Battery-integrated boost converter utilizing distributed MPPT configuration for photovoltaic systems

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Solar Energy, 2011, 85 (9), pp. 1992 - 2002
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In this paper, a battery-integrated boost converter utilizing the distributed maximum power point tracking (DMPPT) configuration for a photovoltaic (PV) system is studied. Each PV module has its own battery and DC/DC converter. Due to the proposed topology and use of battery, the MPPT function is not affected by the load demand and input power from PV. Application of the proposed converter to DMPPT configuration can save the voltage amplification stage and maintain PV voltage during partial shading. Steady-state analysis of the converter to determine the power flow equations is presented. Comparison with the series-connected conventional boost converter is reported in this paper. Simulation and experiment results of a laboratory prototype are presented to verify the effectiveness of the proposed approach. System design considerations are also discussed. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.
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