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Electric Energy Systems

Given its contribution to GDP, investment and employment, the electricity sector carries significant weight in the Spanish economy. It also has a multiplier effect on other sectors of the economy and is a key resource for many business activities and sectors, which are in turn generators of wealth. Over the last decade, this sector – one with well-established operational structures – has undergone a true revolution. There has been a shift from vertically integrated monopolistic systems to new paradigms, novel aspects of which include international electricity markets, development and integration of renewable energies, smart grids, active demand management and distributed generation, among others.

In this dynamic context, the ongoing need for doctoral graduates with specialised training in electrical systems and the ability to drive innovation and technology transfer is beyond question.

Graduates of the doctoral programme in Electric Energy Systems will play a key role in RDI at public and private centres and in companies. The productive fabric and universities need researchers who are equipped to advance knowledge and development of new techniques that add value to wealth-generating products and services. There is also a need for researchers who can take on board and put into practice the latest advances in engineering made in other regions and countries. That's why the research areas offered by the doctoral programme are leaders at the international level.

To meet all these needs, the interuniversity doctoral programme brings together the efforts, experience and resources of departments and top research groups at the four participating universities and has concluded collaboration agreements with leading companies in the sector.

University of Malaga (UMA)
University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)
University of Seville (US, coordinator)

COORDINATOR

Luna Alloza, Alvaro

CONTACT

Management Area for Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral Studies – C/ Colom, 11 (Terrassa Campus)
Tel.: 937 398 638
E-mail: doctorat.terrassa@upc.edu

General information

Access profile

The following programmes develop the skills and knowledge needed to undertake studies in the doctoral programme, and graduates of these courses are not required to complete any bridging courses:

Master’s degree in Electrical Energy Systems (taught at US)
Master’s degree in Integration of Renewable Energy Sources into the Electricity Grid (taught at UPV/EHU)
Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering, offered from 2015-2016 (UMA)
Master's degree in Energy Engineering (taught at the UPC)
Master's degree in Automatic Systems Engineering and Industrial Electronics (taught at the UPC)

As for languages, applicants should have a high level of proficiency in Spanish (at least technical Spanish) and another language (preferably English). The academic committee will also take into account any language policies defined by the participating universities.

In the case of applicants who do not have the recommended background but meet the requirements specified in Articles 6 and 7 of Royal Decree 99/2011, the academic committee will consider applications on a case-by-case basis and classify them into one of the following three categories:

Closely related background: Applicants whose academic background and/or professional experience indicates that they have skills and knowledge comparable to those of applicants with the recommended background are classified in this category. Applicants included in this category will not need to complete bridging courses if admitted.

Related background: To be admitted to the doctoral programme, applicants in this category will need to take bridging courses to acquire skills and knowledge comparable to those of students with the recommended background.

Unrelated background: Applicants in this category may not be admitted to the doctoral programme because their background is not a good match with the research areas covered by the programme.

Output profile

Doctoral candidates who complete a doctoral degree will have acquired the following competencies, which are needed to carry out quality research (Royal Decree 99/2011, of 28 January, which regulates official doctoral studies):

a) A systematic understanding of the field of study and a mastery of the research skills and methods related to the field.
b) An ability to conceive, design or create, put into practice and adopt a substantial process of research or creation.
c) An ability to contribute to pushing back the frontiers of knowledge through original research.
d) A capacity for critical analysis and an ability to assess and summarise new and complex ideas.
e) An ability to communicate with the academic and scientific community and with society in general as regards their fields of knowledge in the manner and languages that are typical of the international scientific community to which they belong.
f) An ability to foster scientific, technological, social, artistic and cultural progress in academic and professional contexts within a knowledge-based society.

The award of a doctoral degree must equip the graduate for work in a variety of settings, especially those requiring creativity and innovation. Doctoral graduates must have at least acquired the personal skills needed to:

a) Develop in contexts in which there is little specific information.
b) Find the key questions that must be answered to solve a complex problem.
c) Design, create, develop and undertake original, innovative projects in their field.
d) Work as part of a team and independently in an international or multidisciplinary context.
e) Integrate knowledge, deal with complexity and make judgements with limited information.
f) Offer criticism on and intellectually defend solutions.

Other competencies:

The seven generic competencies defined in Royal Decree 1027/2011, of 15 July, which establishes the Spanish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education (MECES). The following competencies associated with the knowledge area of the doctoral programme are also considered:
E01: Students should acquire the ability to manage technical and financial aspects of RDI projects involving a large element of electrical research.

