Chem Nayar


Curtin University of Technology

Building 204:205, GPO Box U1987

Curtin University of Technology

Perth, Western Au




Telephone: +61 8 9266 7934

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Key words:

Wind Energy, Power quality, Power electronics, Photovoltaics, Inverters

Research description:

Professor Nayar's research expertise is in the area of power electronics applied to renewable energy systems and electric power distribution systems (including the development of uninterrupted power supply systems, study of power quality issues and active filter development for harmonic current cancellation and dynamic voltage restoration during sag/swell conditions). He has developed a strong infrastructure and research team at Curtin University in this field. In 1989, he established the Power Electronics Research Unit which was upgraded to a University Research Centre called the Centre for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technologies Australia (CRESTA) in 1996. He was the Program Manager (Power Conditioning) for the Australian Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Renewable Energy – a major Australian initiative involving universities, industries and utilities). During his tenure in Curtin University, he has participated in R&D projects that have attracted about $8 million from funding bodies such as the Energy Research and Development Corporation, Australian Research Council, Department of Education, Employment and Training, Minerals and Energy Research Institute of Western Australia, Electrical Research Board, AusAID, the Alternative Energy Development Board and the Australia India Business Council, in addition to funding from industry. He has supervised 10 PhD students and 10 Research Masters students; Other achievements include: Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Renewable Energy Engineering (currently discontinued), General Chair for PEDES’98, and Co-Chair Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference in 2001. Chair Person for the panel session on power electronics for renewable energy in IEEE PES Summer 2000;Worked as a consultant for the United Nations Asia Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) in New Delhi, the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), International Centre for Application of Solar Energy (CASE), the Asian Development Bank ( Rural Electrification project in Philippines), Consultant - German funding Agency GTZ, UNESCO coordinator (Australia) for Online Training Programme in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, Consultant for Australian Aid Agency (AusAID), the India Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA), many industries in Australia and India. Recipient of Australian International Education Foundation Fellowship valued at A$25,000 for promoting Australian renewable energy technology in India. Member of the IEEE PES Energy Development and Power Generation Committee, Fellow IEAust-NPER. Founder Chairman and Managing Director – Regen Power Pty Ltd

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