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Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 319017, 18 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/319017
Research Article

A Simple Power Management Scheme with Enhanced Stability for a Solar PV/Wind/Fuel Cell/Grid Fed Hybrid Power Supply Designed for Industrial Loads

1Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Kongu Engineering College, Perundurai, Erode, Tamil Nadu 638052, India
2Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, K.S. Rangasamy College of Technology, Tiruchengode, Tamil Nadu 637215, India

Received 8 August 2013; Revised 30 October 2013; Accepted 4 November 2013; Published 16 March 2014

Academic Editor: Sing Kiong Nguang

Copyright © 2014 S. Saravanan and S. Thangavel. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This paper proposes a new power conditioner topology with an intelligent power management controller that integrates multiple renewable energy sources such as solar energy, wind energy, and fuel cell energy with battery and AC grid supply as backup to make the best use of their operating characteristics with better reliability than that could be obtained by single renewable energy source based power supply. The proposed embedded controller is programmed to perform MPPT for solar PV panel and WTG, SOC estimation and battery, maintaining a constant voltage at PCC and power flow control by regulating the reference currents of the controller in an instantaneous basis. The instantaneous variation in reference currents of the controller enhances the controller response as it accommodates the effect of continuously varying solar insolation and wind speed in the power management. It also prioritizes the sources for consumption to achieve maximum usage of green energy than grid energy. The simulation results of the proposed power management system with real-time solar radiation and wind velocity data collected from solar centre, KEC, and experimental results for a sporadically varying load demand are presented in this paper and the results are encouraging from reliability and stability perspectives.

1. Introduction

India with 17 percent of the world population and just 0.8 percent of the world’s known oil and natural gas resources is facing serious energy challenges which are hampering its industrial growth and economic progress. Globally, the power generation is majorly done using conventional energy sources; besides its energy reserve is very much limited and it is also expected to disappear after a few decades. The installed capacity of India as on July 2013 stands on 225793.10 MW where 68.04% of the energy comes from the thermal power plant which emits large amount of greenhouse gases and enhances the global warming. According to the Ministry of Power, India, the expected demand in the years 2020 and 2030 will be around 4.5 lakh MW and 9 lakh MW, respectively. The peak power and energy deficit as on June 2013 is around 8.1%.

To manage the peak power deficit, the state electricity boards impose mandatory power cut to the industries for certain period of time due to which loss of production occurs. In the absence of utility, DG sets are used to supply the power, where the cost and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission per kWh of energy generated are very high. To reduce the grid dependency and GHG emissions, renewable energy systems such as solar panel, wind turbine generators (WTG), fuel cell, and other in-house power generation systems can be installed together to operate along with the AC grid to meet the power demand in the industry. A suitable power conditioner [14] is very much needed for these sources to connect to the load because of nonlinear I-V characteristics and its dependency on sporadically varying natural phenomena. Also for the proposed system, power management is an imperative function and a dedicated controller is needed to prioritize the sources for consumption, which manages the power flow from sources to load for the varying load demand. Various power management systems have been reported in the literature with PV panel, WTG, and fuel cell. Microcontroller based power management system for a standalone microgrid with PV module and fuel cell is developed in [5], where the system controls the battery SOC which connects/disconnects the fuel cell based on the SOC of battery and load demand, and it does not employ current control. Power management in a microgrid considering the effect of continuous variations in solar irradiance and wind speed combined with load power variations is reported in [6], where the DC link voltage based control is realized in the control of power flow. In the proposed paper, instantaneous current reference scheme based power management is developed. In this paper, a grid interactive multiple-input converter (shown in Figure 1) along with the embedded controller to perform maximum power point tracking for solar PV panel and WTG, state of charge (SOC) estimation of battery, charging/discharging of batteries based on instantaneous load demand, and maintaining a constant voltage at PCC and power flow control by regulating the reference currents of the controller in an instantaneous basis based on the power delivered by the sources and load demand, is developed.

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Figure 1: Solar PV/WTG/fuel cell/grid fed hybrid power supply.

