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Energy Comparison of Seven MPPT Techniques for PV Systems

Author(s): A. DOLARA | R. FARANDA | S. LEVA

Journal: Journal of Electromagnetic Analysis and Applications
ISSN 1942-0730

Volume: 01;
Issue: 03;
Start page: 152;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) | Photovoltaic (PV) | PV Performance Comparison | Renewable Energy | DC-DC Converter.

In the future, solar energy will be a very important energy source. Several studies suppose that more than 45% of the energy in the world will be generated by photovoltaic array. Therefore it is necessary to concentrate our forces to reduce the application costs and to increment their performance. In order to reach the last aspect, it is important to note that the output characteristic of a photovoltaic array is nonlinear and changes with solar irradiation and cell’s temperature. Therefore a Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) technique is needed to maximize the produced energy. This paper presents a comparative study of seven widely-adopted MPPT algorithms; their performance is evaluated using, for all the techniques, a common device with minimum hardware variations. In particular, this study compares the behaviors of each technique in presence of solar irradiation variations.
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