Investigation of multiple-input single-output power conversion for advanced solar cell systems
Author(s)Martynov, Konstantin,M. Eng.Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
David J. Perreault.
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Laterally-Arrayed Multiple-Bandgap (LAMB) solar cells provide the potential for improved energy capture, but require sophisticated interconnection and power conversion. Different topologies for a cell block interconnection were investigated and equations providing the estimated losses in those topologies were derived. The interconnected cell block is used as an input to the Multiple-Input Single-Output (MISO) power converter. Different power converter topologies and control schemes are considered, among which MISO buck converter with Pulse-Width Modulated (PWM) control is selected. For the maximum power extraction, a "Perturb and Observe" (P&O) algorithm is modified to fit the MISO buck converter topology and to account for special operation cases that could arise due to the multiple-input nature of the power converter. To verify the theoretical assumptions, a discrete-component prototype has been built and various experiments performed with it.
Thesis: M. Eng., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2017Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-219).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.