Hardware implementation of maximum power point tracking for thermoelectric generators

Othman Maganga, Navneesh Phillip, Keith Burnham, A. Montecucco, J. Siviter, A. Knox, K. Simpson

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    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
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2293-2300
    JournalJournal of Electronic Materials
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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    • dSPACE
    • ESC
    • MPPT
    • P&O
    • TEG
    • thermoelectric


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