Internship – Development of a custom library for electrical modelling and control

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 specialize 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

Among the simulation tools developed at SuperGrid Institute, the real-time simulation platform focuses to « Hardware-in-the-loop » (HIL) and « Power hardware-in-the-loop » (PHIL) simulations in order to test an electrical component or a controller in realistic conditions.

Few models and simulation benchmarks have been implemented in the platform to validate innovative algorithms for the control and protection of power converters or DC power systems.

With the perspective to improve the use of those benchmarks, we have to create and maintain libraries to store electrical components and control blocks. Using these specific library blocks would highly facilitate any future developments of models involving those components.

Objective: Develop and package (mask, graphical scheme, documentation) electrical components and control blocks, ordered in different libraries into the real-time simulation tools of the platform: Matlab-Simulink and Hypersim.

Missions :                            

  • Basic learning of Hypersim (internal training) ;
  • Study of the existing simulation models in Hypersim and the MMC converter control models in Simulink;
  • For each library component, existing or to be created from scratch, in tight collaboration with the research engineers :
    • Understanding, specification, documentation of the block/component functionalities
    • Packaging of the block/component (parameters masking, graphical representation, library management, version management…),
    • Implementation of the new library block into each of the models/benchmarks requiring it,
    • Functional validation (non-regression tests) of the new model, involving HIL/PHIL simulation depending on the case;
  • Depending on the progress, participation to the team new developments and simulation of the different benchmarks.

Candidate Profile

Master/Engineering school student. You must have strong knowledge of electrical engineering, power systems, control, modelling and simulation of power systems.

Requis :

  • Basic experience of Matlab/Simulink;
  • Asset : knowledge of Git, Python, C;
  • Proficiency in English (understanding, writing).

Other information

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 / Stage
Contract TypeInternship
Duration5-6 months
Start DateSeptember 2021
Place of workVilleurbanne

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