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An Emulated PV Source Based on an Unilluminated Solar Panel and DC Power Supply

College of Engineering, Swansea University, Bay Campus, Swansea SA1 8EN, UK
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Energies 2017, 10(12), 2075; https://doi.org/10.3390/en10122075
Received: 3 November 2017 / Revised: 28 November 2017 / Accepted: 1 December 2017 / Published: 6 December 2017
This paper provides a review on various PV simulator technologies as well as presents a novel equivalent photovoltaic (PV) source that was constructed by using un-illuminated solar panels and a DC power supply that operates in current source mode. The constructed PV source was used for testing photovoltaic converters and various maximum power point tracking (MPPT) algorithms required for capturing the maximum possible output power. The mathematical model and electrical characteristics of the constructed PV source were defined and analyzed in detail in the paper. The constructed PV source has the advantages of high bandwidth over the switching circuit based PV simulators. The constructed PV source has been used for testing various power electronics converters and various control techniques effectively in laboratory environments for researchers and university students. View Full-Text
Keywords: PV simulator; unilluminated solar panel; DC power supply; photovoltaic inverters; maximum power point tracking (MPPT) PV simulator; unilluminated solar panel; DC power supply; photovoltaic inverters; maximum power point tracking (MPPT)
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Zhou, Z.; Macaulay, J. An Emulated PV Source Based on an Unilluminated Solar Panel and DC Power Supply. Energies 2017, 10, 2075.

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