Solar photovoltaic (PV) renewable energy systems are undergoing major technological developments and large-scale field deployment and electric grid integration. This paper proposes a method of expanding the capacity of an existing irrigation farm with additional pumps powered by solar PV. The system includes PV arrays and battery energy storage connected to a common dc bus, which energizes an array of variable speed inverter driven pumps. Capacity modulation is achieved by energizing an optimal number of pumps required in order to meet a particular load demand with minimum supply energy. A grid connection to the dc bus of the power electronic system is established via a bidirectional converter, such that active and reactive power demands can be both serviced. The controls and the steady-state and transient performance of the system are implemented and simulated with the PSCAD TM /EMTDC TM software.
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Akeyo, Oluwaseun M.; Rallabandi, Vandana; and Ionel, Dan M., "Multi-MW Solar PV Pumping System with Capacity Modulation and Battery Voltage Support" (2017). Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky Faculty Publications. 41.