Faculty Advisor

Bitar, Stephen J.

Faculty Advisor

McNeill, John A.

Abstract

The design of a Maximum Peak Power Tracking (MPPT) controller for a solar photovoltaic battery charging system is proposed utilizing a boost-converter topology. Solar panel voltage and current are continuously monitored by a closed-loop microprocessor based control system, and the duty cycle of the boost converter continuously adjusted to extract maximum power. System testing confirms peak power tracking under changing lighting conditions. Under specific conditions, efficiencies in excess of 90% are shown to be possible.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2004

Major

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Major

Electrical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

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