MSc in Electrical Engineering

Course Information Package

Course Unit CodeAEEE524
Course Unit DetailsMSc Electrical Engineering (Technical Electives) -
Number of ECTS credits allocated7
Learning Outcomes of the course unitBy the end of the course, the students should be able to:
  1. Explain the basic concepts behind AC-AC converters.
  2. Define the principles of power electronics used in power factor quality control.
  3. Explain power electronics circuits used in power supplies.
  4. Describe power electronic devices used in capacitor charging applications.
  5. Explain power electronic devices used in photovoltaic applications.
  6. Examine power electronic devices used in renewable energy sources applications.
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Recommended optional program componentsNONE
Course Contents

AC-AC Converters: Introduction to AC-AC Converters, Single-phase AC–AC Voltage Controller, Phase-controlled Single-phase AC Voltage Controller, Single-phase AC–AC Voltage Controller with On/Off Control, Three-phase AC–AC Voltage Controllers, Phase-controlled Three-phase AC Voltage Controllers, Fully Controlled Three-phase Three-wire AC Voltage Controller.


Power Factor (PF) Quality: Introduction to PF quality, Definition of PF and THD, Power Factor Correction: a) Energy Balance in PFC Circuits, b) Passive Power Factor Corrector, c) Basic Circuit Topologies of Active Power Factor Correctors, d) System Configurations of PFC Power Supply.


Power Electronics in Capacitor Charging Applications: Introduction in Power Electronics in Capacitor Charging Applications, High Voltage DC Power Supply with Charging Resistor, Resonance Charging, Switching Converters.


Power Electronics in Power Supplies: Introduction of Power Electronics to Power Supplies, Linear Series Voltage Regulator: a) Regulating Control, b) Current Limiting and Overload Protection, Linear Shunt Voltage Regulator, Integrated Circuit Voltage Regulators: a) Fixed Positive and Negative Linear Voltage Regulators, b) Adjustable Positive and Negative Linear Voltage Regulators, c) Applications of Linear IC Voltage Regulators.


Power Electronics in Photovoltaics: Introduction of Power Electronics to solar power conversion, How does a Solar Cell Work?, Solar Energy Conversion, Maximum Power Tracker: a) Switch-mode Converter, b) Controller, c) MPPT Controller Algorithm, Photovoltaic Systems’ Components: a) Grid-connected Photovoltaic System, b) Stand-alone Photovoltaic Systems, Factors Affecting Output: a) Temperature, b) Dirt and Dust, c) DC–AC Conversion, System Design: a) Criteria for a Quality PV System b) Design Procedures, c) Power Conditioning System, d) Battery Sizing.


Power Electronics in Renewable Energy Sources: Introduction of Power Electronics for Renewable Energy Sources, Power Electronics for Photovoltaic Power Systems: a) Basics of Photovoltaics, b) Types of PV Power Systems, c) Stand-alone PV Systems, d) Hybrid Energy Systems, e) Grid-connected PV Systems.

Recommended and/or required reading:
  • Power Electronics Handbook, Rashid M., Academic Press, 2001.
  • Power Electronics Circuits, Devices and Applications, Rashid M., Prentice Hall, 2004, 3rd Edition.
  • Modern Power Electronics and AC drives, Bimal B., Prentice Hall, 2002.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching is based on lectures.

The course delivery will be based on theoretical lecturing, assignments and exercises solved in class. Exercises will be handed to students and their solutions shall be analysed at lecture periods. Additional tutorial time at the end of each lecture will be provided to students. Students are expected to demonstrate the necessary effort to become confident with the different concepts and topics of the course.
Assessment methods and criteria
Final Exam60%
Language of instructionEnglish
Work placement(s)NO