Advanced Hybrid System for Solar Car Simulation Projects


A three-input hybrid system for solar car is designed in this project. It consists of one unidirectional input power port and two bidirectional power ports with a storage element. Depending on utilization state of the battery, three different power operation modes are defined for the converter. Battery charging in the system is carried out from the amorphous solar panel mounted on the body and a solar energy harvesting charging station. Since the solar energy is directly given to the DC load, the efficiency of the system will improve. The capacitor which is connected to the lead acid battery will charge at off peak hours and discharge during the acceleration time of the car. In this proposed system energy wasted in the brakes are also recovered and used to charge the lead acid battery. Hence competent Hybrid Electric Vehicle was developed by using super capacitor and regenerative braking scheme.


  1. PhotovoItaic array
  2. Super capacitor
  3. Regenerative braking
  4. DC-DC Converter


Block Diagram:


Figure 1: When the vehicle is moving on a plane



Figure 2: When the vehicle is ascending through the slope


Figure 3: When the vehicle is descending through the slope

Expected Simulation Results:


Figure 4: Output voltage of solar cell


Figure 5: Output voltage of Boost converter


Figure 6: Voltage across super capacitor


Figure 7: armature current


Figure 8: Speed of Armature


Figure 9: input current to the motor


Figure 10: Discharging current from the super capacitor


Figure 11: speed of Armature


Figure 12: generated current



At current levels of technology, installing a super capacitor with regenerative braking scheme provides a feasible method to improve the performances of the vehicles. The simulation results of the proposed systems show that the performance of the vehicle was improved in the following aspects.

(1) Provide better working conditions for the battery and increase its operating life.

(2) Source of energy extended up to the, regenerative braking scheme along with solar source, will increase the system reliability.

(3) Since the super capacitors have the ability to provide a large current in short time acceleration, performance of the vehicle will improve. Future scope of this work is to realize hardware model of the system.


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