Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Model a general structure for integration of distributed energy sources into the power grid
  • Apply some control techniques for control of grid-connected converters
  • Find a solution for problems related to the power grid

Carry out a detailed study for a specific project and make a report.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 17.09.2019 - 17.12.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Edris Pouresmaeil, Mikko Routimo

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Edris Pouresmaeil, Mikko Routimo

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    This is a graduate level course with two equally important main goals and all activities of this course are planned to support meeting these two main goals. The first goal is to discuss topics related with distributed generation technologies. The second goal is to prepare the students to conduct research or help them to improve their research skills. This latter goal implies that students are expected to have a proactive approach to their course work, which in some cases will require finding on their own proper ways to find unknown solutions to a given problem. Still the instructor will provide guidance on skill necessary to succeed in this course goal. Guidance topics include, but are not limited to, writing technical journal tips or presentation skills. Technical topics included in this courseare: distributed generation and microgrids elements; microsources; power electronics interfaces; dc and ac grid architectures; operation, stabilization, and control; reliability aspects; grid interconnection, smart grids.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Exam, project, assignment

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Contact sessions 30 H, independent studies and work based-learning 40h, examination 3h.


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Teaching materials (Lecture slides) will be uploaded one day before each class. Students must have access to MATLAB software in some sessions.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    • Power electronics (e.g., basic circuits: rectifiers, converters. Basic concepts for analysis of power electronic circuits, general definition of power factor, harmonic content).
    • Power systems (e.g. single and 3-phase circuit analysis, power calculations, real and reactive power concepts, displacement power factor.
    • Control theory (e.g., when an equilibrium point of a system is stable and when it is not, modeling, feedback systems, etc.).
    • Familiarity with at least one computer simulation software e.g., Matlab, Pscad, Psim, .
    • Knowledge on how to browse through professional publications.

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    7 Affordable and Clean Energy

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities