%X This paper proposes a new model for characterizing the energetic behavior of grid connected PV inverters. The model has been obtained from a detailed study of main loss processes in small size PV inverters in the market. The main advantage of the used method is to obtain a model that comprises two antagonistic features, since both are simple, easy to compute and apply, and accurate. One of the main features of this model is how it handles the maximum power point tracking (MPPT) and the efficiency: in both parts the model uses the same approach and it is achieved by two resistive elements which simulate the losses inherent to each parameter. This makes this model easy to implement, compact and refined. The model presented here also includes other parameters, such as start threshold, standby consumption and islanding behavior. In order to validate the model, the values of all the parameters listed above have been obtained and adjusted using field measurements for several commercial inverters, and the behavior of the model applied to a particular inverter has been compared with real data under different working conditions, taken from a facility located in Madrid. The results show a good fit between the model values and the real data. As an example, the model has been implemented in PSPICE electronic simulator, and this approach has been used to teach grid-connected PV systems. The use of this model for the maintenance of working PV facilities is also shown.
%A Luis Davila Gomez
%A Antonio Colmenar Santos
%A Mohamed Tawfik
%A Manuel Alonso Castro Gil
%D 2014
%R 10.1016/j.simpat.2014.08.001
%K Grid-connected photovoltaic systems; Empirical models; Efficiency; Parameter extraction; Modeling
%I Elsevier
%T An accurate model for simulating energetic behavior of PV grid connected inverters
%J Simulation Modelling Practice And Theory
%L upm40167
%V 49
%P 57-72