic error completely. The residual periodic errors will not only degrade the power quality and even the stability and reliability of the electrical power systems.
This Ph.D. course is thus to lay a foundation of the Internal Model Principle (IMP) -based periodic control and filtering theory with basic theory, derivation of applied equations, know-how on the control synthesis, and some most recent progress, which is found to provide power electronic converters with a superior control solution to the compensation of periodic signals with high accuracy, fast dynamic response, good robustness, and cost-effective implementation. This course also contributes to this discipline combined with demonstrative practical examples of the application of periodic control and filtering to: standalone/grid-connected power converters; high frequency link converters; shunt active power filters; and PLLs for grid synchronizations, which can be fruitful in future controller designs, and the control methods are in some cases already applied in industry.
As an emerging topic, the periodic control has the great potential to be one of the best control solutions for power converters but not limited to, and to be a very popular standard industrial controller like the PID control.
The course will be organized as:

Day 1:
 Fundamentals of Periodic Control and Filtering (YOY & YG)
o Motivation and background
o General power converter control
o Internal model principle
o Basis function for periodic control and filtering
 Fundamental Periodic Control in Power Electronic Conversion (YG)
o Repetitive control
o Resonant control
o Optimal periodic control
o Application examples

Day 2:
 Advanced Periodic Control in Power Electronic Conversion (YG & YOY)
o Digital control issues
o Frequency adaptive periodic control
o Application examples
 Periodic Filtering for Power Electronic Conversion (YOY)
o Harmonics and pre-filtering
o Periodic filtering for power conversion
o Application examples
 Extensive Applications of Periodic Control and Filtering (YOY)
 Course wrap-up (YOY & YG)

Prerequisites:
This course is intended for researchers and engineers in the field of power electronics and their applications, for control specialists exploring new applications of control theory in power electronics, and for advanced university students in these fields. General knowledge in power electronic converters, and basic control theory are preferred. Course exercises will be performed on MATLAB/Simscape/Sim Power Systems.

Form of evaluation:
Course lecturers will design mini-projects. Each student will be assigned with or select a specific mini-project within the lectured topics, where the students should model the system, design the controllers, and perform simulations. A report should be submitted.


Organizer: Yongheng Yang, Associate Professor, yoy@et.aau.dk

Lecturers: Yongheng Yang (YOY), Associate Prof., ET, Aalborg University
Yonghao Gui (YG), Assistant Prof., ES, Aalborg University

ECTS: 2

Time: 16-17 April 2020 New course dates: 14-15 December 2020

Place: Aalborg East Campus

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Number of seats: 30

Deadline: 23 November 2020

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Photovoltaic Power Systems - in theory and practice


Description:

The objective of this course is to give an understanding of the operation, design and control of Photovoltaic Power Systems, and to provide insight into some of the key challenges for higher penetration of photovoltaic energy into the electricity network. The target audience is PhD students and practicing engineers but also researchers who aim to receive a comprehensive overview of modern photovoltaic systems. The course is structured in four days, covering topics from PV panels through power electronics and their control to PV plant design and grid integration challenges. The mornings are dedicated to lectures, while the afternoons are spent with exercises. No less than 40% of the course time is spent in the state-of-the-art Photovoltaic Systems laboratory at the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University. The participants will make design, simulations and experimental tests, using the following advanced setups:
• Grid-connected PV inverter systems, with real-time control using dSpace® platform. The participants will be able to design, experimentally test, and tune parameters of grid controllers, PLL, voltage support, using the real-time graphical user interface Control Desk®
• Real-time simulation platform on dSpace® system, to design and analyse PLL MPPT
• High performance Spi-Sun 5600 SLP Solar simulator from Spire. Demonstration of PV panel measurements and characterisations will be provided
• Detailed Simulink®, PLECS® and Matlab® GUI models for designing and analysing PV inverter topologies, grid synchronisation and PV array modelling
• PVSyst Software platform for designing PV plants.
Selected simulation models will be included in the course material for the participants.
The mornings are dedicated to lectures, while the afternoons are spent with off-line application examples and exercises in Matlab/Simulink, and laboratory exercises focusing on Real Time implementation, where the students will apply the models and methodology in practice.

