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A Sustainable Distributed Building Integrated Photo-Voltaic System Architecture with a Single Radial Movement Optimization Based MPPT Controller

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School of Software and Electrical Engineering, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, VIC 3122, Australia
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College of Engineering and Science, Victoria University, Melbourne, VIC 8001, Australia
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Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur 50603, Malaysia
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School of Engineering, Deakin University, Geelong, VIC 3220, Australia
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Department of Electrical of Engineering, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur 50603, Malaysia
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Sustainability 2020, 12(16), 6687; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12166687
Received: 18 July 2020 / Revised: 12 August 2020 / Accepted: 14 August 2020 / Published: 18 August 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Intelligent Mechatronic and Renewable Energy Systems)
The solar photo-voltaic systems control architecture has a substantial influence over the cost, efficiency, and accuracy of maximum power point tracking under partial shading conditions. In this paper, a novel distributed architecture of a building integrated photo-voltaic system equipped with a single maximum power point tracking controller is presented in order to address the drawbacks associated with respect to cost, complexity and efficiency of the existing photo-voltaic system architectures. In addition, a radial movement optimization based maximum power point tracking control algorithm is designed, developed, and validated using the proposed system architecture under five different partial shading conditions. The inferences obtained from the validation results of the proposed distributed system architecture indicated that cost was reduced by 75% when compared to the commonly used decentralised systems. The proposed distributed building integrated photo-voltaic system architecture is also more efficient, robust, reliable, and accurate. View Full-Text
Keywords: maximum power point tracking; DC-DC converters; partial shading condition; photo-voltaic system architecture; radial movement optimization maximum power point tracking; DC-DC converters; partial shading condition; photo-voltaic system architecture; radial movement optimization
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Seyedmahmoudian, M.; Thirunavukkarasu, G.S.; Jamei, E.; Soon, T.K.; Horan, B.; Mekhilef, S.; Stojcevski, A. A Sustainable Distributed Building Integrated Photo-Voltaic System Architecture with a Single Radial Movement Optimization Based MPPT Controller. Sustainability 2020, 12, 6687.

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