Nearly all solar photovoltaic (PV) systems are designed with maximum power point tracking (MPPT) functionality to maximize the utilization of available power from the PV array throughout the day. In conventional PV systems, the MPPT function is handled by a power electronic device, like a DC-AC inverter. However, given that most PV systems are designed to be grid-connected, there are several challenges for designing PV systems for DC-powered applications and off-grid applications. The first challenge is that all power electronic devices introduce some degree of power loss.
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- Doctoral Dissertation Electrical Engineering 2020