PV-MPPT Lab: A GUI-Based Education Tool for MPPT Techniques

Kayışlı K., Caglayan R. Z., Colak I.

IEEE Transactions on Education, vol.67, no.3, pp.453-461, 2024 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 67 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2024
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/te.2024.3373891
  • Journal Name: IEEE Transactions on Education
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Aerospace Database, Business Source Elite, Business Source Premier, Communication Abstracts, Compendex, EBSCO Education Source, Educational research abstracts (ERA), ERIC (Education Resources Information Center), INSPEC, Metadex, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.453-461
  • Keywords: Boost converter, fuzzy logic control, GUI, incremental conductance (IC), maximum power point tracking (MPPT), perturb & observe (P&O) control, photovoltaic (PV) panel, sliding mode control (SMC)
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


This article aims to present the design of a GUI application that serves as an educational and analytical tool. The GUI application is intended for educational purposes, allowing users to learn about the linear and renewable energy sources. This GUI has been designed to explain, teach, and implement maximum power point tracking (MPPT) techniques that enable maximum power extraction from photovoltaic (PV) panels.

Contribution: This study introduces a novel educational tool designed to enhance the understanding of different MPPT methods among engineering students. The GUI tool was implemented and utilized throughout a semester in the course named power electronic applications in power systems, specifically aimed at postgraduate level students.

Background: Engineering students often encounter challenges in grasping advanced concepts, such as MPPT techniques, which are crucial for optimizing the performance of PV systems. Traditional teaching methods may not fully address the learning needs of students in this complex subject area.

Research Question: How does the use of a GUI-based educational tool for MPPT techniques impact the learning outcomes and attitudes of engineering students in a postgraduate course?

Methodology: The effectiveness of the GUI was assessed by comparing the performance of students who used this tool with those from the previous year who did not. The study involved a semester-long deployment of the tool in the power electronic applications in power systems course, with participation from students specializing in renewable energy engineering.

Findings: Preliminary findings suggest an improvement in the performance of students using the PV-MPPT Lab compared to those from the previous year. The study also indicates positive student attitudes toward the GUI tool, highlighting its potential as an effective learning aid in engineering education.