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A Seamless Mode Transfer Maximum Power Point Tracking Controller For Thermoelectric Generator Applications

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2 Author(s)
Rae-Young Kim ; Future Energy Electron. Center, Virginia Polytech. Inst. & State Univ., Blacksburg, VA ; Jih-Sheng Lai

A boost-cascaded-with-buck converter-based power conditioning system employing a seamless mode transfer maximum power point tracking controller is proposed to maximize energy production of a thermoelectric generator while balancing a vehicle battery, alternator output power, and vehicle load. When a vehicle battery is fully charged, the proposed controller switches to a power matching mode seamlessly by a dual loop control system, which detects the input and output voltages and currents of the boost-cascaded-with-buck converter, and adjusts the commands accordingly. Both voltage and current loops are designed in a frequency domain using small signal models to ensure stable operation. A mode selection and voltage and current commands are determined by a digital signal processor-based controller. The experimental results with a dynamic source and load steps are presented to show the effectiveness of the proposed approach.

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IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics  (Volume:23 ,  Issue: 5 )