Professor Sarath B Tennakoon

Emeritus Professor

Digital, Technologies and Arts

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.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Chairman of the IEEE Power Electronics Society, UKRI Chapter.
  • Member of the International Steering Committee, European Power Electronics and Applications Association.

Academic qualifications

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


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.

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

Enterprise and commercial interests

  • Consultancy to Industry
  • Training Courses for Industry
  • Leading the Centre for Energy EfficientSystems
in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021