🎉We can now proudly present the winners of the TAPAS Community Challenge 2018! 🎉
Congratulations to Team "Wireless Charging" (idea 56). We are really excited for all finalists and a really big thank you to all participants for your interest in this challenge!

We got over 200 submissions! 65 ideas got one or more TAPAS boards, 10 submissions were presentation-ready.
And now we have 5 finalists! YEAH 😃 The finalist's idea numbers were 40, 56, 68, 212 and 213.
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Photovoltaic module-integrated inverter

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:

  • Full system design including any needed external components.
  • Test the inverter circuit under open loop control with a dc source and a resistive load.
  • Test grid-connected inverter with a dc source and open loop control.
  • Closed loop control of grid connected inverter fed by a dc source.
  • Use PV array emulator without MPPT control.
  • Full system operation with MPPT control and PV array emulator.
  • Full system operation with artificially illuminated PV panel.

Team members:

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.

  • Mohammed Elgendy
  • Apr 29 2018
  • May 3, 2018

    Admin Response

    this idea will get two TAPAS dev kits

  • Admin
    Nora Schille (TAPAS team) commented
    May 03, 2018 11:29

    Hi Mohammed,

    thanks for your submission!
    We want to provide you and your group two TAPAS dev kits.
    One of my colleagues will message you shortly.

    Nora @TAPAS team

  • Baran Dindar commented
    May 30, 2018 09:41
    would like to know more about it
  • Admin
    Nora Schille (TAPAS team) commented
    June 04, 2018 13:46

    Hey Mohammed & team,

    how is it going? Do you need any help regarding the realization of your project?
    Here is just a friendly reminder that submission deadline for your presentation is on 24th of June. :-) We are really excited to see your progress! 
    Please post the progress within your idea board submission.

    PS: We want to do a community call with you! Please use our doodle to find a date which fits best for you. :-)

    Nora @ TAPAS Team

  • Jacqueline Hofmann commented
    June 20, 2018 12:34

    Hi Mohammed & team,

    Don't forget that the submission deadline for your presentation is on 24th of June! We are already curious to see the results of your project :-) Keep in mind that you still have time to work on the implementation of your idea after the submission!

    Please post your project visualization and all related documents within your idea board entry :-)


    Jacqueline @ TAPAS Team

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