I am thinking of making a solar battery charger for some NiMH batteries but am a bit confused as to how make sense of a solar panels IV curve in the application of battery charging.
1) For a direct connection of the battery to the solar cell, will the solar cell be forced to operate at the voltage of the battery?
2)For charging a battery, will higher currents reduce the charge time?
he maximum power point of the solar panel a point where power is maximum but this does not imply that the current is maximum at that point.
3) So if 1) and 2) are true then why is operation at the maximum power point desirable, if the current is not as high as it could be at the MPP? Wouldn't a battery with a lower voltage charge faster as the solar panel would be forced to operate at a point where the current was higher (left of the MPP)?