Single Sensor Charging System with MPPT Capability for Standalone Streetlight Applications

Osman, Siti Rahimah;Rahim, Nasrudin Abd.;Selvaraj, Jeyraj;Al-Turki, Yusuf A.

  • Received : 2014.12.22
  • Accepted : 2015.04.05
  • Published : 2015.07.31


Maximum power point tracking (MPPT) and battery charging control are two important functions for a solar battery charger. The former improves utilization of the available solar energy, while the latter ensures a prolonged battery life. Nevertheless, complete implementation of both functions can be complex and costly, especially for low voltage application such as standalone street lamps. In this paper, the operation of a solar battery charger for standalone street light systems is investigated. Using only one voltage sensor, the solar charger is able to operate in both MPPT and constant voltage (CV) charging mode, hence providing high performance at a low cost. Using a lab prototype and a solar simulator, the operation of the charger system is demonstrated and its performance under varying irradiance is validated.


Battery charger;Low cost;Maximum power point tracking (MPPT);Photovoltaic (PV)


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