Maximum Power Point Tracking with Boost Converter for Solar Laptop Charger

Thamsanqa Garth Matsebele, Omowunmi Mary Longe

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Abstract

Off-grid energy solution is becoming a necessity in our country with the unstable electricity supply from the utility provider. Laptop is an essential electronic appliance for individuals, schools and businesses, which you can't afford to be down on power. Remote areas are often challenged by consistent interrupted power supply, thereby delaying or hindering certain work that needs to be done with laptops. Hence, off-grid solar energy solutions is proposed to charge laptop batteries and various electronics with similar specifications for remote area dwellers. However, solar panels are very inefficient when directly connected to load. Therefore, application of maximum power point tracking (MPPT) and pulse width modulation (PWM) to connect solar panels to laptop charger is presented in this work. This was achieved in this work through simulation and hardware implementation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2020 IEEE PES/IAS PowerAfrica, PowerAfrica 2020
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728167466
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020
Event7th Annual IEEE PES/IAS PowerAfrica Conference, PowerAfrica 2020 - Virtual, Nairobi, Kenya
Duration: 25 Aug 202028 Aug 2020

Publication series

Name2020 IEEE PES/IAS PowerAfrica, PowerAfrica 2020

Conference

Conference7th Annual IEEE PES/IAS PowerAfrica Conference, PowerAfrica 2020
Country/TerritoryKenya
CityVirtual, Nairobi
Period25/08/2028/08/20

Keywords

  • Load shedding
  • Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT)
  • Pulse Width Modulation (PWM)
  • Solar Laptop Charger (SLC)
  • Solar panel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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