Summer School

Power electronic converters on transmission system from fundamental considerations to practical applications
 8-11 Jul. 2024

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The number of Power-Electronics converters connected to the grid is increasing quickly.The electromechanical conception of the grid is challenged by this accelerated growth. This course aims to explain the relation between the design of the converter’s controls and the grid dynamics in this new context.

In a first part, the control algorithms of the power converters will be addressed. The classical grid following control will be presented and its limitations highlighted. Then the grid forming control will be presented step by step starting from fundamental considerations about physics, then introducing progressively the different functionalities required for such a converter connected to the grid. From these fundamental analyzes, some practical applications such as MMC, wind turbine control, or HVDC systems will be derived.
In a second part, the converters will be integrated in some benchmarks in order to characterize the possible interactions among converters or between converters and synchronous machines.
At the end of the course, the participant will have a better understanding of the dynamics of a power system including more and more Power-Electronics 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 8 July 2024 – Afternoon

13:00 – 14:00 CET Welcome and registration
14:00 – 15:00 CET Introduction of the summer school
15:00 – 17:00 CET Grid following control (theory/simulation)

Tuesday 9 July 2024

9:00 – 10:00 CET Industrial conference
9:00 – 12:15 CET Design of grid forming control – theoretical analysis and simulation
12:15 – 13:30 CET Lunch break
13:30 – 15:00 CET Application of Grid forming control to MMC and VSC
15:30 – 16:30 CET Grid forming control and wind turbine
16:30 – 17:30 CET Large disturbance stability and grid forming control

Wednesday 10 July 2024

9:00 – 10:00 CET Industrial Conference
10:00 – 12:15 CET Integration of the converters in the grid – interaction between a synchronous machine and power converters
12:00 – 13:30 CET Lunch break
13:30 – 15:30 CET Integration of the converters in the grid – interaction between two power converters
15:30 – 17:30 CET Practical demonstration on grid forming control
19:00 CET Gala dinner

Thursday 11 July 2024

9:00 – 10:00 CET Industrial Conference
10:00 – 11:30 CET Interaction between AC and DC grid
11:30 – 12:30 CET Conclusion and perspectives

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

Pre-registration will be open in April 2024.

The number of participants is limited to 50.

Physical event Virtual event
Students 250 € 150 €
Academics 400 € 250 €
Industrial 500 € 300 €




The registration is in three steps:

  1. Pre-register your contact details
  2. Validation of your registration
  3. Payment
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Organization team

Xavier Guillaud
Xavier GuillaudProfessor, 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
Frederic ColasResearch 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
Antoine BruyereProfessor Assistant, Centrale Lille
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
François Gruson Associate professor, Arts et Métiers Institute of technology
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.