PV system fuzzy logic MPPT method and PI control as a charge controller


This paper puts forward to Fuzzy Logic MPPT (Maximum Power Point Tracking) method applied photovoltaic panel sourced boost converter, under variable temperature (25–60 °C) and irradiance (700–1000 W/m2) after that the PI control was applied buck converter to behave as a charge controller. The voltage and current of PV panels are nonlinear and they depend on environmental conditions such as temperature and irradiance. Variable environmental conditions cause to change voltage, current and also cause to change maximum available power of PV panels. To increase efficiency and decrease payback period of the system, it needs to operate PV panels at maximum power point (MPP). Under any environment conditions there is unique MPP. To operate PV panels at that point (MPP) there are many MPPT method in literature, FLC MPPT method was preferred in this study because, its rapid response to changing environmental conditions and not affecting by change of circuit parameters. The accuracy of FLC MPPT method used in this system to find MPP changes, from 94.8% to 99.4%. To charge a battery there are two traditional methods which are constant current (CC), and constant voltage (CV) methods. For fast charging with low loss constant current and voltage source is a need. One of the methods providing constant is PI control which used in this study. PI control is not only well developed and a simple technique but also it provides satisfactory results. The goal of this study is operating PV panel at maximum power point under variable environment conditions to increase efficiency and reduce cost and also provide appropriate current and voltage for charging battery to charge quickly, reduce losses and also increase life cycle of battery. This system was established and analyzed in MATLAB/Simulink.


  1. PV systems
  2. MPPT methods
  3. DC-DC converters
  4. PI control
  5. Charge controllers



Fig. 1. PV system MPPT algorithm and PI control charge circuit.


 Fig. 2. The Power of PV panel.

Fig. 3. The Voltage of PV panel and load of boost converter.

Fig. 4. The duty cycle regulated by FLC MPPT.

Fig. 5. The load voltage of buck converter.

Fig. 6. The load current of buck converter

Fig. 7. The power regulated by PI control.


The proposed system has been studied under four different conditions. Responses of system under varying radiation and temperature was observed. The accuracy of the MPPT algorithm to find MPP varied from 94.8% to 99.4%. The load current and voltage of buck converter remained constant level until end time of system (2.39 A, 15.03 V respectively shown in Table 3). The efficiency we wanted to get from the system has been reached to a great extent. In some cases the efficiency of buck converter can be low but the desired point to be reached in this system is getting the maximum yield from the PV panel to reduce cost and to charge the battery with constant current and appropriate voltage to reduce losses, fast charge and increase life cycle of battery. If there is a meaningful support to the material, the system will be realized in real life.


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 MPPT with Single DC–DC Converter and Inverter for Grid-Connected Hybrid Wind-Driven PMSG–PV System


ABSTRACT: A new topology of a hybrid distributed generator based on photovoltaic and wind-driven permanent magnet synchronous generator is proposed. In this generator, the sources are connected together to the grid with the help of only a single boost converter followed by an inverter. Thus, compared to earlier schemes, the proposed scheme has fewer power converters. A model of the proposed scheme in the d − q-axis reference frame is developed. Two low-cost controllers are also proposed for the new hybrid scheme to separately trigger the dc–dc converter and the inverter for tracking the maximum power from both sources. The integrated operations of both proposed controllers for different conditions are demonstrated through simulation and experimentation. The steady-state performance of the system and the transient response of the controllers are also presented to demonstrate the successful operation of the new hybrid system. Comparisons of experimental and simulation results are given to validate the simulation model.


  1. Grid-connected hybrid system
  2. Hybrid distributed generators (DGs)
  3. Smart grid
  4. Wind-driven PMSG–PV




Fig. 1. Proposed DG system based on PMSG–PV sources.




Fig. 2. DC link steady-state waveforms. (a) Experimental (voltage—50 V/div, current—10 A/div, and time—500 ms/div). (b) Simulated (voltage—20 V/div, current—5 A/div, and time—500 ms/div.



Fig. 3. Steady-state grid voltage and current waveforms. (a) Experimental (voltage—50 V/div, current—10 A/div, and time—20 ms/div). (b) Simulated (voltage—50 V/div, current—5 A/div, and time— 20 ms/div).

Experimental (Voltage 50V/div, Duty-cycle 0.6/div, Time 2s/div)

Simulated (Voltage 20V/div, Duty-cycle 0.5/div, Time 2s/div)

(a) Changes in rectifier output voltage and duty cycle of the boost converter.