Number of places

5

Duration of studies and dedication regime

Duration
The maximum period of study for full-time doctoral studies is three years, counted from the date of admission to the programme to the date of submission of the doctoral thesis. The academic committee of the doctoral programme may authorise a doctoral candidate to pursue doctoral studies on a part-time basis. In this case, the maximum period of study is five years, counting from the date of admission to the programme to the date of submission of the doctoral thesis. For calculating these periods, the date of admission is considered to be the date of the first enrolment for tutorials, and the date of submission the moment in which the Doctoral School officially deposits the doctoral thesis.

For full-time doctoral candidates, the minimum period of study is two years, counted from the date of an applicant's admission to the programme until the date on which the doctoral thesis is deposited; for part-time doctoral candidates it is four years. When there are justified grounds for doing so, and the thesis supervisor and academic tutor have given their authorisation, doctoral candidates may request that the academic committee of their doctoral programme exempt them from the minimum period of study requirement.

The calculation of periods of study will not include periods of absence due to illness, pregnancy or any other reason provided for in the regulations in force. Students who find themselves in any of these circumstances must notify the academic committee of the doctoral programme, which, where appropriate, must inform the Doctoral School. Doctoral candidates may also temporarily withdraw from the programme for up to one year, and this period may be extended for an additional year. Doctoral candidates who wish to interrupt their studies must submit a justified request to the academic committee of the doctoral programme, which will decide whether or not to approve the request. Each programme will establish conditions for readmission to doctoral studies.

Extension
If full-time doctoral candidates have not applied to deposit their thesis by the end of the three-year period of study, the academic committee of the programme may authorise an extension of up to one year. In exceptional circumstances, a further one-year extension may be granted, subject to the conditions established by the corresponding doctoral programme. In the case of part-time doctoral candidates, an extension of two years may be authorised. In both cases, in exceptional circumstances a further one-year extension may be granted by the Doctoral School's Standing Committee, upon the submission of a reasoned application by the academic committee of the doctoral programme.

Dismissal from the doctoral programme
A doctoral candidate may be dismissed from a doctoral programme for the following reasons:

  • The doctoral candidate submitting a justified application to withdraw from the programme.
  • The maximum period of study and of extensions thereof ending.
  • The doctoral candidate not having enrolled every academic year (unless he or she has been authorised to temporarily withdraw).
  • The doctoral candidate failing two consecutive assessments.
  • The doctoral candidate having disciplinary proceedings filed against him or her that rule that he or she must be dismissed from the UPC.

Dismissal from the programme implies that doctoral candidates cannot continue studying at the UPC and the closing of their academic record. This notwithstanding, they may apply to the academic committee of the programme for readmission and the committee must reevaluate them in accordance with the criteria established in the regulations.

Enrollment aid

To obtain financial aid to cover enrolment fees, students must apply for an FPI (predoctoral research training), FI (research training) or FPU (academic staff training) grant. The doctoral programme also actively collaborates with other national and international grant and scholarship programmes, including the CSC (China) and CONACyT (Mexico) programmes, among others.

Organization

COORDINATOR:
ACADEMIC COMMISSION OF THE PROGRAM:
Other Universities:

University of Malaga (UMA)
University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)
University of Seville (US, coordinator)


STRUCTURAL UNITS:
  • Department of Electrical Engineering (PROMOTORA)
Specific URL of the doctoral program:


CONTACT:

Management Area for Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral Studies – C/ Colom, 11 (Terrassa Campus)
Tel.: 937 398 638
E-mail: doctorat.terrassa@upc.edu


Agreements with other institutions

Collaboration agreement between the University of Seville, University of the Basque Country, University of Málaga and Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya to jointly organise and deliver teaching in the doctoral programme in Electric Energy Systems:

• University of Seville – Endesa

• University of Seville – Aicia–Abengoa Research

• University of Seville, University of the Basque Country and Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – TIME International Doctorate Charter

• University of Seville – Pegasus

• University of the Basque Country – Alconza Berango, S.L.

• University of the Basque Country – IK4 Tekniker

• University of the Basque Country – Ingeteam

• University of the Basque Country – Alstom Hydro España, S.L.

• Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

• Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, collaboration with KIC InnoEnergy and Aalborg University (Denmark)

Access, admission and registration

Access profile

The following programmes develop the skills and knowledge needed to undertake studies in the doctoral programme, and graduates of these courses are not required to complete any bridging courses:

Master’s degree in Electrical Energy Systems (taught at US)
Master’s degree in Integration of Renewable Energy Sources into the Electricity Grid (taught at UPV/EHU)
Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering, offered from 2015-2016 (UMA)
Master's degree in Energy Engineering (taught at the UPC)
Master's degree in Automatic Systems Engineering and Industrial Electronics (taught at the UPC)

As for languages, applicants should have a high level of proficiency in Spanish (at least technical Spanish) and another language (preferably English). The academic committee will also take into account any language policies defined by the participating universities.

In the case of applicants who do not have the recommended background but meet the requirements specified in Articles 6 and 7 of Royal Decree 99/2011, the academic committee will consider applications on a case-by-case basis and classify them into one of the following three categories:

Closely related background: Applicants whose academic background and/or professional experience indicates that they have skills and knowledge comparable to those of applicants with the recommended background are classified in this category. Applicants included in this category will not need to complete bridging courses if admitted.

Related background: To be admitted to the doctoral programme, applicants in this category will need to take bridging courses to acquire skills and knowledge comparable to those of students with the recommended background.

Unrelated background: Applicants in this category may not be admitted to the doctoral programme because their background is not a good match with the research areas covered by the programme.

Access requirements

Applicants must hold a Spanish bachelor’s degree or equivalent and a Spanish master’s degree or equivalent, provided they have completed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits on the two degrees (Royal Decree 43/2015, of 2 February)

In addition, the following may apply:

  • Holders of an official degree awarded by a university in Spain or any other country in the European Higher Education Area, pursuant to the provisions of Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/2007, of 29 October, which establishes official university course regulations, who have completed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits on official university degrees, of which at least 60 must be at the master's degree level.
  • Holders of an official Spanish bachelor’s degree comprising at least 300 credits, as provided for by EU regulations. Holder of degrees of this kind must complete bridging courses unless the curriculum of the bachelor’s degree in question included research training credits equivalent in value to those which would be earned on a master's degree.
  • Holders of an official university qualification who, having passed the entrance examination for specialised medical training, have completed at least two years of a training course leading to an official degree in a health-sciences specialisation.
  • Holders of a degree issued under a foreign education system. In these cases, homologation is not required, but the UPC must verify that the degree certifies a level of training equivalent to an official Spanish master's degree and qualifies the holder for admission to doctoral studies in the country where it was issued. Admission on this basis does not imply homologation of the foreign degree or its recognition for any purpose other than admission to doctoral studies.
  • Holders of a Spanish doctoral qualification issued under previous university regulations.
  • Note 1: Doctoral studies entrance regulations for holders of an undergraduate degree awarded before the introduction of the EHEA (CG 47/02 2014)

    Note 2: Governing Council Decision 64/2014, which approves the procedure and criteria for assessing the fulfilment of academic admission requirements for doctoral studies by holders of non-homologated foreign degrees (CG 25/03 2014)

Admission criteria and merits assessment

As established in the agreement between the participating universities, the same admission requirements will apply at all of the universities involved. The academic committee will consider the entry requirements and admission criteria defined in general terms in Articles 6 and 7 of Royal Decree 99/2011, as well as the additional requirements and criteria defined for the programme (listed below).

The academic committee will be responsible for selecting students for admission from among applicants who meet the entry requirements. Selection will be based on assessment of the following points:

• The applicant’s entrance qualification (5%)

• The applicant’s academic record for the entrance qualification (35%)

• The degree of fit between the applicant’s background and the research areas of the programme (professional experience, publications, participation in conferences, etc.) (35%)

• Knowledge of languages (20%)

• Other merits (5%)

As part of the assessment process, the academic committee may conduct personal interviews when it considers this step necessary to properly assess an applicant. The selection process will take into account the number of places offered at each university.

The academic committee may, for justified reasons, leave places vacant or establish a reserve list at each university.

Applicants with special educational needs related to a disability should contact the programme coordinator. The UPC has a commitment to the community and to society (and in line with current legislation) to ensure that members of the university community do not face discrimination. Accordingly, the University supports and promotes actions aimed at ensuring equal opportunities for people with disabilities.

Training complements

As provided in Article 7 of Royal Decree 99/2011, the academic committee for the doctoral programme may admit students on the condition that they complete specific bridging courses.

The bridging courses required (one or more subjects) will be determined based on each applicant's background and must be completed within the time limit set by the academic committee. In any case, doctoral students must have completed and passed these subjects before they submit their doctoral thesis.

Bridging courses will be subjects offered by the universities participating in the doctoral programme on master’s courses that qualify applicants for direct admission to the doctoral programme in Electric Energy Systems (i.e. without the requirement to complete additional training).

Details of these subjects and the corresponding master's degrees can be found at the links below:

University of Seville:
Master’s degree in Electrical Energy Systems
https://www.etsi.us.es/master/msee 

Complete information on bridging courses at the University of Seville and their characteristics is available at:
http://www.doctorado.us.es/impresos/verificacion/Informacion_ctos_formacion.pdf 

University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU):
Master’s degree in Integration of Renewable Energy Sources into the Electricity Grid
https://www.ehu.eus/es/web/master/master-integracion-energias-renovables-sistema-electrico 

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya:
Master's degree in Energy Engineering
https://www.upc.edu/es/masteres/ingenieria-de-la-energia
Master's degree in Automatic Systems Engineering and Industrial Electronics
https://www.upc.edu/es/masteres/ingenieria-de-sistemas-automaticos-y-electronica-industrial-terrassa-eseiaat 
Master's degree in Industrial Engineering
https://www.upc.edu/es/masteres/ingenieria-industrial-terrassa-eseiaat 
https://www.upc.edu/es/masteres/ingenieria-industrial-barcelona-etseib 

Except in justified cases, the academic committee will specify the bridging courses that doctoral students must take from among subjects offered at the university where they enrol.

Enrolment period for new doctoral students

The enrolment period for new doctoral students is from September to April. 

More information at the registration section for new doctoral students

Enrolment period

The ordinary enrolment period is from September to October. 

More information at the general registration section

Monitoring and evaluation of the doctoral student

Procedure for the preparation and defense of the research plan

Doctoral candidates must submit a research plan, which will be included in their doctoral student activity report, before the end of the first year. The plan may be improved over the course of the doctoral degree. It must be endorsed by the tutor and the supervisor, and it must include the method that is to be followed and the aims of the research.

At least one of these annual assessments will include a public presentation and defence of the research plan and work done before a committee composed of three doctoral degree holders, which will be conducted in the manner determined by each academic committee. The examination committee awards a Pass or Fail mark. A Pass mark is a prerequisite for continuing on the doctoral programme. Doctoral candidates awarded a Fail mark must submit a new research plan for assessment by the academic committee of the doctoral programme within six months.

The committee assesses the research plan every year, in addition to all of the other activities in the doctoral student activity report. Doctoral candidates who are awarded two consecutive Fail marks for the research plan will be obliged to definitely withdraw from the programme.

If they change the subject of their thesis, they must submit a new research plan.

Formation activities

• Activity: Seminars, courses and technical symposia related to the field.
• Hours: 10.
• Type: optional.

• Activity: Introduction to the doctoral programme and to research
• Hours: 10.
• Type: optional.

• Activity: Introduction to literature searches and general information resources.
• Hours: 10.
• Type: optional.

• Activity: Research methodology.
• Hours: 12.
• Type: optional.

• Activity: Language and communication skills.
• Hours: 18.
• Type: optional.

• Activity: Cross-border doctoral studies.
• Hours: 50.
• Type: optional.

• Activity: Delivering a Scientific Talk.
• Hours: 10.
• Type: optional.

• Activity: Introduction to Scientific Writing.
• Hours: 10.
• Type: optional.

• Activity: Introduction to filing utility patent applications.
• Hours: 5.
• Type: optional.

• Activity: Mobility.
• Hours: 360.
• Type: optional

Procedure for assignment of tutor and thesis director

The academic committee of the doctoral programme assigns a thesis supervisor to each doctoral candidate when they are admitted or enrol for the first time, taking account of the thesis supervision commitment referred to in the admission decision.

The thesis supervisor will ensure that training activities carried out by the doctoral candidate are coherent and suitable, and that the topic of the candidate’s doctoral thesis will have an impact and make a novel contribution to knowledge in the relevant field. The thesis supervisor will also guide the doctoral candidate in planning the thesis and, if necessary, tailoring it to any other projects or activities undertaken. The thesis supervisor will generally be a UPC professor or researcher who holds a doctoral degree and has documented research experience. This includes PhD-holding staff at associated schools (as determined by the Governing Council) and UPC-affiliated research institutes (in accordance with corresponding collaboration and affiliation agreements). When thesis supervisors are UPC staff members, they also act as the doctoral candidate’s tutor.

PhD holders who do not meet these criteria (as a result of their contractual relationship or the nature of the institution to which they are attached) must be approved by the UPC Doctoral School's Standing Committee in order to participate in a doctoral programme as researchers with documented research experience.

The academic committee of the doctoral programme may approve the appointment of a PhD-holding expert who is not a UPC staff member as a candidate’s thesis supervisor. In such cases, the prior authorisation of the UPC Doctoral School's Standing Committee is required. A UPC staff member who holds a doctoral degree and has documented research experience must also be proposed to act as a co-supervisor, or as the doctoral candidate’s tutor if one has not been assigned.

A thesis supervisor may step down from this role if there are justified reasons (recognised as valid by the committee) for doing so. If this occurs, the academic committee of the doctoral programme will assign the doctoral candidate a new thesis supervisor.

