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International Journal of Photoenergy
Volume 2012, Article ID 798361, 13 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/798361
Research Article

Hopfield Neural Network Optimized Fuzzy Logic Controller for Maximum Power Point Tracking in a Photovoltaic System

Department of Electrical, Electronic, and Systems Engineering, National University of Malaysia, Bangi, 43600 Selangor, Malaysia

Received 18 February 2011; Accepted 15 July 2011

Academic Editor: Songyuan Dai

Copyright © 2012 Subiyanto et al. 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 presents a Hopfield neural network (HNN) optimized fuzzy logic controller (FLC) for maximum power point tracking in photovoltaic (PV) systems. In the proposed method, HNN is utilized to automatically tune the FLC membership functions instead of adopting the trial-and-error approach. As in any fuzzy system, initial tuning parameters are extracted from expert knowledge using an improved model of a PV module under varying solar radiation, temperature, and load conditions. The linguistic variables for FLC are derived from, traditional perturbation and observation method. Simulation results showed that the proposed optimized FLC provides fast and accurate tracking of the PV maximum power point under varying operating conditions compared to that of the manually tuned FLC using trial and error.