2. Solar Panel

Solar photovoltaic (PV) energy is one of the most important resources because it is free, abundant, pollution-free, and available all over the world. The daily average solar energy incident over India varies from 4 to 6 kWh per square meter per day depending upon the location which can be used to generate power to meet the growing demand. A single diode model based PV module [79] (see Figure 2) with varying insolation and temperature developed in Simulink is shown in Figure 3.

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Figure 2: Equivalent circuit model of PV cell.
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Figure 3: Simulink model of PV cell (with varying insolation and temperature).

The PV system has two major problems; that is, the conversion efficiency of electric power generation is low and the amount of electric power generated by solar array changes continuously because of variations in the insolation due to unpredictable shadows cast by clouds, birds, trees, and so forth. Also, the I-V characteristic of a PV array is nonlinear and varies with irradiation and temperature. The insolation change affects the photon generated current and has very little effect on the open circuit voltage whereas the temperature variation affects the open circuit voltage and the short circuit current varies very marginally.

In general, there is a unique point on the I-V or V-P curve, called the maximum power point (MPP), at which the entire PV system (array, converter, etc.) operates with maximum efficiency and produces its maximum output power. The location of the MPP is not known but can be located, either through calculation models or by search algorithms. However, by incorporating maximum power point tracking (MPPT) algorithms [8], the PV system’s power transfer efficiency and reliability can be improved significantly, as it can continuously maintain the operating point of the PV panel at the MPP pertaining to that irradiation and temperature. The power-voltage characteristics of a PV module at different irradiance levels are shown in Figure 4. The solar radiation data of a typical sunny day collected from a renewable energy centre, KEC, Erode, Tamil Nadu, India, is shown in Figure 5 and the data points are extracted such that one data point for every 5 minutes and hence it covers 288 data points for a day (86400 sec) which is fed as the insolation data input to the developed PV panel [79] along with the measured panel temperature. As the change in the panel temperature is marginal, its effect on generated voltage is also negligible and the panel output current follows insolation (see (1)), since the photon generated current is directly proportional to the insolation. The voltage, current, and power output of the PV panel are shown in Figure 6. Consider where is the photo current (A), the current of parallel diode (A), the shunt current, the electron charge, the diode ideality factor, the Boltzmann constant, the temperature of the panel, the series resistance, the shunt resistance, the output voltage of panel, and the current delivered by solar panel.

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Figure 4: Power-voltage characteristics of PV module at different irradiance levels.
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Figure 5: Variation of solar insolation photovoltaic on a typical sunny day at solar centre, KEC.
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Figure 6: Voltage, current, and power output of simulated panel.
2.1. VSS-INR MPPT

MPPT system is incorporated for solar PV panel and wind turbine generator (WTG) so as to ascertain the instantaneous power generated by the sources which is needed by the power management controller. Of the various maximum power point tracking (MPPT) techniques [10, 11], variable step-size incremental resistance (VSS-INR) method [12] is employed because of improved response speed, accuracy, and enhanced suitability for practical operating conditions due to a wider operating range. Flowchart of the control process pertaining to VSS-INR MPPT technique is shown in Figure 7. The variable step-size method introduced to solve the problem is based on where is the duty cycle and “” is the scaling factor adjusted at the sampling period to regulate the step size. The performance of this MPPT is decided by the optimal scaling factor “.” For convergence of the MPPT update rule, the variable step-size rule must meet the following inequality: where is the largest step size for fixed step-size MPPT and is chosen as the upper limit for the variable step size. The scaling factor is obtained by which provides a simple guidance to determine the scaling factor “” of the variable step-size MPPT algorithm. The optimal value of the scaling factor “” is chosen as 3. The fixed scaling factor determined by this simple way cannot satisfy the requirement of the MPPT system while irradiation and temperature are varying quickly. The INR MPPT can be switched by extreme values of a threshold function which is the product of the exponential of PV array output power and the absolute value of the PV array power derivative . Consider where is the slope of power versus current and can be expressed as Since, .

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Figure 7: Flowchart of VSS-INR MPPT technique.