Provided there are justified reasons for doing so, and after hearing any relevant input from the doctoral candidate, the academic committee of the doctoral programme may assign a new thesis supervisor at any time during the period of doctoral study.

If there are academic reasons for doing so (an interdisciplinary topic, joint or international programmes, etc.) and the academic committee of the programme gives its approval, an additional thesis supervisor may be assigned. Supervisors and co-supervisors have the same responsibilities and academic recognition.

The maximum number of supervisors of a doctoral thesis is two: a supervisor and a co-supervisor.

For theses carried out under a cotutelle agreement or as part of an Industrial Doctorate, if necessary and if the agreement foresees it this maximum number of supervisors may not apply. This notwithstanding, the maximum number of supervisors belonging to the UPC is two.

More information at the PhD theses section

Permanence

The academic committee of the programme may authorise an extension of up to one year for full-time doctoral candidates who have not applied to deposit their thesis by the end of the three-year period of study, in the terms outlined in the Academic Regulations for Doctoral Studies of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. In the case of part-time candidates, an extension of two years may be authorised. In both cases, in exceptional circumstances a further one-year extension may be granted by the Doctoral School's Standing Committee, upon the submission of a reasoned application by the academic committee of the doctoral programme.

A doctoral candidate may be dismissed from a doctoral programme for the following reasons:

  • The doctoral candidate submitting a justified application to withdraw from the programme.
  • The maximum period of study and of extensions thereof ending.
  • The doctoral candidate not having enrolled every academic year (unless he or she has been authorised to temporarily withdraw).
  • The doctoral candidate failing two consecutive assessments.
  • The doctoral candidate having disciplinary proceedings filed against him or her that rule that he or she must be dismissed from the UPC.

Dismissal from the programme implies that doctoral candidates cannot continue studying at the UPC and the closing of their academic record. This notwithstanding, they may apply to the academic committee of the programme for readmission and the committee must reevaluate them in accordance with the criteria established in the regulations.

International Mention

The doctoral degree certificate may include International Doctorate mention. In this case, the doctoral candidate must meet the following requirements:

a) During the period of study leading to the award of the doctoral degree, the doctoral candidate must have spent at least three months at a respected higher education institution or research centre outside Spain to complete courses or do research work. The stays and activities carried out must be endorsed by the thesis supervisor and authorised by the academic committee of the programme. The candidate must provide a certifying document issued by the person responsible for the research group of the body or bodies where the stay or activity was completed. This information will be added to the doctoral student’s activity report.
b) Part of the thesis (at least the summary and conclusions) must be written and presented in one of the languages commonly used for science communication in the relevant field of knowledge, which must not be an official language of Spain. This rule does not apply to stays and reports in Spanish or to experts from Spanish-speaking countries.
c) At least two PhD-holding experts belonging to a higher education institution or research centre outside Spain must have issued officially certified reports on the thesis.
d) The thesis examination committee must have included at least one PhD-holding expert from a higher education or research institution outside Spain who was not responsible for the candidate’s stay abroad (point a) above).
e) The thesis defence must have taken place on UPC premises or, in the case of joint programmes, at the location specified in the collaboration agreement.

Learning resources

The training provided on the programme is a perfect fit with the collaborative and interactive environment made possible by the internet. The interuniversity doctoral programme in Electric Energy Systems offers students technical resources and support via a website created by the Endesa Chair of the University of Seville in 2008.

http://catedrasempresa.esi.us.es/endesared/index.php

The most valuable feature of the site is the Aula de la Luz, an audiovisual repository of all the seminars, courses and technical symposia organised by the Chair since it was established, as well as doctoral theses and other documents of technical interest, such as electronic books. Doctoral students of the participating universities can access this material online – from anywhere in the world, at any time – and benefit from the same learning experience as participants who attended the live event. This is especially helpful for students pursuing doctoral studies while working and those from Latin American countries who must spend extended periods in their country of origin while studying for their degree. In recent academic years, free systems such as Skype have been used successfully to allow professors from abroad to deliver seminars, resulting in cost and time savings for the professors involved.

All of the training activities that the academic committee for the doctoral programme organises each year are made available on this platform.

University of Seville. Department of Electrical Engineering:

For the teaching of theory classes, the Department of Electrical Engineering has a classroom assigned by the school. This classroom is equipped with a projector and a computer to facilitate use of audiovisual media. For practical classes, the Department has its own laboratories, which are also equipped with audiovisual tools and the latest technological resources for research and teaching on a professional and scientific doctoral course. Equipment available to doctoral students includes:
• High Voltage Laboratory equipped with a Faraday cage
• Medium voltage model for testing equipment under real service conditions
• OPAL-RT and D-SPACE platforms with various power converters and variable speed drives for control of equipment up to 20 kVA
• Three-phase programmable voltage source (21 kVA)
• Dynamo brake group for determining the characteristics of 12 kW motors
• Network analysis equipment with voltage-level and amperage translators
• Commercial software for simulation of electrical networks: PSS-E, DIgSILENT, CYMDIST, PSCAD, GAMS, PowerWorld

More detailed information on services and facilities can be found at www.esi.us.es.

