Events at Department of Energy Technology

Industrial/PhD Course: Advanced FPGA-based Controllers for Power Electronic and Drive Applications


24.04.2018 kl. 08.30 - 26.04.2018 kl. 16.00



Professor Josep M. Guerrero
Associate Professor Juan C. Vasquez


Professor Eric Monmasson, University of Cergy-Pontoise
Assistant Professor Mattia Ricco (AAU)



Digital controllers are now extremely powerful. With the current Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA), designing a controller is no longer limited to the programming of a microprocessor but includes also the programming of the architecture of the processor itself along with its peripherals and its computing accelerators. As a consequence, the control designer should be now a system architect who also needs a deep understanding of the final system to be controlled. Along this line, this course aims to propose a rational use of current FPGA-based reconfigurable platforms for controlling power electronic and drive applications.

The following topics are covered in the course:

1st day (optional for students who have already worked with FPGAs):

  • Introduction, presentation of the current trends in terms of digital control implementation for electrical systems.
  • Description of FPGA components (Internal architecture of FPGAs, recent System-on-Chip extension, presentation of the corresponding development tools), VHDL reminders.
  • Hands-on basic examples, tutorial on a current FPGA development tool chain.

2nd & 3rd days:

  • Main design rules of an FPGA-based controller: Control algorithm refinement (design of a time continuous controller, internal delay issues, digital re-design, sampling issues, quantization issues). Architecture refinement (algorithm / architecture matching, IP-modules reusability, Hardware-In-the-Loop (HIL) validation, system-on-chip extension, High Level Synthesis (HLS) design approach).
  • Presentation of practical cases: Current control of a synchronous motor drive, sensorless control techniques (Kalman filtering, high frequency injection), Adaptive MPPT for PV applications, Fault tolerant control of Voltage Source Rectifier.
  • Hands-on the FPGA-based control of a power converter connected to the grid. Design of different types of regulators (PI current controller, PR current controller, sliding mode current controller, predictive current controller) and their corresponding Simulink-based and HLS-based IP modules. HiL validation.


Matlab/Simulink knowledge and C/C++basic knowledge is recommended for the exercises.

Form of evaluation

The participants will be grouped and asked to team work on several case study scenarios and tasks proposed along the course. The assessment in this course will be done through a final multi-choice test in combination with delivery of exercises reports



6000 DKK for PhD students outside of Denmark and 1500 DKK for PhD students in Denmark, who are not from AAU. 8000 DKK for the Industry.


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