In this paper, comparison between constant voltage method and Maximum Power Point Tracking for a solar-powered boat is presented. The comparison is concluded based on simulation using Matlab software. The input data of the simulation is hourly sun irradiance and temperature data on Surabaya, while the observed output is the output power of the photovoltaic (PV) panel. The results of the simulation show that system with MPPT can generate 20 Watthours (Wh) energy greater than the system with constant voltage in one day. Based on the required daily energy of the boat, the system with MPPT need 3 PV panels fewer than the system with constant voltage control.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11142-11144
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Applied Engineering Research
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Constant voltage control
  • DC motor
  • Maximum power point tracker
  • Solar energy


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