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Ahmed's Paper Appears in IEEE TCAS-I

Ahmed AbdelmoatyCongratulations to Ahmed Abdelmoaty for the publication of his paper entitled "A MPPT Circuit with 25 μW Power Consumption and 99.7% Tracking Efficiency for PV Systems" in the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I. The paper was one of the top 50 most popular papers in IEEE TCAS-I for the month of October, 2016.

In this paper, a Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) circuit for a 0.7-W photovoltaic (PV) system is proposed. The circuit employs a modified hill-climbing algorithm based on a 3-points comparison instead of the traditional 2-points comparison. The adopted algorithm simplifies the detection of the Maximum Power Point (MPP) and enables the implementation of a periodic sleep-mode to reduce the overall power consumption without compromising effective tracking of irradiance variations. Moreover, to achieve high MPP tracking efficiency, a low-power linear analog multiplier is implemented to accurately compute the instantaneous power of the PV source from its sensed voltage and current levels. This power-metering function is realized in the analog domain to eliminate the need for data converters and to minimize the MPPT circuit’s power consumption. A complete design of the proposed circuit is implemented in 0.18-µm BiCMOS process in less than 1.55 mm2 and consumes less than 25 µW with the digital core running at 500 kHz and a measured peak MPP tracking efficiency of 99.7%.