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.
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 Aalborg University's 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 energy
- 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?
Job and Career
Energy engineers with the specialisation in Power Electronics and Drives (PED) have a wide range of job opportunities.
The gained knowledge enables the MSc graduates to work in project engineering, research, development and management in Danish and international industries or public institutions.Examples of possible employers are in the area of:
- Wind energy for converter and generator design such as Vestas
- Electrical drives such as Danfoss and Grundfos
- High power converters for compensation or active filters or for machine design such as ABB and Siemens
- Control of converters such as KK-electronics
- PV-systems such as Danfoss Solar Inverters
- Particle accelerators such as Danfysik
- Switch mode converters such as Bang & Olufsen
- Novel lighting such as Martin Professional
Programme StructureCourses include:
- Dynamic Modelling of Electrical Machines and Control Systems
- High Voltage Engineering and EMI/EMC
- Probability Theory, Stochastic Processes and Applied Statistics
- For international students: Control Theory and MATLAB
- Control of Electrical Drive Systems and Converters
- Advanced Power Electronics and Applications
- Optimisation Theory and Reliability
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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DisciplinesElectronics & Embedded Technology Energy & Power Engineering View 15 other Masters in Energy & Power Engineering in Denmark
Admission to the MSc programme in Power Electronics and Drives presupposes a BSc degree in Electrical Energy Engineering or similar.
International13345 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 13345 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
EU/EEAFreeTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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