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A Methodology for Optimizing Stand-Alone PV-System Size Using Parallel-Connected DC/DC Converters

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3 Author(s)
Vazquez, M.J.V. ; Dept. of Electron. Eng., Huelva Univ., Huelva ; Marquez, J.M.A. ; Manzano, F.S.

The installation of parallel-connected dc/dc converters allows energy and cost saving in photovoltaic (PV) systems. This paper develops a methodology with several algorithms to study the annual energy saving obtained with paralleled dc/dc converters in any world location. Moreover, this methodology allows one to select the minimum-cost size of a stand-alone PV system with dc/dc converter paralleling. For this purpose, a power-system sizing computer tool has been used, but its initial capabilities have been extended. The developed methodology allows for decision taking before investment is made.

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Industrial Electronics, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:55 ,  Issue: 7 )