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Mitigating the effect of partial shading by triple-tied configuration of PV modules

Kho, Charles Tze Kang; Ahmed, Jubaer; Then, Yi Lung; Kermadi, Mostefa


Charles Tze Kang Kho

Yi Lung Then

Mostefa Kermadi


Partial shading is the phenomenon, which occurs when PV modules receive irregular irradiance on a PV array. Due to that, shaded PV modules are bypassed by diodes and significant reduction in power is experienced. To counter such problem, PV modules are connected in different configuration to provide alternative path for current to flow, so that the effect of partial shading is lessened and power attainment is improved. A comprehensive literature review suggests that several PV configurations are proposed namely simple-series (SS), parallel (P), series-parallel (SP), total-cross-tied (TCT), bridge-linked (BL) and honey-comb (HC). In this paper, a comprehensive review is presented to highlight the benefits and limitations of each scheme. To mitigate the limitation of other approaches, a new configuration named triple-tied (TT) is proposed. Several experiments are carried out using both MATLAB Simulink and hardware implementation to validate the performance of proposed configuration. Eleven different partial shading cases are used in the experiments to analyze the output characteristics. Based on the results, the proposed TT configuration outperforms other PV configurations except TCT. However, in TT wiring connections are significantly reduced compared to TCT which makes it favorable in many large-scale PV applications.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name 2018 IEEE PES Asia-Pacific Power and Energy Engineering Conference (APPEEC)
Start Date Oct 7, 2018
End Date Oct 10, 2018
Acceptance Date Sep 1, 2018
Online Publication Date Dec 10, 2018
Publication Date 2018
Deposit Date Dec 28, 2021
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Pages 532-537
Book Title 2018 IEEE PES Asia-Pacific Power and Energy Engineering Conference (APPEEC)
ISBN 1538656868
Keywords PV Configuration, maximum Power, Irradiance Mismatch, Partial Shading, PV, Solar
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