Authors:Ru-Min Chao, Po-Lung Chen, Shin-Hung Ko, Chen-Feng Lo, and Shieh-Xin Chen, Department of Systems and Naval Mechatronic Engineering, National Cheng Kung University
Challenge: Developing a distributed photovoltaic (PV) system that overcomes the common performance challenges of a centralized PV system, such as those caused by shadows, temperature, or a mismatch between panels, and increases total energy efficiency.
Solution: Using NI Multisim, Ultiboard, and LabVIEW software with the NI sbRIO-9642XT embedded control and acquisition device to design and develop all of the components of a distributed PV system from the simulation of the electrical characteristics of the converter and the maximum power point tracking (MPPT) algorithm to a rapid prototype of the printed circuit board (PCB).
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