The controller controls the boost converter to track the MPP by repeatedly updating the operating current of the PV array via varying the duty cycle of the boost converter in a variable step-size manner. “” is the reference current at which the PV panel is forced to operate. At MPP, “” is equal to and a larger step size is initially selected for the fixed step-size MPPT operation which exhibits good dynamic response, with chosen as the upper limit for the variable step-size INR MPPT method; the variable step-size rule can be given by where is the variable step size at time and (7) provides a simple and effective variable step-size algorithm. The step size will become very tiny as becomes very small around the MPP by which the dynamic oscillations around MPP are reduced, which enhances the steady state performance and hence the tracking accuracy. If the operating point is far from MPP, it increases the step size of the duty cycle which enables a faster tracking ability. Progressive variation of the duty cycle in steps is observed from Figure 8 for a change in insolation at 4 sec of simulation time. The output of MPPT converter in comparison with the solar panel output is shown in Figure 9.

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Figure 8: Duty cycle variation with varying step sizes.
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Figure 9: Output of MPPT converter.

3. Wind Turbine Generator

The Simulink model of WTG developed in the proposed work [1319] based on asynchronous generator is shown in Figure 10. The simulated wind turbine block uses a 2D lookup table to compute the turbine torque output () as a function of wind speed (w_Wind) and turbine speed (w_Turb), shown in Figure 11.

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Figure 10: Wind turbine generator.
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Figure 11: Model of wind turbine.

At the wind speed more than 2 m/s the WTG produces enough power to supply the load. As the asynchronous machine operates in generator mode, its speed is slightly above the synchronous speed (1.011 pu). According to turbine characteristics, for a 2 m/s wind speed, the turbine output torque is adjusted so as to deliver 0.5 pu of power which is 200 W. In practical systems, the systems with cut-in speed as low as 2.8 m/s are commercially available in markets which are very much viable for low power standalone operation. The torque of the wind turbine is estimated from the basic electromechanical equation; that is, the torque is power upon generator speed as in where is the generator speed, the coefficient of performance, the density of air, the area swept by turbine blade, and the velocity of wind. As the system is a standalone system, a capacitor bank is connected at the output of the asynchronous generator in order to supply the reactive power required by the asynchronous generator for generation of electrical energy. The wind speed data of a day received from solar station, KEC, Perundurai, TN, India, and the simulated torque output of the wind turbine for the wind data input are given in Figures 12 and 13, respectively.

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Figure 12: Wind speed data of a typical day at KEC, Erode, TN, India.
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Figure 13: Torque output of simulated wind turbine.
3.1. P&O MPPT Technique

The Perturb and Observe algorithm (P&O) based MPPT technique is developed by programming the embedded controller. The MPPT controller works on the theory of maximum power transfer theorem. As the wind velocity is continuously varying, the torque output of wind turbine, voltage, and power generated in the generator and hence the impedance of the generator keeps on varying, but the load impedance is constant; in order to match the source and load impedance, a power electronic converter with MPPT controller is connected parallel with the load. For any change in the source impedance the duty cycle of the converter is varied to match the load impedance (converter and load). P&O is basically a hill climbing technique: the controller increases the duty cycle “α” of the step up chopper by 0.001 (Δα) for any change in the turbine torque, and if the output power of the generator increases, the controller continues to increase till the output power starts to decrease instead of increasing and vice versa if the generator’s output power starts decreasing. The value of “Δα” is chosen as low as 0.001 so as to reduce the dynamic power oscillations around the MPP. The voltage, current, and power output of the WTG with and without MPPT controller are shown in Figures 14 and 15, respectively. The flowchart of P&O MPPT control is shown in Figure 16.

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Figure 14: Voltage, current, and power output of WTG without MPPT controller.
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Figure 15: Voltage, current, and power output of WTG with MPPT controller.
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Figure 16: Flowchart of MPPT control.

