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Overview of maximum power point tracking control methods for PV systems

Lookup NU author(s): Saleh Babaa, Dr Matthew Armstrong, Professor Volker Pickert



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Maximum power point tracking (MPPT) controllers play an important role in photovoltaic systems. They maximize the output power of a PV array for a given set of conditions. This paper presents an overview of the different MPPT techniques. Each technique is evaluated on its ability to detect multiple maxima, convergence speed, ease of implementation, efficiency over a wide output power range, and cost of implementation. The perturbation and observation (P & O), and incremental conductance (IC) algorithms are widely used techniques, with many variants and optimization techniques reported. For this reason, this paper evaluates the performance of these two common approaches from a dynamic and steady state perspective.

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Author(s): Babaa S, Armstrong M, Pickert V

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Power and Energy Engineering

Year: 2014

Volume: 2

Pages: 59-72

Online publication date: 27/08/2014

Acceptance date: 27/08/2014

Date deposited: 22/08/2016

ISSN (print): 2327-588X

ISSN (electronic): 2327-5901

Publisher: Scientific Research Publishing Inc.


DOI: 10.4236/jpee.2014.28006


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