Hardware implementation of maximum power point tracking for thermoelectric generators

Maganga, O., Phillip, N., Burnham, K. J., Montecucco, A., Siviter, J., Knox, A. and Simpson, K. (2014) Hardware implementation of maximum power point tracking for thermoelectric generators. Journal of Electronic Materials, 43(6), pp. 2293-2300. (doi:10.1007/s11664-014-3046-0)

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Abstract

This work describes the practical implementation of two maximum power point tracking (MPPT) algorithms, namely those of perturb and observe, and extremum seeking control. The proprietary dSPACE system is used to perform hardware in the loop (HIL) simulation whereby the two control algorithms are implemented using the MATLAB/Simulink (Mathworks, Natick, MA) software environment in order to control a synchronous buck–boost converter connected to two commercial thermoelectric modules. The process of performing HIL simulation using dSPACE is discussed, and a comparison between experimental and simulated results is highlighted. The experimental results demonstrate the validity of the two MPPT algorithms, and in conclusion the benefits and limitations of real-time implementation of MPPT controllers using dSPACE are discussed.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Knox, Professor Andrew and Montecucco, Dr Andrea and Siviter, Dr Jonathan
Authors: Maganga, O., Phillip, N., Burnham, K. J., Montecucco, A., Siviter, J., Knox, A., and Simpson, K.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
Journal Name:Journal of Electronic Materials
Publisher:Springer US
ISSN:0361-5235
ISSN (Online):1543-186X

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