Located on the campus of Gif-sur-Yvette, the department of power and energy systems gathers about 17 permanent academic staff and 20 PhD students and post-doctoral researchers. This team is involved with education and research activities at Supélec in the field of electrical energy systems.
The activities lead by the department of power and energy systems rely both on advanced computation means and experimental platforms dedicated to research and education.
Indeed, the laboratory facilities of the department include about 100 electrical drives with a rated power up to 10 kW, power converters, diagnosis and measurment sensors, etc. In addition, the department is equipped with up to date computers and softwares for computation purposes (Matlab, DSpace), power system simulation (JPélec, EMTP, ARENE, Power System Blockset), and finite element computation (ANSYS).
"Understanding physical phenomena to model them, model to simulate, and simulate to design and optimize systems" describes best our approach. Indeed, all material and human means of the department are dedicated to "system sciences" in the field of electrical energy.
A close relationship with industry...
Most of the research activities of the department of power and energy systems are lead in collaboration with industrial partners. This relationship guarantees that research orientations fit with the needs of the electrical engineering industry. It also impacts education for Supélec first and second year courses and third year curriculums in "power systems
," "energy conversion
," and "energy
Collaborations with academic departments, in France or abroad, apply both to research and education. Each year, numerous incoming foreign students, mostly from Europe, graduate from one of the third year curriculums managed by the department of power and energy systems. Those exchanges rely on international programs developed by Supélec in the framework of agreements with the most famous European, American, and Asion universities.
Research collaborations usually consist of co-advising Ph.D. theses, joint-participation to calls for European project (FP), internship exchanges, and the development of a network of collaborators. The permanent staff also gives invited talks, courses, and conferences in partner universities. To this extent, the department of power and energy systems is a member of the European association EES-UETP.
More than electrical engineering...
While electrical engineering remains the core domain of the department, activities of eduction and research have progressively extended to connected areas.
In the field of power systems, scientific et technological aspects are more and more related to economic mecanisms after the progressive liberalisation of the electricity sector. Consequently, the department of power and energy systems has developed a strong collaboration with the faculté d'économie Jean Monnet (University of Paris XI), including the common Master program IREN (networks industries and digital economy).
In the field of plasmas, the research activities focus on the interactions between an electrical discharge and a chemical (a gas for example) or biological system (a DNA molecule for example). Those activities are also managed in collaboration with external research teams, such as the IGM (Institut de Génétique et de Microbiologie).
Last update : 17/04/2013