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Information 2020-21 edition
The 2020-21 edition of the master's degree has already begun. Shortly we will publish updated information about the new edition of this programme.
10th Edition
60 ECTS (432 teaching hours)
Language of instruction
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.
Next course
October 2021
Monday: 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Tuesday: 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Wednesday: 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Thursday: 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Taught at
CITCEA - Centre d'Innovació Tecnològica en Convertidors Estàtics i Accionaments
Av. Diagonal, 647. Planta 2. Aula Schneider
Why this programme?
Nobody questions that the current challenges of humanity are totally linked to energy systems. Our future depends, to a large extent, on our capacity to define the energy systems of the future, which will be very different from the energy systems that we currently have.

The electrical networks have to allow the massive integration of renewable (and non-manageable) energies, including large offshore wind farms offshore, wind and photovoltaic plants distributed throughout the territory and other emerging renewable generations such as ocean energy. On the other hand, the development of the electric vehicle requires the development of technology both for the vehicle itself and for its integration into the network. In the same way, the concept of micro-network that can operate both autonomously and connected to the network, offers multiple advantages to users and the system, but it requires developing equipment that allows its correct operation. Thus, future smart grids have to integrate all these concepts, stay stable and provide users with the correct voltage and frequency levels, have the ability to adapt quickly and correct fault situations, and also They must allow maximum flexibility with the minimum cost and occupation of land.

To face these challenges, it is not enough to have specialised engineers in different technologies. An answer is needed starting from a global perspective, and from this need arises the concept of Enertronics that allows facing energy projects and defining integrated solutions, based on electrical, electronic and information technologies. The enertrónicos engineers have to have knowledge in multiple disciplines such as automation, industrial communications, power electronics, electric machines, information technologies, renewable and conventional energy, energy storage, demand management , the electricity market and energy planning. Once these subjects are known, they must be integrated, and it is through the resolution of practical cases, the knowledge of real applications and the practices with industrial teams as the students of the master's degree will acquire this global and integrated vision. In this way, when a wind turbine is being projected, for example, the different technologies involved in the wind turbine, both aerodynamic, mechanical or electrical, are taken into account, but the power electronics necessary to connect this wind turbine are also being considered. to the electrical network, as well as the electronic control board that will allow the control system to have all the information and communicate with other devices. We analyze the great powers that are integrated into the network and the problems that this represents for the network, while analyzing the detail of the programming that will be done in the microprocessor.

That is why in the Master we propose to work all these concepts in a global way but deepening in each technology, studying from the big plants the small autonomous systems to feed remote sites, from the railways to the small manageable consumptions, from the converter to the electricity market, from the battery to the hydraulic cylinder, from the photovoltaic panel to the communications bus, from the C ++ to the transistor, from the bit to the megawatt.

  • 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.

Training Content

List of subjects
12 ECTS 105h
Renewable Energies and the Electric Vehicle
  • Electricity generation
    • Parts of a generation plant.
    • Modeling of synchronous generators.
    • Connection to power network of infinite short circuit.
    • Conventional synchronous generator simulation.
    • PMSM as generator. Generation with induction machine.
    • Simulation winding rotor generators.
  • Photovoltaic Solar Energy
    • Introduction to photovoltaic solar energy. Type of facilities, basic solar geometry, evolution and topicality.
    • Photovoltaic modules, technologies, technological considerations (mismatch, shading, solar trackers).
    • Cell and panel modeling.
    • Design of facilities.
    • Introduction to photovoltaic converters. Components, modulation. The inverter connected to the network.
    • Monitoring systems of the point of maximum power. MPPT and performance of photovoltaic inverters.
    • Apple detection systems. Normative context and detection algorithms.
  • Wind power
    • Introduction to wind systems simulation.
    • Electric machines used for wind generation.
    • Static converters used for wind generation.
    • Modeling and simulation of static converters.
    • Control applied to wind generation.
    • Network integration of wind power and network connection codes.
    • Simulation of wind generation systems.
  • Electric mobility
    • Introduction to hybrid and electric vehicles.
    • Dynamics of the electric vehicle.
    • Electric vehicle Regulations and integration to smart grids.
    • Electric traction Motors and converters.
    • Modeling and simulation of an electric vehicle.
    • Railway electrical system.
  • Energy storage
    • Storage of electrical energy with mechanical systems.
    • Storage of electrical energy with supercapacitors.
    • Storage of electrical energy with batteries.
    • Modeling and control of storage technologies and associated power conversion systems.
    • Cost evaluation.
12 ECTS 105h
Smart Grids
  • Fundamentals of electrical engineering
    • Introduction. Ohm's law.
    • Effective value and phasors.
    • Three-phase systems.
    • Ideal transformers.
    • Schematic equivalent of the transformer.
  • Analysis of electrical networks
    • Introduction to the electrical system.
    • Components of the network
    • Parameters and models of the network.
    • Analysis in permanent regime.
    • Transformer and load flow.
    • Problems applied.
    • Introduction to MATPOWER.
    • Planning of electrical networks.
    • Simulation of electrical networks.
    • Criteria for expansion of electrical networks.
  • Smart electrical networks
    • Introduction to smart electric networks. New concepts of networks and microgrids.
    • Theory and practice on the SGAM methodology.
    • Communications in electrical networks.
    • Protections, telecontrol and telesupervision of distribution networks.
    • Communications practice (IEC 61850) and protections.
    • O & M asset management, monitoring and energy efficiency.
    • Introduction to supply quality and problems.
    • Monitoring practices and quality of supply.
    • Introduction to the control of controllable equipment and control practice of an inverter to support the network (pending).
    • Visit to EyPESA.
  • HVDC and FACTS, controllable DC and AC electrical systems
    • Introduction to networks to HVDC, FACTS, AC / DC electrical systems.
    • Operation of a VSC converter connected to the network.
    • FACTS devices.
    • Practices on FACTS devices.
    • The HVDC technology.
    • HVDC networks.
12 ECTS 105h
Mechatronic and Enertronic Components and Systems

Provides training on data procurement and sensors, power electronics, electric actuators, microcontrollers and programmable logic or signal processing and control.

