The main goal of this project is to investigate single-stage and dual-stage photovoltaic (PV) module-integrated inverter (microinverter) with maximum power point tracking (MPPT) control and grid current control.
Plug and play AC PV modules, in which the converter is integrated with the PV module, have better performance under partial shading and panel mismatch as the maximum power is tracked for each individual PV module. The power rating and flexibility of the software-defined inverter (SDI) will make it a strong candidate for the emerging AC PV module technology where reduced physical size and high efficiency are necessary.
In this project an SDI will be used to maximise the output power of a solar PV panel and to inject the generated power into the grid.
The set-up will mainly include a solar PV panel illuminated by controlled halogen lamps (which was designed at Newcastle University), an SDI and an isolation transformer. Magna power programmable power supply/ PV array emulator will also be used.
Both single stage and dual-stage inverters will be investigated and in both cases the following steps will be followed:
Mr Zhengyu Zhao (PhD student) will investigate dual-stage microinverter.
Mrs Fatima Fayrouz (PhD student) will investigate single-stage microinverter.
Dr Mohammed Elgendy – Lecturer and main supervisor.
Dr Matthew Armstrong – Senior lecturer and co-supervisor.
Dr Mohamed Dahidah – Lecturer and co-supervisor.
Two TAPAS boards will be needed for the project; one for the single-stage inverter and one for the dual-stage inverter.
this idea will get two TAPAS dev kits