Kelani Saviya is a unique Corporate Social Responsibility project initiated by the University of Peradeniya & Kelani Cables PLC. The aim of the program is to promote school leavers & self-employed electricians as skilled technicians in the field of domestic & industrial wiring. The Kelani Saviya program was initiated by Prof. Janaka Ekanayake in 2007 & contained for nearly 10 years. On 21st April 2017, this program was extended for another 5 years by signing historic cooperate agreement. The agreement was signed by the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Upul B. Dissanayake of the University of Peradeniya & Director/CEO Mr. Mahinda Saranapala of the Kelani Cables PLC. Prof. Manjula Fernando and Mr. Anil Munasinghe, General Manager, Kelani Cables PLC placed their signatures as witnesses.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Prof. R.L Wijeyeweera, the top Management of Kelani Cables PLC, Acting Dean/Faculty of Engineering, Dr. Gemunu Herath, Head/Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering & other Academic staff of the Department also participated.
Department has sign an MOU with the CEB on Thursday 19th March 2015 at the Research and Development Center of the CEB. The main objective of this MOU is to foster research and development collaboration between DEEE and CEB. The activities encompassed under this MOU include:
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed, between the University and Diesel Motor Engineering Plc (DIMO) on 10th July 2013 to expand Research and Development activities in the Department through the financial support of DIMO. DIMO is an organization in the forefront of Automobile, Energy, Biomedical Engineering, Marine Engineering and Agriculture marketing and service sectors in Sri Lanka. DIMO which considers this move as a part of their Corporate Social Responsibility will fund selected research project that will be undertaken at the DIMO Center for Innovative Research and Product Development (D-CIRPD) established within the Department as a part of MoU.
A memorandum of understanding was signed between University of Peradeniya and TOS Lanka private limited with the intension of conducting joint research and development work both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, where the outcome will broadly be aimed at value addition to electronic products manufactured in Sri Lanka. In addition, the agreement has provisions for TOS Lanka to directly get involved in undergraduate projects by means of financial sponsorships, sharing of expertise and facilitating prototype and product manufacturing. TOS Lanka has already extended her generosity by providing electrical and pneumatic system hardware for Control, Robotics and Automation laboratory and has shown keen interest to commercialize a few of undergraduate projects.
Research Collaboration between the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Peradeniya and Lanka Transformers Ltd was established to investigate the possibility of using a smart transformer for a dynamic Volt-Var control (VVC) that enables to manage distribution network voltages and to manage power consumption of loads thus providing demand side management. This collaboration also allows to mutually agree other projects that are within the purview of the Lanka Transformers Ltd (LTL) and to see how a long term collaboration between the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (DEEE), University of Peradeniya and LTL could be established that is leading to an institutional level MOU.
A talk on "The Danish Smart Grid Model: Integrating 100% Renewables" by Mr.Benjamin Biegel, Aalborg University, Denmark was held on 18th August 2014 at the DEEE seminar room. A talk on "Costing and Pricing of Electricity in Sri Lanka: towards a rational approach" by Dr.Tilak Siyabalapitiya, International energy consultant held on 13th August 2014 at the Auditorium of the CEB, Kandy with the participation of around 50 engineers, academics and students. This was organised by PHES club in collaboration with the IEEE PES SL Chapter.