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Power Electronics and Drives

Power Electronics and Drives

Power Electronics and Drives

Spurred on by technological progress and a growing concern about the efficient use of depleting energy resources, static power electronic converters employing advanced semi-conductor devices are currently used in an increasing number of applications. Such applications range from low power converters for miliwatt applications, to converters for high-voltage dc transmission systems, handling hundreds of mega-watts.

Other classical applications include adjustable-speed ac and dc drives for use in industry, switch-mode power supplies, audio amplifiers, uninterruptible power supplies and welding machines. In the last decade, power electronics and electrical drives have deeply penetrated the renewable energy sector.

Today, power electronic converters provide vital functionality in a diversity of new technologies, including large wind turbine systems, fuel cells systems and photo-voltaic power generation. Further, motor drives comprising power electronic converters and advanced electric machines play a key role in the transportation sector, where new technologies are exploited in order to electrify many kinds of vehicle.

Description of Study Programme

On the MSc specialisation in Power Electronics and Drives (PED), you will study efficient and intelligent energy conversion employing power electronic technology and electrical machines. You are going to study these topics analytically, numerically and experimentally in an innovative research environment.

This specialisation combines state-of-the-art technologies with conventional technologies, for example power semiconductor devices, electronics, electro-magnetics, digital signal processors, control theory, EMC and energy technology.

The themes for the study in Power Electronics and Drives provide you with in-depth understanding of the technologies and scientific disciplines involved in electric energy conversion by means of power electronic converters and electric machines.

Moreover, the PED specialisation offers core competences in power electronic converters, electrical machines and control engineering. The objective of this international program is to provide you with the ability to model, analyse, synthesize and develop PED systems. We also focus on how power electronics and drives interact with externally connected components or systems. Hence, upon completion of this programme, you are well-fitted for applying for a long range of jobs.

The objectives of the Power Electronics and Drives MSc syllabus are to provide you with:

  • Detailed understanding of the operation, function and interaction between various components and sub-systems used in power electronic converters, electric machines and adjustable-speed drives
  • Knowledge enabling design, modelling, simulation and synthesis of power converter-based systems used for conversion of electric nergy
  • Experience in design of controllers for PED systems using classical and modern control theory
  • Experience in the practical implementation of controllers using for example digital signal processors
  • To enable you to develop, construct, operate and test power electronic converters and drives in the laboratory

Experimental work plays a key role in the syllabus. A large, well-equipped laboratory is available, offering you excellent opportunities for constructing and testing prototypes of electronic systems and electric machines. Facilities for testing power electronic components, converters and high power systems are also at your disposal.
 

You will study topics like

  • How do we ensure production using the lowest possible energy consumption?
  • Should future electrical vehicles be driven by a permanent magnet motor or an induction motor?
  • Which kind of generator provides the highest efficiency in a given application?
  • How does the drive system in a production process influence the production quality?
  • How do we produce an electric motor with a high efficiency adapted to a production process?

 

RATED FOR EXCELLENCE

Aalborg University is rated for excellence in the QS ranking system. Aalborg University has received five stars certifying the world-class position of the university, based on cutting-edge facilities and internationally renowned research and teaching faculty. Within Engineering and Technology, Aalborg University ranks as number 79 in the world in the QS system. Likewise, in the Shanghai Ranking system, Aalborg University's engineering and technology programmes are ranked among the top 100 in the world.

PROBLEM BASED LEARNING (PBL)

Aalborg University is famous for its problem based learning, where you work in a team on a large written assignment often collaborating with an industrial partner. This study method is also called “The Aalborg Model for Problem Based Learning”. The method is highly recognised internationally, and the university is host to a succesful UNESCO chair in Problem Based Learning in Engineering Education and a Centre for PBL and Sustainability approved by UNESCO.

The problem based project work at Aalborg University gives you a unique opportunity to acquire new knowledge and competences at a high academic level in an independent manner. You get to apply theory to practice when you work to solve real-life problems, and you will be well-prepared for your future career.

Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

The study method at AAU is called Problem Based Learning (PBL). Together with your fellow students you will work with real life problems by way of problem based project work.
 

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