Day 1: PV panels and arrays
The theme this day focuses on different types of PV panels, their modelling and performance.
• L1A2 - PV Systems Overview, Technology & Trends
• L1B – Photovoltaic panels and systems – performance
• L1C– PV systems Modelling
• E1D1 – PV Modelling (SIM – Matlab GUI)
• E1D2 – Spire Demo (EXP – Spi-Sun 5600SLP

Day 2: PV inverters
The theme this day focuses on PV inverter structures, topologies and control techniques.
• L2A – PV Inverters Structures, Topologies and Filter Design
• L2B – Inverter Control & Harmonic Compensation
• E2C1 – Converter Topologies (SIM - PLECS)
• E2D1 – Current Control Design (SIM - MATLAB)
• E2D2 - Current Control (EXP)

Day 3: Grid interaction
The theme this day focuses on control algorithms needed specifically for PV and grid connection.
• L3A – Maximum Power Point Tracking
• L3B – MV Grid Requirements & Support with PV inverters
• E3C – MPPT (SIM - dSpace)
• E3D – Control of PV Inverters under Grid faults

Day 4: PV plants and Grid integration
The theme this day focuses grid integration and design of PV plants.
• L4A1 – Grid Synchronization
• L4A2 – Design of PV Plants
• L4B1 - LV Grid Connection & Support Requirements
• L4B2 – Grid Support in LV network with PV inverters
• E4C1 – PLL (SIM - dSpace)
• E4C2 - Design of PV Plants (SIM)
• E4D1 – Voltage Support (EXP)

Prerequisites:
A degree in electrical engineering or control engineering and Matlab/Simulink knowledge is strongly recommended. The course language is English.

Form of evaluation:
The evaluation is assignment based. Every day the afternoon session is dedicated to laboratory sessions, where the course participants will complete exercises based on the lectures from the morning session. A report from each laboratory exercise (10 in total) is to be submitted (uploaded to Moodle).
Passing the course requires completion of all lab exercises, as well as positive assessment of the uploaded lab reports.



Organizer: Associate Professor Tamas Kerekes, tak@et.aau.dk, Aalborg University

Lecturers: Associate Professor Dezso Sera, des@et.aau.dk, Aalborg University, Associate Professor Tamas Kerekes, tak@et.aau.dk, Aalborg University, Assistant Professor Sergiu Spataru, ssp@et.aau.dk, Aalborg University, Professor Remus Teodorescu, ret@et.aau.dk, Aalborg University and Laszlo Mathe, Robert Bosch GmbH, Hungary


ECTS: 4

Time: 13 – 16 October 2020

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Number of seats: 25

Deadline: 22 September 2020

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

 

Welcome to Power Electronics – from Fundamentals to Advanced Topics


Description:

Our existing courses in the area of power electronics at the Department of Energy Technology focus on either applications or a specific technical topic. By collecting the feedbacks from many PhD students in power electronics internally and externally, a course that can lay a solid foundation in power electronics could be beneficial to them independent of which power electronic topics they are working on, which provides also a wider scope of power electronics besides their specific research topics. This newly initiated course will have in-depth introduction of circuit theories, modeling methods, and hands-on prototyping of power electronic converters. The emphasis is on those aspects that are generic and not limited to specific applications. Moreover, a design case study will be used during the entire course for illustrating how to implement a converter prototype step-by-step, from component sizing, circuit design, control, simulation, prototyping, and testing. PCB assemblies will be available for the participants to perform laboratory testing.

Day 1: Power electronic circuit theories + design case (Lecturer: Huai Wang, 8:30-16:30)
It will cover the topics: duality in time and circuit elements, state-plane switching trajectories; inductor-capacitor based switching circuits, switched-capacitor circuits, switched-inductor circuits, zero-ripple techniques, interleaved techniques, extra element theorem, circuit operation-mode analysis, etc.

