Masters Theses

Author

Weichao Zhang

Abstract

"This thesis presents the performance of a DC-DC converter based with current mode controller photovoltaic (PV) simulator which emulates the output characteristics of a real PV module. A portable PV simulator prototype of 85 W is examined in terms of its steady state IV curve matching capacity and the convergence time corresponding to step change in current source load, voltage source load, and insolation levels. The current-voltage (IV) characteristics of the PV module are implemented as a look-up-table (LUT) which determines the reference output current from measured output voltage. A Thevenin Equivalent Method approach to PV arrays analysis is also included in order to model the small-signal linearized characteristics. Extensive simulation results obtained in MATLAB are included to show that the PV simulator can work in most situations as a real PV module. Experimental results verify performance with current source and voltage source loads"--Abstract, page iii.

Advisor(s)

Kimball, Jonathan W.

Committee Member(s)

Ferdowsi, Mehdi
Shamsi, Pourya

Department(s)

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Electrical Engineering

Sponsor(s)

National Science Foundation (U.S.)
United States.Department of Energy

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Spring 2017

Pagination

xii, 54 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographic references (pages 52-53).

Rights

© 2017 Weichao Zhang

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

File Type

text

Language

English

Thesis Number

T 11130

Electronic OCLC #

992441222

Comments

This project was supported in part by the National Science Foundation under awards 1505610 and 1406156. It was also supported in part by the MidAmerica Regional Microgrid Education and Training Consortium (MARMET), sponsored by the Department of Energy SunShot program under award DE0006341.

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