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An FPGA controller for a combined solar / Wind power system

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2 Author(s)
Cirstea, M. ; Anglia Ruskin Univ., Cambridge, UK ; Parera-Ruiz, A.

The paper deals with the holistic modeling approach of a combined Photovoltaic and Wind power system. The method is using the DK5 modeling/design environment from Mentor Graphics and is based on the new Handel-C programming language. The goal of the work carried out was to achieve an optimized holistic digital control system design, followed by its rapid prototyping into a single Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA). This would also enable easy connection (by expanding the model/controller) to the grid or to a fuel cell. Initially, the system was simulated using Matlab/Simulink, to create a reference for comparison. Later on, the model was successfully developed in Handel-C. The holistic functional simulation of the system is performed in the same environment as its controller hardware implementation and timing analysis. The controller design was then downloaded in hardware onto a RC203 development board containing a Xilinx Virtex II FPGA and was successfully tested experimentally. This approach enables the design and fast hardware implementation of efficient controllers for Distributed Energy Resource (DER) hybrid systems.

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Optimization of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (OPTIM), 2010 12th International Conference on

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20-22 May 2010