An Experimental Implementation and Testing of GA based Maximum Power Point Tracking for PV System under Varying Ambient Conditions Using dSPACE DS 1104 Controller

Neeraj Priyadarshi, Arvind Anand, Amarjeet Sharma, Farooque Azam, Vipin Singh, Ravi Sinha


- Maximum power point trackers (MPPT) are required to obtain the accurate and high tracking efficiency from the photovoltaic (PV) panel. In this paper, a genetic algorithm (GA) based MPPT is proposed because of its simple design implementation, high convergence speed and excellent capability to get global peak power point under variable weather conditions. Also, cuk converter based PV power system is selected because of excellent buck-boost power capability, better voltage regulation and lower power losses compared to other dc-dc converter. The proposed MPPT tracker has been tested under steady as well as transient operating conditions. The experimental responses are validated through control data acquisition system of real time dSPACE DS 1104 kit, which provides better performance characteristics with small steady state error compared to conventional MPPT algorithm.


Cuk Converter, dSPACE, GA, MPPT, PV.

Full Text:



Yang y, Blaabjerg F, Wang H, Simoes MG. Power control flexibilities for grid connected multi - functional photovoltaic inverters. Berlin; 2014. 4th International Workshop on Integration of Solar into Power Systems, pp. 233-239.

Gu Y , Li W , Zhao Y , Yang B , Li C, He X. Transformerless inverter with virtual DC bus concept for cost-effective gridconnected PV power systems. 2013. IEEE Trans. Power Electron., vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 793-805.

Kerekes T , Teodorescu R , Rodriguez P , Vazquez G, E. Aldabas. A new high-efficiency single phase transformer-less PV inverter topology. 2011. IEEE Trans. Ind. Electron., vol. 58, no. 1, pp. 76 -84.

Zhang L, Sun K, Xing Y, M. Xing. H6 transformerless fullbridge PV grid-tied inverters. 2014.IEEE Trans. Power Electron., vol. 29, no. 3, pp. 1229 -1238.

Gautam V, Kumar A, Sensharma P. A Novel Single stage, Transformer less PV inverter. 2014. IEEE International Conference on Industrial Technology, Korea, pp. 907-912.

Freddy TKS ,Rahim NA, Hew WP, Che HS. Comparison and Analysis of Single- phase transformer-less grid connected PV inverters. 2014. IEEE Trans on Power Electronics, vol. 29, pp. 5358-5369.

Blewitt WM , Atkinson DJ, Kelly J, Lakin RA. Approach to low-cost prevention of DC injection in transformerless grid connected inverters. 2010. Inst. Eng. Technol. Power Electron. , vol. 3 , no. 1, pp. 111 -119.

Remus T, Marco L, Pedro R.Grid Converters for Photovoltaic and wind power systems. 2011. John Wiley and Sons, pp. 64-70.

Anand S, Kashyap S, Fernandes BG. Transformer-Less Grid feeding Current Source Inverter for PV system. 2014. IEEE Trans on Industrial Electronics, vol. 61, pp. 5334-5344.

Kumar CP, Rajeev M, Agarwal V. A novel single stage zero leakage current transformer-less inverter for grid connected PV systems. 2015. IEEE 42nd Photovoltaic Specialist Conference (PVSC 2015),LA, pp. 1-5.

Samantara S, Roy B, Sharma R, Choudhury S, Jena B. Modeling and Simulation of Integrated CUK Converter for Grid Connected PV System with EPP MPPT Hybridization.2015 IEEE Power, Communication and Information Technology Conference (PCITC) India.

Vysakh. M, Azharuddin M, Vilas H, Muralidhar K, Don P, Jacob B, Babu TS, Rajasekar N .Maximum Power Point Tracking using Modified PSO with Cuk Converter.

Devi ML, Chilambarasan MM. Design and Simulation of Incremental Conductance MPPT Using Self Lift Cuk Converter, 2013 International Conference on Renewable Energy and Sustainable Energy [ICRESE’13], pp 105-111

Safari A, Mekhilef S. Simulation and Hardware Implementation of Incremental Conductance MPPT With Direct Control Method Using Cuk Converter, IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS, VOL. 58, NO. 4, APRIL 2011.

Mulel S, Hardas R, Kulkarni NR. P&O, IncCon and Fuzzy Logic Implemented MPPTScheme for PV Systems using PIC18F452. IEEE WiSPNET 2016 conference.

Radianto D, Dousouky GM, Shoyama M. MPPT Based on Incremental Conductance–Fuzzy Logic Algorithm for Photovoltaic System under Variable Climate Conditions.

Arora A, Gaur P. Comparison of ANN and ANFIS based MPPT controller for grid Connected PV system, IEEE INDICON 2015 .

.Mohammed SS, D.Devaraj D, Ahamed TPI. Maximum Power Point Tracl

Zhang C, Zhang Z,Chen M, Qian Z. An Improved Variable Step-size Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) Based on Extremum Seeking Control (ESC) in Gird-connected Photovoltaic Micro-converter System,pp 1765-70




  • There are currently no refbacks.

Online ISSN: 1309-0127;;

IJRER is cited in SCOPUS, EBSCO, WEB of SCIENCE (Thomson Reuters)