Model Predictive Control of PV Sources in A Smart DC Distribution System Maximum Power Point Tracking and Droop Control



In a dc distribution system, where multiple power sources supply a common bus, current sharing is an important issue. When renewable energy resources are considered, such as photovoltaic (PV), dc/dc converters are needed to decouple the source voltage, which can vary due to operating conditions and maximum power point tracking (MPPT), from the dc bus voltage. Since different sources may have different power delivery capacities that may vary with time, coordination of the interface to the bus is of paramount importance to ensure reliable system operation. Further, since these sources are most likely distributed throughout\ the system, distributed controls are needed to ensure a robust and fault tolerant control system. This paper presents a model predictive control-based MPPT and model predictive control-based droop current regulator to interface PV in smart dc distribution systems. Back-to-back dc/dc converters control both the input current from the PV module and the droop characteristic of the output current injected into the distribution bus. The predictive controller speeds up both of the control loops, since it predicts and corrects error before the switching signal is applied to the respective converter.


  1. DC microgrid
  2. Droop control
  3. Maximum power point tracking (MPPT)
  4. Model predictive control (MPC)
  5. Photovoltaic (PV)
  6. Photovoltaic systems




Fig. 1. Multiple-sourced dc distribution system with central storage.



Fig. 2. Ideal bus voltage and load power as system impedance increases and loads are interrupted to prevent voltage collapse. (a) Bus voltage decreases in response to increased system impedance at t1 to reach the operating point on the new P–V curve at t2 . The new bus voltage is below the UVP limit, so control action cause load to be shed, moving to a new operating point on the same P–V curve at t3 with a higher bus voltage. (b) Load power in the system changes as point-of-load converters are turned OFF to reduce total system load when the bus voltage drops below the UVP.


Fig. 3. Response of dc bus voltage to step changes in the power drained by load.


Fig. 4. Response of dc bus voltage and output power to imbalanced input PV sources


Fig. 5. Response validation of dc bus voltage to step changes in the power drained by load.


Fig. 6. Response validation of dc bus voltage and output power to imbalanced input PV sources.


Fig. 7. Response of dc bus voltage and output power to the input PV sources of Fig. 7.


 High efficiency and easy interconnection of renewable energy sources increase interests in dc distribution systems. This paper examined autonomous local controllers in a single-bus dc microgrid system for MPP tracked PV sources. An improved MPPT technique for dc distribution system is introduced by predicting the error at next sampling time using MPC. The proposed predictive MPPT technique is compared to commonly used P&O method to show the benefits and improvements in the speed and efficiency of the MPPT. The results show that the MPP is tracked much faster by using the MPC technique than P&O method.

In a smart dc distribution system for microgrid community, parallel dc/dc converters are used to interconnect the sources, load, and storage systems. Equal current sharing between the parallel dc/dc converters and low voltage regulation is required. The proposed droop MPC can achieve these two objectives. The proposed droop control improved the efficiency of the dc distribution system because of the nature of MPC, which predicts the error one step in horizon before applying the switching signal. The effectiveness of the proposed MPPT-MPC and droop MPC is verified through detailed simulation of case studies. Implementation of the MPPT-MPC and droop MPC using dSPACE DS1103 validates the simulation results.


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