AAU logo

Events at Department of Energy Technology

Industrial/PhD Course: Modular Multilevel Converters (MMC)


25.11.2019 kl. 08.30 - 28.11.2019 kl. 16.00



Professor Remus Teodorescu - Aalborg University


Professor Remus Teodorescu - Aalborg University
Associate Professor Sanjay Chaudhary - Aalborg University



MMC has been established as the technology of choice for HVDC, large utility scale STATCOM and Multi-MW drives. This course will present the fundamentals, dynamics, modelling and simulation, modulation, control and balancing in normal and unbalanced grid conditions.

The reference material is the book: Sharifabadi, K.; Harnefors, L.; Nee, H.-P.; Norrga, S.; Teodorescu, R., “Design, Control and Application of Modular Multilevel Converters for HVDC Transmission Systems,” ISBN: 978-1-118-85156-2, Wiley-IEEE Press, Oct. 2016.

The course structure is:

Day 1: MMC fundamentals, topologies, modelling and design
Day 2: Carrier-based and carrier-less modulation and balancing techniques
Day 3: Control
Day 4 Applications of MMC (HVDC, STATCOM)

Around 40 % of the time will be spent in exercises using PLECS and Simulink models. A demonstration of several MMC applications will be organized in the state of the art MMC Laboratory.


Power Electronics, Matlab/Simulink or PLECS

Form of evaluation

The participants will have to submit a report of the simulation exercises via Moodle as a part of the course. The key observations should be described. The results obtained from the simulation should be used to answer the specific questions. A minimum of 50% correctness level is necessary in the for assessing ‘Passed’ or ‘Not Passed’ and award of diploma.




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


Department of Energy Technology


Aalborg University, Pontoppidanstræde 103, room 4.112, 9220 Aalborg East