4. Fuel Cell

Fuel cells produce direct current electricity using an electromechanical process similar to battery. As a result, combustion and the associated environmental side effects are avoided. The fuel cell has received great deal of attention recently because of its property of zero emission of greenhouse gasses and high power density; also it has unique features such as high efficiency, diversity of fuels, and reusability of the exhaust heat. Proton exchange membrane fuel cell is used in the proposed work and in order to have the output voltage around 120 V at no load condition, three fuel cell stacks, with the voltage rating of 24 V each with the voltage profile of 42 V at “0” Ampere and 35 V at “1” Ampere, are connected in series as shown in Figure 17.

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Figure 17: Fuel cell stack.

In the proposed paper, fuel cell is made to supply the load when the power delivered by solar, WTG, and battery is less than load demand. When fuel cell is delivering power, the flow rate controller of the fuel cell is adjusted to control the hydrogen supply to the fuel cell based on the command from power management controller to generate the necessary power based on demand, but the issues such as cold-start problems are not considered but can be suitably managed utilizing the dynamic behavior of the battery.

5. Battery

Battery is used as the external leveling agent to sink/source the power based on the instantaneous load condition. The lead acid batteries are preferred for standalone applications as the maintenance and the initial costs are less. The rates of charging and the discharging of the battery are estimated based on the standard specifications of the battery handbook. The lead acid battery handbook illustrates that the charging current of the battery should be less than 0.1 , where “” is capacity of battery. For a 150 Ah battery the charging current (9) should not exceed 15 A

Also according to the battery handbook, the discharge current in tens of the seconds should not exceed (0.5–0.7) and the nominal discharge is 0.1 . Here (/5) is selected as the maximum discharge current. The capacity of the battery needed for delivering the power of 1.5 kW even at minimum battery voltage of 99 V and the efficiency of the boost converter being 95% ( = 0.95) will be calculated as in (9): Hence a 150 Ah battery is selected.

The maximum battery discharge current (11) at the output of the boost converter to deliver a power of 1.5 kW at the battery voltage of and is

5.1. SOC Estimation of Battery

The slip-in and slip-out of the battery from conduction is also an imperative function which is performed by the power management controller and is set at 40% state of charge (SOC), as depth of discharge (DoD) to about 70–80% of its capacity shall damage the battery even if it is a deep cycle battery. The SOC is defined as the available capacity expressed as a percentage of its rated capacity.

According to lead acid battery’s handbook, the terminal voltage is an index of determining the SOC of battery. The SOC of a 100 V battery while floating, charging, and discharging is estimated from the terminal voltage and battery current shown in Tables 1 and 2. The battery current is zero while floating, positive for discharging, and vice versa for charging. The terminal voltage, magnitude, and direction of the current of battery are the inputs of the embedded controller based SOC estimator shown in Figure 18.

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Table 1: SOC versus terminal voltage at various charging currents and at floating.
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Table 2: SOC versus terminal voltage at various discharge currents.
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Figure 18: Embedded controller based SOC estimator.

Of the various methods, voltage based SOC measurement is best suited for online estimation of SOC [19, 20]. Hence embedded controller based online SOC estimation of battery is developed for efficient power flow control between the sources and load, comparing the instantaneous load demand with the power yielded by the sources, and SOC of the battery. SOC of battery for any intermediate voltage which lies in between the standard voltages in a column pertaining to any standard charging current is estimated using linear projection of SOC against terminal voltage. For example, SOC of a 100 V battery with the terminal voltage of 106 V and charging current of 30 A can be estimated by where is the terminal voltage of the battery at which the SOC is to be determined.

When the terminal voltage and current of the battery are not standard values of the table, that is, the voltage and current which lie in between the values specified in table either in row- or columnwise, the SOC of battery at that voltage and current is ascertained by calculating the terminal voltages for the given current pertaining to standard specified values of SOC (i.e., 10%, 20%, etc.) in using the rowwise neighboring values of voltages between which the battery current falls.

For example, when the SOC of battery at the charging current of 20 A is required, which falls between /5 and /10, the columnwise voltages for the charging current of 20 A are virtually created by the controller based on (13), (14), (15) and so on where is the capacity of battery and the current at which the SOC is needed.

