Internship – Development of EMT models, components and reference grid, with OpenModelica (F/M)

SuperGrid Institute

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SuperGrid Institute brings together 180 employees, of 28 different nationalities who work together within a dynamic environment in the city of Lyon. As an independent research and innovation center, we are dedicated to developing technologies for the future power transmission system, the “supergrid”, including HVDC & MVDC technologies.

As a multi-disciplinary research center with advanced simulation capabilities & multiple test platforms, including numerous associated laboratories, SuperGrid Institute uses its comprehensive expertise to provide a wide range of services and solutions to support our customers in developing power systems, equipment and components. We specialise in system architecture and work on ensuring network security and stability while allowing for the integration of intermittent renewable energy sources. Find out more by visiting our website:

General Context

Most program Architecture and System research activities are based on power system simulation. Therefore, program Architecture and System ability to develop advanced research in the field of power transmission system requires to use adequate power system simulation models and tools, which in many instances do not exist on the shelve, and must be developed, implemented and validated as part of the research process. Program Architecture and System is focused on studying HVDC grids and hybrid AC-DC grids. Simulation of such system is complex, since HVDC grids are based on complex power electronic converters and their control systems, which accurate modelling isn’t simple.

Supergrids modelling and simulation group objective is to develop accurate simulation models and platform to study HVDC grids.

Objectives / Missions

Electrical networks are studied using several simulation tools, most of them commercial. New opensource tools based on the Modelica language are under development. SuperGrid Institute participates in these developments, both in tools (solvers, etc.) and in models (component and grid models in phasor formalism). For our research, we need to develop a number of components and grids with EMT (Electro-Magnetic Transient) formalism.

Objective: to develop a EMT reference model, typically a 4-machines Kundur with HVDC link, in the OpenModelica environment.


  • Getting started with OpenModelica (internal training) and a reference model in dynamic phasor (existing model)
  • Study of the EMT model (literature, EMTP-RV software)
  • Develop the EMT model in OpenModelica
  • Model validation
    • Comparison with EMTP-RV
    • Comparison with the phasor model
  • Depending on the progress, complexification of the model: more precise converter and more complex control

Candidate Profile

Master or engineering school student in the last year of his/her studies. The required skills for this internship research topic are good knowledge in electrical systems, power network, simulation modelling and control.

Other information

The application has to include the internship title, candidate name, CV and the most recent marks. Applications should be sent to the following address:

SuperGrid Institute is an equal opportunities employer. We respect and value the diversity of our employees, their backgrounds and their professional experience. We believe in equality and take affirmative action to ensure that discrimination has no place in our recruitment process nor our company.

Job Features

Job CategoryInternship
Contract TypeInternship
Duration6 months
Start DateSeptember 2020
Qualification requiredNone

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