Energy Systems: Hardware and Control

Control Part: Prof. Dr. Moritz Diehl (moritz.diehl (at) and Dr. Michael Erhard (michael.erhard (at)


Lecturers for the Hardware Part: PD Dr. Rüdiger Quay from Fraunhofer IAF and Prof. Dr. Bruno Burger from Fraunhofer ISE.

"Energy Systems: Hardware and Control" is a module of the M.Sc. course "Renewable Energy Engineering and Management", elective track "Energy Systems Technology".



This module consists of two parts:

  A) Hardware of high-power electronics. This part is lectured by PD Dr. Rüdiger Quay from Fraunhofer IAF and Prof. Dr. Bruno Burger from Fraunhofer ISE.

  B) Systems Theory and Feedback Control.


In Part A of this module building hardware aspects of power electronics will be introduced. The course starts with the fundamentals and concepts of power devices and circuits. It comprises three aspects: fundamental power conversion-concepts with focus on DC-DC and –AC conversion, more complex power circuitry, and actual power conversion systems. At the interface of modern electronics, circuit design, and control theory, advanced analysis and characterisation techniques are introduced in order to bridge the gap from modern power conversion to the understanding of systems and network systems with all aspects of power conversion. Students will carry out study examples using the simulation software QUCS.

In Part B of this module, students are introduced to the design and analysis of feedback control systems. We start with regarding general ordinary differential equations (ODE) and then focus on linear time invariant systems in continuous time. Conditions for stability are discussed, and performance measures for feedback control systems defined. We then discuss state space control design in more detail, covering topics such as Luenberger Observer, Kalman Filter, the Linear Quadratic Regulator (LQR) and Model Predictive Control (MPC).


Time and place

This three week block module takes place from Monday, Nov. 7, to Friday, Nov. 25., 2016.

  • Lectures and Exercises/Tutorial: 9:00-13:00, 14:00-17:00
  • Exam: Nov. 25, 2016


TF - Technical faculty, Building 105 Room 00.052

HB - Herderbau Room R210



Mon 7.11. TF Devices (RQ)
Tue 8.11. TF Control (MD/ME)
Wed 9.11. TF Control (MD/ME)
Thu 10.11. TF Devices (RQ)
Fri 11.11. TF Circuits (BB)
Mon 14.11. HB Control (MD/ME)
Tue 15.11. TF Circuits (BB)
Wed 16.11. TF Circuits (BB)
Thu 17.11. HB Control (MD/ME)
Fri 18.11. HB Devices (RQ)
Mon 21.11. TF Circuits (BB)
Tue 22.11. TF Control (MD/ME)
Wed 23.11. TF Control (MD/ME)
Thu 24.11. TF Devices (RQ)
Fri 25.11. TF Q&A-Session and Examination


Shortcut Lecturers

  Rüdiger Quay   RQ
  Bruno Burger   BB
  Moritz Diehl/Michael Erhard    MD/ME 


Teaching assistant

tbd. (for the Control Part)

Lecture Notes

Lecture notes will be provided on the ILIAS plattform. Subscription credentials will be announced in the lecture and feel free to contact Michael Erhard (michael.erhard (at)


Exercise sheets and solutions will be provided on ILIAS.


  • G. F. Franklin, J. D. Powell, A. Emami-Naeini (2015). Feedback Control of Dynamic Systems. Pearson