About Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) Solar Charge Controllers


What is an MPPT Charge Controller?

This segment covers the hypothesis and task of “Most extreme Power Point Tracking” as utilized as a part of sun based electric charge controllers.

An MPPT, or greatest power point tracker is an electronic DC to DC converter that enhances the match between the sun based cluster (PV boards), and the battery bank or utility matrix. Essentially, they change over a higher voltage DC yield from sun oriented boards (and a couple of twist generators) down to the lower voltage expected to charge batteries.

(These are once in a while called “control point trackers” for short – not to be mistaken for PANEL trackers, which are a solar board mount that takes after, or tracks, the sun).

Look at our MPPT charge controllers.

So what do you mean by “improve”?

Sun oriented cells are perfect things. Shockingly, they are not exceptionally savvy. Nor are batteries – truth be told, batteries are out and out dumb. Most PV boards are worked to put out an ostensible 12 volts. The catch is “ostensible”. In undeniable reality, each of the ” solar boards is intended to put out from 16 to 18 volts. The issue is that an ostensible 12-volt battery is truly near a genuine 12 volts – 10.5 to 12.7 volts, contingent upon the condition of charge. Under charge, most batteries need from around 13.2 to 14.4 volts to completely charge – a considerable amount not the same as what most boards are intended to put out.


Your board puts out 7.4 amps. Your battery is setting at 12 volts under charge: 7.4 amps times 12 volts = 88.8 watts. You lost more than 41 watts – yet you paid for 130. That 41 watts are not going anyplace, it simply isn’t being delivered on the grounds that there is a poor match between the board and the battery. With a low battery, say 10.5 volts, it’s far more detestable – you could be losing as much as 35% (11 volts x 7.4 amps = 81.4 watts. You lost around 48 watts.

One arrangement you may consider – for what reason not simply make boards with the goal that they put out 14 volts or so to coordinate the battery?

The board is appraised at 130 watts in full daylight at a specific temperature (STC – or standard test conditions). On the off chance that the temperature of the sun-powered board is high, you don’t get 17.4 volts. At the temperatures seen in numerous hot atmosphere zones, you may get under 16 volts. On the off chance that you began with a 15-volt board (like a portion of the alleged “automatic” boards), you are in a bad position, as you won’t have enough voltage to put a race into the battery. Sun based boards need to have enough breathing space worked in to perform under the most noticeably bad of conditions. The board will simply stay there looking idiotic, and your batteries will get much more moronic than regular.

What is the Maximum Power Point Tracking?

There is some disarray about the expression “following”:

Board following – this is the place the boards are on a mount that takes after the sun. The most well-known are the Zomeworks. These streamline yield by following the sun over the sky for the greatest daylight. These regularly give you around a 15% expansion in winter and up to a 35% expansion in summer.

This is the polar opposite of the regular variety for MPPT controllers. Since board temperatures are much lower in winter, they put out more power. Furthermore, winter is generally when you require the most power from your sunlight based boards because of shorter days.

Most extreme Power Point Tracking is electronic following – typically advanced. The charge controller takes a gander at the yield of the boards and looks at it to the battery voltage. It at that point makes sense of what is the best power that the board can put out to charge the battery. It takes this and believers it to best voltage to get most extreme AMPS into the battery. (Keep in mind, it is Amps into the battery that matters). Most present-day MPPT’s are around 93-97% effective in the change. You normally get a 20 to 45% power to pick up in winter and 10-15% in summer. Real pick up can differ generally depending on climate, temperature, battery condition of charge, and different components.

Matrix tie frameworks are winding up more well known as the cost of sun based drops and electric rates go up. There are a few brands of framework tie just (that is, no battery) inverters accessible. These have worked in MPPT. Productivity is around 94% to 97% for the MPPT transformation on those.

How Maximum Power Point Tracking functions

Here is the place the advancement or most extreme power point following comes in. Accept your battery is low, at 12 volts. An MPPT takes that 17.6 volts at 7.4 amps and proselytes it down with the goal that what the battery gets is presently 10.8 amps at 12 volts. Presently despite everything you have just about 130 watts, and everybody is cheerful.

