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Start   >  Master's & postgraduate courses  >  Education  >  Master's degree in Power Electronics
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04-05-2021

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Programme

Edition
1st Edition
Credits
60 ECTS (480 teaching hours)
Delivery
Face-to-face
Language of instruction
Spanish / English
Fee
€9,300
Payment of enrolment fee options

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.
- In four instalments, splitting the payment by direct debit:
  • 40% of the amount payable, to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme.
  • The remaining 60% will be divided into 3 direct debit payments, which will be distributed equidistantly between the beginning and end of classes.
  • The student must have and be the holder of a bank account with IBAN ESXX
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Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.
Start date
Classes start: 13/10/2021
Classes end: 10/06/2022
Programme ends : 29/10/2022
Timetable
Monday: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Tuesday: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Wednesday: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Thursday: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Taught at
Departament Enginyeria Electrònica
Campus Nord. Ed. C4

C/ Gran Capità, s/n
Barcelona
CITCEA - Centre d'Innovació Tecnològica en Convertidors Estàtics i Accionaments
Av. Diagonal, 647. Planta 2. Aula Schneider
Barcelona
EEBE - Escola d'Enginyeria de Barcelona Est
Avda. Eduard Maristany, 16
08019 Barcelona
Why this master's degree?

We are currently transitioning towards a green economy which aims to reduce environmental pollution. That means converting the maximum amount of renewable energy into our power distribution networks, optimizing energy storage systems in electric car batteries to make each Watt count, or making more efficient power supplies for data servers, which already account for more than 1% of all the energy consumed on the planet.

Power electronics is the discipline which tries to respond to all these technological challenges with the goal of achieving smaller and more efficient systems. It does so by combining a wide range of engineering specialties which will be taught throughout the master's degree in Power Electronics. From switching device topologies to control loops, the course covers everything you need to know in order to meet the requirements of many different applications, from renewable energy generation to advanced power supply design.

The overall objective of the course is to form a new generation of engineers who are passionate about the development of power solutions, both in the hardware and software aspects. The content of the program results from the extensive academic experience that different departments in the UPC have in this field, which will introduce classic and advanced power conversion architectures and provide practical knowledge of the industry. 25% of the teaching hours in the program are taught by professionals from important companies in the field of Power Electronics.

Through collaboration with more than 10 companies in the sector (HP, Wallbox, Premium, Ficosa, Idneo, MPS, etc.), students can carry out their master's degree thesis in a company’s R&D department, demonstrating the potential of employment opportunities in the field of power electronics.

Aims
  • To offer students the knowledge, methodologies and tools necessary to face the technological challenges they will encounter when developing a power electronics project.
  • Implement projects for the development of power electronics solutions considering all their complexity, from the choice of power components, the development of electronic systems and the requirement to industrialize the product.
  • Know power electronics applications, define the needs to implement them and the advantages of the most used topologies.
Who is it for?
- Engineers and graduates in specialties with knowledge of electronics.

- Professionals in the electronics industry with an interest in power electronics.

Training Content

List of subjects
3 ECTS 24h
Power Electronic Devices
  • Introduction to semiconductors.
  • Power devices: introduction and classification.
  • Power diodes.
  • Power BJT & IGBT.
  • Power MOSFET.
  • The half bridge in power applications: snubber and drivers.
6 ECTS 48h
Modeling and Control of Power Electronics
  • Introduction to power electronics
  • Synthesis of power electronic circuits
  • Steady-state analysis and sizing of DC-DC switching converters
    • Conduction modes and steady-state analysis.
    • Sizing of basic converters (Buck, Boost, Buck-Boost).
    • Synchronous converters and bidirectional power flow.
    • Isolated DC-DC converters (Flyback, Forward, Push-Pull).
    • Other topologies (Cuk, Sepic, Z-converters).
  • PWM switching power converters modelling
  • Control design for conventional DC-DC converters
    • Single voltage loop control design.
    • Average current loop control design.
    • Peak current mode control.
  • Applications of modelling and control of power electronics
6 ECTS 48h
Grid Connected Converters AC/DC and DC/AC

