Prof. Dhayalan Velauthapillai got the 7th place on the top 10 list of researchers who published the most in 2021

Prof. Dhayalan Velauthapillai is listed seventh in the Forskerforum indicator report. His research focuses on nanomaterials for new types of solar cells, hydrogen production and energy storage. As the head of the research group on Advanced Nanomaterials for Clean Energy and Health Applications, he highlighted the international collaboration and the support from the faculty as important reasons for the high publication points.

– I have a broad international collaboration and supervise many PhD students who come here to Norway to work on their research projects. All this helped the publishing speedI have to thank the entire management at the institute, the faculty and the top management who have supported me the whole time. It gives me motivation in my work.

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NORPART seminar 2022

A two-day NORPART project seminar was organized by the Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills at the Olso Metropolitan University on September 21-22 September 2022. The seminar included lectures, discussions, debates, and networking with project coordinators, project members, institutional contact persons, administrative staff, and students related to the projects. The focus of the seminar has been on the partnership, communication, dissemination, and synergies. Professor Dhayalan Velauthapillai presented the NORPART project of the ANCEHA research group during the session.

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 Forskningsdagene i Bergen 2022

Forskningsdagene i Bergen (Research Days 2022) is an annual collaboration between educational institutions and the city’s research centres to create enthusiasm and understanding of the research for teenagers and school students. The objective of the programs is to help the students understand how the research and its results can be applied in our daily lives. In ‘Forskningsdagene 2022’, Fatemeh Heidari Gourji delivered a talk along with a demonstration on ‘if solar energy can be a solution to the world’s demand for renewable energy or not?”. The event took place on 22 September 2022 in the auditorium at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL).


Tuesday and Wednesday 30-31. In August, the Norwegian and Indian hydrogen industries are going meet in Bergen to discuss joint opportunities within green hydrogen. A delegation consisting of Indian business, authorities and researchers were arrived in Bergen to participate in the International Climate Summit 2022. The conference is a follow-up to last year’s conference which was held in New Delhi in September. The list of speakers includes Norwegian ministers Jan Christian Vestre and Espen Barth Eide, the Indian minister Nitin Gadkari, Hital Meswani from Reliance, and Guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who has over 400 million followers worldwide.

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VINGNANAM Research Conference – 2022

The Faculty of Science in-collaboration with the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences organizes VINGNANAM Research conference (VRC – 2022) under the sphere of Jaffna University International Research Conference – JUICE 2022 on July 21, 2022 at the Library Auditorium, University of Jaffna. Of the fifty-nine abstracts received by the Editorial Committee of the VRC – 2022, forty-four abstracts have been selected through a rigorous peer-review process and included in the proceedings of the conference. Four eminent scientists from Norway, India, UK and USA are going to make popular talks at the conference.

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Trond Mohn visits to the ANCEHA research lab

Trond Mohn has been supporting HVL for many years in research and education. On 10 June 2022, he visited HVL to see for himself the progress made in education, research, and interactive learning for which he has been generously supporting by providing funds. He also dropped by the ANCEHA research lab, the development of which too received his generous support. He was able to witness the ongoing projects on solar cell applications, hydrogen applications, energy storage and biomedical applications. For more details of his visit, please visit


A visit from HK-Dir and the University of Basel

A delegation comprising of representatives from the Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills (HK-Dir) and the University of Basel, Switzerland visited the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) on 02 June 2022 to learn, exchange and discuss project activities related to innovation, entrepreneurship and ongoing international projects. The delegation included Ingvild Hope, Head – NORPART program, Benedikte Vardøy, Advisor – NORPART program and Erich Thaler, Head of International Relations – University of Basel, Switzerland. They met with the representatives from HVL including Elin Kvale, Deputy Director – Research, Internationalization and Innovation (RII), Maren Stallemo, Senior Advisor – RII, Cathrine Palmstrøm, Advisor – RII, Marit Schulstad Wasa, Erasmus Coordinator – RII and Dhayalan Velauthapillai, Professor – Department of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences.

After the meeting the members of the delegation also visited the clean energy research lab at HVL where the students from Norway, Sri Lanka and India 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 and simulation.


Visit to the ANCEHA research lab

On 19 May 2022 Fionn Iversen, Centre Leader – HyValue FME visited the ANCEHA research lab at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL). He is also the Chief Scientist at NORCE Energy engaged in research related to geothermal energy and energy systems, Hydrogen value chain, flow modelling and drilling process.


During his visit to the ANCEHA research lab, he met with researchers from Norway, Sri Lanka and India. They held discussions about their working projects on materials and technologies and the researchers seized these opportunities to demonstrate their ongoing research on hydrogen production through both electro-chemical and photocatalytic water splitting, perovskite solar cells and super-capacitor, luminescent solar concentrator, dye-sensitized solar cells and simulation.

The University of Jaffna enters into a new agreement with HVL

A new collaborative project on Higher Education and Research in Nanomaterials for Clean Energy Technologies (HRNCET-2.0) between the University of Jaffna (UoJ) and the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) was launched on 06-04-2022 at the UoJ auditorium. The HRNCET 2.0 is the second phase/extension of the HRNCET project that was initially awarded in 2017 by the Norwegian Partnership Programme for Global Academic Cooperation (NORPART). The main objective of the HRNCET 2.0 is to enhance the existing collaboration on research for a PhD programme, and to increase the engagement of the private sector industry partners from both countries in clean energy technologies.

The Norwegian Ambassador to Sri Lanka HE Trine Jøranli Eskedal was the Chief Guest of the inaugural ceremony which commenced with the arrival of a delegation from Norway consisting of academics and researchers from HVL and University of Bergen (UiB) as well as Norwegian industrial partners.

Prof. Punniamoorthy Ravirajan, UoJ Coordinator of the HRNCET project while welcoming the guests, also shared the achievements the HRNCET-1 project has accomplished so far. He said that the first phase focused on (a) the dissemination of knowledge through teaching and curriculum development, (b) exchange of knowledge through student exchange, research stays and participation in international conferences in both countries, (c) carrying out outreach activities for community empowerment, and (d) the introduction of floating solar plant to the nation in general through this project. He also added that while the project commenced primarily focusing on the Science of clean energy technologies initially it also gradually moved into the designing and engineering of the technologies.

Addressing the gathering Prof. Dhayalan Velauthapillai, HVL Coordinator of the HRNCET project said that the HRNCET-2 phase of the project will be moving up to the level of PhD programmes in collaboration with the UiB. This initiative will increase opportunities for collaborations with the industrial partners which is crucial for the country to move towards low carbon solutions. The new programme will also focus on Hydrogen technologies. He went on to say that the programme will also include an extension of the activities from the first phase and will incorporate skills development, innovation and research (being the key to broader institutional and industrial networks), and engaging in feasibility studies.

The Vice-Chancellor, UoJ addressing the gathering thanked the engaged universities and the donors for a successful collaboration. Prof. A. Atputharajah elaborated on the progress and challenges of the first floating solar power plant installed at the UoJ Kilinochchi premises and Dr K Ahilan briefly described the first Master Programme on Clean Energy Technologies carried out by the UoJ.

Prof. Øyvind Frette from UiB and Prof. Lise Bjørkhaug Gundersen from HVL also addressed the gathering and congratulated all those involved in the project for the successful implementation of the project.

The Vice-Rector for Research at HVL, Gro Anita Fonnes Flaten addressed the gathering digitally stressing the need for increasing collaboration through higher education institutions as they play a vital role in achieving the sustainable development goals.

The event concluded with the signing of a tripartite agreement between the UiB, HVL and UoJ.