Automotive Emulator

The automotive emulator is a system built to reproduce some of the electrical characteristics of a typical vehicle system.

It includes a large (250Ah) deep cycle 12V lead acid battery, a 70A alternator turned by an induction motor which is connected to a variable frequency inverter drive (mains powered) and a range of loads (a few to many Amps) that can be switched in or out at will.

Everything is independent, so the loads can operate when the alternator is off, the alternator speed can be run up to maximum with no loads connected, and so on.

The intent is that the TEG MPPT converters can connect to this system so that there is a variable DC voltage at their output terminals and the emulator acts as an infinite sink, so the MPP tracking can be properly investigated.

Automotive Emulator
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