Modeling copper loss in a boost converter

Modeling inductor wiring loss in a boost converter

This post will work through a simple power electronics problem. An ideal boost converter uses only lossless components (L, C) and no lossy components (R). However, real inductors will have nonzero resistance in its wiring. This copper loss has a strong effect on the converter's ability to boost voltage. These are my notes from a lecture given by Dr. Robert Erickson from the ECE department at CU Boulder.

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PVWatts and PVUSA

I read a paper recently that turned on a lightbulb about why the PVUSA/ASTM E2848-13 equation is defined the way it is. To quote the paper 1:

The PVUSA method is based on the simplified assumptions that array current is primarily dependent on irradiance and that array voltage is primarily dependent on array temperature, which, in turn is dependent on irradiance, ambient temperature, and wind speed.

The concept of modeling power by modeling current and voltage separately (other than IV-curve modeling, of course) is obvious in hindsight but had never occurred to me before... so let's have some fun and try it out!

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