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

Generic PLL-Based Grid-Forming Control

Lennart Harnefors, Mario Schweizer, Jarno Kukkola, Mikko Routimo, Marko Hinkkanen, Xiongfei Wang 2022 IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics

Multifunctional cascade control of voltage-source converters equipped with an LC filter

Ville Pirsto, Jarno Kukkola, Marko Hinkkanen 2022 IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics

Online incremental inductance identification for reluctance synchronous motors

Matteo Berto, Luigi Alberti, Floran Martin, Marko Hinkkanen 2021 IECON 2021 - 47th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society

Sensorless synchronous motor drives

Anantaram Varatharajan, Gianmario Pellegrino, Eric Armando, Marko Hinkkanen 2021 IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics

Sensorless control of synchronous motor drives

Anantaram Varatharajan, Gianmario Pellegrino, Eric Armando, Marko Hinkkanen 2021 IEEE JOURNAL OF EMERGING AND SELECTED TOPICS IN POWER ELECTRONICS

Dynamic Model of a Virtual Air Gap Variable Reactor

David Sevsek, Marko Hinkkanen, Jarno Kukkola, Matti Lehtonen 2021 2021 IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Europe (ISGT-Europe)

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 2021 IEEE Systems Journal

Self-commissioning of a bearingless-motor drive

Seppo Saarakkala, Victor Mukherjee, Maksim Sokolov, Marko Hinkkanen, Anouar Belahcen 2021
More information on our research in the Research database.
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