Carnegie Mellon University

Electrical and Computer Engineering

College of Engineering

Course Information

18-685: Power Electronics for Electric Utility Systems




With the advent of power electronics, control and communication systems and internet technologies, the grid connected and stand-alone electricity supply systems can be made smart and flexible by the application of power electronics. This is particularly relevant for the increasing penetration of embedded generation due to the proliferation of renewable energy systems based on solar, wind, mini and micro hydro and wave in addition to the Diesel and gas generators. This course is designed to produce engineers equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to design, commission and operate such systems.

Content includes: high voltage switches, both thyristor and IGBT based; reactive power compensation: thyristor-controlled reactor (TCR), thyristor switched capacitor (TSC), static var compensator (SVC), STATCOM, series and shunt compensation; high voltage DC transmission (HVDC): HVDC converters (both thyristor-based and voltage source converter-based), multiterminal HVDC, DC grids; grid integration of renewable energy sources: wind power on shore and off shore, solar, energy storage, application to weak systems, black start; stand-alone grid systems: PV and hydro based, energy storage, rural electrification and city applications, business models. Completion of a previous course in power electronics is recommended.

Last Modified: 2024-01-19 11:22AM

Semesters offered:

  • Spring 2024
  • Spring 2023
  • Spring 2022
  • Spring 2021
  • Spring 2020