Ph.D. student Morcos Metry presented his paper titled “Sensorless current MPPT technique for PV energy harvesting systems in the GCC” at the Gulf Corporation Countries International Council on Large Electric Systems (GCC-CIGRE) on October 28, 2019
The paper presents an MPC based framework for sensorless current maximum power point tracking (MPPT). This paper illustrates how the sensorless current MPPT reduces the hardware cost of the dc optimizer and alleviates the issues of temperature and aging drift associated with the current sensor. Such work is of particular significance to the GCC region, where soaring desert heat poses special challenges to the PV power processors. The results of this paper are analyzed in light of irradiance and temperature data collected from the city of Doha. Data for the study was provided by the Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI) from the outdoor test facility.