Feedback-based temperature and irradiation estimation for photovoltaic systems

Donald J. Docimo, Mohammad Ghanaatpishe, Abdullah Al Mamun

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This paper develops two algorithms for estimating photovoltaic (PV) module temperature and effective irradiation level. The efficiency of PV systems depends on the module temperature, and both temperature and irradiation determine the power output of the system. Estimating these two quantities allows for improved state-based control methods while eliminating the need of additional sensors. Thermal models and irradiation estimators have been developed in the literature, but none incorporate feedback for estimation. This paper outlines two feedback-based observers for temperature and irradiation, each with a different irradiation model, and validates the proposed observer techniques through simulation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDiagnostics and Detection; Drilling; Dynamics and Control of Wind Energy Systems; Energy Harvesting; Estimation and Identification; Flexible and Smart Structure Control; Fuels Cells/Energy Storage; Human Robot Interaction; HVAC Building Energy Management; Industrial Applications; Intelligent Transportation Systems; Manufacturing; Mechatronics; Modelling and Validation; Motion and Vibration Control Applications
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers
ISBN (Electronic)9780791857250
StatePublished - 2015
EventASME 2015 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, DSCC 2015 - Columbus, United States
Duration: Oct 28 2015Oct 30 2015

Publication series

NameASME 2015 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, DSCC 2015


ConferenceASME 2015 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, DSCC 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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