DC-DC CONVERTER WITH FUZZY CONTROLLER FOR SOLAR CELL APPLICATIONS ON MOBILE ROBOTS

Document Type: Research Paper

Authors

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, The University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, USA

Abstract

Emerging technologies increase the needs on self efficient mobile robotic applications that bring a new concern of sustainable and continuous power supply for the robotic platforms. This paper covers the various techniques and technologies used to design a solar powered robot, exploring the currently available products, software and limitations to this application. The main aim is to integrate a fuzzy logic based charging system which allows the batteries to be charged from solar panels, wall outlet, and a deploy-able solar charging station.
 The goal of this paper is to summarize the tested methods and results to expedite future researchers in the correct direction.  This paper will cover only up to the design of the DC-DC converter and simulation, as further work is still pending implementation on actual hardware.
Simulations results are provided to evaluate the feasibility of the paper for future implementations.

Keywords


[1] AVR451: BC100 Hardware User's Guide-doc8088.pdf., Available: http://www.atmel.com/
images/doc8088.pdf, 2016.
[2] AVR458: Charging Lithium-Ion Batteries with ATAVRBC100 - doc8080.pdf., Available:
http://www.atmel.com/images/doc8080.pdf, 2016.
[3] Avr microcontrollers forums topic-megaavr and tinyavr bc100., Available:
http://www.avrfreaks.net/forum/bc100, 2016.
[4] S. Bidyadhar and P. Raseswari, A comparative study on maximum power point tracking
techniques for photovoltaic power systems, Sustainable Energy, IEEE Transactions on, 4(1)
(2013), 89{98.
[5] J. Fattal and P. B. D. N. Karami, Review on di erent charging techniques of a lithium poly-
mer battery, In Technological Advances in Electrical, Electronics and Computer Engineering
(TAEECE), 2015 Third International Conference on, IEEE, (2015), 33{38.
[6] Y. Fei and H. Lv, Design of the solar-driven module on modular mobile robot, Mechatronics
and Machine Vision in Practice (M2VIP), 2012 19th International Conference, (2012), 470{
473.
[7] HobbyKing ZIPPY Flightmax 5000mah 3s1p 30c, Available: http://www.hobbyking.com/
hobbyking/store/uh viewitem.asp?idproduct=8587, 2016.

52 J.Cruz-Lambert, P.Benavidez, J.Ortiz,N.Gallardo, B.A.Erol,J.Richey, S.Morris and M.Jamshidi
[8] A. Kaplan and P. Uhing and N. Kingry and R. D. Adam, Integrated path planning and
power management for solar-powered unmanned ground vehicles, 2015 IEEE International
Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), (2015), 982-987.
[9] J. Leitner and W. Chamberlain and D. G. Dansereau and M. Dunbabin and M. Eich and
T. Peynot and J. Roberts and R. Russell and N. Snderhauf, LunaRoo: Designing a hopping
lunar science payload, 2016 IEEE Aerospace Conference, (2016), 1-12.
[10] J. H. Lever, A. Streeter and LR. Ray, Performance of a solar-powered robot for polar in-
strument networks, Proceedings of the 2006 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and
Automation, 2006, ICRA 2006, (2006), 4252{4257.
[11] Ned Mohan, Power Electronics: A First Course, Wiley, 2012.
[12] Projects/avr bc100.git., Available: http://git.kpe.io/?p=avr bc100.git, 2016.
[13] L. Ray, A. Adolph, A. Morlock and B. Walker and M. Albert and J. H. Lever and J. Dibb,
Autonomous rover for polar science support and remote sensing, 2014 IEEE Geoscience and
Remote Sensing Symposium, (2014), 4101{4104.