Diseño e Implementación de Circuito Seguidor de Máxima Potencia MPPT para un UAV Solar (Design and Implementation of a MPPT circuit for a Solar UAV)

Sebastían Murdoch (sebatianmurdoch_12@hotmail.com), Santiago Reynoso (sreynoso@iua.edu.ar)

Instituto Universitario Aeronaútico
This paper appears in: Revista IEEE América Latina

Publication Date: Feb. 2013
Volume: 11,   Issue: 1 
ISSN: 1548-0992

This paper presents a maximum power point tracking (MPPT) circuit for an Unmanned Air Vehicle. The design of the MPPT is proposed utilizing a boost-converter topology. The power of the photovoltaic cells is monitored by a closed-loop microcontroller based control system, and the PWM signal of the boost converter continuously adjusted to extract maximum power. The MPPT is used to charge the Lithium-ion Polymer battery and feed the electrical load of the unmanned aircraft.

Index Terms:
MPPT, Photovoltaic Cells, UAV   

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