Date: 19th November 2015
Venue: Auditorium of CEB R&D Branch, Block 05, 2nd Floor, BMICH

This course will cover,

  •  An overview of Electric Vehicles and Battery Vehicles
  • EVs within the smart grid framework
  • The Vehicle to Grid (V2G) and the Grid to Vehicle (G2V) concepts
  • Impact of EV connection on the distribution grid
  • Current EV initiatives in Sri Lanka
  • V2G initiatives under the California Energy Storage requirements

About the topic

There is no doubt that EVs and BVs can provide a cleaner and more sustainable transport sector in the country. Such a goal is in line with the Government policy as the Government reduced the taxes on EVs to 5% in order to promote EV sales. The deeper penetration of Evs and BVs into our transport sector may, however, EV connection directly impact both the distribution and the transmission grids. In particular, the distribution networks may become highly loaded were all the charging of the EVs/BVs done at the same time, leading to the introduction of severe voltage dips and overloading of some of the distribution feeders and transformers. As such, the effective integration of EVs/BVs into the distribution requires careful attention to both vehicle to grid (V2G) and grid to vehicle (G2V) concepts in the planning, implementation and actual operations. In this Workshop, you will be exposed to the initiatives to-date to stimulate EV sales and the opportunities that arise with the growing presence of EVs/BVs and become acquainted with the many challenges in the effective implementation of the V2G and G2V concepts and the management of EV operations when integrated into the power system.


Speakers Profile

Prof. George Gross

George Gross is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Professor, Institute of Government and Public Affairs, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research and teaching activities are in the areas of power system analysis, economics and operations, utility regulatory policy and industry restructuring. George Gross is a co-founder of POWERWORLD and served on its Board of Directors from 1996 – 2001. A Fellow of IEEE, Dr. Gross received the Franz Edelman Management Science Achievement Award by the Institute of Management Science. Dr. Gross is the author of a large number of publications and book chapters. George Gross earned his undergraduate degree at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and he did his graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He has lectured at leading universities and research institutions throughout the world.

Prof. Kithsri M. Liyanage

Kithsiri Liyanage has been a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Peradeniya since 2009. He is currently serving as the Secretary, Ministry of Policy Planning, Economic Affairs, Child Youth and Cultural Affairs of the Government of Sri Lanka. He is also a Visiting Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT. Prof. Liyanage has been working on next generation power systems, especially on ICT applications. He has co-authored a book on Smart Grid and published a number of papers on electric vehicles. He has also published more than 50 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers. He is a Charted Engineer, and a member of IESL, senior member of IEEE, and a member of IEE (Japan).

Mr. Bandula Tilakasena

Bandula Sirimevan Tilakasena is the AGM, Corporate strategy, Ceylon Electricity Board. He graduated from the University of Peradeniya in 1978. He is a Chartered Electrical Engineer and an Attorney-at-Law. He has been serving as Chief Engineer of several hydro power plants and later, he has been in charge of Independent Power Procurement for Ceylon Electricity Board. He had also been in-charge of Demand Side Management and Corporate and Regulatory Affairs of the Transmission Division of Ceylon Electricity Board. He served as the Project Director, Trincomalee Power Project and Deputy General Manager for Regulatory Affairs, before assuming duties of his present post in 2011.

Dr. Harsha Subasinghe

Dr. Harsha Subasinghe obtained his BEng(Hons) in Electronic and Computing from Middlesex University in UK. He then completed this master’s degree in Information technology and the PhD in Artificial Intelligence and Software agents from City University, London. He founded GodeGen in year 200, which has now grown to over two hundred staff members based in Sri Lanka, UK, and Montreal and Canada. Being a software products development company since the inception. CodeGen now caters to the top most travel brands around the world. Harsha’s research interest are in Artificial Intelligence, Software Development, User Interfaces and Medical Applications. These multi dimensional research interest led CodeGen to work very closely with the universities over the years and CodeGen has now become one of the major sponsors for research activities in many local universities. He is alos the co-funder of Design Café (Pvt) Ltd and CeyCo Ltd.


08.30 – 09.00 Registration
09.00 – 09.15 Short note about the IEEE DLP – Prof. J.B. Ekanayake, IEE PES Chapter Chair
09.15 – 10.45 Keynote speech 1: Implementation of the V2G Concept (Battery Vehicles) into the Grid, Prof. George Gross, University Of Illinois, USA
10.45 – 11.00 Tea
11.00 – 12.00 CEB initiatives related to EV integration, Mr. Bandula Tilakasena, AGM, Corporate strategy, Ceylon Electricity Board
12.00 – 12.15 About IEEE and a membership drive – Dr. Ruwan Ranaweera, IEEE SL Chair
12.15 – 13.30 Lunch and networking
13.30 – 14.30 Keynote Speech 2: Smart Grid and Electric Vehicle, Prof. Kithsiri Liyanage, University of Peradeniya
14.30 – 15.00 VEGA: The super electric car, Dr. Harsha Subasinghe, President & Chief Executive Officer,



Fees: Rs 5000 for IEEE members Rs 6000 for others
Method of payment: Cheque/bank draft/direct payments to
Account Name: IEEE Sri Lanka Section
Account Number: 1100022595 ( current account )
Bank details: Wellawatta Branch of Commercial Bank

If you are doing direct payment please indicate IEEE DLP followed by your name
Lunch and refreshment will be provided

For further information please contact:
Gayan Abeynayake: 0716384170, [email protected]
Chathuranga Jayarathna: 0772519205, [email protected]