Enhancing the Performance of a Renewable Energy System Using a Novel Predictive Control Method

Mahmoud A. Mossa, Najib El Ouanjli, Olfa Gam, Ton Duc Do

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The current study concerns improving the performance of a renewable energy system using systematically designed control algorithms. The performance of the system under study is evaluated under two operating scenarios: the first in which the system consists of only a wind-driven synchronous generator connected to the utility grid; in the second scenario, the generator is combined with a photo-voltaic solar system and a battery for supplying a load. Each system component is modeled and thoroughly described. To maximize the benefits of solar and wind energies, two separate maximum power point tracking procedures are adopted. Furthermore, to enhance the generator’s dynamics, a novel predictive control scheme is designed and validated by comparing its performance with traditional predictive control. The novel predictive controller utilized a simple and unique cost function to avoid the shortages of traditional predictive controllers. For standalone operation, an effective procedure is adopted to ensure the power balance between the generation, storage, and isolated load units. To evaluate the effectiveness of the designed controllers under different operating regimes, Matlab/Simulink is utilized for this task. The obtained results confirm the superiority of the novel predictive scheme used with the synchronous generator over the classic control approach for the two operating scenarios. This has been shown in the form of reduced ripples and reduced current harmonics. The obtained results are also confirming the validity of the adopted maximum power tracking strategies with solar panels and wind turbines as well. Furthermore, balanced power delivery is achieved thanks to the adopted management strategy for standalone operation, which enhances the overall system performance.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3408
JournalElectronics (Switzerland)
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2023


  • grid connection
  • MPPT
  • power management
  • predictive control
  • PV
  • standalone operation
  • synchronous generator
  • wind

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Signal Processing
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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