A chaotic improved artificial bee colony for parameter estimation of photovoltaic cells

Diego Oliva, Ahmed A. Ewees, Mohamed Abd El Aziz, Aboul Ella Hassanien, Marco Peréz Cisneros

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The search for new energy resources is a crucial task nowadays. Research on the use of solar energy is growing every year. The aim is the design of devices that can produce a considerable amount of energy using the Sun's radiation. The modeling of solar cells (SCs) is based on the estimation of the intrinsic parameters of electrical circuits that simulate their behavior based on the current vs. voltage characteristics. The problem of SC design is defined by highly nonlinear and multimodal objective functions. Most of the algorithms proposed to find the best solutions become trapped into local solutions. This paper introduces the Chaotic Improved Artificial Bee Colony (CIABC) algorithm for the estimation of SC parameters. It combines the use of chaotic maps instead random variables with the search capabilities of the Artificial Bee Colony approach. CIABC has also been modified to avoid the generation of new random solutions, preserving the information of previous iterations. In comparison with similar optimization methods, CIABC is able to find the global solution of complex and multimodal objective functions. Experimental results and comparisons prove that the proposed technique can design SCs, even with the presence of noise.

Original languageEnglish
Article number865
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Artificial bee colony
  • Chaotic maps
  • Parameter estimation
  • Photovoltaic modules
  • Solar cells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Energy (miscellaneous)
  • Control and Optimization
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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