Experimental (Voltage 50V/div, Current 10 A/div, Time 2s/div)

Simulated (Voltage 50V/div, Current 10/div)

(b) Changes in dc-link voltage and current

Experimental (Voltage 50V/div, Current 10A/div, Time 2s/div)

Simulated (Voltage 50V/div, Current 10A/div, Time 2s/div)

Fig.4. Transient response for a step change in PMSG shaft speed.. (c) Changes in grid current.


A new reliable hybrid DG system based on PV and wind driven PMSG as sources, with only a boost converter followed by an inverter stage, has been successfully implemented. The mathematical model developed for the proposed DG scheme has been used to study the system performance in MATLAB. The investigations carried out in a laboratory prototype for different irradiations and PMSG shaft speeds amply confirm the utility of the proposed hybrid generator in zero-net-energy buildings. In addition, it has been established through experimentation and simulation that the two controllers, digital MPPT controller and hysteresis current controller, which are designed specifically for the proposed system, have exactly tracked the maximum powers from both sources. Maintenance-free operation, reliability, and low cost are the features required for the DG employed in secondary distribution systems. It is for this reason that the developed controllers employ very low cost microcontrollers and analog circuitry. Furthermore, the results of the experimental investigations are found to be matching closely with the simulation results, thereby validating the developed model. The steady state waveforms captured at the grid side show that the power generated by the DG system is fed to the grid at unity power factor. The voltage THD and the current THD of the generator meet the required power quality norms recommended by IEEE. The proposed scheme easily finds application for erection at domestic consumer sites in a smart grid scenario.


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Solar PV Array Fed Brushless DC Motor Driven Water Pump



 This work deals with the utilization of solar photovoltaic (SPV) energy in the brushless DC (BLDC) motor driven water pump. A DC-DC boost converter, used as an intermediate power conditioning unit plays a vital role in efficiency enhancement of SPV array and soft starting of the BLDC motor with proper control. The speed control of BLDC motor is performed by PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) control of the voltage source inverter (VSI) using DC link voltage regulator. No additional control or current sensing element is required for speed control. The behavior of proposed pumping system is demonstrated by evaluating its various performances through MATLAB/simulink based simulation study.


  1. Solar PV
  2. BLDC motor
  3. Boost converter
  4. Soft starting
  5. PWM
  6. VSI
  7. Speed control



Fig.1 Configuration of PV array fed BLDC motor-pump.



Fig.2 Starting and steady state performances of solar PV array

Fig.3 Starting and steady state performance of boost DC-DC converter

Fig.4 Starting and steady state performance of brushless DC motor-pump

Fig.5 Dynamic performance of solar PV array.

Fig.6 Dynamic performance of boost DC-DC converter

Fig.7 Dynamic performance of brushless DC motor – pump


The SPV Array fed boost converter based BLDC motor driven water pump has been proposed and its suitability has been demonstrated by analyzing its various performance indices using MATLAB based simulation study. A simple, efficient and economical method for speed control of BLDC motor has been suggested, which has offered absolute elimination of current sensing elements. The proper selection of SPV array has made the boost converter capable of tracking MPP irrespective of weather conditions. An optimum design of the boost converter has been presented. The safe starting of brushless DC motor has been achieved without any additional control. The desired performance of proposed system even at 20% of standard solar irradiance has justified its suitability for solar PV based water pumping.


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An Efficient High-Step-Up Interleaved DC–DC Converter with a Common Active Clamp



This paper presents a high-efficiency and high-step up non isolated interleaved dc–dc converter with a common active clamp circuit. In the presented converter, the coupled-inductor boost converters are interleaved. A boost converter is used to clamp the voltage stresses of all the switches in the interleaved converters, caused by the leakage inductances present in the practical coupled inductors, to a low voltage level. The leakage energies of the interleaved converters are collected in a clamp capacitor and recycled to the output by the clamp boost converter. The proposed converter achieves high efficiency because of the recycling of the leakage energies, reduction of the switch voltage stress, mitigation of the output diode’s reverse recovery problem, and interleaving of the converters. Detailed analysis and design of the proposed converter are carried out. A prototype of the proposed converter is developed, and its experimental results are presented for validation.


