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

Latest publications

Asymmetric complex-vector models with application to VSC–grid interaction

Lennart Harnefors, Xiongfei Wang, Shih-Feng Chou, Massimo Bongiorno, Marko Hinkkanen, Mikko Routimo 2020 IEEE JOURNAL OF EMERGING AND SELECTED TOPICS IN POWER ELECTRONICS

Reference-feedforward power-synchronization control

Lennart Harnefors, F. M. Mahafugur Rahman, Marko Hinkkanen, Mikko Routimo 2020 IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics

A dynamic model for saturated induction machines with closed rotor slots and deep bars

Eemeli Mölsä, Seppo E. Saarakkala, Marko Hinkkanen, Antero Arkkio, Mikko Routimo 2020 IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion

Real-time identification of LCL filters employed with grid converters

Ville Pirsto, Jarno Kukkola, F M Mahafugur Rahman, Marko Hinkkanen 2020 IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications

Equivalence of the integrator-based and disturbance-observer-based state-space current controllers for grid converters

F M Mahafugur Rahman, Ville Pirsto, Jarno Kukkola, Marko Hinkkanen, Diego Pérez-Estévez, Jesús Doval-Gandoy 2020 IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics

A Control Technique Based on Distributed Virtual Inertia for High Penetration of Renewable Energies Under Weak Grid Conditions

Meysam Saeedian, Bahman Eskandari, Shamsodin Taheri, Marko Hinkkanen, Edris Pouresmaeil 2020 IEEE Systems Journal

A dynamic model for bearingless flux-switching permanent-magnet linear machines

Maksim Sokolov, Seppo E. Saarakkala, Reza Hosseinzadeh, Marko Hinkkanen 2020 IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion

Flux-Linkage-Based Current Control of Saturated Synchronous Motors

Hafiz Asad Ali Awan, Seppo E. Saarakkala, Marko Hinkkanen 2019 IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications

Stator-flux-oriented control of synchronous motors

Hafiz Asad Ali Awan, Marko Hinkkanen, Radu Bojoi, Gianmario Pellegrino 2019 IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications
More information on our research in the Research database.
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