Summer 2021 - MSE 894 G100

Special Topics II (3)

Pwr Conv in Alt Energy Sys

Class Number: 1459

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 12 – Aug 9, 2021: Tue, 8:30–10:20 a.m.

    May 12 – Aug 9, 2021: Fri, 8:30–9:20 a.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 12, 2021
    Thu, 3:30–6:30 p.m.



  • Introduction to modern power semiconductor devices
  • Two-level and multi-level converters for alternative energy systems
  • Switching and operation schemes of modern power converters
  • Wind energy system configurations and operation
  • Reference frame transformation
  • Electric generators for wind energy systems
  • Photovoltaic solar energy system configurations and operation
  • Control of grid-tied converters
  • Other alternative energy systems
  • Introduction to distributed generation and microgrids


This course introduces state-of-the-art power conversion technologies in alternative energy systems such as wind and solar energy systems. Upon completion of the course, students are expected to: describe various alternative energy systems and concepts; compare different power conversion architectures for alternative energy systems; design and evaluate advanced switching schemes for power electronic converters; design system configurations for different alternative energy sources such as wind and solar; determine system rating, sizing, parameters, and operation; analyze performance of alternative energy systems; investigate alternative energy systems and operation with computer simulation; and observe and measure alternative energy systems with lab equipment.


  • Course Projects 60%
  • Term Exam 40%


Recommended References

  • eTextbook: High-power converters and ac drives, 2nd ed, B. Wu et al, Wiley/IEEE, 2017.
  • eTextbook: Power conversion and control of wind energy systems, B. Wu et al, Wiley-IEEE, 2010
  • eTextbook: Grid Converters for Photovoltaic and Wind Power Systems, R. Teodorescu et al, Wiley-IEEE, 2011
  • Presentation material, articles, datasheets, application notes, etc.


Graduate students of the course are expected to complete all course projects individually.




Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in summer 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods, but we will continue to have in-person experiential activities for a selection of courses.  Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning ( or 778-782-3112).