Design of buck-boost converter for solar

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krisha.khadka27

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With single DC-DC converter is it possible to track maximum power from solar and maintain constant voltage at output of DC-DC converter? I have been designing buck-boost converter to track maximum power from solar and maintain constant voltage at output of converter assuming solar excess power will charge the battery and load deficit will be supplied by battery.
 
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MrAl

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With single DC-DC converter is it possible to track maximum power from solar and maintain constant voltage at output of DC-DC converter? I have been designing buck-boost converter to track maximum power from solar and maintain constant voltage at output of converter assuming solar excess power will charge the battery and load deficit will be supplied by battery.
Hi,

You can max power track if you have a true "power sink". That is, something that can take a power level up to the maximum that the array can put out. This includes the power line itself in line tied applications, and also batteries like lead acid batteries as long as they can take the full power of the array.
If there is another load, then the battery can take the remaining power as long as the charger is set up to allow the current needed in order to load the array to maximum power.

So in short, if you have loads that can always take the maximum power, then you can max power track. If the total load power drops below the max of the array, then there will be times when the array is not being fully utilized.
 
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