Solar PV-powered SRM drive for EVs with flexible energy control functions

Yihua Hu, Chun Gan, Wenping Cao, Youtong Fang, Jianhua Wu

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Electric vehicles (EVs) provide a feasible solution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and thus become a hot topic for research and development. Switched reluctance motors (SRMs) are one of promised motors for EV applications. In order to extend the EVs’ driving miles, the use of photovoltaic (PV) panels on the vehicle helps decrease the reliance on vehicle batteries. Based on phase winding characteristics of SRMs, a tri-port converter is proposed in this paper to control the energy flow between the PV panel, battery and SRM. Six operating modes are presented, four of which are developed for driving and two for standstill on-board charging. In the driving modes, the energy decoupling control for maximum power point tracking (MPPT) of the PV panel and speed control of the SRM are realized. In the standstill charging modes, a grid-connected charging topology is developed without a need for external hardware. When the PV panel directly charges the battery, a multi-section charging control strategy is used to optimize energy utilization. Simulation results based on Matlab/Simulink and experiments prove the effectiveness of the proposed tri-port converter, which has potential economic implications to improve the market acceptance of EVs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3357-3366
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Industry Applications
Issue number4
Early online date24 Feb 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2016

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  • electric vehicles
  • photovoltaics
  • power flow control
  • switched reluctance motors
  • tri-port converter


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