An Adaptive Voltage-Sensor-Based MPPT for Photovoltaic Systems With SEPIC Converter Including Steady-State and Drift Analysis

Muralidhar Killi, Susovon Samanta

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An adaptive voltage-sensor-based maximum power point tracking algorithm employing a variable scaling factor for a single-ended primary-inductance converter is presented. In this method, only a voltage divider circuit is used to sense the photovoltaic (PV) panel voltage. This method can effectively improve both transient and steady-state performance by varying the scaling factor as compared with the fixed step size and adaptive step size with fixed scaling factor. For sudden change in solar insolation or in start-up, this method leads to faster tracking, whereas in steady state, it leads to lower oscillations around maximum power point. The steady-state behavior and drift phenomena are also addressed in this paper to determine the tracking efficiency. The duty cycle is generated directly without using any proportional-integral control loop to simplify the control circuit. MATLAB/Simulink is used for simulation studies, and a microcontroller is used as a digital platform to implement the proposed algorithm for experimental validation. The proposed system is implemented and tested successfully on a PV panel in the laboratory.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7163320
Pages (from-to)7609-7619
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 01-12-2015


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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