Tunicate swarm algorithm based maximum power point tracking for photovoltaic system under non-uniform irradiation

Evi Nafiatus Sholikhah, Novie Ayub Windarko, Bambang Sumantri


A new maximum power point tracking (MPPT) technique based on the bio-inspired metaheuristic algorithm for photovoltaic system (PV system) is proposed, namely tunicate swarm algorithm-based MPPT (TSA-MPPT). The proposed algorithm is implemented on the PV system with five PV modules arranged in series and integrated with DC-DC buck converter. Then, the PV system is tested in a simulation using PowerSim (PSIM) software. TSA-MPPT is tested under varying irradiation conditions both uniform irradiation and non-uniform irradiation. Furthermore, to evaluate the performance, TSA-MPPT is compared with perturb & observe-based MPPT (P&O-MPPT) and particle swarm optimization-based MPPT (PSO-MPPT). The TSA-MPPT has an accuracy of 99% and has a reasonably practical capability compared to the MPPT technique, which already existed before.


DC-DC buck converter; maximum power point tracking; non-uniform irradiation; photovoltaic system; tunicate swarm algorithm;

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DOI: http://doi.org/10.11591/ijece.v12i5.pp4559-4570

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International Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering (IJECE)
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