Professor Sarath B Tennakoon

Job Title and Responsibilities


Professor of Power Electronic Systems

Director of Staffordshire Centre for Energy Efficient Systems FCES ARC

Award Leader MSc Electrical Engineering

About Me


Professor Tennakoon was born in Maho Sri Lanka. He  obtained his BSC(Eng) Hons, MSC and PhD Degrees from, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, University of Aston Birmingham,  and University of Central Lancashire respectively. After obtaining his PhD, Professor Tennakoon joined GEC T & D Projects Limited (now part of Alstom Grid), Stafford as a Senior Design Engineer contributing to the development of a new generation of HVDC and SVC Thyristor valves. In 1987 he joined Staffordshire University where he currently holds the Chair in Power Electronic systems.




BSc (Eng) Hons,  Electrical  Engineering, MSc, PhD, MIET, MIEEE, CEng


Professional Membership

Chairman of the IEEE Power Electronics Society, UKRI Chapter

Member of the International Steering Committee, European Power Electronics and Applications Association.



Electrical Engineering, Power Electronics, Power converters for power generation, transmission and distribution, Wind energy, Circuit breakers, Power system harmonics, Energy saving motor controllers. Simulation, High voltage DC Transmission, Static Var Compensation, STATCOM, multilevel converters, Grid integration of windfarms


Enterprise and Commercial Activity


  • Consultancy to Industry,
  • Training Courses for Industry,
  • Leading the Centre for Energy Efficient Systems,

Research Interests



  • DC Grids and HVDC
  • Power System protection,
  • Power converters, energy saving motor control, grid connection of wind energy systems, 
  • Harmonics including harmonic measurement using data acquisition and analysis systems

Main Research Projects

  • Smart Grids
  • Energy Diverting Converters for HVDC DC line Potection of a Multilevel  Terminal HVDC

Current Teaching


  • Power Electronics in Electric Utility Systems
  • Flexible AC Transmission Systems 


  •  Power Electroncs ans Semi-Conductors
  •  Electrical 1 Principles


Professor Sarath Tennakoon
Professor of Power Electronic Systems
School of Engineering (Electrical & Electronic Engineering)
Faculty of Computing, Engineering & Sciences
Staffordshire University
Mellor Building
College Road

t: +44 (0)1785 353488