Faculty Advisor

Looft, Fred J.

Abstract

The purpose of our senior project was to design and prototype an MPPT charge controller for small capacity PV panels under varying temperature and irradiance conditions to charge portable devices. In this paper we discuss our research, simulation, design, and testing to develop an MPPT solar charge controller. Furthermore, we presented our results and findings from testing our design. An MPPT solar charge controller is feasible and affordable if implemented on a PCB board. Due to MPPT’s affordability and increased efficiency under dynamic conditions, an MPPT solar charge controller for portable devices would be more effective than solar chargers currently sold without MPPT.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2017

Major

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

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