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Experimental Investigation of the Incremental Conductance MPPT Algorithm at High Perturbation rates

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Mohammed Elgendy, Dr Dave Atkinson



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One of the most commonly utilized maximum power point tracking (MPPT) algorithms for photovoltaic (PV) generators is the Incremental Conductance (INC) algorithm. Yet, the operating characteristics of this algorithm at high perturbation frequencies, when the system response to MPPT perturbations is never allowed to settle, have not been addressed in the literature. This paper characterizes system behaviour in this operating mode experimentally for a standalone PV system with a motor-pump load (and a resistive load). Results show that the INC algorithm operating at a high perturbation rate offers higher energy utilization efficiency and better system performance despite the resulting non-periodic waveforms of the system.

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Author(s): Elgendy MA, Atkinson DJ, Zahawi B

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: IET Renewable Power Generation

Year: 2016

Volume: 10

Issue: 2

Pages: 133-139

Print publication date: 01/02/2016

Online publication date: 02/09/2015

Acceptance date: 14/07/2015

Date deposited: 20/08/2015

ISSN (print): 1752-1416

ISSN (electronic): 1752-1424

Publisher: IET


DOI: 10.1049/iet-rpg.2015.0132


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