Solar Coupled Switched Mode Power Supply

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Solar Coupled Switched Mode Power Supply

Rashmi Kale

Department of Electrical Engineering Fr. C. Rodrigues Institute of Technology

Vashi, India

Abstract In remote locations, difficulties are faced during testing and maintenance of electronic circuits. This problem is aggravated due to limitations in obtaining regulated power supply using conventional energy. It leads to search a sustained energy alternative. Among all renewable energy sources, solar energy is abundantly available. This paper highlights the utilization of solar energy in regulated power supplies. Flyback converter facilitates in getting multiple output ports with limited energy storage components.

Keywords Insolation , isolation, flyback, portable solar, SMPS etc.


Electrical energy demand is continuously increasing. There is always imbalance between demand and supply. Conventional energy sources are limited. Energy balance between demand and supply is possible with use of renewable energy source. Solar energy is abundantly available on the earths surface. So preferred renewable energy is solar energy. Solar insolation is non-uniform. Solar intensity varies from tropical to polar regions. Output of solar photovoltaic is electrical and acts as a current

energy using photo-electric energy conversion. The electrical equivalent of solar photovoltaic is a constant current source at a particular solar insolation. Fig.1 (b) shows solar photovoltaic characteristics as a current source.

Presently linear power supply is used for routine testing and maintenance of circuits. It works on electric grid. It has limitations due to linear mode of operation and bulky circuit. This is one of the major limitations to the portability. There should be an alternative to existing linear power supply. Power supplies are mainly of two types viz. linear and switched mode power supply. Switched mode power supply is based on On-Off switching operating region. Processing circuits are different for both the above mentioned methods. Linear power supply works in the active region of switch whereas switched mode works in cut off and saturation region. Conventional linear power supply has rectifier to convert ac power into pulsating dc power. To smoothen this pulsating dc, a cascaded filter is connected which is followed by regulator as shown in fig.2.

source. In order to use the available solar energy as a regulated power supply, an optimized selection should be done. There is difference in time period of energy generation and its requirement based on applications. There




Filter Regulator



has to be a means of power storage element to fulfill the load demand.


Fig.2: Stages of conventional power supply

Due to multiple cascading stages above method becomes bulky and has more losses. Thus it has low efficiency. This leads to advantages of switched mode power supply over linear power supply are as follows:

  1. Due to high switching frequency, energy storage


    1. (b)

      Fig. 1: Solar PV panel and its characteristics




      element size reduces which reduces the effective size of device.

  2. Input is solar photovoltaic power which is a dc source. It results in the elimination of rectifier circuit.

  3. It is a very compact circuit. This can be easily connected to solar panel.

  4. As size of components is smaller, it is completely light in weight and portable too.

  5. It works in switch mode so on state losses are minimized.

    Fig.1 (a) shows solar photovoltaic panel in which solar insolation falling on the panel is converted into electrical

  6. The effective total losses are less compared to conventional power supply.

  7. Low losses lead to improvement in efficiency.

  8. System up gradation can be done easily.

Usage of solar based switch mode power over other switch mode power supply are due to its ecofriendly nature. It is abundantly available on the earth surface. Life span of solar panel is more and has low maintenance.

The dc-dc converter forms the major part of power supply. It decides mainly the size and stability of the complete power supply. Flyback topology [1,2] has added feature where transformer acts as inductor and has unidirectional BH curve operation. It is a second order converter which can have multiple outputs. The only limitation of flyback converter is its restricted power handling capacity.

Solar based switched mode power supply has isolated dc-dc converter which is controlled using either feed forward or feedback path and has an EMI filter to reduce noise interference. This is shown in the block diagram in fig.4. A solar panel which generates optimum power of 36W is selected. Solar energy is available in day time. The availability of source and load requirement can be matched with battery.

  1. PERFORMANCE OF POWER CIRCUIT Consider solar panels with rating 36W. The dc output of

    solar panel can be boosted using a flyback converter. It is an isolated unidirectional magnetization topology. This converter is used for medium power application. Here transformer is used as an inductor.


    Block diagram of proposed solar panel attached power supply is shown in fig.3. It has two major modules namely power electronic converter and control circuit. The converted photo voltaic power is processed through dc-dc converter and used to supply load and battery.

    DC Source








    Capacitor Load


    Solar PV Module Power Electronic Converter

    Fig. 5: Power circuit of switch mode power supply -Flyback converter

    The power circuit of proposed power supply with isolated topology with single output as shown in fig5. Multiple output ports can be obtained based on requirements as given in fig.6.


    Control Cicuit





    Capacitor Load 1

    . .

    Fig. 3: Block diagram of solar panel attached regulated power supply

    Automation is the indivisible part of each and every control circuit. Transducer acts as an indicator of output. Output is feedback to control circuit through transducer. Control circuit can be at remote location which is under supervisory control. In order to have routine testing or maintenance, independently powered portable power supply is required.

