Power Systems


Fundamentals of power electronics switches and their applications and analyzing the operation of traditional and distributed power systems and study power different generation technologies

Module type: elective module

Semester: winter

Site: Cairo (GUC)

Language: English

Workload: 90 hours course attendance; 135 hours self-study

Credits points: 9

Recommended qualifications: none


Learning Outcome

After the successful participation in the course Power Electronics the students are able to

  • Knowledge and Understanding:
    • name types of power converters
    • list different topologies of each power electronic converter
    • discuss the operation of different power electronic converters
  • Professional and Practical skills:
    • practice their knowledge with power electronics for advanced applications (practical applications) like electric drives and renewable energy
  • Intellectual Skills:
    • analyze different circuit configurations used in different converters
    • solve problems related to DC-DC choppers, AC-AC choppers, and AC-DC converters
    • operate different power electronic circuits
    • propose suitable power converters for different applications


  • Solid-state switches
  • Controlled and uncontrolled single phase rectifiers
  • Controlled single phase full wave rectifiers
  • Three phase uncontrolled half wave & full wave rectifiers
  • Single phase AC voltage controllers
  • DC-to-DC converters


  • Lecturer: Frank Gunzer
  • Teaching method: lecture, exercise
  • SWS: 2
  • Credit points: 4
  • Examination: midterm 20%; assignment 15%; final exam 45%; quiz 15%; report 5%

Learning Outcome

After the successful participation in the course Distributed Power Systems the students are able to

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of power system analysis under steady state and faulty conditions
  • represent the multi-port power system using impedance and admittance matrices
  • recognize and calculate the different types of power system faults
  • formulate and solve the load flow problem using approximate and numerical techniques
  • assess the different generation technologies and be able to select the size and the location of the distributed generators to support the system steady state performance


  1. Power system Representation:
    • Power system components
    • Modelling of system components
    • The per-unit system
  2. Power flow analysis:
    • System performance measures; system losses and voltage profile
    • Formulation of the Load flow equations
    • Approximate solution of Load flow equations
    • Numerical solution of Load flow equations
  3. Distributed generation systems:
    • Terminology of distributed generation systems
    • Different distributed generation technologies
    • Benefits of distributed generation systems
    • Analysis of distributed generation systems


  • Lecturer: Mostafa Soliman
  • Teaching method: lecture, exercise
  • SWS: 4
  • Credit points: 5
  • Examination: midterm assignments (1/3); final exam (2/3)