A preliminary study on conversion efficiency improvement of a multi-junction PV cell with MPPT

Das, Narottam and Wongsodihardjo, Hendy and Islam, Syed (2016) A preliminary study on conversion efficiency improvement of a multi-junction PV cell with MPPT. In: Smart power systems and renewable energy system integration. Studies in Systems, Decision and Control (57). Springer, Switzerland, pp. 49-73. ISBN 978-3-319-30425-0


This chapter presents a preliminary study conducted to improve photovoltaic (PV) cell conversion efficiency using MATLAB/Simulink platform. The study uses multi-junction solar cell and investigates the maximum performance compared with a conventional silicon PV cell. Maximum Power Point Tracker (MPPT) is applied to assess the conversion efficiency of the PV system. Study integrates thermoelectric generator (TEG) with PV modules because the PV cells work by converting high frequency irradiation where as a TEG has the ability to convert wasted low frequency heat to the electricity. The combination delivers more power and contributes to enhance the conversion efficiency of a PV system. The simulation results show that a tandem cell can provide a considerable higher power
with a conventional PV cell operation.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2017 06:10
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2017 01:10
Uncontrolled Keywords: MATLAB/simulink, maximum power point tracker, multi-junction solar cell, photovoltaic cell, PV cell working temperature, thermoelectric generator
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090699 Electrical and Electronic Engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 89 Information and Communication Services > 8998 Environmentally Sustainable Information and Communication Services > 899899 Environmentally Sustainable Information and Communication Services not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-30427-4
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/30347

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