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:

1. 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®

2. Real-time simulation platform on dSpace® system, to design and analyse PLL MPPT

3. High performance Spi-Sun 5600 SLP Solar simulator from Spire. Demonstration of PV panel measurements and characterisations will be provided

4. Detailed Simulink®, PLECS® and Matlab® GUI models for designing and analysing PV inverter topologies, grid synchronisation and PV array modelling

5. PVSyst Software platform for designing PV plants.
Selected simulation models will be included in the course material for the participants.

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 Dezso Sera

Lecturers: Professor Remus Teodorescu - Aalborg University, Associate Professor Dezso Sera - Aalborg University, Associate Professor Tamas Kerekes - Aalborg University, Assistant Professor Sergiu Spataru, Aalborg University, Laszlo Mathe, Robert Bosch GmbH, HU, Rasmus Rode Mosbæk (Lithium Balance A/S, DK)


Time: October 15-18, 2019



Number of seats: 25

Deadline: 24 September 2019

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 three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registration.