Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation

Electric drives

Electric drives play an important role, e.g., in a large number of industrial applications, electric vehicles, elevators, and robotics. An electric drive is a system, where an electric motor (or generator) is controlled using a power-electronic converter (such as a frequency converter). Typically, the goal is to control the mechanical motion energy-efficiently as well as with accurate and fast dynamic response.
Electric drives

In modern power grids, power-electronic converters have become indispensable, both in consumption and in generation. As an example, a grid-connected solar inverter converts the DC current produced by solar photovoltaic panels to the AC current. Power converters are also an integral part of energy storage systems. Both hardware and control methods of this kind of converters are very similar to those applied in electric drives..

In the Electric drives group, we carry out research on electric motor drives and power converters, including their analysis, control design, and optimization. Our core competence is developing advanced real-time algorithms for control and estimation. We collaborate actively with the industry and with the leading research groups at universities. We have published our research results in more than 120 technical papers (of which over 40 in IEEE journals). The results have also led to several patents and patent applications.

The group is led by Professor Marko Hinkkanen.

Group members

Jarno Kukkola

Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation
Postdoctoral Researcher
Marko Hinkkanen

Marko Hinkkanen

Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation
Professor (Associate Professor)

Olli Mölsä

Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation
Doctoral Candidate
Maksim Sokolov

Maksim Sokolov

Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation
Doctoral Candidate

Seppo Saarakkala

Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation
Postdoctoral Researcher

F Rahman

Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation
Doctoral Candidate

Reza Hosseinzadeh

Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation
Doctoral Candidate

Ville Pirsto

Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation
Doctoral Candidate

Latest publications

Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation, Electric Drives
Publishing year: 2019 IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications
Electric Drives, Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation
Publishing year: 2019 IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications
Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation, Electric Drives
Publishing year: 2019 IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics
Electric Drives, Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation, Renewable Energy in Electrical Power
Publishing year: 2019
Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation, Electric Drives, Computational Electromechanics
Publishing year: 2019 The Journal of Engineering
Electric Drives, Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation
Publishing year: 2019 IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion
Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation, Electric Drives
Publishing year: 2019 IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics
Electric Drives, Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation
Publishing year: 2019
Electric Drives, Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation, Renewable Energy in Electrical Power
Publishing year: 2019
Electric Drives, Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation
Publishing year: 2019
More information on our research in the Research database.
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