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Comparative Study on Photovoltaic Pumping Systems Driven by Different Motors Optimized with Sliding Mode Control

Abdelhak Bouchakour, Mostéfa Brahami, Abdelhalim Borni


This study investigates the performance of three different photovoltaic (PV) water pumping systems driven by three types of motors, namely a separately excited DC motor (DCM), an asynchronous motor (ASM), and a permanent magnet synchronous motor (PMSM), via a DC/DC buck-boost converter coupled to a centrifugal pump. The purpose of this study is to implement a fast and robust control for this type of a nonlinear system, controlled by sliding mode (SM). This paper presents an SM control technique for controlling a DC/DC buck-boost converter to transfer the maximum power delivered by the PV generator. Each component is studied and analyzed to simulate the global system in MATLAB/SIMULINK. The three systems are then compared to determine the overall effectiveness of the proposed command. The study concludes that the ASM-driven PV system yields highly favorable results and requires less maintenance compared with other systems.


Photovoltaic generator, Direct current motor, buck-boost converter

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