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Master's degree. Face-to-face.


UPC School


  • To provide students with the ability to plan, develop and implement energy system projects.
  • To offer students the knowledge, methods and tools needed for facing the technological challenges they will encounter when starting up an energy project.
  • To analyse and plan energy systems taking technical and economic restrictions, and the available resources, into account.
  • To automate and control the operation of energy systems.

Who is it for

  • Engineers and engineering technicians.
  • Professionals from the industrial sector interested in energy systems and enertronics.



The master's degree programme is organized into the following modules. If you don't wish to take the entire master's degree you can sign on one or several modules.

Renewable Energies and the Electric Vehicle

Postgraduate course face-to-face. Start date: 10/10/2016. Barcelona

Smart Grids

Postgraduate course face-to-face. Start date: 10/10/2016. Barcelona

Components and Mecatronic Systems

Postgraduate course face-to-face. Start date: 01/03/2017. Barcelona

Automation of Systems

Postgraduate course face-to-face. Start date: 02/03/2017. Barcelona


Renewable Energies and the Electric Vehicle
12 ECTS.
This postgraduate course covers fundamental knowledge on electrical engineering and electricity generation, enabling the analysis and understanding of circuits and electric motors, and also the applications of renewable wind and photovoltaic energies and the various technologies related to electrical mobility.

The basics of electrical engineering
- Electrical system (BT, MT, AT)
- Kirchhoff's Laws
- Ohm's Law
- Steady-state operation
- Transient operation
- Sinusoidal steady-state operation
- Alternating current electricity
- Series and parallel resonance
- Triphasic systems
- Ideal transformers
- Voltage, current and impedance conversion

Power generation
- Components of a power plant
- Synchronous generator modelling
- Connexion to a network of infinite short-circuit power
- Conventional synchronous generator simulation
- Using a PMSM as a generator
- Power generation with an induction machine
- Winding rotor generator simulation

Photovoltaic solar energy
- Introduction to solar energy
- Grid-connected solar inverters
- Clarke & Park Transforms
- Introduction to system and system control dynamics
- Grid control link
- Photovoltaic plants
- Photovoltaic hybrid systems

Wind energy
- Introduction to wind energy system simulation
- Electrical machines used for wind-power generation
- Static converters used for wind-power generation
- Static converter modelling and simulation
- Control applied to wind-power generation
- Simulation of wind-power generation systems

Electric mobility
- Electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles. History, market and current status
- Electric vehicle dynamics
- Energy storage and sources
- Electric traction. Motors and converters
- Electric traction. Control, modelling and simulation
- Hybrid electric systems
Smart Grids
12 ECTS.
The postgraduate programme covers all of the major aspects for being able to design, analyse and control intelligent electricity grids (smart grids). Both the economic aspects and those most related to control and power electronics technology will be analysed.

Market and energy planning
- Micro- and macro-economics
- The energy sector
- The energy market
- Energy system planning
- Application of Leap planning models
- Application of Homer planning models
- Evaluation of green planning programmes: REETSCREEN

Electric network analysis
- Electric parameters of power lines
- Line resistance, inductance and capacity calculations
- Steady-state analysis
- T model and Pi model
- Transformers in electric power systems
- Load flow
- Calculation of the admittance matrix
- Short-circuits in electric power systems

Intelligent networks
- Smart metering
- Energy demand management
- Asset management and intelligent maintenance
- Communication in electric power systems
- IEC 61850
- Micro networks. Converter control
- Micro-network simulation

HVDC and FACTS, controllable DC and AC power systems
- Converter technologies for HVDC and FACTS
- Converter control for HVDC and FACTS
- Case studies on electric power systems with FACTS devices:
- Flow control in electric power systems
- Operation and control of a HVDC line
- Integration of offshore wind farms into the network

Integration of renewable energies, micro-networks and electric vehicles into the electric power network
- Status of renewable energies in the Spanish electric power system
- Technical connection and operation criteria applicable to renewable energies
- Challenges and solutions for the integration of renewable energies
- Impact on the network
- Stability within electrical systems
- Integration studies
Mechatronic and Enertronic Components and Systems
12 ECTS.
Provides training on data procurement and sensors, power electronics, electric actuators, microcontrollers and programmable logic or signal processing and control.

Sensors and Collecting Data
- Presence, position, deformation and force sensors
- Pressure, speed, acceleration and temperature sensors
- Flow, level, tension and current sensors
- Connecting sensors
- Data collection systems: data entry, data configuration, data elements and data systems
- Signal processing programming

Power Electronics
- Introduction to static converters
- Static switches: diode, thyristor, triac, bipolar, MOSFET, IGBT...
- Controlled and non-controlled rectifiers. Single-phase and tri-phase
- Control circuits. Alternating current regulators. Static starters
- Splitters: reducers, elevators, 2 and 4 Quadrant
- Single-phase and tri-phase wave splitters. Sinusoidal modulation PMW and SVPWM. Frequency converters
- Electromagnetic compatibility

Electric Actuators
- The constituent materials of electric actuators: conductors, dielectric and magnetic. Generating rotating magnetic fields
- Direct current motors
- Induction motors. Static and dynamic models. Controlling speed and vector and direct torque control (DTC)
- Brushless sinusoid DC motors
- Brushless sinusoid motors that use full auto piloted magnets
- Stepper motors. Excitation techniques
- Inverted switched reluctance motors and piezoelectric motors

Microcontrollers and Programmable Logic Devices
- Binary algebra: logical functions, numbering systems, Boolean algebra
- Combinational and sequential systems
- The subtleties of programmable logic
- Binary arithmetic
- Central Processing Unit: CPU, switches and PIC microcontrollers
- Microcontrollers

Signal Control and Processing
- Standard models of dynamic systems
- Simulating DC motors with PSPICE
- 1st and 2nd order systems
- Block diagrams and transfer functions
- Equation of state and regulators
- Digital control. PID controller programming. DSP
- Nonlinear control: slip modes and fuzzy logic
- Analogue and digital filters
- Control system simulation using the Pspice, Psim and Matlab/Simulink programs
Automation and Systems
12 ECTS.
Offers information on hydraulic and pneumatic actuators, an introduction on industrial programmable controllers and on applying these as well as on information technologies and industrial communications.

