DC-DC Converter Based Photovoltaic Simulator with a Double Current Mode Controller


This paper explores 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. Preliminary experimental results verify performance with current-source and voltage-source loads.

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IEEE Power and Energy Conference at Illinois (2016: Feb. 19-20, Urbana, IL)


Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Intelligent Systems Center


National Science Foundation (U.S.)


This work was supported in part by the National Science Foundation under award 1406156.

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Controllers; Digital Control Systems; Electric Inverters; MATLAB; Photovoltaic Cells; Power Converters; Simulators; Solar Power Generation; Table Lookup; Current Mode Control; Current Mode Controllers; Digital Control; Extensive Simulations; I-V Curve; Output Characteristics; Photovoltaic; Thevenin Equivalent; DC-DC Converters; Photovoltaic Simulator; Predictive Current Mode Control; Solar Panel IV Curve

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Publication Date

01 Feb 2016