Day 2: Power electronic modeling and control methods + design case (Lecturer: Haoran Wang and Yanfeng Shen, 8:30-16:30)
It will cover the topics: how a “switch” can be removed for converter modeling; origins of time-domain and frequency-domain modeling methods and its limitations; basic ideas of time-domain control methods for power electronic converters and its advantages and limitations; most widely used frequency-domain control methods for power electronic converters; what are the common and different aspects in modeling and simulation of Si, SiC and GaN devices.

Day 3: Magnetic component modeling and design + design case (Lecturer: Huai Wang, 8:30-16:30)
It will cover the topics: magnetic diffusion, core losses, winding losses, high-frequency magnetics, integrated magnetics, and magnetic circuit representation, design considerations, etc.

Day 4: Power electronic converter prototyping and testing (Lecturer: Haoran Wang and Yanfeng Shen, 8:30-16:00)
This is a continuation of the design case for actual prototype implementation and testing. It will cover the topics: PCB design techniques and considerations; participants make their own magnetics and be given PCB assemblies; run tests in the lab)

Prerequisites:
A basic understanding of power electronic components, topologies, and control methods are necessary, the participants are supposed to have already attended a master-level power electronic course or equivalent.

Form of evaluation:
Converter case study design and testing report.


Organizer: Professor Huai Wang, hwa@et.aau.dk

Lecturers: Professor Huai Wang, hwa@et.aau.dk

ECTS: 4

Time: November 3-6, 2019

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Number of seats: 40

Deadline: 13 October 2020

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Power module design, packaging and testing


Description:

Power modules are the work-horses in car, wind, solar and drives applications. Power modules may be destroyed instantaneously however in applications lifetimes are expected to be 20 years. Strong and the same time fragile you need to understand the power modules to design them properly. This course bring you under the skin of power modules and introduces the multidisciplinary knowledge needed to understand packaging assembly processes, materials and layouts as well as failure mechanisms. From the application point of view lifetime monitoring and test methods are introduced
The course is conducted by physicists and engineers with experience from the university packaging laboratory building fex. 10kV SiC power modules, compact fast switching hybrid GaN power modules and with experience of analyzing and testing industry standard power modules and components for higher powers. The course will contain background information on packaging process simulation, worked examples and case studies of FEM based digital power module design and experimental validation as well as a day spent with experimental hands-on exercises related to packaging and physical analysis in the laboratories.

Day 1: Power modules, Packaging processes and design guidelines. CHU (2.5 hours), SBE (2.5 hours), SMN (1 hour)
Background tutorials and workshop session with worked example of FEM based digital power module design.
Day 2: Laboratory exercise and Design exercise. CHU 6 hours, SBE, 6 hours, , ABJ 6 hours (lab exercises running)
Experimental hands-on experience with packaging processes and physical analysis of prototypes built during exercises.
Day 3: Testing of Power modules and their packaging and example presentation of state of the art power module packaging design. SMN 2 hours, CHU 1 hour, SBE 2 hours, ABJ 2 hours
Packaging challenges case studies: Paralleling dies, Medium Voltage power modules and fast switching hybrid/integrated compact modules.

Prerequisites: Engineers and physicists open for multidisciplinary work. The course is based on the experience and learnings assembly power modules during a some years and therefore the course are intended people who are new to the packaging of power modules. The language will be English and the academic level will be for engineers and physicist the engineers are expected to know application converters and the physicist are expected to know materials and semiconductors.

Form of evaluation:
The attendants of the course will have to complete a simulation assignment and hand in a report reflectingon the experiment results in relation to the simulation results and the topics of the course.



