Maximizing power harvest in a distributed photovoltaic system

Yong Sin Kim, Sung Mo Kang, Roland Winston

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In a conventional grid-tied distributed photovoltaic (PV) system, individual power optimizers are used for modules connected in series to maximize energy harvest from each module. However each power optimizer lacks information on the string voltage and thus an inverter is designed to control the string voltage. This scheme is not guaranteed to have the maximum energy harvest in a PV system since the efficiency of an inverter is dependent not only on the string voltage but also on the string current. To improve the overall system efficiency, this paper presents a dual power optimization scheme for grid-tied distributed PV systems. It uses a power optimizer with feedback from the output of an inverter which controls the string voltage dynamically. We compare the proposed conversion system with the conventional distributed system in view of efficiency using simulation of commercial products.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event2012 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems, ISCAS 2012 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 2012 May 202012 May 23


Other2012 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems, ISCAS 2012
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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