  • 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.
  • Sensors and Collecting Data
    • cers, elevators, 2 and 4 Quadrant.
    • Single-phase and 
    • 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: redu.
    • 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.
12 ECTS 105h
Automation of Systems

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.
12 ECTS 12h
Final Project
Students must bring everything they have learnt together in an innovative project.
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 certificate of completion of the programme issued by the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya.
Range of modules
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.
Master's degree:
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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.
These visits are to specialist centres, companies in the sector or outstanding and important locations in the sector, in order to obtain knowledge in situ of development, production and demonstration environments within the programme.
Assessment criteria
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 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
  • Prieto Araujo, Eduardo
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    Doctor in Electrical Engineering from the UPC. Reader professor in the Electrical Engineering Department of the UPC. Researcher of the CITCEA-UPC.
Teaching staff
  • Bru i Bru, David
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    David Bru is the Chief Technical Officer at iGrid T&D, Barcelona. He obtained a BSc. in Telecomunications Engineering from the Polytechnical University of Valencia (Spain) and a MSc. degree in Information Technology from Napier University in Edinburgh (Scotland). He started his career in the energy sector joining ENDESA (now ENEL) where he was involved in the design and implementation of SCADA products. Co-founded iGrid T&D In 2009. Now, iGrid is a growing company that develope products to deploy Smart Grid projects in more than 30 countries around the world.
  • Chillón Antón, Cristian

    Industrial Engineer from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Investigator of the CITCEA-UPC.
  • Fillet Castellà, Sergi
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    Industrial Engineer from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Professor of Electrical Engineering at the UPC.
  • Galceran Arellano, Samuel
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    Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Assistant Professor University and creator of CITCEA-UPC.
  • Llonch Masachs, Marc

    Industrial Engineer from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Senior project engineer at CITCEA-UPC. With six years of experience in the design and development of electric power converters, both connected to the network and for motor control. His main research has focused on microgrids, switching strategies for three-phase inverters and electric mobility, providing several publications on the subject. Currently, he also teaches industrial control in the master's degree in Automated Production and Robotics at CIM-UPC.
  • Lloret Gallego, Pau
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    Industrial Engineer from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Researcher of the CITCEA-UPC.
  • Miguel Espinar, Carlos
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    Industrial Engineer specializing in Power Electronics from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). He is currently Project Manager at CITCEA-UPC in the Mechatronics Area and is doing his PhD in the development of synchronous motor control algorithms in electric mobility applications. It centers its professional activity in the development of Power Electronics and its control in different types from applications: control and design FEM of synchronous motors, and heating by induction by wires. Participates as a teacher in the Master of Mechatronics.

  • 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.
  • Muñoz Gazquez, Jose Pedro

    Associate professor and researcher of the Automation Area of the CITCEA-UPC.
  • Olivella Rosell, Pol
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    Industrial Engineer from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Researcher of the CITCEA-UPC.
  • Perez-Lanzac Casado, Juan
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    Industrial Engineer (MsC) passionate about Wind Energy, Electric Drives, Grid Integration of Distributed Energy, Power Systems, and Smart Grids. Currently employed with GE Renewables as Energy Conversion Engineer within the Wind Turbine design engineering department.
  • Prieto Araujo, Eduardo
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    Doctor in Electrical Engineering from the UPC. Reader professor in the Electrical Engineering Department of the UPC. Researcher of the CITCEA-UPC.
  • Resch, Matthias

    Doctor of Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya(UPC), specializing in the planning and development of small and large scale photovoltaic power plants. Renewable Energy Engineer from the University of Applied Sciences (Berlin). He wrote his doctoral dissertation on large-scale battery systems in distribution networks. He currently works in the smart grid department of SINTEF in Norway as a scientific researcher. Its basic competence is the analysis of electrical distribution networks with a high proportion of renewable energies, especially photovoltaic systems and the integration of batteries and electric vehicles.
  • Sumper, Andreas
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    PhD in Industrial Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Professor at the UPC and researcher in the area of transport, generation and distribution of electricity, as well as new energy models for the energy transition of the CITCEA-UPC research group. Responsible for the Master Innoenergy Energy for Smart Cities at the UPC. Director of the Endesa Red Chair in Energy Innovation. Author of more than 200 publications in prestigious journals and conferences, as well as author and editor of several books. Digital Energy Evangelist.
  • Villafáfila Robles, Roberto
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    Doctor in Electrical Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Industrial Engineer specializing in Electrical Engineering from the UPC. Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering (UPC). Member of the management team of CITCEA-UPC and head of the area of Entrontronics. Member of the Energy Commission and of the Working Groups on Efficient Energy Management and Electric Mobility of the College of Industrial Engineers of Catalonia. Experience of more than fifteen years in national and international R + D + i projects in electricity markets, integration into renewable generation networks, storage and electric vehicles.

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  • Technical support agent for energy.

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