Introduction to single-phase systems

    • Power factor and harmonic content.
    • Definitions for single-phase systems (IEEE Standard 1459-2010): Active power, effective power factor, apparent power, reactive power, THD.
  • AC/DC conversion: principles and control
    • Controlled and not controlled rectifiers.
    • Rectifiers design principles.
    • Synchronous rectifier. Bidirectional power flow.
    • Power factor corrector converters.
  • DC/AC conversion: principles and control
    • Voltage source inverter: principles and modelling.
    • Modulation strategies: two and three level.
    • Control design techniques for VSI. Resonant and repetitive controllers.
    • Grid-connected inverters: L and LCL VSI.
  • Three-phase power converters
    • Introduction to three-phase systems.
    • Transformations, Inverse transformations, positive/negative sequences.
    • Conventional three-phase converters.
    • Implementation/modulation: Space-Vector Modulation.
    • Advanced three-phase topologies (Matrix converters, Vienna rectifier).
5 ECTS 40h
Digital Controllers for Power Conversion
  • Introduction to Digital power controller’s.
  • Getting started on digitalization.
  • PWM modulation and Dead-time effects.
  • Signal conditional and sampling and Quantification effect.
  • Digital implementation of controllers.
  • Digital filter implantation.
  • ARM based controllers.
3 ECTS 24h
EMI & Safety for Power Converters
  • Introduction to electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) in power electronics.
  • Conductive electromagnetic interferences (EMI) in switching power supplies.
  • Radiated electromagnetic interferences (EMI) in switching power supplies.
  • Electromagnetic susceptibility (EMS) in switching power supplies.
  • Harmonics and flicker in switching power supplies.
  • Electrical safety in power electronics.
  • Design of electronic board for electronic compatibility (EMC).
3 ECTS 24h
Design of Inductors and Transformers
  • Introduction to magnetism.
  • Magnetic materials for power electronics.
  • Magnetic components: Key Materials.
  • Transformer model.
  • Inductance.
  • High frequency effects in windings.
  • Inductor design.
  • SMPS transformers design.
  • Common Mmde chokes design: Introduction to EMC.
  • Introduction to pulse transformers & current transformers.
  • Transformer measurements.
3 ECTS 24h
Power Application & Circuits
  • Choose the right components and circuit for your power electronics design.
  • Design a power tree.
  • Sensing circuits (voltage, current and temperature) for power electronics.
  • Protections circuits for power electronics.
  • Design a complete isolated power converter for power over ethernet (semester projects).
3 ECTS 24h
Advanced Power Supplies
  • Interleaved power converters: principles and control design
    • Harmonic cancellation.
    • Buck-based multiphase converter.
    • Boost-based interleaved PFC.
    • Interleaved power converter applications.
  • Resonant converters: modelling and control design
    • Circuit description and operating principles (frequency modulation (FM) versus pulse width modulation (PWM)).
    • Sinusoidal analysis of resonant converters.
    • Examples: Series Converter, Parallel Converter and LLC Converter.
    • Resonant converters control design.
    • Practical application examples.
3 ECTS 24h
Power Converters for Energy Storage
  • Introduction to energy storage system
  • Introduction to bidirectional converter:
    • Operating principles of phase-shifted power converters.
    • Applications: bidirectional electrical vehicle charging (G2V and V2G concepts), energy storage in DC microgrids, etc.
  • Examples: phase-shifted full bridge converter and Dual Active Bridge converter (DAB)
  • Modelling and control of phase-shifted power converters
3 ECTS 24h
Power Converters for Renovable Energy
  • Introduction to power conversion in renewable energy systems
    • Renewable energy generation.
    • Grid integration. Requirements and regulations.
  • Converter structures and modulation techniques
    • Single phase systems.
    • Three phase systems.
    • Multilevel structures.
    • DC/DC converters for renewables.
  • Grid integration
    • Grid synchronization.
    • Power control.
    • Islanding detection. Isolation and reconnection.
    • Maximum power point tracking.
    • Parallel operation. Droop control.
    • Operation during grid fault.
    • Microgrids.
3 ECTS 24h
Motor Drives and Motion Control
  • Electrical drives.
  • Reference frame theory.
  • Models for alternating current electrical machines.
  • Models for induction and synchronous (permanent magnet and reluctance machines).
  • Control strategies for AC motors.
  • Application to permanent magnet synchronous machines.
  • FOC control.
  • Design of current and speed controllers.
  • Sensorless control.
  • Nonlineal control of AC machines.
3 ECTS 24h
Vehicle Electrification
  • EV architectures; 48 V hybrid car; full electric. Electrification of planes and trains. Electrification of hydrogen systems.
  • Behaviour of electrical motor applied to electrical vehicle.
  • Batteries for electric mobility. Types, state of charge estimation and battery management systems (BMS).
  • EV modelling and simulation for real time.
3 ECTS 24h
Desing Reliability & Thermal Management
  • Electronic components life time calculation.
  • Statistic methodology in electronics.
  • Heat transfer in electronics.
  • Material’s thermal properties.
  • Heat dissipation in SMD components.
  • Heat sink types and mechanical considerations.
  • Radiation effects in Heat dissipation.
  • Heat Sink calculation and simulation (Forced Convection).
1 ECTS 8h
Industrial Seminars
  • Project Management for electronic industry.
  • Servo Drives in today's robotic applications.
  • Charging EV present and future.
  • Switching power suppliers for industrial and railways applications.
  • EMC inside the LAB.
  • Power Electronics for 3D printing.
12 ECTS 96h
Master Thesis
A project related to the contents and topics taught in the master's degree will be developed. The project must be submitted and presented publicly to a court, made up of the tutor and two other members of the teaching staff of the program. Whenever possible it will be done in a company.
The UPC School reserves the right to modify the contents of the programme, which may vary in order to better accommodate the course objectives.
Degree
Special master's degree issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Issued pursuant to art. 34.1 of Organic Law 4/2007 of 12 April, amending Organic Law 6/2001 of 21 December, concerning Universities. To obtain it, is necessary to have an official university qualification. Otherwise, the student will receive a course completion certificate of the programme issued by the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya. (Ver datos que constan en el certificado).