University of the Basque Country. Department of Electrical Engineering:

The Department of Electrical Engineering, the Faculty of Engineering in Bilbao (ETSI) and the Master and Doctoral School (MDe) ensure that doctoral students have the support and material resources they need to pursue their doctoral studies successfully and effectively. The academic structures responsible for providing students with the resources to pursue their doctoral studies at the UPV/EHU combine the advantages of a developing environment with those that come with experience. The MDe is a recently created school; the Department of Electrical Engineering has been providing doctoral training since it was established nearly 30 years ago; and the ETSI has made a key contribution to the advancement of technology companies in its environment by producing doctoral graduates since it was founded 114 years ago.

For the delivery of additional training and other educational activities (seminars, etc.), the Department of Electrical Engineering has a 24-seat postgraduate classroom (equipped with a board, computer, projector, overhead projector, opaque projector, fixed and mobile screens, video player, etc.) and a 24-seat computer room with similar equipment. Other work spaces include a meeting room with a central table for group meetings and a study room/library with individual desks and a board.

The teaching and research laboratories of the Department of Electrical Engineering are also used for doctoral programme activities. The following equipment is particularly relevant to the areas covered by the doctoral programme in Electric Energy Systems:
• Specific simulation packages for conducting studies related to electric energy systems (PSS/E, PSCAD, MATLAB/SimPowerSystems, DIgSILENT PowerFactory and ATP)
• EuroSMC Mentor 12 relay test set with 12 channels (6 reversible V/I and 6 I)
• OPAL-RT real-time digital simulator (RTDS) configured on a rack test bench with a dual 12-channel F6150 amplifier (6 V and 6 I) and a configurable DC source for testing hardware-in-the-loop protection relays
• Protection devices: Team-Arteche PL50-AT, ZLV (ZIV), General Electric T60 and F650, and electromechanical protection relays
• Cogeneration plant with PEM HP600 fuel cell (Cotek 700 W inverter included), two Nexa Ballard 1.2 kW fuel cells (1500 W pure sine inverter included), three Phoenix 3 KVA inverters, three Quattro 3 kVA inverters, two Siemens MM420 1.5 kW frequency inverters, a Siemens MM440 1.1 kW frequency inverter, one 300 VA NMH2 500 electrolyser to generate hydrogen, two H2 Praxair 50L 200 bar cylinders, two EL 1500 electronic DC loads, EWG 1 wind power plant (1 kW 3-phase multifunction machine, test bench and 1 kVA double-powered generator included), 1 kW Airtek-200 aerodynamic testing equipment, solar thermal plant, photovoltaic plant (three 30 VA simulators + one real module), a Control Techniques 0.84 kW permanent magnet motor, one 1 kVA doubly-fed generator, one 1 kVA synchronous three-phase motor, 1 kVA universal motor, Fluke 435 network analyser, various measurement equipment, etc.

University of Malaga:
The UMA currently offers the following resources:

• All classrooms used for theory sessions are equipped with boards, overhead projectors, projectors, computers and network access. Classrooms are well suited to the needs of the groups of students they must accommodate and the teaching methodologies used (participatory classes, teamwork, etc.). Students enrolled in the programme can use unoccupied classrooms, various workrooms in the library, two project rooms, and eight computer rooms with networked computers (configured for individual use) that students can use for study or to work on individual or group projects when classes are not in session. (These spaces are shared with students from other programmes.) The building also has a connection to the UPC’s wireless network. On the intranet, users are informed of the information system resources available to them and provided with information on the use of computer rooms during teaching hours and at other times. Needs related to classrooms and computer equipment for teaching are managed by the person responsible for computer room schedules in coordination with the assistant director of the school concerned. Discretionary use by students is handled by the technical staff responsible for classrooms, based on the availability of these resources. Classrooms and experimental spaces for use by students meet general safety and accessibility standards.

For detailed information on the equipment available in the Department, see: http://www.die.uma.es/laboratorios.php

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya:
The School offers top-level facilities and laboratories for teaching and research that ensure high-level, quality teaching in an intellectually stimulating environment.