Organizer: Christian Uhrenfeldt, Associate Professor

Lecturers:

Christian Uhrenfeldt (CHU)
Szymon Beczkowski (SBE)
Asger Bjørn Jørgensen (ABJ)
Stig Munk Nielsen (SMN)



ECTS: 3

Time: 1-3 April 2020 New course dates: 22-24 June 2020

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Number of seats: 25

Deadline: 1 June 2020

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Power Quality and Synchronization Techniques in Microgrids


Description:

Microgrids as one of the main building blocks of the smart grids which facilitate implementation of many smart grid functions and services. It is expected that in a near future, smart grids shall emerge as well-planned plug-and-play integration of microgrids which interact through dedicated highways for exchanging commands, data, and power. Providing a high power quality for the customers is one of the main objectives in smart grids.
On the other hand, the proliferation of different nonlinear and single-phase loads in electrical systems has resulted in voltage harmonic and unbalance as two common power quality problems. In addition, harmonic resonances can be excited giving rise to significant increase of the voltage distortion. These phenomena can cause variety of problems such as protective relays malfunction, overheating of motors and transformers and failure of power factor correction capacitors.
In this course, measurement, compensation and damping of the main power quality phenomena will be addressed through several control approaches. Both three-phase and single-phase voltage source inverters will be considered. The modelling and control of these power electronic converters are discussed and hierarchical (centralized and decentralized) control approaches are presented in order to enhance the voltage quality. As the synchronization system of power converters plays a key role in their performance in the presence of power quality problems, modelling, designing, and tuning of advanced synchronization systems, including phase-locked loops (PLLs), frequency-locked loops (FLLs), and open-loop synchronization systems, are also discussed. Several simulation exercises will be included in labs which cover about 50% of the course time

Day 1: Power Quality in Microgrids, Harmonic Compensation and Virtual Impedance Concept for PQ Improvement
Josep Guerrero (1h), Alexander Micallef (4h), Juan Vasquez (1h)

Day 2: Primary and Secondary Control for Harmonic and Unbalance Compensation in Microgrids
Josep Guerrero(1h), Mehdi Savaghebi (4), Juan Vasquez (1h)

Day 3: Synchronization of Power Converters: Introduction, Design and Analysis (6 hours)
Saeed Golestan (6 hours)
The lectures on day 3 are divided into four parts:
• The first part includes a general description of a standard PLL structure and its modeling, tuning and analyzing its key features, designing advanced PLLs and their modeling and tuning aspects for both single-phase and three-phase systems.
• The second part includes describing the historical developments of standard single-phase and three-phase FLLs, their modeling and tuning aspects, and extending their structures to deal with power quality problems.
• The third part includes describing key features of open-loop synchronization systems and presenting two general approaches for designing them.
• The last part includes a brief description of the dynamic interaction between the power converters and its synchronization system, and modeling and analyzing this interaction.

Prerequisites: MATLAB/Simulink SImPowerSystem knowledge is recommended for the exercises.

Form of evaluation: The participants will be grouped and asked to team work on several case study scenarios and tasks proposed along the course. The assessment in this course will be done through active participation in combination with delivery of exercises reports.



Organizer: Professor Josep M. Guerrero, Professor, Juan C. Vasquez

Lecturers: Professor Josep M. Guerrero, Associate Professor Mehdi Savaghebi (University of Southern Denmark), Lecturer Alexander Micallef (University of Malta), Assistant Professor Saeed Golestan

ECTS: 3

Time: May 13 – 15, 2020

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Number of seats: 20

Deadline: 22 April 2020

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.



Welcome to RELIABILITY ASSESSMENT IN ELECTRIC POWER SYSTEMS


Description:

Electric power utilities are facing new challenges and problems in the changing utility environment. The course is aimed at providing an in depth introduction to the range of probabilistic aspects used in the assessment of electric power system reliability. The basic principles of reliability evaluation along with their application, current practices and solution methods in generation, transmission and distribution systems will be discussed.

