Renewable energy has become an extremely important element in the energy mix. Different technologies are used to convert energy from renewable sources to usable energy forms such as electricity and thermal energy. The renewable Energy laboratory at the department equipped with a number of equipment that can be used to study the principles of various renewable energy conversion systems. It includes a solar photovoltaic system, a solar thermal system, a wind energy conversion system, and a fuel cell system. Students can perform various experiments to understand the working principles of these different technologies and evaluate their performances.
The High Voltage Laboratory has state-of-the-art equipment that can be used in the study of different HV phenomena. Its major facilities are related to the generation and measurements of high voltage AC, DC, and surges. There are several HV modules that allow designing high-level detailed setups that can be used for experiments with fundamental HV theories. This is essential for students as HV engineering in nature is an experimentally based science.
HV Test Transformer, Motorized Measuring sphere gap, Vacuum and Pressure vessel, Partial Discharge meter, and Corona Cage are some of the highlighted equipment in the lab. The HV Test Transformer has a maximum ac output voltage of 200 kV. Control Desk allows students to conduct various experiments and to get measurements fast.
The Renewable Energy and High Voltage Laboratory play an important role by supporting bachelor’s courses in the field of High Voltage Engineering and Renewable Energy, hosting undergraduate projects, and supporting other research projects. All are well supported by a specialist team of teaching staff and technicians.
The following main practicals are conducted in this laboratory.
- Generation and measurements of ac voltages
- Generation and measurement of dc and impulse voltages
- Breakdown of materials
- Partial discharge and corona
- Study on wind energy system
- Study on solar thermal system
- Study on photovoltaic solar system
- Study on fuel cell system
Lab Coordinator: Dr. Iromi Ranaweera (email@example.com)
Technical Officer in Charge: Mr. M.G.N.T. Rathnapala (firstname.lastname@example.org)