Development and Comparison of an Improved Incremental Conductance Algorithm for Tracking the MPP of a Solar PV Panel

IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, 2015

ABSTRACT: This paper proposes an adaptive and optimal control strategy for a solar photovoltaic (PV) system. The control strategy ensures that the solar PV panel is always perpendicular to sunlight and simultaneously operated at its maximum power point (MPP) for continuously harvesting maximum power. The proposed control strategy is the control combination between the solar tracker (ST) and MPP tracker that can greatly improve the generated electricity from solar PV systems. Regarding the ST system, the paper presents two drive approaches including open- and closed-loop drives. Additionally, the paper also proposes an improved incremental conductance algorithm for enhancing the speed of the MPP tracking of a solar PV panel under various atmospheric conditions as well as guaranteeing that the operating point always moves toward the MPP using this proposed algorithm. The simulation and experimental results obtained validate the effectiveness of the proposal under various atmospheric conditions.

KEYWORDS:

  1. Maximum power point tracker (MPPT)
  2. Solar tracker (ST)
  3. Solar PV panel

 SOFTWARE: MATLAB/SIMULINK

BLOCK DIAGRAM:

Fig. 1. Block diagram of the experimental setup.

EXPECTED SIMULATION RESULTS:

Fig. 2. Description of the variations of the solar irradiation and temperature.

Fig. 3. Obtained maximum output power with the P&O and improved InC algorithms under the variation of the solar irradiation.

Fig. 4. Obtained maximum output power with the InC and improved InC algorithms under the variation of the solar irradiation.

Fig. 5. Obtained maximum output power with the P&O and improved InC algorithms under both the variations of the solar irradiation and temperature.

Fig. 6. Obtained maximum output power with the InC and improved InC algorithms under both the variations of the solar irradiation and temperature.

Fig. 7. MPPs of the solar PV panel under the variation of the solar irradiation

Fig. 8. MPPs of the solar PV panel under both the variations of the solar irradiation and temperature.

Fig. 9. Experimental result of obtained maximum output power with the improved InC algorithm under the variation of the solar irradiation.

CONCLUSION:

It is obvious that the adaptive and optimal control strategy plays an important role in the development of solar PV systems. This strategy is based on the combination between the ST and MPPT in order to ensure that the solar PV panel is capable of harnessing the maximum solar energy following the sun’s trajectory from dawn until dusk and is always operated at the MPPs with the improved InC algorithm. The proposed InC algorithm improves the conventional InC algorithm with an approximation which reduces the computational burden as well as the application of the CV algorithm to limit the search space and increase the convergence speed of the InC algorithm. This improvement overcomes the existing drawbacks of the InC algorithm. The simulation and experimental results confirm the validity of the proposed adaptive and optimal control strategy in the solar PV panel through the comparisons with other strategies.

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