Advanced Power Electronics, Msc in Engineering

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Advanced Power Electronics

In this programme, you will study advanced power electronics, electrical machines with strong focus on control engineering, optimisation and reliability, and integrating renewable energy systems for application sectors. You will study these topics analytically, numerically and experimentally in an innovative research environment.


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The study programme in Advanced Power Electronics is taught at Aalborg University Esbjerg.

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Matej is studying Advanced Power Electronics at Aalborg University Esbjerg. In this video you can hear him tell about group work and the study environment.

This study programme combines contemporary technologies with adaptation from classic technologies such as electronics, power electronics, electrical machines, control engineering with artificial intelligence, reliability and maintenance issues. This gives you an understanding of the technologies, scientific background involved in the advanced power electronic areas, and its application in systems level studies in a real time environment.

Studying this programme, you learn how to model numerically using advanced software, analyse, synthesise and develop advanced power electronic systems level studies with theoretical background. Further, you will gain the knowledge how power electronics and drives interact with externally connected components or systems.

You will work with and explore topics such as:

  • Off-shore wind turbine converters and control dynamics
  • Power electronic control of underwater robotics used in particular for inspection and maintenance operations
  • Diagnostic of power electronic and electrical machine installations
  • Optimum control dynamics of drives
  • Control of renewable energy systems
  • Electric propulsion systems for electric ships and vehicles – (More Electric Vehicles technologies)
  • Design of intelligent drone systems for inspection and maintenance
  • Design of intelligent control for robotic manipulator systems
  • Condition monitoring and maintenance of power electronic and electrical machine systems
  • Reliability analysis of power electronics and power systems.

You are to create a functional block diagram of the system you have selected to work on and you may also test your system with a systematic approach for validation and verification.

Experimental work

Experimental work plays a key role in the study programme. A large, well-equipped laboratory is available with software and hardware setups. It  offers you unique and excellent opportunities to explore methods and possibilities for constructing and  testing prototype models of advanced power electronic systems and electric machines with advanced digital control techniques, studying diagnostics issues and reliability of the systems.

In your semester projects, you and your project group will work with relevant issues within the programme’s field of study, that challenge you to use all of your knowledge and adapt skills to come up with possible solutions. You are encouraged to collaborate  with external organisations, and Aalborg University industrial business partners to explore your skills with industrial real life problems, and creating platform for job opportunities.

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This is a full-time study programme, which is characterised by problem based project work in groups. You will be working closely with other students most of the time, and you are required to be present at the university on a daily basis and spend a vast majority of your day there.

The Master’s programme entitles the full-time graduate to the title Master of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Advanced Power Electronics).

With a Master’s degree within the field of Advanced Power Electronics you have a wide range of career possibilities including in R&D departments in major companies working with control of power electronic converters and electrical machines. You can work in research and development, departments or top management positions in energy supply companies, such as wind power, machine manufacturing, or process industries as well as electro-technical and consultancy companies, etc. Aalborg University has established extensive collaboration with business partners and your possible employers in your future career may be Vestas, Danfoss, Grundfos, ABB, Siemens, KK-electronics or Ørsted, Vattenfall, Rambøll.

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    Aalborg University is famous for its problem based learning which means that you work in a team on a written assignment each semester - possibly in collaboration with an industrial partner. This study method is also called “The Aalborg Model for Problem Based Learning”. The method is highly recognised internationally; including by UNESCO.
    The problem based project work at Aalborg University gives you the opportunity to acquire new knowledge and competencies at a high academic level in an independent way. You get to apply theory to practice when you work to solve real-life problems, which will ensure that you are well prepared for your future career.
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    When doing project work, you work closely in groups with other students who have roughly the same academic interests and ambitions as yourself. This gives you the opportunity to cooperate, share knowledge and to explore larger and more complex academic problems than you would have been able to do on your own. Furthermore, the groups serve a social purpose and make it easier for you to get to know your fellow students.
    Learn more about group work at AAU.

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    The Department of Energy Technology works closely with the industry; particularly some of the leading companies within the field of energy technology. This means that you have the possibility to work with some of the real-life issues and problems that companies and organisations face. This gives you the opportunity to enhance your academic competencies with an industry-oriented and practical angle.

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    At the Department of Energy Technology teaching is research based. This means that your lecturers are doing research within the same academic fields that they teach. Therefore, you have access to the latest knowledge and dedicated and passionate teachers. The teaching material not only includes books but may also consist of, for example, current academic articles from journals.
    Learn more about the teaching methods at AAU and the research programmes at the Department of Energy Technology.

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    The laboratories at the Department of Energy Technology are of the highest standard and you will work in the best laboratory conditions with access to the latest technology.
    Learn more about the laboratory facilities at the Department of Energy Technology.

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    Previously known primarily for its fishing industry, Esbjerg has developed into a city with two universities and more than 60 higher educational study programmes. Furthermore, Esbjerg has a lot to offer in terms of culture and leisure activities. It is not difficult to find affordable accommodation near campus and Esbjerg is cheaper to live in than most of the other university cities in Denmark.
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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.

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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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