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Dr. Manjula G. Nair

Chairperson, Professor

Dr. Manjula G. Nair currently serves as Chairperson at the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Amrita School of Engineering, Amritapuri.

Qualification: B-Tech, M.Tech, Ph.D
manjulagnair@am.amrita.edu
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Research Interest: AI/IoT/MAS Applications in Electric Power Grids, Electric Vehicles, FACTS & Power Quality, Hybrid Energy Storage Systems, Intelligent Controllers, Microgrids, Renewable Energy Systems, Smart Buildings, Smart Devices, Smart Grids, ZNEB

Bio

Dr. Manjula Nair is a Professor and the Chairperson of the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering in the Amrita School of Engineering at the Amritapuri Campus of Amrita Viswa Vidyapeetham. Her research focuses on Electric Power Quality Improvement. Dr. Nair’s work on the I.Cosɸ Control Algorithm for Active/Hybrid filtering of current harmonics at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi for her Ph. D. Thesis has fetched her many publications and is well recognised. Her earlier work mainly focussed on FACTS & Power Quality-Auto-tuned-Passive/Active/Hybrid Filtering units for Current/Voltage Harmonics, Design and Development of Controllers for these Filtering Units, FACTS Devices, Fuzzy and ANN Controllers for power applications, Custom Power Parks and Custom Power Devices and Control. Dr. Nair worked on the funded project on Digital Hybrid Filtering for Power Quality Improvement, funded by Department of Science and Technology(DST), Ministry of Human Resource Development(MHRD), Government of India.

Her current research is on Electric Vehicles – V2G, G2V, V2V, on-board integrated charging, wireless charging, eV charging stations and Hybrid Energy Storage Systems(HESS) for eV. Smart Buildings- Home Energy Management Systems (HEMS), Zero Net Energy Buildings (ZNEB) and Smart Devices. Smart Grids- Power flow control in Smart Micro Grids, Intelligent Self-Healing systems based on Multi Agent Systems, IoT applications in Smart Grid Protection and Stability, Ship-board Smart Micro Grids, Smart Metering, Smart sensing and Control, HESS, Micro Grids and Smart Transformers. Renewable Energy Systems- Grid Integration of RES through Shunt Active Filters, Grid Integration of RES through eV Charging Stations, MPPT Controllers for RES, Micro-Algae fuel cells and Microbial Fuel Cells. Hybrid Energy Storage systems, Intelligent Controllers, AI/IoT/MAS applications in Electric Power Grids. She is working on different funded projects in the areas of eV-Grid Integration, Smart Grids and RES-Grid Integration.

Dr. Manjula Nair received the Bachelor of Technology in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and Master of Technology in Electric Power Systems from the University of Calicut with distinction. She earned her Ph. D. in Power Electronics and Drives from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi. Dr. Nair joined as Faculty in Amrita School of Engineering’s Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering in 1995 after a brief two years’ teaching position at the Amrita Institute of Computer Technology.

Dr. Nair serves as a reviewer of research publications of IEEE Transactions in Industrial Electronics, Power Delivery, Smart Grids and many Elsevier journals. She also serves as an AICTE authorised reviewer for STTPs and other funded project proposals.

Education

  • Ph. D., Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi (2007).
  • M. Tech., University of Calicut, Kerala (2000).
  • B. Tech., University of Calicut, Kerala (1992).
Publications

Conference Paper

Vehicle-to-grid Transactions and Shunt Active Filtering Capability of SmartParks Equipped with Modified ICosФ Controller

Authors : Dr. Manjula G. Nair, V. Raveendran

Publisher : 2014 IEEE Students' Conference on Electrical, Electronics and Computer Science

Performance Comparison of Shunt Active Filter Interfacing Algorithm for Renewable Energy Sources

Authors : Dr. Manjula G. Nair, K. Ilango, Bhargav, A., Trivikram, A., Kavya, P. S., Mounika, G.

Publisher : IEEE International Conference on Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Systems (PEDES 2012), Central Power Research Institute (CPRI)

A hybrid photovoltaic-battery powered DC-DC converter with high conversion ratio and reduced switch stress

Authors : Dr. Manjula G. Nair, K. Ilango, Ram, S.

