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Photovoltaic maximum power point tracker with zero oscillation and adaptive step Paz, Francisco


Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) strategies in Photovoltaic (PV) systems ensure efficient utilization of PV arrays. Among different strategies, the Perturb and Observe (P&O) algorithm has gained wide popularity due to its intuitive nature and simple implementation. However, such simplicity in P&O introduces two inherent issues, an artificial perturbation that creates losses in steady-state operation and a limited ability to track transients in changing environmental conditions. This work develops and discusses in detail an MPPT algorithm with zero oscillation and slope tracking to address those technical challenges. The strategy combines three techniques to improve steady-state behavior and transient operation: 1) idle operation on the Maximum Power Point (MPP), 2) identification of the irradiance change through a natural perturbation and 3) a simple multi-level adaptive tracking step. Two key elements, which form the foundation of the proposed solution, are investigated: the suppression of the artificial perturbation at the MPP and the indirect identification of irradiance change through a current-monitoring algorithm which acts as a natural perturbation. The Zero-oscillation, Adaptive step Perturb and Observe (ZA-P&O) MPPT strategy builds on these mechanisms to identify relevant information and produce efficiency gains. As a result, the combined techniques achieve superior overall performance while maintaining simplicity of implementation. Simulations and experimental results are provided to validate the proposed strategy and illustrate its behavior in steady state and transient operation.

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