College - Author 1

College of Engineering

Department - Author 1

Electrical Engineering Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Electrical Engineering



Primary Advisor

NFN Taufik, College of Engineering, Electrical Engineering Department


The intention of this project is to create a low cost way to extract the maximum useful power from a PV module to power a water pump. This approach will yield maximum financial and technical accessibility for end users. The project was successful in powering a water pump from a PV module as desired, and the microcontroller driven control circuitry was capable of finding and maintaining operation at the maximum power point of the PV module. Due to the low performance of the buck converter used in this project, this approach was not as efficient as desired and would require upgrading before market deployment. However, the sensory control loops designed to regulate the power converter worked as expected, and provide a proof of concept for microcontroller driven DC-DC converter control loops for PV MPPT purposes.