When SOC at 106 V, 20 A charging is to be needed; the virtually created voltages (13), (14), and (15) adjacent to 106 V are substituted in (16) which gives the present SOC of the battery: where isthe terminal voltage of the battery at which the SOC is sought and , are the voltages adjacent to 106 V.

6. Embedded Controller

Embedded controller in the proposed paper is programmed to carry out the functions such as maintaining a constant voltage at PCC and controlling power flow by regulating the current from sources to load based on power delivered by the sources.

6.1. Constant Voltage Control at PCC

When the sources are connected in parallel at PCC through DC-DC converters, the magnitude of output voltage needs to be constant and same (irrespective of any changes in the input or the load) for all sources in order to limit the circulating current between the sources. As the internal impedances of the sources connected to boost converter are different, on inclusion of load the voltage at the outputs of the DC-DC converters is different (because of regulation); hence, the embedded controller is designed for each DC-DC converter to maintain a constant output voltage by adjusting the duty cycle.

The controller when turned on generates the duty cycle “α” to develop reference voltage “” at PCC as in (17) for all the sources in order to develop an inverter output of 110 V RMS sine wave: where is the duty cycle of the boost converter to develop 156 V at PCC, the reference voltage at PCC, , , , and the input voltages of boost converter connected to PV, WTG, fuel cell, and grid, respectively.

For any deviation in the PCC voltage from 156 V of the sources connected to PCC but not delivering power to the load is corrected by adjusting the duty cycle (e.g., when solar and wind are supplying load while fuel cell is floating, for of any deviation in the output voltage of boost converter connected to PCC, the duty cycle of fuel cell is adjusted to bring to 156 V using (18)), where is the duty cycle of boost converter connected to fuel cell at th instant and the duty cycle at the th instant

6.2. Power Flow Control

The embedded controller is dedicated for handling the power flow control [2127] in the system. Inputs signal of the controller is information regarding the instantaneous power delivered by sources; that is, PV panel, WTG, maximum deliverable power of fuel cell, present SOC of battery and load demand (LD), and the output variables are pulses that connect/disconnect the sources and duty cycle “α” for each boost converter connected to sources. Duty cycle of each boost converter is separately controlled but concurrently in all boost converters by the power management controller to perform both voltage control to maintain 156 V at PCC and current control to vary the power delivered by converter based on power delivered by the sources. The embedded controller is also programmed to execute the following priority orders and the flowchart of control process to execute the priority in consumption is shown in Figure 19.(i)The solar and wind energy are given the highest priority for consumption as they are freely available.(ii)If the LD is further more, the battery is made to discharge along with the solar PV panel and WTG.(iii)If the nature of the load is such that all the above sources are not able to meet the LD, the fuel cell is made to discharge along with the remaining sources to meet the load demand.(iv)The battery energy must always be good; that is, the battery should be able to deliver and to absorb the power quickly. The battery should be charged when there is any excess energy in the system.(v)When the load demand is so higher that if all the sources could not supply, the AC grid is made to discharge along with the sources to meet the load while the battery is made to charge.(vi)In order to improve the life span of the battery, the controller controls both the depth of discharge (DoD) and discharge current of the battery to the standard specified values.

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Figure 19: Flowchart of control logic.

