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A panel discussion will be held on the topic “Electrified Transportation. The step towards future” at Water’s Edge, Battaramulla on February 12

The fuel of choice for efficient future transportation is yet to be unraveled. Fossil fuels are dying off and it is time to find answers. Numerous new inventions and research is going on in leading institutes of the world. Among the many methods that are used today one can see that electricity is a capable competitor. With a variety of locomotives and automobiles, powered by electricity, running all around the world, one cannot ignore the significance of electrified transportation.

Sri Lanka became familiar with the concept not very long ago.The introduction of hybrid vehicles from Toyota and Honda to the Sri Lankan market was a milestone in electrified transportation in the island. Though not very common, one can catch the sight of a full electrical vehicle roaming streets of the suburbs. And recently plug-in hybrid vehicles have also been present in the Sri Lankan automobile market. People are more willing to buy hybrid vehicles today.

The Ministry of Transport and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have been working together to formulate an Urban Transport Master Plan for Colombo metropolitan area. And the solution they proposed was a mono-rail system. With all that going on it is time to raise awareness on what the future holds for electrified transportation in Sri Lanka.

Electrical engineering undergraduates of University of Moratuwa have taken lead in bringing together a group of renowned personalities of the country to discuss this matter. A panel discussion will be held on the topic “Electrified Transportation – The step towards future”. The panel discussion will be held at Water’s Edge, Battaramulla on 12th February, 2015. This is an annual event organized by the Electrical Engineering society (EESoc) where both delegates from public and the Private sector, electrical engineers, academic staff of university and undergraduates meet to discuss and share ideas.

The moderator of the panel will be Prof. Ranjit Perera, Senior Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Moratuwa. Prof. Ranjit Perera obtained his PhD from RWTH Aachen University in Germany. The six panelists of the event include Dr. Narendra De. Silva,Dr. Tilak Siyambalapitiya, Prof. Amal S. Kumarage, Dr. Lalithasiri Gunaruwan, Eng. Lakshitha Weerasinghe and Dr. Beshan Kulapala.

Dr. Narendra de Silva is the Head of Engineering at LECO (Pvt) Ltd. A graduate from University of Moratuwa, Dr. de Silva obtained his PhD from Herriot Watt University, Edinburgh, UK. He is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Moratuwa.

Dr. Tilak Siyambalapitiya, a premier energy consultant in Sri Lanka, is the Managing Director of Resource Management Associates (Pvt) limited. He is a former president of the energy managers association of Sri Lanka. Prof Amal Kumarage is a senior lecturer in the department of transport and logistics management of University of Moratuwa. He is a former Chairman of the national transport commission. Dr. Lalithasiri Gunaruwan is currently a senior faculty member attached to the Department of Economics of the University of Colombo, and also serving as a member of the Board of management of the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka. Previous professional engagements include tenures as the Secretary to the Ministry of Transport of Sri Lanka and as the General Manager of the Sri Lanka Railways. Lakshitha Weerasinghe is a charted engineer currently serving as the chief engineer (Business and Operational Strategy) at Ceylon Electricity board. Dr. Beshan Kulapala is a Research Scientist at CodeGen International, Sri Lanka. He is leading CodeGen’s efforts to expand in to electronic and mechatronic product development. He currently serves as the project manager of Vega™ Electric Car Project.

The EESoc has opened an arena for specialists, experts and the authorities to come and share their ideas at the panel discussion. The objective of the panel discussion extends sharing ideas on a single day. EESoc wishes to publish the outcomes of the panel for future expansion of the electric transportation sector. A program to engage the general public through surveys to strengthen the panel discussion with the real world scenario is already on the way. A final objective would be to make the general public aware through various methods. This will hopefully be a ray of hope for the betterment of the transport sector of Sri Lanka and the electricity demand management of the island.

Last modified on Sunday, 25 January 2015 11:16

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