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International Journal of Photoenergy
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 176341, 10 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/176341
Research Article

A Maximum Power Point Tracker with Automatic Step Size Tuning Scheme for Photovoltaic Systems

Department of Electrical Engineering, National Chin-Yi University of Technology, No. 57, Section 2, Zhongshan Road, Taiping, Taichung 41170, Taiwan

Received 25 September 2011; Revised 20 December 2011; Accepted 22 December 2011

Academic Editor: Ugo Mazzucato

Copyright © 2012 Kuei-Hsiang Chao and Yu-Hsu Lee. 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

The purpose of this paper is to study on a novel maximum power point tracking (MPPT) method for photovoltaic (PV) systems. First, the simulation environment for PV systems is constructed by using PSIM software package. A 516 W PV system established with Kyocera KC40T photovoltaic modules is used as an example to finish the simulation of the proposed MPPT method. When using incremental conductance (INC) MPPT method, it usually should consider the tradeoff between the dynamic response and the steady-state oscillation, whereas the proposed modified incremental conductance method based on extension theory can automatically adjust the step size to track the maximum power point (MPP) of PV array and effectively improve the dynamic response and steady-state performance of the PV systems, simultaneously. Some simulation and experimental results are made to verify that the proposed extension maximum power point tracking method can provide a good dynamic response and steady-state performance for a photovoltaic power generation system.