Department of Electric Energy


At the Department of Electric Energy (IEL), the mission is to contribute to the fundamental and applied knowledge of electric power engineering, and to develop technology and systems for the planning, operation and maintenance of efficient, sustainable energy systems. Both research and research-based education at the Department of Electric Energy cover the broad interdisciplinary aspects of power engineering: generation, transmission, conversion and the use of electric energy, including the accompanying techno-economic aspects.

The Department works in close collaboration with industry partners to develop technology for the production of electric energy from renewable energy sources, and contribute to research that leads to solutions for the future power grid, with high relevance for the society, addressing industrial needs and global challenges.

We have five research groups that are responsible for research and education within their areas; the groups also collaborate among each other in research projects. 

Research Groups

Research Groups

Electrical Machines and Electromagnetics (EME)

The main research areas of the group are related to the development, design, optimisation and testing of electric machinery, especially permanent magnet machines and hydropower generators. In addition, research is also focused on advanced electromagnetic modelling and analyses of different power apparatus and installations.

Electricity Markets and Energy System Planning (EMESP)

The main research areas of the group are related to the integration of renewable energy sources, energy storage and consumption in the electricity market, and how to optimize the integration of the power system with other parts of the energy system, e.g. heating and transport.

High Voltage Technology (HVT)

The main research activities of the group are related to the design, modeling and operation of electric power components. Research into better insulation materials, both for ac and dc, is being conducted.

Power Electronic Systems and Components (PESC)

The research activities of the group are related to the development, design, optimization and control of power electronic converters and systems. Application areas include onshore and offshore power systems, marine, oil & gas as well as transportation sectors. 

Power System Operation and Analysis (PSOA)

The main research areas of the group are related to the planning, operation, control and analysis of power systems, with applications in smart grids, transmission and distribution grids, microgrids and HVDC systems.  

PhD studies

PhD Studies

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The PhD programme in Electric Power Engineering is standardised to 180 credits (3 years). The final plan for the PhD programme is designed in consultation with the candidate, the supervisor and the Department depending on the subject area of the thesis and the candidate's needs and preferences.

Vacant positions at the Department



Cristin (Current Research Information system) is a nationwide database system for research results and documentation.


Summary of PhD projects



Summary of master projects






Physical Laboratory

Physical Laboratory

The Department has access to a broad spectrum of advanced laboratories and scientific equipment.

Digital Laboratory

Digital Laboratory

The Department has many digital resources

Strategic Research Areas

Strategic Research Areas

  • IE Faculty Strategic Research Area: SMARTGRIDS
  • NTNU Strategic Research Area: ENERGY