Prof. Harsha K. Chelliah, University of Virginia, USA held discussion with the NSF on future energy landscape of Sri Lanka

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Prof. Harsha K. Chelliah , a Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA visited the NSF on 22 November 2022 and held discussion with Prof. Ranjith Senaratne, Chairman of the NSF on future energy security of Sri Lanka. The discussion centred round renewable energy sources with special focus on wind energy. 

Given its  coastline exceeding 1,300 km, Sri Lanka possesses an immense   potential  to harness wind energy through strategic placement of off-shore wind turbines with excess energy production capacity.

Sri Lanka could be transformed into a  net energy exporting country through proper harnessing of hydro-solar-wind energy combination. Therefore, as a follow-up to the discussion,  the NSF proposes to formulate a proposal  jointly with  the IESL, Sustainable Energy Authority and Prof. Chelliah for possible funding by international funding agencies and philanthropist organizations.

Prof. Chelliah will join the NSF, USA as a Programme Director of  Chemical, Bioengineering, Environment and Transport Division which will facilitate  establishment of  a partnership programme in  energy security between the NSF in Sri Lanka and USA.

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