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Prof. J.B. Ekanayake


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Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering.
University of Peradeniya.
Sri Lanka.

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Brief Biography :

  • Prof.Janaka Ekanayake joined University of Peradeniya (from 1st April 2013) as a Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the Institute of Energy at Cardiff University, UK. Prior to joining Cardiff in 2008, he has been attached to the University of Peradeniya and was promoted to Professor in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 2003.

    Prof. Ekanayake is an expert on wind power generation, their connection and modern power systems. He co-authored five books published by leading publishers such as John Wiley and IET, UK. He has also published more than 130 journal and conference papers.

    His professional involvements include, a member of the editorial board of IEEE Transaction on Energy Conversion (2007 to date)and Journal of Wind Energy (2013 to date), Organising Vice Chairperson of the First IEEE PES conference of Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (2012), Editor in Chief of the Sixth IEEE International Conference on Industrial and Information Systems (2011), Organising Chairperson of the Second IEEE International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies (2010), General Chair of the Second International Conference on Industrial and Information Systems (2007), Council Member of the Institute of Engineers of Sri Lanka (2002-2004), Member of the Board of Directors of Ceylon Electricity Board (2000-2001) and the IEE International Student Counsellor for University of Peradeniya (1999-2004).s applied to Power System and Electric Machines.

Educational Qualifications:

    • B.Sc.Eng. with a First Class Honours from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, Feb 1990
    • Ph.D. from UMIST, UK, Oct 1995 (Topic: An Investigation of an Advanced Static VAr Compensator)

Professional Qualifications:

  • FIET - Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (UK)
  • SMIEEE - Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (USA)
  • MIESL - Member of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL)
  • CEng - Chartered Engineer, Engineering Council, UK and Sri Lanka

Research Intersests:

  • Power electronic applications for power system
  • Renewable energy generation and its integration (especially Wind and PV)
  • Smart Grids
  • Integrated gas, heat, transportation and electricity networks

Research Grants:

  • FLEXNET (Value: £659, 057; Duration: 17/03/2008 - 30/03/2012, Funding body: EPSRC, UK)
  • SUPERGEN HDPS – Core (Value: £421, 811; Duration: 01/07/2009-30/06/2013, Funding body: EPSRC)
  • HUBNET (Value: £311, 393; Duration: 01/06/2011 - 31/05/2016, Funding body: EPSRC, UK)
  • TOP and TAIL (Value: £382, 107; Duration: 01/10/2011 - 30/09/2015, Funding body: EPSRC, UK)
  • MERGE (Value: £314, 672; Duration: 01/01/2010 - 31/12/2011, Funding body: EU)
  • SEESGEN-ICT (Value: £11, 520; Duration: 01/06/2009 - 31/05/2011, Funding body: EU).
  • Demand management through smart meters (Value: £20, 188; Duration: 2010 – 2011, Funding body: Toshiba Research Europe Ltd, UK)
  • Commonwealth professional fellowships (Value: £500 each; Duration: Three months (2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12), Funding body: Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK)
  • A collaborative research and education program between Sweden, India and Sri Lanka on the effects of tropical lightning flashes on power and telecommunication systems (Value: 150,000 SEK (£12,000); Duration: 2007 – 2009, Funding body: Sida/SAREC, Sweden)
  • Protection coordination of a distribution system with Fault Current Limiter (Value: Euro 18,580.00 (£14,000); Duration: 2005 – 2007, funding body: Areva T & D, Stafford, UK)
  • Research capacity building in electric engineering (Value: 7,000,000 SEK (£ 560,000); Duration: 1995 – 2002, Funding body: Sida/SAREC, Sweden)