A Low-Cost PV Emulator using Labview and Arduino
Suganthi K1, Sundararaman K2, Venkatakrishnakumar V3

1Suganthi K, Assistant Professor, Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering, Chennai, India.
2K. Sundararaman, Professor, Rajalakshmi Institute of Technology, Chennai, India.
3Venkatakrishnakumar V, Rajalakshmi Institute of Technology, Chennai, India.
Manuscript received on November 26, 2019. | Revised Manuscript received on December 15, 2019. | Manuscript published on December 30, 2019. | PP: 467-476 | Volume-9 Issue-2, December, 2019. | Retrieval Number: B3009129219/2019©BEIESP | DOI: 10.35940/ijeat.B3009.129219
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Abstract: A solar panel emulator is a programmable power supply which mimics the characteristics of a solar panel and can be used under laboratory conditions. This paper proposes the design of an economical solar panel emulator using LabView software and its implementation using Arduino. The proposed emulator consists of a flyback converter with a MOSFET driver which brings out the characteristics of the desired PV panel. The characteristic curves are generated using LabView software and PWM signal is generated in hardware. This PWM signal drives the MOSFET which in turn operates the flyback converter. The proposed system is simulated using MATLAB software and a prototype of the proposed system is implemented using Arduino UNO R3.
Keywords: Arduino, LabView, PV emulator, Solar simulator.