Firefly Algorithm-Based Photovoltaic Array Reconfiguration for Maximum Power Extraction during Mismatch Conditions

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Author(s)

  • Mohammad Nor Rafiq Nazeri
  • Mohammad Faridun Naim Tajuddin
  • Thanikanti Sudhakar Babu
  • Azralmukmin Azmi
  • Maria Malvoni

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Original languageEnglish
Article number3206
Journal / PublicationSustainability
Volume13
Issue number6
Online published15 Mar 2021
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021

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Abstract

This study aimed at improving the performance and efficiency of conventional static photovoltaic (PV) systems by introducing a metaheuristic algorithm-based approach that involves reconfiguring electrical wiring using switches under different shading profiles. Themetaheuristicalgorithmused was the firefly algorithm (FA), which controls the switching patterns under nonhomogenous shading profiles and tracks the highest global peak of power produced by the numerous switching patterns. This study aimed to solve the current problems faced by static PV systems, such as unequal dispersion of shading affecting solar panels, multiple peaks, and hot spot phenomena, which can contribute to significant power loss and efficiency reduction. The experimental setup focused on software development and the system or model developed in the MATLAB Simulink platform. A thorough and comprehensive analysis was done by comparing the proposed method’s overall performance and power generation with the novel static PV series–parallel (SP) topology and total cross-tied (TCT) scheme. The SP configuration is widely used in the PV industry. However, the TCT configuration has superior performance and energy yield generation compared to other static PV configurations, such as the bridge-linked (BL) and honey comb (HC) configurations. The results presented in this paper provide valuable information about the proposed method’s features with regard to enhancing the overall performance and efficiency of PV arrays.

Research Area(s)

  • photovoltaic cells, mismatch losses, partial shading, firefly, maximum power extraction

Citation Format(s)

Firefly Algorithm-Based Photovoltaic Array Reconfiguration for Maximum Power Extraction during Mismatch Conditions. / Nazeri, Mohammad Nor Rafiq; Tajuddin, Mohammad Faridun Naim; Babu, Thanikanti Sudhakar et al.
In: Sustainability, Vol. 13, No. 6, 3206, 03.2021.

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