Internship – Tools to compute key performance indicators for HVDC power electronic converters

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

One of the goals of Supergrid Institute’s programme “Power electronics and converters” is to propose and study new power converters for high voltage direct current (HVDC) applications. These converters can be ac/dc or dc/dc or innovative solutions to embed energy storage inside the converter. To assess the interest of these converters, it is mandatory to compare them with state of the art converters. The comparison is done on key performance indicators (KPI) like the number of switches, their ratings, the losses… For this, previous works have been carried out to build a tool allowing to compute these KPI for different requirements. This tool is implemented in Matlab environment using object-oriented programming.

Objectives / Missions

The goal of this internship is to contribute to the development of this tool. The tasks will include the implementation of new models (include additional converters in the tool), the implementation of new KPIs (calculate additional indicators for the considered converters) or improvement of KPI calculations (develop more accurate or more computationally efficient models). It is then required that the candidate has a good knowledge of power converters, the capacity to understand the behavior of complex power converters, and programming skills as well.

Candidate Profile

Student in last year of engineering course or in a gap year. Good knowledge of electrical engineering, strong interest for power electronics. Good analytical mind and object-oriented programming skills. Knowledge of Matlab.

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
Duration6 months
Start DateAutumn 2021
Place of workVilleurbanne

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