  1. Active-clamp
  2. Boost converter
  3. Coupled-inductor boost converter
  4. Dc–dc power converter
  5. High voltage gain
  6. Interleaving




 Fig. 1. (a) Parallel diode clamped coupled-inductor boost converter and (b) proposed interleaved coupled-inductor boost converter with single boost converter clamp (for n = 3).



Fig. 2. (a) Drain-to-source voltage of the switch in a coupled-inductor boost converter without any clamping and (b) output voltage, clamp voltage and drain to- source voltage of the switch in a coupled-inductor boost converter with the proposed active-clamp circuit.


Fig. 3. (a) From top to bottom: total input current of the converter, input currents of the interleaved coupled-inductor boost converters, and (b) primary current, secondary current, and leakage current in a phase of the interleaved coupled-inductor boost converters.


Fig. 4. (a) Gate pulses to the clamp boost converter and (b) inductor current of the clamp boost converter.


Fig. 5. Gate pulses to the interleaved coupled-inductor boost converters (10 V/div).


 Coupled-inductor boost converters can be interleaved to achieve high-step-up power conversion without extreme duty ratio operation while efficiently handling the high-input current. In a practical coupled-inductor boost converter, the switch is subjected to high voltage stress due to the leakage inductance present in the non ideal coupled inductor. The presented active clamp circuit, based on single boost converter, can successfully reduce the voltage stress of the switches close to the low-level voltage stress offered by an ideal coupled-inductor boost converter. The common clamp capacitor of this active-clamp circuit collects the leakage energies from all the coupled-inductor boost converters, and the boost converter recycles the leakage energies to the output. Detailed analysis of the operation and the performance of the proposed converter were presented in this paper. It has been found that with the switches of lower voltage rating, the recovered leakage energy, and the other benefits of an ideal coupled-inductor boost converter and interleaving, the converter can achieve high efficiency for high-step-up power conversion. A prototype of the converter was built and tested for validation of the operation and performance of the proposed converter. The experimental results agree with the analysis of the converter operation and the calculated efficiency of the converter.


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[5] Q. Zhao and F. C. Lee, “High-efficiency, high step-up DC–DC converters,” IEEE Trans. Power Electron., vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 65–73, Jan. 2003.

Comprehensive Study of Single-Phase AC-DC Power Factor Corrected Converters with High-Frequency Isolation

ABSTRACT: Solid-state switch mode AC-DC converters having high-frequency transformer isolation are developed in buck, boost, and buck-boost configurations with improved power quality in terms of reduced total harmonic distortion (THD) of input current, power-factor correction (PFC) at AC mains and precisely regulated and isolated DC output voltage feeding to loads from few Watts to several kW. This paper presents a comprehensive study on state of art of power factor corrected single-phase AC-DC converters configurations, control strategies, selection of components and design considerations, performance evaluation, power quality considerations, selection criteria and potential applications, latest trends, and future developments. Simulation results as well as comparative performance are presented and discussed for most of the proposed topologies.


INDEX TERMS: AC-DC converters, harmonic reduction, high-frequency (HF) transformer isolation, improved power quality converters, power-factor correction.




Fig. 1. Classification of improved power quality single-phase AC-DC converters with HF transformer isolation.


A. Buck AC-DC Converters

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Fig. 2. Buck forward AC-DC converter with voltage follower control.

Fig. 3. Buck push-pull AC-DC converter with voltage follower control.

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Fig. 4. Half-bridge buck AC-DC converter with voltage follower control.

Fig. 5. Buck full-bridge AC-DC converter with voltage follower control

 B. Boost AC-DC Converters

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Fig. 6. Boost forward AC-DC converter with current multiplier control.

Fig. 7. Boost push-pull AC-DC converter with current multiplier control.

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Fig. 8. Boost half-bridge AC-DC converter with current multiplier control.

Fig. 9. Boost full-bridge AC-DC converter with current multiplier control.

 C. Buck-Boost AC-DC Converters

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Fig. 10. Flyback AC-DC converter with current multiplier control.

Fig. 11. Cuk AC-DC converter with voltage follower control.

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Fig. 12. SEPIC AC-DC converter with voltage follower control.

Fig. 13. Zeta AC-DC converter with voltage follower control.




Fig. 14. Current waveforms and its THD for buck AC-DC converter topologies in CCM. (a) Forward buck topology (Fig. 2).( b) Push-pull buck topology (Fig. 3). (c) Half-bridge buck topology (Fig. 4). (d) Bridge buck topology (Fig. 5).


