Dr. S. Gomathinayagam
Centre for Wind Energy Technology (CWET), Chennai
Dr.S. Gomathinayagam, a graduate (Civil Engineering) of Regional Engineering College Trichirapalli of the Madras University, obtained his post-graduate and doctoral degrees from the IIT-M. After serving as a Project Associate at IIT-M for about one and a half years, and with a brief stint at Best & Crompton design office, he joined Structural Engineering Research Centre, Madras in 1983 as Scientist and has risen to the position of Deputy Director and Project Leader of Field Experiments in Wind Engineering. After serving 25 years in solving various multidisciplinary industrial, consultancy and software development problems at Structural Engineering Research Centre, Madras he has joined as Executive Director in Centre for Wind Energy Technology, an autonomous research body of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE, GOI) in January 2009. During 1989-90, he visited T.H.Darmstadt, Germany as a DAAD Scholar and worked in the field of nonlinear transient analysis of RCC structures and toured France, Switzerland and Austria. He has also visited, the University of Notre Dame, Colorado State University, and Texas Tech University, USA under the UNDP Fellowship Programme for wind engineering research. He also visited Monash University, Melbourne, Australia under AUSAID fellowship. He shares as a scientist involved for CSIR-Technology Prize for Engineering Software development in 1999, and is one of the members of the team which has won the CSIR Technology Shield for centre of excellence in wind engineering in 2000 and the “A.S.Arya – UOR Disaster Prevention Award” in the year 2001, for their contribution towards cyclone disaster mitigation. He has published over eighty interdisciplinary technical papers in refereed national / international journals / conferences / seminars. He has over hundred technical reports to his credit based on the research and consultancy in the areas of power, wind energy, space, railways and Indian Navy involving instrumentation experimental analysis, design and testing and software development. He is a Life Member and Chartered Engineer of Institution of Engineers (India) and life member of Computer Society of India, Instrument Society of India, Indian Society for Wind Engineering and India Meteorological Society. He has guided several ME, MTech, MSc and MCA projects. He served/serves in various awards/selection/promotion/Academic/ Professional committees including Wind Energy committee of Bureau of Indian Standards. Now at CWET as Executive Director he is in charge of technology management and coordination of research, analysis, design, certification and performance testing, consultancy and human resource development related to Wind Power development in India.
Issues related to environmental concern and fossil fuel exhaustion has made wind energy a widely used resource of renewable energy. Wind systems are among the class of advanced engineered systems that exhibit a very high level of interconnection between subsystems. Despite several advancements in wind turbine technology, its design uses typically a single-discipline isolated approach (oriented towards aerodynamics). An multidisciplinary design approach is needed to cover all the interdisciplinary aspects of the design and decrease the costs.
He also added that the exploitation of off-shore resources can be efficiently achieved by very large wind turbines in the 10-20 MW class. By going off-shore, one can access large wind resources, often located in deep waters. It also avoids some of the environmental and public acceptance concerns raised on-shore.