Design of a converter for photovoltaic panels testing

Marco Faifer, Loredana Cristaldi, Luigi Piegari, P. Soulatiantork

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A solar panel or module, under different irradiation and temperature conditions, is characterized by its I-V characteristic curve. The evaluation of these curves allows to completely characterize the panel from the performance point of view. As well known, the performance of the photovoltaic (PV) system in terms of generated power depends not only on the photovoltaic panel quality but also on the employed maximum power point tracker algorithms (MPPT). In technical literature many MPPT algorithms have been proposed but a clear method to compare their performances is missing. For this reason a good system for the evaluation of PV technology allowing to test different PV panels with different tracking algorithms in the same environmental conditions could be very useful. In this paper the design and implementation of a system oriented to the characterization of PV systems and to the comparison of MPPT algorithms will be proposed. It allows to measure the characteristic curves of a panel and easily to implement MPPT algorithms in different irradiation and temperature conditions. Experimental tests have been carried out to validate the performance of the system.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication5th International Conference on Clean Electrical Power: Renewable Energy Resources Impact, ICCEP 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781479987047
Publication statusPublished - 04 Aug 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event5th International Conference on Clean Electrical Power, ICCEP 2015 - Taormina, Italy
Duration: 16 Jun 201518 Jun 2015


Conference5th International Conference on Clean Electrical Power, ICCEP 2015


  • DSPACE Controller Board
  • MPPT
  • SEPIC Converter
  • Solar Energy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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