    DC Source


    Diode Capacitor


    Load N

    Solar Panel EMI Filter

    Isolated DC-DC



    Fig. 6: Power circuit of switch mode power supply – Flyback converter based on number of outputs

    Working of flyback converter is analyzed for switch on and switch off states. Fig.7 (a) is when controlled switch

    Feedforward Path Feedback Path Control

    is on and diode is off. In this case transformer primary acts as an inductor and capacitor acts as an energy source to the load.

    Fig.4 : Stages of switched mode power supply




    Diode off



    A L

    Capacitor Load

    0 rC C R(1 d )

    DC Source .


    C(R rC


    DC Source

    Switch on





    Switch off

    Diode on

    Capacitor Load


    Calculated input coefficient matrix,


    B L


    Calculated source to output matrix,

    C rL (1 d) 1

    The steady state voltage transfer is given by equation (3)


    Fig. 7: Working of Flyback converter under switch on and off condition

    During switch off state, diode is forward biased. This gives

    Vo CA1 B d (1 d )



    a discharge path to transformer secondary as shown in fig. (7b) and thus load and capacitor gain power.


    Mathematical model is used to analyze the stability of power circuit. Flyback converter is selected power circuit. It is a second order isolated converter. Its mode of operation is nonlinear. Since it is nonlinear in nature, approximate averaging method is used for mathematical modeling. Universal governing equation is modified state space equation and is as follows:


    The transfer function which is the ratio of output voltage to duty cycle for power stage is calculated by allowed variations in duty cycle to permissible changes in output voltage. This differs for different operating output voltage and its corresponding frequency. This model proves stability of power circuit.


    Consider a solar panel with open circuit voltage 20V and maximum power of 36W which has terminal voltage of 18V. This solar photovoltaic dc power is given to flyback converter to maintain stable output. The expected output is 60V, 36W. For stable operation preferred maximum duty cycle is 0.45 to 0.5. Mode of operation is continuous

    x Ax Bu Ed

    y Cx Du

    Where x : state vector matrix u: input matrix y:output matrix

    A:state coefficient matrix B:input coefficient matrix C:source to output matrix D:feedforward coefficient matrix

    E:matrix for nonlinearity approximation

    d:duty cycle



    conduction mode.





    Solar Pane as

    DC Source

    Ferite CoreTransformer

    UF Diode Eletrolytci




    Considering the internal resistance rL and internal series resistance rC, the values of state space matrices are as follows:

    Calculated state coefficient matrix,

    Fig. 8: Flyback converter of SMPS

    To minimize size of power supply, size of energy storage elements should be as small as possible. This goal can be achieved by using high switching frequency. Adoption of high frequency such as 50 kHz reduces overall size of the device. Fig.8 shows detailed circuit of flyback converter.

    Step1: Calculation of Transformer Transformer required output voltage is 60V.

    1. Transformer core is calculated using area product method. Based on calculations, selected transformer core is EE core of E42/21/9

      With area product, Ap=2.739×10-4mm2 Cross sectional area, Ac=107mm2 Window area, Aw=256mm2

      Fig. 9 : Simulation of power circuit for desired output

    2. Number of turns are found using cross sectional area and window area.

      N1=5turns N2=21turns

    3. Air gap length lg decided which 0.006mm is.

    Step2: Calculation of Capacitor

    Tolerable output voltage variation is + 1% of output voltage which leads to selection of capacitor rating.

    Capacitance, C=0.9µF

    Voltage across capacitor, Vc= 150V

    Step3: Selection of switch with RC snubber

    Power MOSFET is selected using switching frequency and power requirement. Calculated switch values are for switch selection are as follows:

    Switch voltage, Vsw= 34.28V, Switch current, Isw=3.513A,

    RC snubber provides protection for switch. Calculated values for snubber are as follows: Snubber resistor, Rs=100

    Snubber capacitor, Cs=34.7nF

    Step4: Selection of Diode

    Fast reverse recovery voltage is obtained using ultrafast diode with nanosecond recovery time. Diode ratings are as follows:

    Diode current, Idiode=1.8A

    Diode voltage, Vdiode=123V Designed parameters are matched with available ratings and are tabulated in table 1.


    Serial No.




    Solar Panel

    20V,36W Max



    EE core, E 24/21/9



    120V,4A MOSFET



    2A,200V UF diode






    2A-Hr Rechargeable


    For feasibility, regulated power supply is simulated using designed parameters. PWM pulse is fed to gate terminal of MOSFET as shown in waveform 9A. Transformer with opposite coupling acts as an inductor. It stores energy when the switch is on and dissipates energy when the switch is off. When the switch is off, diode conducts and supplies power to the load. The capacitor

    filters out the ripples in diode current. The capacitor filter provides regulated current and voltage. Waveforms 9b and 9c represent the regulated voltage and current respectively. Simulation result shows that it matches the desired output.


In remote locations, difficulties which were faced during testing and maintenance of electronic circuits are overcome by the use solar coupled switched mode power supply. Adoption of solar energy has proved to be a viable solution. This paper proves successful usage of solar energy even at remote locations. Flyback converter plays a significant role. It has provided multiple output ports with limited energy storage elements.

This paper established that solar coupled switched mode power supply is one of the best methods even in the absence supply from electric grid. It is a very useful tool and it can be easily upgraded for applications like emergency lighting etc.


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