Development of a mobile photovoltaic stand-alone energy supply systems

Kary Thanapalan, Thomas Stockley, Mark Bowkett, Jonathan Williams

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This paper discusses a systematic approach for the design and implementation of a mobile stand-alone photovoltaic (PV) system. The system is designed on the plug and play principle. There are a number of potential system configurations for stand-alone PV system including mobile stand-alone PV system. In remote locations, mobile stand-alone configurations are of interest, and may prove more cost effective than a grid connected systems. In this paper a mobile stand-alone PV system model is developed within the MatLAB/Simulink platform for system analysis and performance optimization. The potential yield of such a mobile stand-alone PV system design is investigated using data collected at an industrial test site and the performance of the PV system under variable conditions determined. This paper also described an optimal design and implementation of an efficient mobile stand-alone PV system. The structure of the PV system and design methodologies is also discussed. Tests were conducted with the implementation of the new design and the results show that the system performance improved significantly.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
JournalRenewable Energy and Power Quality Journal (REandPQJ)
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventInternational Conference on Renewable Energies and Power Quality 2015 - La Coruña, Spain
Duration: 25 Mar 201527 Mar 2015


  • modelling
  • PV system
  • controller design


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