Specifically, students have access to the following laboratories:

• High Voltage Laboratory
• Electric Machines and Drives Laboratory
• Industrial Automation Laboratory
• PV Power Lab
• Wind Power Lab
• Grid Connection Lab

Equipment available includes:

• PV array simulators
• Smart grid simulator
• Advanced control systems (DSpace)
• DSP development systems
• Workstations for simulation studies
• Synchronous generator workbench
• Induction generator workbench
• Power converters
• Test bench for developing prototypes
• Workbench for PCB design and testing
• Auxiliary loads and generation systems
• Wind Power Lab power supplies

Doctoral students can also use other facilities under mobility arrangements:

• Arranged access to outstanding laboratories of Abengoa Research
• Arranged access to outstanding laboratories of Aalborg University (AAU)
• Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Doctoral Theses

List of authorized thesis for defense

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List of lodged theses

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List of defended theses by year

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AUTHOR:GUERRA SÁNCHEZ, LUIS GERARDO
Title:Analysis of Power Distribution Systems Using a Multicore Environment
Reading date:05/04/2016
Director:MARTINEZ VELASCO, JUAN ANTONIO
Mention:No
RELATED PUBLICATIONS
Martinez, J.; Guerra, L. (2016). Reliability analysis of distribution systems with photovoltaic generation using a power flow simulator and a parallel Monte Carlo approach. - Energies, ISSN: 1996-1073 (JCR Impact Factor-2016: 2.262; Quartil: Q2)

AUTHOR:ROUZBEHI, KUMARS
Title:Multi-Terminal HVDC Grids Control and Operation
Reading date:29/03/2016
Director:RODRIGUEZ CORTES, PEDRO
Co-director:LUNA ALLOZA, ALVARO
Mention:No
RELATED PUBLICATIONS
Zhang, W.; Rouzbehi, K.; Luna, A.; Gharehpetian, G.B.; Rodriguez, P. (2016). Multi-terminal HVDC grids with inertia mimicry capability. - IET renewable power generation, ISSN: 1752-1416 (JCR Impact Factor-2016: 2.635; Quartil: Q2)

Rouzbehi, K.; Candela, J.; Luna, A.; Gharehpetian, G.B.; Rodriguez, P. (2016). Flexible control of power flow in multiterminal DC grids using DC-DC converter. - IEEE Journal of emerging and selected topics in power electronics, ISSN: 2168-6777 (JCR Impact Factor-2016: 4.269; Quartil: Q1)

Rouzbehi, K.; Zhang, W.; Candela, J.; Luna, A.; Rodriguez, P. (2016). Unified reference controller for flexible primary control and inertia sharing in multi-terminal voltage source converter-HVDC grids. - IET generation, transmission and distribution, ISSN: 1751-8687 (JCR Impact Factor-2016: 2.213; Quartil: Q2)

Rouzbehi, K.; Candela, J.; Gharehpetian, G.B.; Harnefors, L.; Luna, A.; Rodriguez, P. (2016). Multiterminal DC grids: operating analogies to AC power systems. - Renewable and sustainable energy reviews, ISSN: 1364-0321 (JCR Impact Factor-2016: 8.05; Quartil: Q1)

Rakhshani, E.; Rouzbehi, K.; Atef Abbas Elsaharty, M.; Rodriguez, P. (2017). Heuristic optimization of supplementary controller for VSC-HVDC/AC interconnected grids considering PLL. - Electric power components and systems, ISSN: 1532-5008 (JCR Impact Factor-2017: 1.144; Quartil: Q3)

Zhang, W.; Rouzbehi, K.; Candela, J.; Luna, A.; Gharehpetian, G.B.; Rodriguez, P. (2016). Autonomous inertia-sharing control of multi-terminal VSC-HVDC grids.

Zhang, W.; Rouzbehi, K.; Candela, J.; Luna, A.; Rodriguez, P. (2016). Control of VSC-HVDC with electromechanical characteristics and unified primary strategy.