Benefits of Participants:
• Understanding the fundamental of system reliability engineering
• Understanding the concepts of power system reliability
• Exposure to probabilistic technique applications to power system problems
• Exposure to reliability cost/worth problem and investigating the tradeoff between reliability and economics
Intended Audience:
• Utility personnel involved in system operation, planning and related activities
• Power engineers, graduate students and researchers in utilities and universities

The course will mainly cover the following aspects:
1. Fundamental concepts of reliability Engineering
2. System components and their outage models
3. Techniques used in engineering system risk assessment
4. Basic concepts of adequacy and security in electric power systems
5. Generating capacity reliability assessment
6. Composite generation and transmission system reliability evaluation
7. Application of risk evaluation in transmission developing planning, transmission operation planning, and generation source planning
8. Distribution system reliability evaluation
9. Substation and switching station reliability
10. Reliability cost/worth analysis
11. Reliability data requirements for predictive and performance assessment

Prerequisites:
Pre-reading the shared materials

Form of evaluation:
The participants will be evaluated by exercises on the reliability of power systems.



Organizer: Frede Blaabjerg, Professor, Aalborg University, Saeed Peyghami, Postdoc, Aalborg University

Lecturers: Mahmoud Fotuhi-Firuzabad, Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Sharif University of Technology

ECTS: 4

Time: 10-14 August 2020

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Number of seats: 40

Deadline: 20 July

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.



Welcome to Reliability in Power Electronics Systems


Description:

The course will be the latest research outcomes of the Center of Reliable Power Electronics (CORPE). Since 2013, more than 170 participants from universities and companies have been trained in this 3-day course. By considering the feedbacks from participants and newly obtained research results from CORPE in the last few years, the 2020 version of the course will be 4 days focusing on failure mechanisms and degradation models of active power devices and capacitors, system-level reliability assessment and design tools, and reliability testing methods. The course will have the following five main parts:
1) Introduction to modern reliability and robustness approach
2) Reliability testing methods and testing data analysis (e.g., Weibull)
3) Long-term wear out and single-event abnormal operation of active power modules and capacitors
4) Power electronics system-level reliability assessment and design tools
5) Condition monitoring and thermal control of critical power electronic components
Day 1 – Modern reliability engineering approach (Lecturer: Peter de Place Rimmen, 08:30 – 16:30)
L1 Training in understanding Weibull
Exercises 1 - Basic concepts of statistics
L2 Introduction to modern reliability in Industry
L3 MCF curve, cost of poor reliability, robustness
L4 Lifetime budgets, degradation
Exercise 2 - Lifetime estimation using provided data

Day 2 – Reliability of Power Electronic Components (Lecturers: Huai Wang and Francesco Iannuzzo, 08:30 – 16:30)
L5 Reliability of active switching devices (IGBT modules and SiC MOSFETs)
L6 Reliability of passive components (capacitors and magnetic components)

Day 3 – Reliability of Power Electronic Systems – Part 1 (Lecturers: Huai Wang and Dao Zhou, 08:30 – 16:30)
L7 Reliability challenges in power electronics and design for reliability concept
L8 Reliability prediction of a single converter – case study for fuel-cell backup power supply
Exercise 3 - Design of a PV inverter with 10 years of B10 lifetime (Class exercises based)

Day 4 – Reliability of Power Electronic Systems – Part 2 (Lecturers: Huai Wang and Dao Zhou, 08:30 – 15:30)
L9 System-level thermal modeling and reliability prediction – case study for a modular multi-level converter
L10 Simplification methods for electro-thermal-lifetime modeling
L11 Reliability prediction of multiple converter systems
The course also includes 3 lab sessions scheduled on Day 2 and Day 3.

Prerequisites:
Basic understanding of power electronics, power semiconductor devices, capacitors, and basic statistics.

