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Course Overview

This course focuses on the modeling, operation and control design of AC microgrids for resilient and efficient integration of renewable/non-renewable energy resources and storage technologies. The simulation handbook and exercises provided in the course are based on real-use cases and will be extremely useful to develop insights into AC microgrid control and management for industry practitioners and researchers.

Learning Objectives

  • To be able to understand the concepts of distributed AC power systems and microgrids.
  • To be able to understand the various configurations and applications of AC microgrid systems.
  • To be able to understand and implement the various control schemes for power electronic converters employed in AC microgrids including voltage source inverter (VSI)
  • To be able to understand how power electronics converters are integrated to form AC pico, nano and smart Microgrids with their operation and control in grid-connected and islanded mode
  • To be able to understand and design the droop control schemes for the parallel operation of power converters.
  • To be able to understand Hierarchical control on AC microgrids with the simulation-based implementation of primary, and secondary layers.

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Josep Guerrero

Josep M. Guerrero is an Associate Professor at Aalborg University where he teaches courses on digital signal processing, control theory, and renewable energy systems. Since 2004, he has been responsible for the Renewable Energy Lab, Escola Industrial de Barcelona. His research interests include photovoltaics, wind energy conversion, uninterruptible power supplies, storage energy systems, and microgrids.


Juan Vaquez

Juan C. Vasquez (M’12-SM’14) received the B.S. degree in electronics engineering from the Autonomous University of Manizales, Manizales, Colombia, and the Ph.D. degree in automatic control, robotics, and computer vision from the Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain, in 2004 and 2009, respectively. He was with the Autonomous University of Manizales working as a teaching assistant and the Technical University of Catalonia as a Post-Doctoral Assistant in 2005 and 2008 respectively. In 2011, he was Assistant Professor and from 2014 he is working as an Associate Professor at the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark where he is the Vice Program Leader of the Microgrids Research Program (see From Feb. 2015 to April 2015 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Center of Power Electronics Systems (CPES) at Virginia Tech and a visiting professor at Ritsumeikan University, Japan. His current research interests include operation, advanced hierarchical and cooperative control, optimization and energy management applied to distributed generation in AC/DC Microgrids, maritime microgrids, advanced metering infrastructures and the integration of the Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical Systems into the Smart Grid. He has authored and co-authored more than 100 technical papers only in Microgrids in international IEEE conferences and Journals.


Mashood Nasir

Mashood Nasir received his BS degree in Electrical Engineering from UET Lahore, Pakistan and MS in Electrical Engineering from UMT Lahore, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan in 2009 and 2011, and 2018 respectively. From 2011 to 2012, he served as a lecturer and from 2013-2014 he served as an assistant professor in the Electrical Engineering department at UMT, Lahore. From, May 2017 to Nov 2017 he was a visiting Ph.D. researcher at the Microgrid Laboratory in Aalborg University Denmark. From 2018-2019 he served as an assistant professor at Lahore University of Management Science. Currently, he is a postdoctoral research fellow at Aalborg University Denmark. His research interests mainly include but not limited to power electronics, electrical machines and drives, grid integration of alternate energy resources, electrochemical energy conversion and battery storage systems and AC/DC/Hybrid microgrids.


Yajuan Guan

Yajuan Guan is currently working as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark. Her research interests include microgrids, distributed generation systems, power converter for renewable energy generation systems, and ancillary services for microgrids.


Ernane Coelho

Ernane Antônio Alves Coelho received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, Brazil, the M.S. degree from the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil, and the Ph.D. degree from UFMG in 1987, 1989, and 2000, respectively. He is currently associate professor at the Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. His research interests are PWM inverters, Power-factor Correction, Microgrid Modelling and Control, Digital Controllers using microcontrollers and DSP's.