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Maximum power point tracking for photovoltaic systems under partial shading conditions using bat algorithm

Seyedmahmoudian, Mehdi, Soon, Tey Kok, Jamei, Elmira, Thirunavukkarasu, Gokul Sidarth, Horan, Ben, Mekhilef, Saad and Stojcevski, Alex 2018, Maximum power point tracking for photovoltaic systems under partial shading conditions using bat algorithm, Sustainability, vol. 10, no. 5, pp. 1-16, doi: 10.3390/su10051347.

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Title Maximum power point tracking for photovoltaic systems under partial shading conditions using bat algorithm
Author(s) Seyedmahmoudian, Mehdi
Soon, Tey Kok
Jamei, Elmira
Thirunavukkarasu, Gokul Sidarth
Horan, BenORCID iD for Horan, Ben orcid.org/0000-0002-6723-259X
Mekhilef, Saad
Stojcevski, Alex
Journal name Sustainability
Volume number 10
Issue number 5
Article ID 1347
Start page 1
End page 16
Total pages 16
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2018-04
ISSN 2071-1050
Keyword(s) bat algorithm (BA)
maximum power point tracking (MPPT)
partial shading (PS)
photovoltaic (PV) system
Summary The vibrant, noiseless, and low-maintenance characteristics of photovoltaic (PV) systems make them one of the fast-growing technologies in the modern era. This on-demand source of energy suffers from low-output efficiency compared with other alternatives. Given that PV systems must be installed in outdoor spaces, their efficiency is significantly affected by the inevitable complication called partial shading (PS). Partial shading occurs when different sections of the solar array are subjected to different levels of solar irradiance, which then leads to a multiple-peak function in the output characteristics of the system. Conventional tracking techniques, along with some nascent/novel approaches used for the tracking maximum power point (MPP), are unsatisfactory when subjected to PS, eventually leading to the reduced efficiency of the PV system. This study aims at investigating the use of the bat algorithm (BA), a nature-inspired metaheuristic algorithm for MPP tracking (MPPT) subjected to PS conditions. A brief explanation of the behavior of the PV system under the PS condition and the advantages of using BA for estimating the MPPT of the PV system under PS condition is discussed. The deployment of the BA for the MPPT in PV systems is then explained in detail highlighting the simulation results which verifies whether the proposed method is faster, more efficient, sustainable and more reliable than conventional and other soft computing-based methods. Three testing conditions are considered in the simulation, and the results indicate that the proposed technique has high efficiency and reliability even when subjected to an acute shading condition.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/su10051347
Field of Research 12 Built Environment And Design
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2018, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30109472

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