Form of evaluation:
Case study exercise and report submission


Organizer: Professor Huai Wang, hwa@et.aau.dk; Professor Francesco Iannuzzo, fia@et.aau.dk

Lecturers:

Professor Huai Wang
Professor Francesco Iannuzzo
Assistant Professor Dao Zhou
Reliability Advisor Peter de Place Rimmen


ECTS: 4

Time: August 25 – 28, 2020

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Number of seats: 30

Deadline: 4 August 2020


Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Stability of Modern Power Systems with High Penetration of Renewable Energy


Description:

This course deals with the stability of modern power systems with a high penetration of renewable energy sources.
Power system is undergoing tremendous transformation as non-conventional renewable energy sources like wind and photovoltaic are introduced. While such renewable sources are very good for the sustainable harnessing of energy, they are altering the way power system was designed to operate. First of all they are inherently stochastic in nature due to their dependence upon local weather conditions and secondly they do not use the conventional large synchronous generators. Their power electronic converter interface decouples them from the grid frequency interaction with respect to inertial response and synchronizing power. Moreover, their dependency upon weather may lead to wide variations in power generation capability. At the same time, they might not contribute to the grid frequency stability; especially if they are on maximum power point tracking control. In the event of faults, they have limited power to contribute to the short circuit currents.
On the positive side, the advances in power electronic converter controls, imparts them fast controllability. So they can be controlled to inject reactive current and assist voltage voltage stability. They may also be controlled to provide emulated inertia and primary frequency regulation provided that they have some energy storage.

Key topics include:
• Review of concepts of power system stability
• Frequency and voltage stability with a high penetration of wind and PV power
• Control opportunities and limitations provided by the converter control in RES.
• The concepts would be demonstrated through the appropriate simulation tools like PSCAD and/or DigSILENT.

Day 1: Overview of Conventional Power System structure Modern Power System, Introduction to Power system stability by Sanjay K Chaudhary and Jaykrishnan R. Pillai (7 hours lecture, simulation exercise and discussion)
Day 2: Frequency stability and Voltage stability, by Sanjay K Chaudhary (7 hours lecture, simulation exercise and discussion)
Day 3: Transient Stability, LVRT and Small signal stability analysis, by Sanjay K Chaudhary (7 hours lecture, simulation exercise and discussion)

Prerequisites: A basic knowledge of modern power system.

Form of evaluation: The participants will have to write a report of the simulation exercises as a part of the course. Submission of this report via moodle is mandatory for the assessment and award of diploma



Organizer: Sanjay K. Chaudhary

Lecturers: Jayakrishnan Radhakrishna Pillai (jrp@et.aau.dk), and Sanjay K. Chaudhary (skc@et.aau.dk)

ECTS: 3

Time: 21-23 Sep 2020, Time: 08:30 – 16:30

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Number of seats: 15

Deadline: 31 August 2020

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.




Welcome to Tribodynamics


Description:

The focus of this course is on the relationship between motion and friction. The motion of surfaces can vary in complexity, from simple steady sliding to movements that are highly variable in time and direction. Tribology is the study of such surfaces in relative motion and the performance of any tribological interface is directly related to friction. Depending on the desired outcome, the optimal friction may be either maximum or minimum. Tribology enables motion, and system designs rely on a proper understanding of the tribodynamics. This course provides the fundamentals of continuum tribodynamics modelling and simulation. In addition, novel non-invasive experimental techniques are introduced.

Day 1: Topic and short description + name of lecturer (+ hours) • Fundamentals of friction • Reynolds lubrication theory • Thermohydrodynamic lubrication Hours: 8 Lecturer: Per Johansen
Day 2: Topic and short description + name of lecturer (+ hours) • Elastohydrodynamics • Thermo-Elastohydrodynamics • Contact models and rough surfaces Lecturer: Per Johansen Hours: 8
Day 3: Topic and short description + name of lecturer (+ hours) • Computational tribodynamics • Multibody systems with imperfect joints Lecturer: Per Johansen Hours: 8
Day 4: Topic and short description + name of lecturer (+ hours) • Ultrasound reflectometry in tribology • Adaptive ultrasound reflectometry • The vision of smart tribology systems Lecturer: Per Johansen Hours: 8

