A review on maximum power point tracker methods and their applications

Document Type: Original Article

Authors

1 Electrical Engineering department, Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta, North Cyprus, TRNC

2 Mechanical Engineering department, Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta, North Cyprus, TRNC

Abstract

In recent years renewable energy i.e. wind and solar energy has received worldwide attention. The determination of the photovoltaic system is dependent on various factors mostly to cost, complexity and efficiency. One of the most interesting areas among the various research area in solar photovoltaic (PV) system is extracting maximum power from solar PV system. The maximum power point tracking (MPPT) is the control algorithm that adjusts the power interfaces automatically and produces the most power available. In this study, multiple maximum power point techniques for solar PV systems are presented. The MPPT methods are discussed as follows: tracking speed, algorithm complexity, dynamic tracking under partial shading condition and hardware implementation. A significant corresponding table has been presented at the end of this paper to simplify the classification of the different methods for practicing engineers as well as for new researchers.

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