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Optimized Maximum Power Point Tracker for Current Environmental Conditions and Sustainable Development

Author Affiliations

  • 1Digital Communication, BUIT, Barkatullah University, Bhopal- 462026, MP, INDIA
  • 2Department of Chemistry and Environment, BUIT, Barkatullah University, Bhopal- 462026, MP, INDIA

Res. J. Engineering Sci., Volume 1, Issue (1), Pages 75-82, July,26 (2012)

Abstract

Every photovoltaic cell array has an optimum operating point, called the maximum power point (MPP), which varies depending on cell temperature and the present insulation level. The solar-powered racing vehicle sol train is not yet equipped with such a maximum power point tracking (MPPT) device. Maximum power point tracking (MPPT) techniques are used in PV systems to make maximum utilization of PV array output power which depends on solar irradiation and ambient temperature. The addition of such an operating point controller will yield an estimated 60% increase in power output from the solar cells. This leads to a higher efficiency of the overall system without adding any additional photovoltaic cell surface to the existing array. This paper will introduce a novel approach to analyze, simulate, and evaluate the complete solar power supply system with a digital MPPT controller under varying operating conditions as they are experienced in a moving outdoor vehicle.

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