A hybrid maximum power point tracking for partially shaded photovoltaic systems in the tropics

Jiang, Lian Lian, Nayanasiri, D.R., Maskell, Douglas L., & Vilathgamuwa, D.M. (2015) A hybrid maximum power point tracking for partially shaded photovoltaic systems in the tropics. Renewable Energy, 76, pp. 53-65.

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Partial shading and rapidly changing irradiance conditions significantly impact on the performance of photovoltaic (PV) systems. These impacts are particularly severe in tropical regions where the climatic conditions result in very large and rapid changes in irradiance. In this paper, a hybrid maximum power point (MPP) tracking (MPPT) technique for PV systems operating under partially shaded conditions witapid irradiance change is proposed. It combines a conventional MPPT and an artificial neural network (ANN)-based MPPT. A low cost method is proposed to predict the global MPP region when expensive irradiance sensors are not available or are not justifiable for cost reasons. It samples the operating point on the stairs of I–V curve and uses a combination of the measured current value at each stair to predict the global MPP region. The conventional MPPT is then used to search within the classified region to get the global MPP. The effectiveness of the proposed MPPT is demonstrated using both simulations and an experimental setup. Experimental comparisons with four existing MPPTs are performed. The results show that the proposed MPPT produces more energy than the other techniques and can effectively track the global MPP with a fast tracking speed under various shading patterns.

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ID Code: 79565
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Photovoltaic system; Partial shading conditions (PSCs); Maximum power point tracking; Artificial neural network; Perturb and observe
DOI: 10.1016/j.renene.2014.11.005
ISSN: 09601481
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING (090600)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (091300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Elsevier
Deposited On: 17 Dec 2014 05:05
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2017 13:01

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