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01/11/201901/11/2020El objeto del contrato es la realización del proyecto de l+D centrado en el control de sistemas distribuidos.FUNDACION UNIVERSIDAD LOYOLA ANDALUCIA
01/10/201901/10/2019Método de control síncrono para plantas con múltiples unidades de generación de potencia distribuida
25/01/201925/01/2019Sistema y método de control síncrono agregado de una planta de potencia con múltiples estaciones de conversión de potencia
01/01/201931/12/2021Integration of flexible nodes in modern electrical networksAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
15/10/201820/12/2020Agreement SiemensSIEMENS GAS AND POWER SAU
18/06/201818/06/2019Acuerdo Marco Universidad Loyola AndaluciaUniversidad Loyola Andalucía
18/06/201818/06/2019El objeto del contrato es la realización del proyecto de I+D centrado en el control de sistemas distribuidosFUNDACION UNIVERSIDAD LOYOLA ANDALUCIA
01/04/201830/03/2021Mapeo,consolidación y diseminación de las Key enabling Technologies (KETS) para el sector de la construcción en el espacio SUDOEFondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional
19/05/201718/01/2017Consultoria sobre dimensionado de StatcomJema Energy, S.L.
31/03/201731/03/2017Convertidor Modular Multinivel con Transformadores de Aislamiento
30/03/201730/03/2017Transformador Activo AcondiCionador de Potencia
01/01/201731/12/2019Bio-valorización de CO2 para la promoción sostenible de biometano como sistema alternativo del excedente de energías renovablesMIN DE ECONOMIA Y COMPETITIVIDAD
30/12/201629/12/2019Control de redes acopladas de AC y DC virtualmente sincronas con generación distribuidaMIN DE ECONOMIA Y COMPETITIVIDAD
18/07/201618/01/2017EQUIVALENT SYNCHRONOUS MODELSINGETEAM POWER TECHNOLOGY, S.A.
01/07/201601/07/2017MÒDULS PEL CONTROL DE PLAQUES FLEXIBLES D'OPVFundació EURECAT
30/06/201630/06/2016Controlador de Multi-Eje Virtual y Método para Redes Interconectadas mediante Sistemas Multi-terminal de Corriente Continua
15/07/201531/12/2015Implantación de Sistema de Control SSP en Atacama-1 (Chile)Abengoa Research, S.L.
30/06/201530/06/2015A synchronization system for a generation units and associated method
26/05/201526/09/2015Diseño de sistemas de ensayo eléctrico para laboratorioAbengoa Research, S.L.
01/01/201531/12/2017Control de plantas fotovoltaicas virtualmente síncronas con almacenamiento de energiaMIN DE ECONOMIA Y COMPETITIVIDAD

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Research projects

START DATEEND DATEACTIVITYFINANCING ENTITY
01/11/201901/11/2020El objeto del contrato es la realización del proyecto de l+D centrado en el control de sistemas distribuidos.FUNDACION UNIVERSIDAD LOYOLA ANDALUCIA
01/10/201901/10/2019Método de control síncrono para plantas con múltiples unidades de generación de potencia distribuida
25/01/201925/01/2019Sistema y método de control síncrono agregado de una planta de potencia con múltiples estaciones de conversión de potencia
01/01/201931/12/2021Integration of flexible nodes in modern electrical networksAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
15/10/201820/12/2020Agreement SiemensSIEMENS GAS AND POWER SAU
18/06/201818/06/2019Acuerdo Marco Universidad Loyola AndaluciaUniversidad Loyola Andalucía
18/06/201818/06/2019El objeto del contrato es la realización del proyecto de I+D centrado en el control de sistemas distribuidosFUNDACION UNIVERSIDAD LOYOLA ANDALUCIA
01/04/201830/03/2021Mapeo,consolidación y diseminación de las Key enabling Technologies (KETS) para el sector de la construcción en el espacio SUDOEFondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional
19/05/201718/01/2017Consultoria sobre dimensionado de StatcomJema Energy, S.L.
31/03/201731/03/2017Convertidor Modular Multinivel con Transformadores de Aislamiento
30/03/201730/03/2017Transformador Activo AcondiCionador de Potencia
01/01/201731/12/2019Bio-valorización de CO2 para la promoción sostenible de biometano como sistema alternativo del excedente de energías renovablesMIN DE ECONOMIA Y COMPETITIVIDAD
30/12/201629/12/2019Control de redes acopladas de AC y DC virtualmente sincronas con generación distribuidaMIN DE ECONOMIA Y COMPETITIVIDAD
18/07/201618/01/2017EQUIVALENT SYNCHRONOUS MODELSINGETEAM POWER TECHNOLOGY, S.A.
01/07/201601/07/2017MÒDULS PEL CONTROL DE PLAQUES FLEXIBLES D'OPVFundació EURECAT
30/06/201630/06/2016Controlador de Multi-Eje Virtual y Método para Redes Interconectadas mediante Sistemas Multi-terminal de Corriente Continua
15/07/201531/12/2015Implantación de Sistema de Control SSP en Atacama-1 (Chile)Abengoa Research, S.L.
30/06/201530/06/2015A synchronization system for a generation units and associated method
26/05/201526/09/2015Diseño de sistemas de ensayo eléctrico para laboratorioAbengoa Research, S.L.
01/01/201531/12/2017Control de plantas fotovoltaicas virtualmente síncronas con almacenamiento de energiaMIN DE ECONOMIA Y COMPETITIVIDAD

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