Learning methodology

The teaching methodology of the programme facilitates the student's learning and the achievement of the necessary competences.

Learning tools
Participatory lectures
A presentation of the conceptual foundations of the content to be taught, promoting interaction with the students to guide them in their learning of the different contents and the development of the established competences.
Practical classroom sessions
Knowledge is applied to a real or hypothetical environment, where specific aspects are identified and worked on to facilitate understanding, with the support from teaching staff.
Solving exercises
Solutions are worked on by practising routines, applying formulas and algorithms, and procedures are followed for transforming the available information and interpreting the results.
Problem-based learning (PBL)
An active learning methodology that enables the student to be involved from the beginning, and to acquire knowledge and skills by considering and resolving complex problems and situations.
Assessment criteria
Attendance
At least 80% attendance of teaching hours is required.
Solving exercises, questionnaires or exams
Individual tests aimed at assessing the degree of learning and the acquisition of competences.
Work out projects
Studies on a specific topic, by individuals or groups, in which the quality and depth of the work is assessed, among other factors.
Completion and presentation of the final project
Individual or group projects in which the contents taught in the programme are applied. The project can be based on real cases and include the identification of a problem, the design of the solution, its implementation or a business plan. The project will be presented and defended in public.
Work placements & 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 of the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development employment service appear annually. The offers range from formal contracts to work placement agreements.
Virtual campus
The students on this master's degree will have access to the My_ Tech_Space virtual campus - an effective platform for work and communication between the course's students, lecturers, directors and coordinators. My_Tech_Space provides the documentation for each training session before it starts, and enables students to work as a team, consult lecturers, check notes, etc.

Teaching team

Academic management
  • Guinjoan Gispet, Francisco-Juan
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    PhD in Telecommunications Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Université Paul Sabatier (LAAS, CRNS, Toulouse, France). Rector's delegate for the KIC Innoenergy (EU-EIT) and member of its European Supervisory Board. Member of the Assembly of the Barcelona Energy Agency and of the Executive Council of the Energy Research Institute of Catalonia (IREC). Collaborator of the State Research Agency (formerly ANEP 2011-2019). He has 36 years of experience at the UPC in power electronics, modeling and control for renewable energies.
  • Rodríguez Vilamitjana, Enric
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    PhD in Electronic Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Master in Electronics and Telecommunications from the UPC and Master in Economics and Innovation from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. Director of the R&D Office of Monolithic Power System in Barcelona. He has more than ten years of experience in the management of R&D teams and projects in the field of power electronics (EGO, RRC, MPS).
Teaching staff
  • Andres Martinez, Jose Antonio
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    Industrial Technical Engineer, specializing in industrial electronics, from the Salesian University School of Sarrià (EUSS). Higher Engineer in Electronics from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Currently responsible for R&D at the company CERC, developing products in the field of energy conversion for sixteen years, supporting the technical department. He actively collaborates in training programs and activities of the Viladecans Business Innovation (VIE) by the business area of Viladecans City Council. Collaborates with testing entities in EMC testing processes and electrical safety Member of the SECARTYS board of directors.
  • Barba Soriano, Enric

