The research is motivated by the need in the hydropower industry to meet the demands of regulating capacity in the future grid with more intermittent power. By utilizing modern power electronics and advanced design methods and controllers for fast acting current control  we can gain advantages in the hydropower energy conversion. are you doing this?


The aim is to improve the performance of Hydropower systems using new technologies, such as power electronics, and devices for grid services. We work to make sure Hydropower continues to provide the system services needed to incorporate other renewable energy technologies and system support.


Using both mathematical tools, simulation and experiment as well as full scale measurements when necessary, we cover all aspects of the system dynamics.

We aim to test smaller systems in our labs, and then implement them on a larger scale in pilot installations and tests with industry. Both to demonstrate novel technologies, and to build competence in the industry.


Hydropower, power electronics, Synthetic Inertia, Ancillary services

Project leaders

Urban Lundin UU, Johan Abrahamsson UU, Jose Perez-Loya UU

Other project members

Per Norrlund, UU+Vattenfall, Fredrik Evestedt UU, Martin Fregelius UU, Elin Dahlborg UU, Roberto Felicetti UU, Vinicius Albuquerque UU

Department of Engineering Sciences, Division of Electricity, Uppsala University

Links and references

Link to the hydropower webpage at Uppsala University

Additional funding (apart from StandUp for Energy)

EU-Horizon 2020, Swedish Hydropower center (SVC).