Skip to Content


Last modified: 14 Dec 2021 12:50

Course Overview

The course aims to develop a broad understanding about the challenges and requirements of integrating renewable generators (RE) to grid, how these requirements can be met using converters, and high voltage direct current (HVDC) as a method of connecting RE to AC grids.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Aliakbar Jamshidi Far

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied) or Master of Engineering in Electrical & Electronic Engineering or Master Of Engineering In Elec & Electronic Eng W Renewabl En
  • Either Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied) or Programme Level 5
  • Engineering (EG) (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course covers the main challenges of integrating RE to distribution and transmission systems (like intermittency, power reverse, voltage rise, reactive power, harmonics, and stability issues) and the requirements (based on grid codes) that the RE generators should meet to be allowed to connect to grid (like power factor requirements, voltage and frequency ranges, and fault ride through). It will then study current source converter (CSC) and voltage source converter (VSC) as the main tool to meet the requirements. Finally, high voltage direct current (HVDC) will be studied as an alternative way to integrate large RE generators to grid.

The syllabus is the following:

1. Challenges of RE integrating to distribution and transmission systems 2. RE integration to grid requirements (grid codes) 3. CSC converters (single-phase and three-phase) 4. VSC converters (single-phase and three-phase, modular multi-level converters) 5. HVDC (LCC-HVDC and VSC-HVDC)

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 26 - 30, 32 - 35, 39 - 40
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 26 - 30, 32 - 35, 39 - 40

More Information about Week Numbers

Summative Assessments

Online assessment (20%)

Open Book exam (80%)



Re-sit of only the failed assessment component(s)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

Compatibility Mode

We have detected that you are have compatibility mode enabled or are using an old version of Internet Explorer. You either need to switch off compatibility mode for this site or upgrade your browser.