    Senior Telecommunications Engineer. Doctor in Telecommunications Engineering . Master in Organization and Management of Companies. Master "Black Belt " program quality " Six Sigma." Chief and CEO of lBER ELCO , SA.
  • Bargalló Perpiñà, Ramón
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    Doctor in Industrial Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Member of the EPIC (Energy Processing and Integrated Circuits) research group. Professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering since 1988. He has accumulated more than twenty years of experience collaborating in various companies in the fields of design of electrical machines for special applications (low speed, very high speed, etc.) and in the analysis of noise and vibration in electrical machines and associated drives.
  • Barrado Bautista, Andrés
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    University Professor and Doctor of Industrial Engineering from the Carlos III University (uc3m). Head of the Group of Electronic Power Systems of the uc3m. Founding partner and CEO of Spin-off Power Smart Control S.L. More than 25 years of experience in the power electronics sector and specialized in DC-DC converters, battery chargers, modeling and vehicles powered by fuel cells. He develops applied research that he has disseminated through 353 research articles. He is the co-author of 10 patents and has participated in more than 80 contracts with companies.
  • Biel Sole, Domingo
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    PhD in Telecommunications Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Associate professor attached to the Department of Electronic Engineering of the UPC. Author (co-author) of more than 25 articles in international indexed journals and more than 70 articles presented at international conferences on linear and non-linear control and its application to renewable energy and power electronics systems.
  • Colomer Navarro, Pau

    Senior Engineer in Electronics from the University of Barcelona. Master in Product Manager from EADA Business School. Founding partner and technical director of Prax, a company dedicated to the design, development and manufacture of inductive components in power electronics applications. He has more than 20 years of experience in companies in the sector.
  • Cuadras Tomas, Angel
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    PhD in Physics from the University of Barcelona. Associate Professor of the Department of Electronic Engineering at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Member of the group of Power Electronics and Integrated Circuits (EPIC) of the UPC. Specializing in energy research and entropy, specializing in the aging of batteries and electronic systems as well as energy efficiency.
  • Domínguez Muñoz, Víctor
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    Engineer in Industrial and Automatic Electronics from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Postgraduate degrees in Industrial Automation: Sensors and Drives and Industrial Control by the CIM Foundation. Software Product Leader at Premium S.A. Five years of experience in Software Embedded development in automotive and power electronics environments.
  • Dòria Cerezo, Arnau
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    Undergraduate in Electro-mechanical engineering and Ph.D. degrees from UPC in 2001 and 2006. He received his DEA in Industrial Automation at INSA-Lyon, France, in 2001. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Dept. of Electrical Engineering (UPC). He carries out his research with the research group on Advanced Control of Energy Systems at the Inst. of Industrial and Control Engineering of the UPC. His research interests include nonlinear and advanced control techniques, applied to electrical systems and automotive applications.
  • Guinjoan Gispet, Francisco-Juan
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    PhD in Telecommunications Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Université Paul Sabatier (LAAS, CRNS, Toulouse, France). Rector's delegate for the KIC Innoenergy (EU-EIT) and member of its European Supervisory Board. Member of the Assembly of the Barcelona Energy Agency and of the Executive Council of the Energy Research Institute of Catalonia (IREC). Collaborator of the State Research Agency (formerly ANEP 2011-2019). He has 36 years of experience at the UPC in power electronics, modeling and control for renewable energies.
  • Montesinos Miracle, Daniel
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    Ph.D. Electrical Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering of the UPC.
  • Rodríguez Vilamitjana, Enric
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    PhD in Electronic Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Master in Electronics and Telecommunications from the UPC and Master in Economics and Innovation from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. Director of the R&D Office of Monolithic Power System in Barcelona. He has more than ten years of experience in the management of R&D teams and projects in the field of power electronics (EGO, RRC, MPS).
  • Salvadó Urpinas, Jordi

    Technical Telecommunications Engineer in Electronic Systems from La Salle University. Master in Telecommunications Engineering. HW Engineering Manager at PREMIUM S.A. More than 15 years of experience in the design of electronic power conversion equipment.
  • Torres Sanchez, Toni
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    Industrial Technical Engineer in Electronics from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Currently R&D Deputy Director at EGO ELEKTRO GERAETEBAU GMBH. More than 20 years of experience in power electronics design. Collaborator in UPC-Empresa programs for variable reluctance motor design. Author of 5 patents: https://worldwide.espacenet.com/patent/search/family/062251831/publication/DE102016225333A1'q=EGO%20ELEKTRO%20GERAETEBAU%20torres

Associates entities

Strategic partners
  • Elektro- Automatik & Co.KG
    • Provides financial aid to the programme or grants for the registration of students.
  • Rhode & Schwarz
    • Provides financial aid to the programme or grants for the registration of students.
  • RS Components
    • Provides financial aid to the programme or grants for the registration of students.
Collaborating partners

Career opportunities

  • Power electronics hardware engineers.
  • Power electronics software engineers.
  • Engineers for simulation and control of power and renewable electronics systems.

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