Energies 2013, 6(1), 58-78; doi:10.3390/en6010058
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Variable DC-Link Voltage Algorithm with a Wide Range of Maximum Power Point Tracking for a Two-String PV System

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ajou University, San 5, Woncheon-dong, Yeongtong-gu, Suwon 443-749, Kyunggi-do, Korea
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Received: 24 October 2012; in revised form: 21 November 2012 / Accepted: 25 December 2012 / Published: 2 January 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Solar Energy Systems and Materials)
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Abstract: This paper proposes a variable DC-link reference voltage algorithm for wide range of maximum power point tracking (MPPT) for two-string photovoltaic (PV) systems. A multi-string system, which is a kind of PV system, is widely used due to its many merits (such as the ability to use low rating devices, high MPPT efficiency, and so forth). PV systems can choose their input voltages on the basis of their PV cell connection structure. The PV cell connection structure can be restricted because the input voltage and current affect the PV system design. This reduces the MPPT range under some weather conditions. In the restricted PV connection structure, this algorithm enlarges the MPPT range and minimizes the increment of the total harmonic distortion (THD) by selecting the appropriate DC-link voltage reference which is changed by comparing the sorted input voltage. To verify the proposed algorithm, simulation and experiments are conducted to show the results of the performance for the proposed algorithm.
Keywords: multi string; PV system; MPPT

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Lee, J.-S.; Lee, K.B. Variable DC-Link Voltage Algorithm with a Wide Range of Maximum Power Point Tracking for a Two-String PV System. Energies 2013, 6, 58-78.

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Lee J-S, Lee KB. Variable DC-Link Voltage Algorithm with a Wide Range of Maximum Power Point Tracking for a Two-String PV System. Energies. 2013; 6(1):58-78.

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Lee, June-Seok; Lee, Kyo B. 2013. "Variable DC-Link Voltage Algorithm with a Wide Range of Maximum Power Point Tracking for a Two-String PV System." Energies 6, no. 1: 58-78.

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