Chair of Power Electronics

Industrial/PhD course 2020

Industrial/PhD Course 2020 (information Presentation in link)

The international three-day Industrial/ Ph.D. course in “Grid forming Power Converter, Smart Transformers, and Hybrid Grids” will take place on 12-14 February 2020 at the Chair of Power Electronics of Kiel University. This course is offered as a part of running project, “the Highly Efficient And Reliable smart Transformer (HEART), a new heart for the Electric Distribution System”, funded by European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant.

The increasing penetration of renewable energy sources leads to exclusion of conventional synchronous generators, and consequently the concept of grid-forming converters, which can emulate the behaviour of the conventional synchronous generator, has been recently discussed in the context of wide interconnected power systems, gaining interest from the power systems community.

The Smart Transformer (ST), a power electronics-based transformer, can provide ancillary services to the distribution grids to support the grid management, in addition to the voltage adaptation. The Smart Transformer is a natural connection point for hybrid (AC and DC) grids both at MV and LV levels and is supposed to reach a market of US$204.3 million by 2020.

The control of grid-forming power converter and Smart Transformer possible services to the electric grid plus the power electronics technologies which could enable these services are the main focus of this course. The course contains lectures and laboratory experiments. The instructors are Prof. M. Liserre, Dr. Rongwu Zhu, Dr. Sante Pugliese, and Reberto Rosso from Kiel University.


Further information on the course can be found in the flyer below:

The Smart Transformer PhD Course 2020 - Flyer


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  • Our research is focused on the design of high efficient and reliable PWM-based power converter architectures (single-cell, multi-cell, multilevel), their modelling and control to exploit commercial as well as new power semiconductor devices with minimum over design.
    We develop controllers for electric drives and we are particularly skilled in the integration of renewable energy systems into the electric grid.
    Please discover our expertise looking to our recent projects.

    HEART - The Highly Efficient And Reliable smart Transformer
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