Summer School

Power electronic converters on transmission system from fundamental considerations to practical applications

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L2EP : Laboratoire d'Electrotechnique et Electronique de Puissance - CE2I

11 – 13 July 2022


The number of power electronic converters is increasing quickly in all the different parts of the grid. The electrical power system is moving from the “electromechanical world” to the “power electronic world”. The aim of this course is to contribute to build a bridge between the two worlds by using simplified models of power electronic converters and by integrating the key parameters and needs of the power system in the control design of the converters. The control algorithms will be built step by step starting from fundamental considerations about physics and introducing progressively the different functionalities required for a converter connected to the grid. The classical grid following control will be addressed and its limitation highlighted but the focus will mainly be done on the grid forming control. From these fundamental analyses, some practical applications will be derived such as wind turbine control, storage or HVDC systems. The participants will progressively build their own control by using predefined models of converters.

Target Audience

The target audience is Phd students working in power electronic applied to power system and people from the industry working in the same topic.

The models of power electronic converters will be simple enough to be understood by any person with some basic knowledge about electrical engineering and control.

Teaching method

The program of the course is a mix between some theoretical contents closely connected with some practical simulations on Matlab/Simulink and Simpower system. All the simulation files can be loaded on its personal computer or run online by using Matlab Online (in this case, computers will be available). These simulation models will be freely available and may be used freely for other applications. Several speakers from industry will also propose some conferences in order to bring their practical experience. All the different model parameters will be using some realistic parameters drawn from practical data. 

Provisional schedule

Monday 11  July 2022

13:00 – 14:00 CET
14:00 – 18:00 CET

Fundamental considerations on the new power systems needs and power electronic converters models and control

Tuesday 12  July 2022

9:00 – 12:00 CET

12:00 – 13:00 CET
13:30 – 17:30 CET

Characterization and test of the different types of controls for Voltage Source Converter connected to simple grids
Lunch break
Application to MMC, wind turbine and storage 

Wednesday 13  July 2022

9:00 – 12:00 CET

Study of interaction between converters in various grids 

In all the difference parts of the course, some industrial conferences will be given on dedicated topics. 

Practical information

All the courses will be presented in English.

The summer school takes place in Centrale Lille – Cite Scientifique 59650 Villeneuve d’Ascq – France

It is also possible to attend the summer school remotely by Teams.  A link will be provided 

Registration will be open in May 2022

 Physical eventVirtual event
Students150 €75 €
Academics250 €125 €
Industrial350175 €

Organization team


Xavier Guillaud  – professor in Centrale Lille . He received his Ph.D from University of Lille in 1992 and joined the Laboratory of Electrical Engineering and Power Electronic (L2EP) in 1993.  He has been professor in Ecole Centrale of Lille since 2002. First, he worked on modeling and control of power electronic systems. Then, he studied the integration of distributed generation and especially renewable energy in the power system. Nowadays, he is focused on the integration of high voltage power electronic converters in the transmission system. He is involved on several projects about power electronic on the grid within European projects and a large number of projects with French electrical utilities.

Frederic Colas – Research engineer – Arts et Metiers. He received a PhD in control system in 2007 from Ecole Centrale de Lille (France). Frédéric Colas is a member of the Laboratory of Electrical Engineering (L2EP) in Lille and is a Research Engineer at Arts et Métiers. His field of interest includes the integration of dispersed generation systems in electrical grids, advanced control techniques for power system, integration of power electronic converters in power systems and hardware-in-the-loop simulation.

Antoine Bruyere – Professor Assistant, Centrale Lille Institute. He received the Ph.D. degree from Arts et Métiers in Electrical Engineering in 2009. He spent 10 years in Automotive industry, with Valeo Powertrain Electronics Product Group, as Expert in Automotive electrification. In 2016, he became a Professor Assistant with the Centrale Lille Institute, Laboratory of Electrical Engineering of Lille (L2EP). His actual research focuses on renewable energy integration on power-grid, using Power-Electronics

François Gruson – associate professor in Arts et Métiers Institute of technology, Lille. He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Ecole Centrale de Lille, Lille, in 2010. Since 2011, he has been working as Associate Professor at Institute of technology in the Laboratoire d’Electrotechnique et d’Electronique de Puissance of Lille (L2EP), Lille, France. His research interests include power electronic converter and power quality for distribution and transmission grid applications and especially for HVDC transmission grid.

