Control of Photovoltaic Power Generation Systems
The global capacity of solar photovoltaic (PV) has increased significantly in the last decade to exceed 600 GW in 2019 (compared to 22 GW in 2009). The number of PV installations in the UK has also increased significantly since the introduction of a feed-in tariff in 2010 to go beyond one million installations with a total capacity of 13.5 GW in 2020. With such massive capacity of PV power generation, it is crucial to maximising the energy utilisation efficiency of PV arrays.
The presentation will give a general overview of PV power generation systems and their associated control with more focus on simple and cost-effective methods used to extract the maximum possible power from PV arrays. The different research challenges in the area will be highlighted. Simulation and experimental results will be presented to enrich the discussion.
Dr Elgendy received the PhD degree in electrical engineering from Newcastle University in collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) in 2010. He is currently working as a Lecturer in the Control of Power Electronics, Machines and Drives with the Electrical Power Research Group, Newcastle University. Prior to his university lectureship, he spent four years as a Research Associate with the same research group.
Dr Elgendy has supervised 18 PhD projects and over 80 MSc projects in the areas of renewable power generation and drives. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers with over 1700 citations. He is a committee member of the IREC conference and the UPEC conference. He is also an associate editor for the IET RPG journal.
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