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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2015, Article ID 914212, 16 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/914212
Research Article

Accurate Simulation of MPPT Methods Performance When Applied to Commercial Photovoltaic Panels

ETSI Aeronáuticos, Instituto Universitario de Microgravedad “Ignacio Da Riva” (IDR/UPM), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Plaza del Cardenal Cisneros 3, 28040 Madrid, Spain

Received 27 June 2014; Revised 17 September 2014; Accepted 18 September 2014

Academic Editor: Hua Bai

Copyright © 2015 Javier Cubas 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

A new, simple, and quick-calculation methodology to obtain a solar panel model, based on the manufacturers’ datasheet, to perform MPPT simulations, is described. The method takes into account variations on the ambient conditions (sun irradiation and solar cells temperature) and allows fast MPPT methods comparison or their performance prediction when applied to a particular solar panel. The feasibility of the described methodology is checked with four different MPPT methods applied to a commercial solar panel, within a day, and under realistic ambient conditions.