Mohamed Moez BELHAOUANE – Research Engineer, Centrale Lille Institute. He received a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic School of Tunisia, in 2011. He is a research engineer at Centrale Lille Institute (France) and a member of the Laboratory of Electrical Engineering and Power Electronics (L2EP). His main research interests concern the modeling and control of AC/DC converters and their integration in large transmission grids. In addition, his research advances include also the design and implementation of advanced control strategies for multi-terminal HVDC grids using real-time simulation and Hardware in the Loop (HIL).


Identification:             “Power amplifier for ultra-fastAC/AC conversion” 

  • Context:

To insure the security and reliability a complex and wide coverage tests must be carried out during the whole life-cycle of the products in such industries as power production, aviation, electrical vehicles and railways. The power hardware in the loop or HIL simulation is more and more used to reduce testing costs and protect the real hardware from faulty controllers and in faulty condition tests. The electrical power systems such as drives and converters have a very fast dynamic and cannot be emulated using classical HIL equipment. The IRIS and PLUTON projects aims to develop new power hardware in the loop by exploiting new power converter topologies coupled with the Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) computing capability for drastically decreasing the simulation time steps allowing the real time simulation of the electrical power systems.

  • Aims:
    • Development of ultra-fast AC/AC conversion power amplifier for Powerhardware in the loop applications.
    • Coupling this power amplifier and the IRIS solver. 
  • Lasting:           since February 2017


  • Partner n ° 1:    L2EP, EPMLab

                                          Address: 8, Boulevard Louis XIV – 59000 LILLE (France)

  • Partner n ° 2:     Puissance Plus

                                                        Address : 500 avenue du Danemark – Z.I. Albasud – 82000 MONTAUBAN

Contacts :

  • Manager :    Fréderic COLAS  – L2EP/Arts et Métiers  ParisTech – Phone : 0033. 
  • Support :      Riad KADRI  – L2EP/AMVALOR –  Phone : 0033. 



The Integration of Real time simulation on FPGA components or IRIS project is the joint effort of EPM laboratory and SPHEREA Test and Service company aimed to develop a new real time simulation system for power electronics and electrical machines based on a custom fast computational hardware implemented in Field Programmable Gate Arrays.

The product testing and maintenance is an important part of its life cycle in the industries with high security and quality demands such as aerospace, transportation or energy production. It allows reducing the risks of accidents, prevents financial losses due to systems failures in energy production and to increase safety. The testing can be very costly for big and complex systems such as an airplane or an electrical station but, although necessary, it can be replaced by a real time simulation at the first stage of the controllers and subsystems verification. In some cases, the testing on the real hardware can be even impossible if a response to faulty conditions is to be checked. The hardware in the loop simulation allows carrying out integral tests of the control systems and independent subsystems without connecting to the actual real-world equipment to greatly reduce the costs and damage risks.

The conventional HIL simulation systems doesn’t allow real time simulation of systems with very fats dynamics such as electrical power systems and machines. The IRIS project is centered around solving the dynamics equation of electrical systems and its acceleration with FPGA/System on Chip. Currently it includes the solvers for generic linear electrical systems based and power electronics the augmented nodal method, and synchronous electrical machines based on state space modeling, but additional type of solvers are planned to be developed. For both these methods a lot of computational power is required if fast real time dynamics simulation is to be achieved. Form the other point of view, the real-time simulation requirements impose the constraints on the loopback response latency. 

To respect these constraints the IRIS project uses hardware computation acceleration and input outputs control base on FPGAs – electronic components allowing to build reconfigurable digital logic circuits. Compared to conventional microprocessors they provide much larger flexibility and optimization of computation pipelines and compared to such devices as GPU they allow hard real time determinism insuring that a proper signal will be sent in the proper place and at the correct time which is very important for the communication with tested equipment and controllers. 

The IRIS simulation system has a modular architecture with asynchronous simulation modules designed for the specific electrical system simulation. The simulation modules are controlled and configured from the system on chip with an ARM core which is also used for host PC communication. This allows online configuration and reconfiguration on the fly to treat non-linearities and slow dynamics that can also be simulated on software part. 

The solvers developed in the IRIS project can be used for simulation of electrical power systems for the first stage testing and verification. It can be applied for testing and verification of power production, onboard power grids, electric propulsion and mechatronics in aerospace, automotive, railroad and power production industries. If you are interested in getting more information about the IRIS project or how you can apply it to solve your tasks, feel free to contact us at the contact information given below.


  • L2EP, EPMLab
  • SPHEREA Test and Service
    • 5 Avenue Georges Guynemer CS70086 31772 Colomiers Cedex, France