Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) module for a photovoltaic panel
Authors: De-La-Mata-Aller, Raul ( http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4962-520X);
Abstract: Renewable energies plays an increasingly important role in energy production, particularly solar photovoltaic energy, which cost have suffered a continued decrease for the last 40 years.
The implementation of systems based on solar photovoltaic not only requires efficient and competitive solar panels but also is necessary the use of proficient control systems in order to optimize the collecting of the available solar energy.The purpose of this project is to design a maximum power point tracking module (MPPT) for a photovoltaic panel. The solar panel will supply to a scale 1/10 high voltage DC bus (48 V simulating 480 V). To develop this module, a Buck-Boost converter and a Micro Controller Unit (MCU) will be used. In order to achieve the MPPT, two different control strategies have been designed and evaluated: a quasi-MPPT control method and a control based on perturb and observe algorithm. This system is part of the project of developing an educational workbench to test and to evaluate different systems based on renewable energy.
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): http://dx.doi.org/10.15592/workrooms.2016.0002
Date: July 2016
Keywords: MPPT solar, photovoltaic panel, renewable energy, educational workbench, PSIM, Buck-Boost converter, Engineering education.