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Innovative Components for Smart Grids - WEUS1ICS

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  • Number of hours

    • Lectures : 28.0
    • Tutorials : -
    • Laboratory works : 30.0
    • Projects : -
    • Internship : -
    • Written tests : -
    ECTS : 5.0
  • Officials : Vincent DEBUSSCHERE


This module aims to study various innovative technologies that impact the development of smart grids. In addition, novel design methodologies that should be part of their future development processes are integrated in the required skills to be formed in.

This module contains three subsections whose objectives are specified below.
1. The first part of this module is to provide a theoretical and updated state of the art on an emerging technology: superconductivity.
2. The second part is focused on power electronics components. A first theoretical part is complemented by simulations, and then illustrated in a practical experiment in a clean room to manufacture some component (later characterized). The objective is here to confront the practical results to simulations.
3. The last part of the module aims to study design methods taking into account environmental aspects in addition to technical and economic aspects. The aim is to ensure that the development of innovative components (some examples have been seen during this module) is not done in defiance of common sense in terms of sustainability.

Multiples aptitudes are acquired in this module. Mostly, an updated knowledge of the maturity levels of several innovative technologies related to the use of electrical energy as well as their related design methods. Most of the theoretical knowledge will be illustrated in experiments and simulations (learning by doing).



  • Advanced technology for electrical networks: the example of superconductors.
  • From semiconductors to Power Electronics (small-signal modeling and simulation). From the material to the PWM control.
  • Environmental impacts and eco-design.

_Labs (simulations)_

  • Design and control of static converters.
  • Isolation materials for high voltage applications
  • Eco-design methods in practical cases from the Electrical Engineering

Practical work in a cleanroom: designing and manufacturing a basic components of static converters.


  • Basic knowledge in electrical engineering (rotating machines, power converters and classical electrical calculations).
  • Physics of the electrical engineering components.
  • Basic knowledge on optimization methods and the usage of office and classic science tools (scientific calculators, spreadsheet).
  • Basic knowledge of scientific simulation tool for electronic (PSIM)


Final exam (CT) - 50% : report and oral presentation on the superconductivity part (30%), eco-design lab (20%) - CT retake : oral exam
Continuous assessment (CC) - 50% : experiments and labs in power electronics - no retakes for CC

CC 50% + CT 50%

The exam is given in english only FR


The course exists in the following branches:

  • Curriculum - Master inter SGB - Semester 7 (this course is given in english only EN)
see the course schedule for 2022-2023

Additional Information

Course ID : WEUS1ICS
Course language(s): FR

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  • Power electronics :
    * MOHAN, Ned et UNDELAND, Tore M. Power electronics: converters, applications, and design. John Wiley & Sons, 2007.
    * ERICKSON, Robert W. et MAKSIMOVIC, Dragan. Fundamentals of power electronics. Springer Science & Business Media, 2007.
  • Eco-design
    * BREZET, Han, VAN HEMEL, Carolien, UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME. INDUSTRY AND ENVIRONMENT (PARIS)., et al. Ecodesign: a promising approach to sustainable production and consumption. UNEP, 1997.
    * JOLLIET, O., SAADE, M., et CRETTAZ, P. ACV, comprendre et réaliser un écobilan. Eyrolles, 2005.
  • Supra-conductivity
    * TIXADOR, Pascal. Les supraconducteurs. Ed. Techniques Ingénieur, 1995.
    * TIXADOR, Pascal. Utilisation des supraconducteurs dans les réseaux autonomes. In : Journées du club EEA 2013. 2013.

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Date of update February 8, 2017

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