Maximum Power Point Tracking - Classification - Incremental Conductance

Incremental Conductance

In the incremental conductance method, the controller measures incremental changes in array current and voltage to predict the effect of a voltage change. This method requires more computation in the controller, but can track changing conditions more rapidly than the perturb and observe method (P&O). Like the P&O algorithm, it can produce oscillations in power output. This method utilizes the incremental conductance (dI/dV) of the photovoltaic array to compute the sign of the change in power with respect to voltage (dP/dV).

The incremental conductance method computes the maximum power point by comparison of the incremental conductance (ΔI/ΔV) to the array conductance (I/V). When these two are the same (I/V=ΔI/ΔV), the output voltage is the MPP voltage. The controller maintains this voltage until the irradiation changes and the process is repeated.

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