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CANCELLED_Industrial/PhD Course: Application-Oriented Modelling of Renewable Energy Sources, Conversion and Energy Storage Systems


16.03.2020 kl. 08.30 - 19.03.2020 kl. 16.00




Assistant Professor Sergiu Spataru, ssp@et.aau.dk, Aalborg University
Associate Professor Dezso Sera, des@et.aau.dk, Aalborg University


Associate Professor Dezso Sera, des@et.aau.dk, Aalborg University
Associate Professor Tamas Kerekes, tak@et.aau.dk, Aalborg University
Associate Professor Florin Iov, fi@et.aau.dk, Aalborg University
Associate Professor Daniel-Ioan Stroe, dis@et.aau.dk, Aalborg University
Assistant Professor Sergiu Spataru, ssp@et.aau.dk, Aalborg University



This four-day course provides an overview and hands-on experience into the most common modelling methods used for the design, analysis, and planning of solar photovoltaic (PV) generation, wind power (WP) , and energy storage (ES) systems.

The course will focus on the applicability and practical implementation of the models, and cover the following main topics:

  1. modelling solar and wind resource: from high frequency variations to hourly, daily, and monthly averaged models;
  2. detailed/dynamic models of the photovoltaic generator (PVG), wind turbine generator (WTG), power electronic converter (PEC) and battery storage system (BSS), used in applications where models with a high bandwidth are required, such as switching converter applications;
  3. averaged, performance, and ageing models of the PVG, WTG, PEC, and BSS used in power system integration studies, power plant design, or performance monitoring and analysis.

The mornings are dedicated to lectures, while the afternoons are spent with off-line application examples and exercises in Matlab/Simulink, and laboratory exercises focusing on Real Time implementation, where the students will apply the models and methodology in practice.

Day 1: Modelling of power converters – Tamas Kerekes (8 hours)

Average and switching modelling of the power converters
Thermal modelling of the switches
Modelling of different modulators for PWM
Comparison between the different level of modelling with the experimental results obtained from dSpace

Day 2: Modelling of photovoltaic systems – Sergiu Spataru and Dezso Sera (8 hours)

Modelling the solar resource, solar cells, modules and arrays
Performance models of the array, inverter and PV plant
Modelling of PV panels and systems from measurement data
Real-time implementation of the models

Day 3: Modelling of energy storage systems – Daniel Stroe (8 hours)

Battery performance testing
Methods of battery performance modelling and validation
Development of the static battery model;
Development of the equivalent electrical circuit based dynamic battery model based on measurement data;
Validation of battery models

Day 4: Modelling of wind power systems – Florin Iov (8 hours)

Modelling of wind resource, aeromechanical part and electrical part of different wind turbine concepts
Performance models for wind turbine systems
Smart grid applications including storage and PV systems
Modelling of wind turbine systems components
Real-time implementation aspects
HIL testing and verification of models


A degree in electrical engineering or control engineering and Matlab/Simulink knowledge is strongly recommended. The course language is English.

Form of evaluation

The students will be evaluated based on an individual report that must be submitted in maximum 10 working days after the course is finished.

The individual report must document their solutions to the mandatory assignments received during each day the course.




6000 DKK for PhD students outside of Denmark and 8000 DKK for the Industry.


Department of Energy Technology


Aalborg University, Pontoppidanstræde 101, room 1.015, 9220 Aalborg East