Gayan Abeynayake

Project 2: DC collection systems for offshore wind farms Cardiff University.
Watch his work package 2 short video and read the work package reports.

Journal publications:
Recent Development and Prospect of Offshore Wind Power in Europe, Global Energy Interconnection.

Conference presentations and posters:
IEEE ICIIS, Sri Lanka, Dec 2019.
Wind Energy Science Conference, Cork, June 2019.
IEEE PES ISGT Asia, Chengdu, May 2019.
HVDC Colloquium, UPC, Barcelona, Sept 2018.

Public work:
European Energy Innovation InnoDC feature contributor, autumn 2020.
European Researchers’ Night, international, Sept 2019.
Blade School, Cardiff, July 2019.
Museum After Dark, Cardiff, Feb 2019.
European Researchers’ Night, Bristol, Sept 2018.
Secondary School, Figueres, May 2018.

Secretary of IEEE Power Electronics Society UK & Ireland Chapter for 2020/21.

Since autumn 2018 Gayan has been conducting the laboratory experiment, led by Dr Janaka Ekanayake, for Master’s course module, Power System Protection ENT777 / EN4807.

1st prize IEEE PES UKRI presentation competition, Cardiff, 2018.

DTU Wind Energy, spring 2019.

Supergen Energy Networks Hub online conference (2020); ACDC international conference, Coventry (2019);  BIN@Porto (2018).  Network meetings: Cardiff University (2020), Elia (2019), DTU (2019), Uporto & Efacec (2018) and UPC (2018).  IEEE PES: Offshore Wind Energy webinar by David Torrey, GE (2020).  National HVDC Research Centre, Scotland: Practical Use of Real-Time Simulation for De-risking HVDC Integration (2020).  Imperial College London: IEEE Workshop on Representations of Power Electronics for Grid Dynamic Studies (2019).  Cardiff University: Writing Science Literature Reviews; English for Research Writing; PowerPoint Enhancing your Presentation; and How to Manage 3rd year of PhD and Stay Focused (2020); Science Busking workshop; PhD Management; and Inkscape for Easy Illustration (2019); Rapid Reading (2018). 


Before joining the InnoDC project, I worked for more than 5 ½ years as a Transmission Planning Engineer at Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), the largest Electrical Utility in Sri Lanka.

I obtained First Class honors in my BSc.Eng degree, then completed an MSc.Eng in Power, Energy Systems and High Voltage, both at University of Peradeniya (UOP), Sri Lanka.  I specialized in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and was in the cohort’s top 5-10% during my undergraduate studies.  I was awarded the Prof. E.O.E Pereira Gold Medal for the most Outstanding Engineering Graduate at the General Convocation 2012.

In addition, I am a certified Chartered Electrical Engineer (CEng) of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL) and a member of IEEE (Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineering).

I was motivated to carry out research during my undergraduate project on developing an MPPT (maximum power point tracking) controller to harness rooftop Solar PV.  My interest was reinforced through employment-related research projects carried out as a Transmission Planning Engineer and a Teaching Assistant at the Power Electronics Laboratory, UOP.

I aim to develop tools to analyze techno-economic viability of different offshore DC collector platforms in order to evaluate optimum configuration to aid development of Offshore Wind Power Plants on a larger scale.  I strongly believe that the InnoDC project will deliver beneficial outcomes to the scientific community in the future.

After completing this project, I wish to continue my research into HVDC systems, particularly related to offshore wind power integration.  My ambition is to become an expert in the field of HVDC technology – specifically related to renewable integration – and to investigate innovative solutions to improve renewable energy absorption capabilities in different power systems, leading to a greener, cleaner and sustainable power system.

Apart from my academic life, I have been actively involved in IEEE activities and have held distinguish positions in IEEE Sri Lanka Section & Power and Energy Society Chapter, including Assistant Secretary and Professional Development Chair (2015/2016).

Further, I have been playing table tennis since childhood, and led my company table tennis team as Captain, and UOP team as Vice-Captain for several years.  In my spare time, I like listening to music and spending time with my friends and family.


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