Publisher : IEEE International Conference on Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Systems (PEDES 2012), Central Power Research Institute (CPRI)

STATCOM Based Controller for a Three Phase System Feeding Single Phase Loads

Authors : Dr. Manjula G. Nair, P. Anu, Divya, R

Publisher : Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Technological Advancements in Power and Energy, TAP Energy 2015

Performance Analysis of Different Control Algorithms for Series active Filter

Authors : Dr. Manitha P. V., Dr. Manjula G. Nair, Jishnu Sankar V. C., and G. Manjula, N.

Publisher : Electrical, Computer and Communication Technologies (ICECCT), 2015 IEEE International Conference on

Tariff Based Fuzzy Logic Controller for Active Power Sharing between Micro-grid to Grid with Improved Power Quality

Authors : Dr. Manjula G. Nair, D. R, K. Ilango, S, D.

Publisher : IEEE International Conference on Energy Efficient Technologies for Sustainability (ICEETS), Nagarcovil

Smart Park as a Shunt Active Filtering System in Metro Railways

Authors : Dr. Manjula G. Nair, V. Raveendran, Krishnan, N. N

Publisher : 2016 International Conference on Energy Efficient Technologies for Sustainability (ICEETS)

Photovoltaic Based Adaptive Shunt Hybrid Filter for Power Quality Enhancement

Authors : Dr. Sindhu M. R., Dr. Manjula G. Nair, S, S.

Publisher : 2016 IEEE International Conference on Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Systems (PEDES)

Consumer Level Intelligence in a Smart Micro-Grid

Authors : Dr. Manjula G. Nair, S. P. N, V, D

Publisher : 2016 International Conference on Energy Efficient Technologies for Sustainability (ICEETS)

Waste Harmonic Power Recovery from Distribution Transformer and its Controlled Consumption with Battery Support

Authors : Dr. Manjula G. Nair, Dr. Preetha P. K., P. K. Preetha, Athul, M. V., Nair, P. S. C

Publisher : 2017 International Conference on Technological Advancements in Power and Energy ( TAP Energy)

Vehicle-to-grid Support by Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Operated at Airports and Metro Rail Stations

Authors : Dr. Manjula G. Nair, V. Raveendran, Krishnan, N. N.

Publisher : 2017 International Conference on Technological Advancements in Power and Energy ( TAP Energy)

Power Quality Improvement Using STATCOM with Renewable Energy Sources

Authors : Dr. Manjula G. Nair, K. Ilango, .A, B., .A, T., .P.S, K., .G, M

Publisher : IEEE -5th India International Conference on Power Electronics, (IICPE 2012), IEEE PELS – IES Delhi Chapter IEEE PES-IAS Delhi Chapter

An Enhanced Controller for Shunt Active Filter Interfacing Renewable Energy Source and Grid

Authors : Dr. Manitha P. V., Dr. Manjula G. Nair, K. Ilango; Manitha P. V.; Dr. Manjula G. Nair

Publisher : Sustainable Energy Technologies (ICSET), 2012 IEEE Third International Conference on

Smart Level 2 DC Electric Vehicle Charging Station with Improved Grid Stability Sand Battery Backup

Authors : Dr. Manjula G. Nair, Divya R., V. Raveendran, R. Divya, Chandran, P. C. S.

Publisher : 2017 International Conference on Technological Advancements in Power and Energy ( TAP Energy)

A PV panel model considering temperature and irradiance effect on panel resistances

Authors : Dr. Manjula G. Nair, Sreelekshmi R. S., P. T. Pillai

Publisher : 2017 International Conference on Technological Advancements in Power and Energy ( TAP Energy)

Optimal Scheduling of an Islanded Urban Micro Grid

Authors : Dr. Manjula G. Nair, V. C. J. Sankar, Sreehari, P.

Publisher : 2017 Innovations in Power and Advanced Computing Technologies (i-PACT)

Optimal scheduling and energy management of a residential hybrid microgrid

Authors : Dr. Manjula G. Nair, V. C. J. Sankar; M. Raghunath

Publisher : 2017 Innovations in Power and Advanced Computing Technologies (i-PACT)

Load Side Management of an Automated Residential Building Powered by Renewable Energy Sources

Authors : Dr. Manjula G. Nair, S. Anoop, K. Ilango, Nandagopal, J. L.

