A distributed approach to maximum power point tracking for photovoltaic submodule differential power processing

Shibin Qin, Stanton T. Cady, Alejandro D. Dominguez-Garcia, Robert Carl Nikolai Pilawa-Podgurski

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Abstract

This paper presents the theory and implementation of a distributed algorithm for controlling differential power processing converters in photovoltaic (PV) applications. This distributed algorithm achieves true maximum power point tracking of series-connected PV submodules by relying only on local voltage measurements and neighbor-to-neighbor communication between the differential power converters. Compared to previous solutions, the proposed algorithm achieves reduced number of perturbations at each step and potentially faster tracking without adding extra hardware; all these features make this algorithm well-suited for long submodule strings. The formulation of the algorithm, discussion of its properties, as well as three case studies are presented. The performance of the distributed tracking algorithm has been verified via experiments, which yielded quantifiable improvements over other techniques that have been implemented in practice. Both simulations and hardware experiments have confirmed the effectiveness of the proposed distributed algorithm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6832650
Pages (from-to)2024-2040
Number of pages17
JournalIEEE Transactions on Power Electronics
Volume30
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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