In a perfect world, for 100% power change you would get around 11.3 amps at 11.5 volts, however, you need to bolster the battery a higher voltage to drive the amps in. Furthermore, this is a streamlined clarification – in established truth, the yield of the MPPT charge controller may shift ceaselessly to change for getting the most extreme amps into the battery.

On the left is a screen capture from the Maui Solar Software “PV-Design Pro” PC program (tap on the photo for full-estimate picture). In the event that you take a gander at the green line, you will see that it has a sharp crest at the upper right – that speaks to the most extreme power point. What an MPPT controller does is “look” for that correct point, at that point does the voltage/current transformation to transform it to precisely what the battery needs. All things considered, that pinnacle moves around consistently with changes in light conditions and climate.

An MPPT tracks the most extreme power point, which will be not quite the same as the STC (Standard Test Conditions) rating under all circumstances. Under extremely cool conditions a 120-watt board is really fit for putting more than 130+ watts in light of the fact that the power yield goes up as board temperature goes down – however in the event that you don’t have some method for following that powerpoint, you will lose it. Then again under exceptionally hot conditions, the power drops – you lose control as the temperature goes up. That is the reason you get less pick up in summer.

MPPT’s are best under these conditions:

Winter, or potentially shady or murky days – when the additional power is required the most.

  • Chilly climate – sun oriented boards work better at cool temperatures, yet without an MPPT you are losing the greater part of that. The chilly climate is in all probability in winter – the time when sun hours are low and you require the ability to energize batteries the most.
  • Low battery charge – the lower the condition of charge in your battery, the more present an MPPT puts into them – some other time when the additional power is required the most. You can have both of these conditions in the meantime.
  • Long wire runs – If you are charging a 12-volt battery, and your boards are 100 feet away, the voltage drop and power misfortune can be extensive except if you utilize vast wire. That can be exceptionally costly. Be that as it may, in the event that you have four 12 volt boards wired in an arrangement for 48 volts, the power misfortune is considerably less, and the controller will change over that high voltage to 12 volts at the battery. That additionally implies that on the off chance that you have a high voltage board setup encouraging the controller, you can utilize substantially littler wire.

How a Maximum Power Point Tracker Works:

The PowerPoint Tracker is a high-recurrence DC to DC converter. They take the DC contribution from the sun oriented boards, change it to high-recurrence AC, and change over it withdraw to an alternate DC voltage and current to precisely coordinate the boards to the batteries. MPPT’s work at high sound frequencies, as a rule in the 20-80 kHz go. The benefit of high-recurrence circuits is that they can be composed with high-productivity transformers and little parts. The plan of high-recurrence circuits can be extremely precarious due to the issues with segments of the circuit “broadcasting” simply like a radio transmitter causing radio and TV impedance. Clamor separation and concealment turns out to be essential.

There are a couple of non-advanced (that is, straight) MPPT’s charge controls around. These are considerably less demanding and less expensive to assemble and plan than the advanced ones. They do enhance productivity to some degree, however generally speaking the proficiency can shift a great deal – and we have seen a couple of losing their “following point” and really deteriorate. That can happen periodically if a cloud disregarded the board – the direct circuit looks for the following best point however then gets too far out on the profound end to discover it again when the sun turns out. Gratefully, relatively few of these around any longer.

The power point tracker (and all DC to DC converters) works by taking the DC input present, transforming it to AC, going through a transformer (as a rule a toroid, a donut looking transformer), and afterward amending it back to DC, trailed by the yield controller. In most DC to DC converters, this is entirely an electronic procedure – no genuine smarts are included with the exception of some control of the yield voltage. Charge controllers for sun oriented boards require significantly more smarts as light and temperature conditions shift constantly throughout the day and battery voltage changes.

Keen power trackers

Every single late model of advanced MPPT controllers accessible is microchip controlled. They know when to change the yield that it is being sent to the battery, and they really close down for a couple of microseconds and “look” at the sunlight based board and battery and make any required changes. In spite of the fact that not by any means new (the Australian organization AERL had some as ahead of schedule as 1985), it has been just as of late that electronic microchips have turned out to be sufficiently shoddy to be financially savvy in littler frameworks (under 1 KW of the board). MPPT charge controls are presently fabricated by a few organizations, for example, Outback Power, Xantrex XW-SCC, Blue Sky Energy, Apollo Solar, Midnite Solar, Morningstar and a couple of others.