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Design and control of an innovative electronic load for the photovoltaic module characterization

  • Autori: Viola Fabio; Spataro Ciro; Caruso Massimo; Di Noia Luigi Pio; Pirrone Giuseppe; Fricano Michele;
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2016
  • Tipologia: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)
  • Parole Chiave: DC-DC converter; Electronic load; PV characterization; PV module;
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The paper proposes a new electronic load setup for a fast, low-cost and standard-compliant characterization of a photovoltaic module. The approach is based on the use of a DC-DC converter, exploiting its ability to emulate a resistor. In particular, a Buck-Boost converter topology is employed. The model is implemented in the Simulink/SimPower System environment. A commercial PV Conergy E215P photovoltaic module is used in order to evaluate the performances of the proposed electronic load and to validate the proposed approach.