Performance investigation of high-energy high-power densities storage devices by li-ion battery and supercapacitor for fuel cell/photovoltaic hybrid power plant for autonomous system applications

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  • P. Thounthong
  • S. Sikkabut
  • P. Mungporn
  • C. Ekkaravarodome
  • N. Bizon
  • B. Nahid-Mobarakeh
  • S. Pierfederici
  • B. Davat

Colleges, School and Institutes

External organisations

  • King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok
  • University of Pitesti
  • Université De Lorraine


This study presents an energy management approach for a hybrid energy system comprised of a photovoltaic (PV) array and a polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell (PEMFC). Two storage devices (a Li-ion battery module and a supercapacitor (SC) bank) are used in the proposed structure as a high-energy high-power density storage device. Multi-segment converters for the PV, FC, battery, and SC are proposed for grid independent applications. Nonlinear differential flatness-based fuzzy logic control for dc bus voltage stabilization for power plant are investigated. To validate the control approach, a hardware system is realized with analog circuits for the PV, FC, battery, and SC current control loops (inner controller loops) and with numerical calculation (dSPACE) for the external energy control loop. Experimental results with small-scale devices [a photovoltaic array (800 W, 31 A), a PEMFC (1200 W, 46 A), a Li-ion battery module (11.6 Ah, 24 V), and a SC bank (100 F, 32 V)] demonstrate the excellent energy-management scheme during load cycles.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE Industry Application Society - 51st Annual Meeting, IAS 2015, Conference Record
Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2015
Event51st Annual Meeting on IEEE Industry Application Society, IAS 2015 - Addison, United States
Duration: 11 Oct 201522 Oct 2015


Conference51st Annual Meeting on IEEE Industry Application Society, IAS 2015
CountryUnited States


  • flatness control, fuel cells, fuzzy logic, Li-Ion battery, nonlinear system, photovoltaic, supercapacitor