Global Maximum Power Point Tracking of PV Array Under Non-Uniform Irradiation Condition Using Adaptive Velocity Particle Swarm Optimization

Anang Tjahjono, Ainur Rofiq, Moh Hisyam Faiz, Dimas Okky Anggriawan


Non-uniform irradiation condition (NUIC) is a condition of differences irradiation level received by each Photovoltaic (PV) on PV array. NUIC of PV array causes the emergence of several power peaks (consisting of several local peaks and one global peak) in the power-voltage (P-V) characteristic curve. This condition can cause several algorithms (hill-climbing / P&O, IC) that are unable to reach the global peak as they are trapped at a local peak. This paper proposes an Adaptive Velocity Particle Swarm Optimization (AVPSO) algorithm to search the global peaks/Global Maximum Power Point (GMPP) of PV arrays under NUIC. The proposed algorithm is a modification of the PSO algorithm. AVPSO algorithm able to adjust its own weight factor values and cognitive acceleration coefficients depend on the distance of the particle's position now with the global best position during the tracking process. Adaptive weight factors can reduce the level of power or voltage oscillation during the tracking process until convergent, while the cognitive acceleration coefficient can prevent particles trapped at the local peak. Thus, the proposed AVPSO algorithm can reach GMPP with faster tracking time and low oscillation rates. In addition, this paper proposed an algorithm that can work both in static and dynamic NUIC patterns; thus, the proposed algorithm can track again when there is a change in global peak value in the PV array.


NUIC; PV array; AVPSO; global peak; local peak; tracking time; convergent; oscillation.

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