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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 lessons and contents discussed in this MOOC will be extremely useful to develop insights into AC microgrid control and management for industry practitioners and researchers.

Learning Objectives

  • Illustrate the concepts of distributed AC power systems and microgrids.
  • Define and explain various configurations and applications of AC  microgrid systems.
  • Design various control schemes for power electronic converters employed  in AC microgrids including voltage source inverter (VSI)
  • llustrate 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

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Course Structure

  • Lesson 1 - Introduction to Microgrids
  • Lesson 2 - Introduction to AC Microgrids
  • Lesson 3 - Voltage Source Inverter (VSI) as an integral component of AC Microgrids
  • Lesson 4 - Modes of operation for AC Microgrids


Josep Guerrero

Josep M. Guerrero received the
B.S. degree in telecommunications engineering, the M.S. degree in electronics
engineering, and the Ph.D. degree in power electronics from the Technical
University of Catalonia, Barcelona, in 1997, 2000 and 2003, respectively. Since
2011, he has been a Full Professor with the Department of Energy Technology,
Aalborg University, Denmark, where he is responsible for the Microgrid Research
Program. From 2012 he has been a guest Professor at the Chinese Academy of
Science and the Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics; and from
2014 he has been chair Professor in Shandong University.


Juan C. Vasquez

Juan C. Vasquez  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
BarcelonaTech-UPC, Spain, in 2004 and 2009, respectively. In 2011, He was
Assistant Professor and in 2014, Associate Professor at the Department of
Energy Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark. In 2019, He became Professor in
Energy Internet and Microgrids and currently He is the Co-Director of the
Villum Center for Research on Microgrids (see He was a
Visiting Scholar at the Center of Power Electronics Systems (CPES) at Virginia
Tech, USA 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 Internet of Things and Energy Internet into
the SmartGrid. Prof. Vasquez was awarded as Highly Cited Researcher
by Thomson Reuters from 2017 to 2019 and He was the recipient of the Young
Investigator Award 2019. He has published more than 450 journal papers in the
field of Microgrids, which in total are cited more than 20000 times. Prof. 
Vasquez is currently a member of the IEC System Evaluation Group SEG4 on LVDC
Distribution and Safety for use in Developed and Developing Economies, the
Renewable Energy Systems Technical Committee TC-RES in IEEE Industrial
Electronics, PELS, IAS, and PES Societies.


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.


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.