Optimisation of Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Parameters Using Meta-Heuristics

Valentine Obiora, Chitta Saha, Ammar Al Bazi, Koushik Guha

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    This paper presents a critical analysis of the meta-heuristic techniques used in various researches on the optimisation of photovoltaic (PV) parameters, which involves the use of different algorithms in order to extract and improve these parameters from the Single Diode Model (SDM), Double Diode Model (DDM) and Three Diode Model (TDM) respectively. The modelling parameters such as the photon current, saturation current, the series and parallel resistances are investigated to understand the optimum value. It will also equate the results of datasheet values from PV manufactures with experiment values obtained from PV module measurements. The meta-heuristics techniques to be considered include Genetic Algorithm (GA), Particle Swarm Optimisation (PSO), Harmony Search (HS), Flower Pollination Algorithm (FPA), Simulated Annealing (SA), Teaching Learning Based Optimisation (TLBO), and other different hybrid solutions to optimize the convergence speed. Root Mean Square Error (RMSE) is used as a performance indicator of each meta-heuristic technique. These optimisation techniques are utilised in extracting the parameters of a 5W polycrystalline panel at Standard testing conditions. The results presented in this paper compared the performances of the mentioned meta-heuristics on the single, double and triple diode models respectively.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3161-3169
    Number of pages9
    JournalMicrosystem Technologies
    Issue number8
    Early online date28 Oct 2020
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021

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    Institute of Future Cities and Transport, Coventry University

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Hardware and Architecture
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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