When the voltage is set at 156 V at PCC for all the sources, the controller compares the load current with the reference current of PV panel and WTG as in (19), where the reference current is proportional to the deliverable power by the sources at the reference voltage (156 V) and is derived from the instantaneous power delivered by the MPPT system connected to the PV panel and WTG as in (20): where where , are the power delivered by the PV panel and WTG, respectively. When “” follows (14), duty cycle of the boost converter connected to PV panel and WTG is adjusted suitably (see (21)) to deliver the reference currents. Due to continuous variation in the incident solar insolation and varying temperature on panel, the “” continuously varies, and hence the “,” that is, actual output current of the solar PV fed boost converter made equal to the “” instantly by marginally varying (incrementing/decrementing) the duty cycle of the boost converter based on Similarly , that is, actual output current of WTG, is made equal to , by the characteristic equation where “” is the scaling factor that influence the faster convergence of “” to “.” When the scaling factor is a constant of fixed magnitude, the response of the system is sluggish as it can lead to larger dynamic oscillations; hence a variable scaling factor is introduced in the proposed work. when the gap between “” and “” is larger, the scaling factor “” is automatically made larger which enables the faster convergence of “” to “”; similarly when the gap between “” and “” is smaller, “” becomes smaller to enable accurate settling of actual to reference value and this process is same for all the sources. Faster convergence is mandatory for effective power management and improved stability. The magnitude of “” which is initially fixed is iteratively calculated and updated, which is based on the ratio of duty cycles of the boost converter connected to the sources delivering the LD. For example, consider two sources; that is, PV panel and battery are supplying power to meet a fixed LD; when the power delivered by solar PV panel gets reduced due to source constraints, the duty cycle of the battery fed boost converter is increased to compensate the power loss incurred by the PV panel to supply the LD. The increment or decrement in the duty cycle of the battery fed boost converter is varied in proportion to the present power delivered or duty cycle of PV panel fed boost converter. Hence the scaling factor “” of any source is adjusted in proportion to the other source which is contributing larger power to meet the LD and the scaling factors and follow where

If load current follows (19), the reference charging current of battery proportional to excess power available at PCC is estimated using when duty cycle of buck converter charging the battery is maintained same by keeping the same reference voltage in duty cycle “” generation, that is, , in case if , the reference voltage compared with the carrier wave to generate duty cycle is incremented or decremented in fixed step size to reach the reference charging current as in (26). The value of “” is chosen as 0.00001 for and 0.000001 for : When the LD is higher, battery is discharged along with PV panel and WTG to supply the load demand. Controller is programmed to discharge the battery only if the SOC of battery is more than 40%. Power generated by the PV panel and WTG is completely utilized and remaining power deficit to meet the LD alone is availed from battery. The discharging current reference “” at 156 V to meet the power deficit is calculated by

Duty cycle adjustment to make the actual discharging current equal to the reference discharging current, that is, “,” follows

The scaling factor “” gets automatically adjusted based on (29) if “” and on (30) if “” for quick convergence of “” to “” and “” follows the equation similar to (24):

Similarly when solar PV, WTG, fuel cell, and battery supply the LD, the scaling factor “” of the fuel cell when “” is given by (31) and follows (32) if vice versa and “” follows the equation similar to (24):

If the load demand is higher than the sum of power generated by solar PV panel, WTG, fuel cell, and peak dischargeable power of battery, that is, when the load current equation at 156 V is as in (33), the load is disconnected from the power supply and the battery is charged with the power delivered by solar PV panel and WTG (34):

Duty cycle adjustment to make the actual discharging current of grid supply equal to the reference discharging current, that is, “,” follows The scaling factor “” of the grid supply is calculated automatically in relation to the source (solar PV or wind or fuel cell) which is majorly contributing to the load demand at that instant and follows

7. Controller Performance

The decision on inclusion of the sources for delivering the power to the load is done based on the instantaneous power delivered by the PV panel and WTG at the MPPT converter output, maximum power deliverable by fuel cell, and present SOC of the battery. Based on the power delivered by the sources, the controller combines the sources in any of the 28 possible ways to meet the LD. Also the embedded controller is integrated with the multiple-input converter and performance of the controller is ascertained to be functioning well as programmed from the simulation output of the system for a controlled input applied at the input of various sources for varying and fixed load demand and is shown in Figure 20.

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Figure 20: Possible combinations of sources to meet the load demand.
7.1. Simulation Output

When the instantaneous power delivered by the solar PV panel and WTG at the output of the MPPT controller is higher than the LD, the controller suitably triggers the boost converter connected to solar PV panel and WTG to harness all the power generated in the same to satisfy the load demand and charges the battery by suitably triggering the battery charger with the excess power available at the PCC which can be evidenced from Figure 21.

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Figure 21: Solar PV panel and WTG supply load, and battery charges with surplus power at PCC.