Hydraulic and Pneumatic Actuators
- Fluid power actuators compared to other actuators
- A look at components in systems where actuators work with fluid power
- Practise with conventional circuits: objectives, circuit configuration and verification of its functionality
- Power actuators used in proportional valves. Function and selection criteria
- The practical application of a lineal actuator system (cylinders)

Introduction to Programmable Automatons
- Automation vs. automatic control
- Electronic CAD-CAE
- The components of a programmable automaton
- Designing and programming automated actions with a contacts diagram
- Hands on practise programming automatons
- Introduction to analogue inputs and outputs. Controlling a variable speed drive

Application of industrial programmable automatons
- Handy, with analogue input and output
- Shifter-activated induction engine control
- Operating screens and operator terminal
- Terminal characteristics
- Introduction to the IEC 1131-3standard
- Introduction to GRAFCET
- Translation of GRAFCET into the contact diagram
- Specialised instructions and functions
- IEC 1131-3 standard programming language practice in the CODESYS environment

Information Technologies
- Introduction Hardware, OS, Networking and Virtualization
- Fundamentals of programming. C and others
- Databases. Design and SQL. MySQL
- Application site (xhtml, css)
- Application to web page (php)
- Practices (applications)

- Industrial Comunications
- Designing for availability
- Methodologies used in machine design (Word Case design with a margin, graphic design revision, AMFEC, FRACAS, capacity studies)
- General concepts about industrial property
- Engineer participation when applying for patents
- Patent searches. Interpreting awarded patents
Final Project
12 ECTS.
Students must bring everything they have learnt together in an innovative project.

Management & Faculty

Academic management

  • Sumper, Andreas

Academic coordination

  • Marín Macaya, Maria

Teaching staff

  • Aragüés Peñalba, Mònica
  • Bergas Jané, Joan Gabriel
  • Boix Aragonés, Oriol
  • Chillón Antón, Cristian
  • Cordoncillo Fontanet, Xavier
  • Egea Àlvarez, Agustí
  • Estapé Vilà, Albert
  • Ferrer Villabí, Pere
  • Fillet Castellà, Sergi
  • Galceran Arellano, Samuel
    Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Assistant Professor University and deputy director of CITCEA-UPC.
  • Garcia Fernandez, Javier
  • Girbau Llituella, Francesc
  • Gomis Bellmunt, Oriol
  • Heredero Peris, Daniel
  • Lloret Gallego, Pau
  • Miguel Espinar, Carlos
  • Montesinos Miracle, Daniel
    PhD, Electrical Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering of the UPC.
  • Muñoz Gazquez, Jose Pedro
  • Olivella Rosell, Pol
  • Ortega i Margarit, Albert
  • Pagès Giménez, Marc
  • Pi i Palomés, Xavier
  • Prieto Araujo, Eduardo
  • Puente Torruella, Angel
  • Rull Duran, Joan
  • Sudrià Andreu, Antoni
    Doctor in Electrical Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya Director of the Centre for Technological Innovation in Static Converters and Drives of the UPC. Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering at the UPC.
  • Sumper, Andreas
  • Villafáfila Robles, Roberto

General information 2016-17 EDITION

Next course
October 2017
60 ECTS (432 teaching hours)
Monday  18:00 to 21:30Tuesday  18:00 to 21:30Wednesday  18:00 to 21:30Thursday  18:00 to 21:30
Taught at
Escola Tècnica Superior d'Enginyeria Industrial de Barcelona (UPC)
Av. Diagonal, 647. Planta 2. Aula Schneider
Telephone: (34) 93 114 80 23
Master's degrees issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. To obtain this degree it is necessary to have an official or recognized university degree equivalent to a bachelor's degree or diploma. Otherwise, the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya will only award them a a certificate of completion.

In the case of having a foreign degree check here.
Virtual Campus
The students on this Master's degree will have access to the My_Tech_Space virtual campus, an effective work and communication platform for students, lecturers and course directors and coordinators. My_Tech_Space allows students to find background material for their classes, to work in teams, ask their lecturers questions, consult their marks, etc.
Employment service
Students can access job offers in their field of specialisation on the My_Tech_Space virtual campus. Applications made from this site will be treated confidentially. Hundreds of offers appear annually of the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development Employment service .The offers range from formal contracts to work placement agreements.
Registration fee
7.600 €
See the section Discounts, loans and financial aid for possibilities of advantageous financing conditions.

Applicants are given the option of making a voluntary €5 contribution when formalising their enrolment. As part of the UPC's 0.7% Campaign, this donation will go towards meeting charitable needs in developing countries.


Language of instruction
Catalan / Spanish
Payment of enrolment fee
The enrolment fee can be paid:
- In a single payment to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme
- In two instalments:
  • 60% of the amount payable, to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme
  • Remaining 40% to be paid up to 90 days at the latest after the starting date of the programme

Related entities


  • Alstom Wind, S.L.U.
  • Campus Energía. Campus de Excelencia Internacional.UPC
  • Enerkia
  • Estabanell
  • Festo Pneumatic
  • IGrid
  • Schneider Electric España, S.A.
  • SMA Ibérica Tecnología Solar, SL
  • National Instruments