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Power Electronics and Drives

Power Electronics and Drives (PED) is a specialisation in the Master’s programme in Energy Engineering.

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In this programme, you will study efficient and intelligent energy conversion by means of power electronics technology and electrical machines. You will study these topics analytically, numerically and experimentally in an innovative research environment.

This specialisation combines contemporary technologies with classic technologies such as power semiconductor devices, electronics, electromagnetics, digital signal processors, control theory, EMC and energy technology. This gives you an understanding of the technologies and scientific disciplines involved in electric energy conversion by means of power electronic converters and electric machines.

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Studying this specialisation, you learn how to model, analyse, synthesize and develop PED systems, and you will also learn how power electronics and drives interact with externally connected components or systems.

You will work with topics such as:

  • The operation, function and interaction between various components and sub-systems used in power electronic converters, electric machines and adjustable-speed drives
  • Design, modelling, simulation and synthesis of power converter-based systems used for conversion of electric energy
  • Design of controllers for PED systems using classical and modern control theory
  • Practical implementation of controllers using e.g. digital signal processors
  • Developing, construction, operation and testing power electronic converters and drives in the laboratory.

Experimental work plays a key role in the study programme. 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.

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 to come up with possible solutions. You are encouraged to occasionally collaborate with external organisations and businesses in your projects to get an idea of the work processes and current issues in the industry. This will better prepare you for your own work life after you graduate.

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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.

Energy Engineers with a specialisation in Power Electronics and Drives can have a wide range of jobs including in R&D departments in major companies working with transformation of electrical energy to mechanical energy and vice-versa. You can work in project engineering, research, development and management in Danish and international industries or public institutions. Possible employers in your future may be Vestas, Danfoss, Grundfos, ABB, Siemens, KK-electronics or Bang & Olufsen.

See the brochure about the Energy Master’s programmes (pdf):
Brochure about the Energy Master’s programmes


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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.
    Learn more about PBL.

    Centre for PBL and Sustainability approved by UNESCO

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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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    As a university city, Aalborg has many advantages. The city is Denmark's fourth largest, and a good 20 percent of the municipality's inhabitants are students. The city has much to offer when it comes to culture, sports and leisure, but at the same time, has a manageable size and safe environment. Compared to other university cities in Denmark, it is easy to find good student accommodation in Aalborg.
    Learn more about student life in Aalborg and what it means to study in Aalborg.


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

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.

learn more about Pbl at aau