As the instantaneous power delivered by the solar PV panel and WTG at the output of the MPPT controller is lesser than the LD, the controller discharges the battery suitably to meet the varying LD. Also the stability of the proposed controller is confirmed to be good for all stability issues and response of the controller for sudden load rejection is shown in Figure 22 where the controller shifts the converter connected to battery from discharging mode to charging mode immediately.

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Figure 22: Solar PV panel, WTG, and battery supply LD, and battery charges with surplus power at PCC.
7.2. Case

In order to verify the efficacy of the controller in augmenting to the priority in utilization of sources for managing the power flow, the instantaneous power delivered by the solar PV panel and WTG at the output of the MPPT converter is made lesser than the LD. As per the priority in consumption the controller connects and discharges the battery suitably based on the load demand when SOC of battery is more than 40% and connects the fuel cell to PCC and controls the power produced in thefuel cell by adjusting the flow rate controller that controls the hydrogen supply to the fuel cell based on load demand when the present SOC of battery is less than 40% which is shown in Figures 23 and 24, respectively.

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Figure 23: Controller duly discharges the battery (as SOC is more than 40%) along with the instantaneous power delivered by solar PV panel and WTG to meet the constant LD.
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Figure 24: Controller duly connects the fuel cell along with the PV and WTG to supply the fixed LD.
7.3. Case

Performance of the controller in managing the variable LD with peak discharging current of battery is checked by fixing the input to the controller such that the LD is time varying and larger in magnitude; SOC of battery is 100% and controller follows the priority, utilizes the power delivered by the solar PV panel and WTG completely, and discharges the battery to the peak discharging current recommended by battery handbook to satisfy the load demand. As power deficit still exists, the flow rate of hydrogen to the fuel cell is controlled to exactly source the power deficit to supplement the LD which can be evidenced in Figure 25.

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Figure 25: Controller discharges the battery with the peak discharging limit, and as the LD is still higher the controller duly discharges the fuel cell along with the PV and WTG to supply the fixed LD.
7.4. Case

When the LD is high while the power delivered by the sources such as PV panel, WTG, fuel cell is less and also the SOC of battery is less than 40%. That is, the nature of load current “” as in (33), the controller connects the AC grid to the PCC through the converter and duly controls the discharging current of the AC grid fed boost converter based on the varying LD. As the battery SOC is less than 40%, the battery charger charges the battery with the peak charging current which can be seen in the simulation output shown in Figure 26.

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Figure 26: Controller duly connects the AC grid with PV panel, WTG, and fuel cell and also charges the battery with the peak charging current.

8. Experimental Setup and Results

The experimental prototype is developed to prove the validity of the proposed power management system. The proposed system is comprised of four boost converters, battery charger (buck converter), Hall Effect DC current sensors (CYHCS-ES588), 50 Hz inverter and ATmega processors for SOC calculation, voltage control, and power flow control and is shown in Figure 27.

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Figure 27: Experimental setup of the proposed system.

Specification of the polycrystalline solar panel used in the proposed work for powering one of the boost converters is shown in Table 3. Power supplies are used for powering the controllers and WTG fed boost converter and 12 V lead acid battery is used for fuel cell and battery powered boost converter.

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Table 3: Specification of solar panel.

The voltage at the output of boost converter is set at 24 V and the inherent closed loop voltage controller connected to each boost converter generates duty cycle based on the input and output voltage at th instant to maintain the PCC voltage at 24 V and the duty cycle of a boost converter developed by controller is shown in Figure 28, and a diode is connected in series at the output of each converter to limit the circulating current during transients. The structure of PCC is realized by connecting the capacitors in parallel to maintain a constant voltage. The DC voltage at the PCC and the output voltage of the 50 Hz inverter are shown in Figure 29. The output of the battery charge controller is set at 13.5 V to charge the 12 V lead acid battery at its standard charging current, which is varied according to varying the charging current of the battery and the output of the same is shown in Figure 30.

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Figure 28: Control pulses (duty cycle) of boost converter generated by the voltage controller.
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Figure 29: Experimental output of the voltage at PCC and output voltage of inverter.
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Figure 30: Experimental output of battery charge controller.