Fig. 15. Current waveforms and its THD for boost AC-DC converter topologies in CCM. (a) Forward boost topology (Fig. 6). (b) Push-pull boost topology (Fig. 7). (c) Half-bridge boost topology (Fig. 8). (d) Bridge boost topology (Fig. 9).


Fig. 16. Current waveforms and its THD for buck-boost AC-DC converter topologies in CCM. (a) Flyback topology (Fig. 10). (b) Cuk topology (Fig. 11). (c) SEPIC topology (Fig. 12). (d) Zeta topology (Fig. 13).


Fig. 17. Current waveforms and its THD for buck AC-DC converter topologies in DCM. (a) Forward buck topology (Fig. 2). (b) Push-pull buck topology (Fig. 3). (c) Half-bridge buck topology (Fig. 4). (d) Bridge buck topology (Fig. 5).


Fig. 18. Current waveforms and its THD for boost AC-DC converter topologies in DCM. (a) Forward boost topology (Fig. 6). (b) Push-pull boost topology (Fig. 7).


Fig. 19. Current waveforms and its THD for buck-boost AC-DC converter topologies in DCM. (a) Flyback topology (Fig. 10). (b) Cuk topology (Fig. 11). (c) SEPIC topology (Fig. 12). (d) Zeta topology (Fig. 13).



A comprehensive review of the improved power quality HF transformer isolated AC-DC converters has been made to present a detailed exposure on their various topologies and its design to the application engineers, manufacturers, users and researchers. A detailed classification of these AC-DC converters into 12 categories with number of circuits and concepts has been carried out to provide easy selection of proper topology for a specific application. These AC-DC converters provide a high level of power quality at AC mains and well regulated, ripple free isolated DC outputs. Moreover, these converters have been found to operate very satisfactorily with very wide AC mains voltage and frequency variations resulting in a concept of universal input. The new developments in device technology, integrated magnetic and microelectronics are expected to provide a tremendous boost for these AC-DC converters in exploring number of additional applications. It is hoped that this exhaustive design and simulation of these HF transformer isolated AC-DC converters is expected to be a timely reference to manufacturers, designers, researchers, and application engineers working in the area of power supplies.



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A High Step-Up DC to DC Converter Under Alternating Phase Shift Control for Fuel Cell Power System


This paper researches a novel pulse width modulation (PWM) conspire for two-stage interleaved support converter with voltage multiplier for energy component control framework by consolidating substituting stage move (APS) control and conventional interleaving PWM control. The APS control is utilized to lessen the voltage weight on switches in light load while the customary interleaving control is utilized to keep better execution in substantial load. The limit condition for swapping among APS and conventional interleaving PWM control is inferred. In light of the previously mentioned examination, a full power run control joining APS and conventional interleaving control is proposed. Misfortune breakdown examination is likewise given to investigate the productivity of the converter. At long last, it is confirmed by test results.



Fig. 1. Grid-connected power system based on fuel cell.


Fig. 2. Main theoretical waveforms at boundary condition.


 image003image004 image005 image006Fig.3 Experimental results at boundary condition with traditional interleaving control (L = 1158 μH, R = 2023 Ω, and D = 0.448). (a) CH1-S1 Driver Voltage, CH2 L1 Current, CH3-S1 Voltage Stress, CH4-Output Voltage, (b) CH1-S1 Driver Voltage, CH2 C1 Current, CH3-S1 Voltage Stress, CH4-OutputVoltage, (c) CH1-S1 DriverVoltage,CH2 D1 Current,CH3-S1 Voltage Stress, CH4-Output Voltage, (d) CH1-S1 Driver Voltage, CH2 DM1 Current, CH3-S1 Voltage Stress, CH4-Output Voltage.


Fig. 4. Traditional interleaving control at nominal load (L = 1158 μH and R = 478 Ω).]


Fig. 5. Traditional interleaving control in Zone A (L = 1158 μH and R = 1658 Ω).


The limit condition is determined after stage investigation in this paper. The limit condition arranges the working states into two zones, i.e., Zone An and Zone B. The conventional interleaving control is utilized in Zone A while APS control is utilized in Zone B. What’s more, the swapping capacity is accomplished by a rationale unit. With the proposed control plot, the converter can accomplish low voltage weight on switches in all power scope of the heap, which is confirmed by exploratory outcomes.