`Power Electronics is the technology associated with efficient conversion, control and conditioning of electric power from its available input into the desired electrical output form. Power electronics has found an important place in renewable energy technology (production, transportation, storage, smartgrid,… ). Almost all the new electrical and electromechanical equipment contain power circuits. The power levels encountered in this field range from less than one watt in supplies for the battery- operated portable equipment to tens, hundreds, or thousands of watts in power units of office equipment, kilowatts to megawatts in variable-speed motor drives, approaching megawatts in the rectifiers and inverters that interface the local transmission lines with the high power systems.

In the Energy Distribution Networks module, this course explores first the most fundamental issues of power systems and on electrical energy distribution and proposes also a first introduction of smart grids.

After the course, students should:

Have acquired a wide knowledge of the principles of electrical power system (powers variables, conversion system and transportation).

Have acquired good notions on the basics of electrical generator and static convertors.

Be able to select an efficient electrical power system for a specific renewable energy source.

Be able to understand the principles and the main technological, environmental and economic of the electrical power transportation and the smart grids concept.

Be able to compute state variables (voltage, current, powers, frequency deviation) of a basic power grid

For a complete overview of Smart-Grid the student must select also in the second semester the course “Smart-Grid technology”.

Language: English

credits ECTS : 5