A Tool for Performance Evaluation of MPPT Algorithms for Photovoltaic Systems

Payam Soulatiantork, Loredana Cristaldi, Marco Faifer, Christian Laurano, Roberto Ottoboni, Sergio Toscani

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The use of photovoltaic (PV) systems as electrical power generator is increasing rapidly and this growth is expected to be 2 continuous. As well known in PV systems the tracking of the maximum power point (MPP) is key. For this reason, many testing 3 systems and maximum power point tracking (MPPT) algorithms have been developed. Testing systems are used for system 4 development as well as for assessing the quality of PV products. The typical problem related to the evaluation of PV system 5 performances and MPPT algorithm comparison is the guarantee of the repeatability of the testing conditions (e.g. temperature and 6 radiation). 7
In this paper, a testing system for PV applications has been developed and characterized. Flexibility, ease of use, low cost, 8 capability to evaluate the characteristic curves of more than one PV panel simultaneously (same environmental conditions), capability 9 of algorithms simulation, and capability of tracking MPP on the base of different MPPT algorithms are some of the main 10 characteristics. Experimental tests have been carried out to validate the performance of the developed architecture. In addition, 11 different MPPT algorithms have been compared in the same environmental conditions both in steady and dynamic state.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)537-544
JournalMeasurement: Journal of the International Measurement Confederation
Early online date05 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished - 01 Nov 2018


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