Maximum power point tracking in PV systems based on adaptive control and sliding mode control




maximum power point, adaptive controller, sliding mode current controller, photovoltaic system


Photovoltaic (PV) systems are commonly controlled using PI or PID structures, which cannot ensure global stability and a constant settling time. Therefore, the optimization algorithms, e.g. Perturb and Observe (P&O), are designed using the highest settling time in the operating range, which produces a slow tracking of the maximum power point (MPP) for the largest part of the operation range, introducing dynamic power losses to the system. This paper proposes to combine an adaptive controller and a sliding mode current controller (SMCC) to guarantee global stability and a constant settling time for any operation condition, which enable to increase the generated power in comparison with PI and PID controllers. The SMCC enables to mitigate the system perturbations and guarantee global stability, while the adaptive controller defines the reference of the SMCC to ensure a constant settling time. The design of the new control structure is supported by mathematical analyses and simulations made in Matlab®, where the robustness of the system is validated.

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Author Biographies

Paula Andrea Ortiz-Valencia, Metropolitan Technological Institute

M.Sc. in Engineering. Doctoral student, National University of Colombia. Associate Professor, Metropolitan Technological Institute.

Luz Adriana Trejos-Grisales, National University of Colombia

M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering. Doctoral student, Faculty of Mines. Headquarters Medellin.

Carlos Andrés Ramos-Paja, National University of Colombia

Ph.D. in Electrical, Electronic, Automatic and Communications Engineering. Associate Professor, Faculty of Mines. Medellin headquarters.


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How to Cite

Ortiz-Valencia, P. A., Trejos-Grisales, L. A., & Ramos-Paja, C. A. (2015). Maximum power point tracking in PV systems based on adaptive control and sliding mode control. Revista Facultad De Ingeniería Universidad De Antioquia, (75), 67–79.

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