Prerequisites:
Fundamentals of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, solid mechanics and multibody dynamics

Form of evaluation: Mini-project



Organizer: Per Johansen pjo@et.aau.dk

Lecturers: Per Johansen pjo@et.aau.dk

ECTS: 4

Time: 7-10 December 2020

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Number of seats: 30

Deadline: 16 November 2020

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Understand how to write good papers for high level journals


Description:

Publication in good journals is a sign of high international recognition of your work. Writing good papers that can be accepted for publication on high level journals are one of the important tasks during a Ph. D. study. This course tries to help the Ph. D. students to increase their chances to get their papers published in international journals. To serve the goal, in this course

 First, the procedure about how the paper review process is carried out will be explained (starting from the moment you submit your paper to the time that you get the reviewers’ comments and until the final decision).
 How will the paper is reviewed by reviewers.
 Standard evaluation forms that will be filled in by the reviewers for different journals.
 Important aspects to consider when you write your paper. (Paper structure, what to do and what not to do)
 How to include citations to other work in a paper
 How to write the reply to the response from reviewer.
 Several concrete case studies.
 Exercise.
Examples will be given mainly in the Energy Technology area in terms of journals – but most of it has a generic structure in terms of peer review process.

Day 1: Good guidelines for paper writing – Frede and Kaiyuan (8 hours)
We will cover various important issues to secure successful paper writing as mentioned in the course description. You will have a chance to get feedbacks about your own paper from your group supervisor and group discussions during the exercise session.
Day 2: Reply-to-reviewers letter and sharing of various stories – group supervisors (4 hours)
How to prepare the reply-to-reviewers letter will be discussed. Examples will be presented and various advices and storied experienced by the group supervisors will be shared.

Prerequisites: No

Form of evaluation: Group exercise-based evaluation



Organizer: Asso. Prof., Kaiyuan Lu, klu@et.aau.dk

Lecturers: Prof., Frede Blaabjerg, Asso. Prof., Kaiyuan Lu

ECTS: 1.5

Time: 6-7 April 2020 (1.5 days)

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Deadline: 16 March 2020

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.



Welcome to WIDE AREA MONITORING, PROTECTION AND CONTROL
Description:

The course is focused on the application of novel sensor and ICT technology for improvement of power system monitoring, protection and control. It includes the Synchronized Measurement Technology based Wide Area Monitoring, Protection and Control (WAMPAC) system.

The main topics are as follows:

  • Major building blocks of WAMPAC systems
  • Off-line and on-line WAMPAC applications
  • Methods for testing WAMPAC systems
  • Practical WAMPAC applications including the discussions on the opportunities for implementation of WAMPAC systems

 Day 1: Introduction of Smart Grid and WAMPC

  • Smart grid and WAMPAC intro
  • The evolution of energy control centers
  • Power system stability and control
  • SMT based state estimation
  • Off line Apps
  • Real time apps

 Day 2: RTDS based Demonstration

Some demonstrations and exercises on the application of WAMPC will be given in this course in laboratory. A Real Time Digital Simulator (RTDS) and LabVIEW/MATLAB based simulation platform (or DIgSILENT) will be used for basic training, demonstration and course exercises.


Prerequisites: Knowledge in Power System Analysis and real time digital simulator, and skill in using MATLAB

Form of evaluation: Students will be given a Coursework. It is MATLAB (and RTDS) based and require programming and analytical skills.

Prerequisites: Knowledge in Power System Analysis, real time digital simulator, DIgSILENT, and skill in using MATLAB


Organizer: Assistant Professor Zhou Liu - Aalborg University


Lecturers: Professor Vladimir Terzija – The University of Manchester – Great Britain Assistant Professor Zhou Liu - Aalborg University

ECTS: 2

Time: 24 – 25 February 2020

Deadline: 3 February 2020

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Knowledge in Power System Analysis, real time digital simulator, DIgSILENT and skill in using MATLAB