Reconfiguration of photovoltaic panels for reducing the hydrogen consumption in fuel cells of hybrid systems

  • Daniel González-Montoya Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano
  • Carlos A. Ramos-Paja Universidad Nacional de Colombia
  • Freddy Bolaños-Martínez Universidad Nacional de Colombia
  • Fabio Ramírez-Quiroz Universidad Nacional de Colombia
  • Juan R. Camarillo-Peñaranda Universidad Nacional de Colombia
  • Adriana Trejos-Grisales Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano
Keywords: fuel cell, reconfiguration of photovoltaic systems, hybrid generation, populationbased incremental learning

Abstract

Hybrid generation combines advantages from fuel cell systems with non-predictable generation approaches, such as photovoltaic and wind generators. In such hybrid systems, it is desirable to minimize as much as possible the fuel consumption, for the sake of reducing costs and increasing the system autonomy. This paper proposes an optimization algorithm, referred to as population-based incremental learning, in order to maximize the produced power of a photovoltaic generator. This maximization reduces the fuel consumption in the hybrid aggregation. Moreover, the algorithm's speed enables the real-time computation of the best configuration for the photovoltaic system, which also optimizes the fuel consumption in the complementary fuel cell system. Finally, a system experimental validation is presented considering 6 photovoltaic modules and a NEXA 1.2KW fuel cell. Such a validation demonstrates the effectiveness of the proposed algorithm to reduce the hydrogen consumption in these hybrid systems.

Author Biographies

Daniel González-Montoya, Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano

MSc en Ingeniería Eléctrica, Departamento de Electrónica y Telecomunicaciones, Facultad de Ingenierías

Carlos A. Ramos-Paja, Universidad Nacional de Colombia

PhD Ingeniería Electrónica, Automática y Comunicaciones, Departamento de Energía Eléctrica y Automática

Freddy Bolaños-Martínez, Universidad Nacional de Colombia

PhD Ingeniería Electrónica, Departamento de Energía Eléctrica y Automática

Fabio Ramírez-Quiroz, Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Ingeniero Eléctrico, Departamento de Energía Eléctrica y Automática

Juan R. Camarillo-Peñaranda, Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Ingeniero Eléctrico, Departamento de Energía Eléctrica y Automática

Adriana Trejos-Grisales, Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano

MSc en Ingeniería Eléctrica, Departamento de Electromecánica y Mecatrónica, Facultad de Ingenierías

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How to Cite
González-Montoya, D., Ramos-Paja, C. A., Bolaños-Martínez, F., Ramírez-Quiroz, F., Camarillo-Peñaranda, J. R., & Trejos-Grisales, A. (2017). Reconfiguration of photovoltaic panels for reducing the hydrogen consumption in fuel cells of hybrid systems. TecnoLógicas, 20(39), 83-97. https://doi.org/10.22430/22565337.692

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2017-05-02
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