TNNN Conference 2023

Research School for Training the Next Generation of Micro- and Nanotechnology Researchers in Norway (TNNN) took place on 21-23 June 2023 at the University of South-Eastern Norway, Vestfold. Tharmakularasa Rajaramanan and Sivagowri Shanmugaratnam (Ph.D. Research Fellows) took part in the conference and delivered their contributed talks titled “Dye‐sensitized solar cell using natural dye extracted from Mussaenda erythrophylla flowers” and “Green hydrogen production from pure and saltwater using NiS2/TiO2 photocatalyts” respectively. This conference facilitates to communicate with other Ph.D. students and Professors in different fields.

H.E. Dr. B Bala Bhaskar, Ambassador of India to Norway visited Western Norway University of Applied Science

Norway and India, as partners of technology and cooperation research, the Indian Ambassador of Norway, Dr. B. Bala Bhaskar visited Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL), Bergen, and interacted with Rector, Deans, Faculties, and students, on 9th May 2023.    

We thank Dr. B. Bala Bhaskar for the visit and the opportunity to present the research findings of our international projects and the group discussion with the international students that motivated them to research from a different perspective.

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) Students elaborating their research outcomes during the visit of Dr. B. Bala Bhaskar, Indian Ambassador of Norway to Clean Energy Laboratory.

Staff and students from the school visited the ANCEHA lab

We are delighted to have the school’s staff and students in the Clean Energy lab at Høgskulen på Vestlandet (HVL) on 27-28th of April 2023. Research students from Sri Lanka & India demonstrated their research work and prototype models about solar cells, Hydrogen production materials, supercapacitors, and CO2 adsorption. Staff and students were pleasant after participating in this lab visit.

The Christie Conference

The Christie Conference was established in 2010 and aims to be UiB’s most important meeting place between research, politics, administration, culture, society, and business. Prof. Dhayalan Velauthapillai is also going to contribute to the depth, discussion, and debate at this conference. The session is going to be held on 25th April 2023 at 9.45 am.

Breakfast meeting: Global climate change – threats, challenges and opportunities

Great day! We, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) had immense pleasure to have our former Prime Minister Erna Solberg, former Minister for Development Dag-Inge Ulstein and the Director of Norad, Bård Vegard Sollie to attend a discussion panel on Global climate change – threats, challenges and opportunities. We at HVL are so inspired by their presence at our Bergen campus and are so delighted to showcast our prototypes of emerging solar cells, Hydrogen production materials, supercapacitors and CO2 adsorbing materials. Our research scholars from Sri Lanka and India are overjoyed by the response from highly respected personalities.


Klimafestivalen Varmere Våtere Villere (Breakfast meeting: Global climate change – threats, challenges, and opportunities)

Dhayalan Velauthapillai, professor of physics, Western Norway University of applied sciences will participate in a conversation with an emphasis on why access to renewable energy is crucial for creating sustainable development, jobs, tax revenues and thus economic and social development in various parts of the world. Former Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg, Director of Norad Bård Vegard Solhjell, former minister Dag Inge Ulsteinvik and Ruth Emilie Skjærvik will also be participating in the discussion. The event will be held on 16th march at 08:15-09:00 am at K2 building, HVL.

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Research demonstration at Varmere Våtere Villere for High School student

Students from Anceha research group demonstrated their ongoing research activities on materials and technologies for hydrogen production through water splitting, perovskite solar cell, super capacitor, luminescent solar concentrator, dye sensitized solar cells for the High School students. After the demonstrations, the minister of Norway also visited the clean energy research lab at HVL to see the ongoing research activity.


Could the answer to new clean energy solutions lie in front of us?

Recently an article appeared on the website. The article highlighted the ongoing research activities carried out by Professor Dhayalan Velauthapillai and his research team at the HVL laboratory in Bergen. It focused on research on new nanomaterials for solar cells, hydrogen, and energy storage. For full article

HVL’s Research and Development (R&D) Award for 2022 – Prof. Dhayalan Velauthapillai

The R&D award aims to stimulate further development of the quality of research, increase the acquisition of external funding and international recognition. This year’s award went to Dhayalan Velauthapillai, professor at the Department of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. The jury emphasizes that Prof. Dhayalan Velauthapillai has a large number of international co-publications and is high on the list of the most publishing researchers in Norway.  His work to build and develop a professional environment and the ability to collaborate internally and externally, nationally and internationally, contributes to strengthening HVL’s international research and educational collaboration making Prof. Dhayalan Velauthapillai a good ambassador for HVL.

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