Publisher : 2017 IEEE International Conference on Signal Processing, Informatics, Communication and Energy Systems (SPICES)

Integration of Demand Response with Prioritized Load Optimization for Multiple Homes

Authors : Dr. Manjula G. Nair, V. C. J. Sankar, Hareesh, V.

Publisher : 2017 International Conference on Technological Advancements in Power and Energy ( TAP Energy)

Implementation of consumer level intelligence in a smart micro-grid along with HEMS based price prediction scheme

Authors : Dr. Manjula G. Nair, Seema P. N., Deepa, V

Publisher : 1st IEEE International Conference on Power Electronics, Intelligent Control and Energy Systems, ICPEICES 2016

Implementation of a Load Side Management Algorithm for an Islanded Microgrid Powered by Renewable Energy Sources

Authors : Dr. Manjula G. Nair, S. Anoop, K. Ilango, Nandagopal J. L.

Publisher : 2017 International Conference on Technological Advancements in Power and Energy ( TAP Energy)

Hardware Implementation of Power Sharing and Power Quality Improvement for Grid Integration of Microgrid

Authors : Dr. Manjula G. Nair, Divya R., Nandukrishnan, S. M.

Publisher : 2017 International Conference on Technological Advancements in Power and Energy ( TAP Energy)

A Fuzzy Logic Controller for Energy Management in a PV — Battery based Microgrid System

Authors : Dr. Manjula G. Nair, Sreelekshmi R. S., Ashok, A

Publisher : 2017 International Conference on Technological Advancements in Power and Energy ( TAP Energy)

Fuzzy Control based Biogas IC Engine Generator System in a Residential Building

Authors : Dr. Manjula G. Nair, M. K. Kumar, Kailas, T. S., K. Ilango

Publisher : 2017 International Conference on Technological Advancements in Power and Energy ( TAP Energy)

Performance Analysis of Different Custom Power Devices in Power Park

Authors : Dr. Manitha P. V., Dr. Manjula G. Nair

Publisher : 2016 - Biennial International Conference on Power and Energy Systems: Towards Sustainable Energy, PESTSE 2016

Differential Evolution based Energy Management System for Zero Net Energy Building

Authors : Dr. Manjula G. Nair, Dr. V. Ravikumar Pandi, D. Madathil, K. Ilango

Publisher : 2017 International Conference on Technological Advancements in Power and Energy ( TAP Energy)

DC link voltage regulation in active filter using drainage power from distribution transformer

Authors : Dr. Manjula G. Nair, Dr. Preetha P. K., P. K. Preetha; Surya Babu, S

Publisher : 1st IEEE International Conference on Power Electronics, Intelligent Control and Energy Systems, ICPEICES 2016

Day Ahead Optimal Scheduling of an Islanded Urban Micro Grid with Distributed Active Generator Units

Authors : Dr. Manjula G. Nair, V. C. J. Sankar, Sreehari, P

Publisher : 2017 International Conference on Technological Advancements in Power and Energy ( TAP Energy)

A Comparative Performance Analysis of PV Grid Interface STATCOM Control Algorithms

Authors : Dr. Manjula G. Nair, D. Aiswarya, K. Ilango

Publisher : 2017 Innovations in Power and Advanced Computing Technologies (i-PACT)

Active power compensation by Smart Park in DC metro railways

Authors : Dr. Manjula G. Nair, V. Raveendran, Krishnan, N. N.

Publisher : 1st IEEE International Conference on Power Electronics, Intelligent Control and Energy Systems, ICPEICES 2016

Simulation Analysis of Modified DC Bus Voltage Control Algorithm for Power Quality Improvement on Distributed Generation Systems

Authors : Dr. Manitha P. V., Dr. Manjula G. Nair, Aiswarya, M.a; K. Ilango; Dr. Manjula G. Nair

Publisher : IEEE-International Conference on Power and Energy Systems: Towards Sustainable Energy Systems (PESTSE2014)

Simulation Analysis of Half Bridge Series Parallel Resonant Converter Based Battery Charger for Photovoltaic System

Authors : Dr. Manjula G. Nair, K. Rakhi, K. Ilango, Manjunath, H. V.

