Real-time digital simulation modeling of single-phase PV in RT-LAB

Javad Khazaei, Lakshan Piyasinghe, Zhixin Miao, Lingling Fan

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In this paper, the real-time simulation model of a single-phase single-stage Photovoltaic (PV) has been developed in RT-LAB. The model is composed of a detailed model of a PV with Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT), a Phase Locked Loop (PLL), a proportional resonance (PR) controller, and a full bridge inverter. As the RT-LAB works in discrete time domain, modifications have been applied to the MPPT and the PR controller. The paper presents the control structures in discrete domain. Two categories of case studies have been carried out. In the first case, an irradiance signal composed of a ramp and a step change was applied. In the second case, the irradiance was generated by a Chroma controllable voltage source to emulate the random irradiance and it has been sent to the RT-LAB as an input signal. Outputs from the RT-lab were captured in oscilloscopes. The paper demonstrates the use of the developed PV model for real-time digital simulation and for hardware integration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2014 IEEE PES General Meeting / Conference and Exposition
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Electronic)9781479964154
StatePublished - Oct 29 2014
Event2014 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting - National Harbor, United States
Duration: Jul 27 2014Jul 31 2014

Publication series

NameIEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting
ISSN (Print)1944-9925
ISSN (Electronic)1944-9933


Other2014 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNational Harbor

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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