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 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. 

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

Organizer: Associate Prof. Pooya Davari,, Aalborg University


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

ECTS: 2.5

Time: November 14 -15, 2022

Place: AAU Energy, Aalborg PON101 1.015 

Price6000 DKK for PhD students outside of Denmark and 8000 DKK for the Industry excl. VAT

Number of seats: 20

Deadline: 24 October 2022