Maximum power point matching versus maximum power point tracking for solar generators

Alon Kuperman, Moshe Averbukh, Simon Lineykin

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Abstract

In this paper, a method of designing an optimally arranged solar array for converterless matching to a known linear load is proposed and compared to the classical Maximum Power Point Tracking method. Long-time performance of both methods is examined for three common types of loads under real weather conditions. Test results indicate that only in case of a pure resistive load the Maximum Power Point Tracking-based solar system advantage is undisputed. In case of a load represented by a voltage source with internal resistance, the long term energy productions of the system employing a practical Maximum Power Point Tracking operated converter is on a par or lower than the converterless system energy yield.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-17
Number of pages7
JournalRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
Volume19
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Load matching
  • MPPT
  • Solar Array

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