The current at the output of boost converter connected to sources pertaining to a mode, where the solar PV panel, WTG, and fuel cell that supply the LD is shown in Figure 31. In the event of any load side disturbances the system reinstates to the reference current very quickly which is evidenced from Figure 31 which enhances the stability of the overall system operation. Also the power quality issues such as voltage sag and swell are very much controlled due to instantaneous control of the reference parameters.

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Figure 31: Current delivered by the sources in meeting the load demand.

The proposed system considers the effect of instantaneous variations in the solar irradiance and wind speed with the varying load demand in power management. Also the system is programmed to satisfy the load in any of the possible 28 ways to meet the load demand. Any variation in the power generated by the sources, changes in load demand, source and load side disturbances, and sudden load rejections are well addressed in the proposed power management system as it acts on instantaneous basis. The action of the controller in stabilizing the current delivered by the sources for sudden load disturbance can be seen in Figure 31. Consequently the proposed power management system is highly stable, reliable, and rugged.

9. Conclusions

The developed embedded controller based power management system is able to commend well for all the different possible combinations of input powers from the sources to meet the load demand which is evidenced from the output of controller. Also the stability of the controller is very good in reacting with the load variations and sudden load rejections are good.

Appendix

Control Logic of Grid-Interactive Power Management System (Figure 19)(1)Measure the input voltages and current of boost converter connected to solar PV panel, WTG, FC, grid, and battery, that is, the terminal voltage and current delivered by the sources.(2)Controller calculates the duty cycle to generate 156 V at the output of the boost converter.(3)If the PCC voltage is set at 156 V, that is, if the output voltages of all the boost converters are 156 V, the controller proceeds to the next step or it recalculates the duty cycle to achieve 156 V.(4)Sum of the current delivered by solar PV panel and WTG is compared with the load current. If , then the sources meet the load demand (LD). If , then the remaining current is used to charge the battery.(5)The reference charging current of the battery is calculated as “.” As the source current varies continuously, the actual charging current of the battery is made equal to the reference charging current of the battery by continuously varying the duty cycle (incrementing/decrementing the duty cycle of the battery charger).(6)If sum of the power delivered by PV panel and WTG is lesser than LD, that is, , controller checks the SOC of battery; if the SOC of battery is higher than 40% (the minimum SOC of battery up to which the battery can be discharged), controller calculates the reference discharging current of the battery as “” which is needed to meet the LD.(7)The maximum discharge current limit of the battery is set at 10% of the ampacity value in order to safeguard the life time of battery. If “ < 10% of ampacity value,” the controller discharges the battery to meet the LD. It also accommodates the instantaneous changes in the solar irradiance, wind speed and LD and suitably increases/decreases the duty cycle of the battery fed boost converter.(8)If “ > 10% of ampacity value,” the controller does not discharge the battery along with the other sources and calculates the reference discharging current of the fuel cell as “ ( of battery ampacity value). If the fuel cell is able to discharge that reference current, the controller discharges fuel cell with the PV panel, WTG, battery discharging at 10% of ampacity to meet the LD. If not,(9)The controller calculates the reference grid current as “ 10% of battery ampacity value) and suitably controls the grid connected boost converter to meet the LD.(10)If SOC is less than or equal to 40%, fuel cell is made to discharge along with the PV panel and WTG (continuation of step (6)).(11)Based on continuously varying , , and and completely utilizing the power generated by the PV panel and WTG, the controller controls the duty cycle of the fuel cell fed boost converter to appropriately discharge the current from the fuel cell as it is generated at the expense of hydrogen.(12)If load is very high such that > , then the reference current of the grid is calculated as “” and the grid fed boost converter is discharged to meet the LD. Utilizing all the power generated by PV panel, WTG, and fuel cell completely, the excess power demand alone is met from the grid connected boost converter by suitably adjusting the duty cycle of the same. Also the battery is charged from the grid at the 10% of its ampacity value.

Conflict of Interests

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