Publisher : IEEE-International Conference on Power and Energy Systems: Towards Sustainable Energy Systems (PESTSE2014)

SmartPark as Shunt Active Filter using modified ICosφ controller

Authors : Dr. Manjula G. Nair, V. Raveendran

Publisher : 2014 Power and Energy Systems Conference: Towards Sustainable Energy, PESTSE 2014

Control and operation of microgrid connected Hybrid Energy Storage System

Authors : Dr. Manjula G. Nair, Sreelekshmi R. S., Prasad, A.

Publisher : 2016 International Conference on Energy Efficient Technologies for Sustainability, ICEETS 2016

Smart Transformer Based Power Flow Control in Multi Microgrid System

Authors : Dr. Manjula G. Nair, Jishnu Sankar V. C., Haritha G

Publisher : 2016 International Conference on Energy Efficient Technologies for Sustainability (ICEETS)

Grid Connected Solar Photovoltaic System with Shunt Active Filtering Capability Under Transient Load Conditions

Authors : Dr. Manjula G. Nair, L. S. Stanly, Divya, R

Publisher : Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Technological Advancements in Power and Energy, TAP Energy 2015

Power quality studies on a soft-start for an induction motor

Authors : Dr. Manjula G. Nair, Ga Bhuvaneswari, Charles, Sa

Publisher : Transmission and Distribution Exposition Conference: 2008 IEEE PES Powering Toward the Future, PIMS 2008

An ANN based digital controller for a three-phase active power filter

Authors : Dr. Manjula G. Nair, M. R. Sindhu, Nambiar, T. N. P.

Publisher : 2008 Joint International Conference on Power System Technology POWERCON and IEEE Power India Conference, POWERCON 2008

Fuzzy logic based facts controller for damping oscillations

Authors : Dr. Manjula G. Nair, Nambiar, T. N. P

Publisher : Proceedings of the IEEE Power Engineering Society Transmission and Distribution Conference

Analog Circuit Based Implementation of Novel Current Compensation Algorithm for Shunt Active Power Filters

Authors : Dr. Manjula G. Nair, Bhuvaneswari, G

Publisher : IASTED International Conf. On Power and Energy systems

Design, Simulation and Analog Circuit Implementation of a Three-phase Shunt Active Filter using the Icos φ Algorithm

Authors : Dr. Manjula G. Nair, Bhuvaneswari, G

Publisher : 2005 International Conference on Power Electronics and Drives Systems

Comparison of Synchronous Detection and I. Cos #x003D5; Shunt Active Filtering Algorithms

Authors : Dr. Manjula G. Nair, G. Bhuvaneswari, S. Reddy, K.

Publisher : Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Systems, 2006. PEDES '06. International Conference on

An Enhanced Controller for Shunt Active Filter Interfacing Renewable Energy Source and Grid

Authors : Dr. Manitha P. V., Dr. Manjula G. Nair, K. Ilango

Publisher : India International Conference on Power Electronics, IICPE2012, IEEE 5th India International Conference on Power Electronics

Journal Article

An ANN Based Digital Controller with Three-Phase Shunt Active Power Filter for Power Quality Improvement

Authors : Dr. Sindhu M. R., Dr. Manjula G. Nair, Dr. Manjula G. Nair, and Nambiar, T. N. P.

Publisher : International Review of Electrical Engineering

Hardware Implementation of Solar Photovoltaic System Based Half Bridge Series Parallel Resonant Converter for Battery Charger

Authors : Dr. Manjula G. Nair, K. Rakhi, Ilango, K

Publisher : International Journal of Power Electronics and Drive Systems

Voltage Flicker Mitigation in Electric Arc Furnace using D-STATCOM

Authors : Dr. V. S. Kirthika Devi, Dr. Manjula G. Nair, Madathil, Deepthisree; K. Ilango; Dr. Manjula G. Nair; V. S. Kirthika Devi

Publisher : International Journal of Power Electronics and Drive Systems (IJPEDS)

Dynamic Power Quality Compensator with an Adaptive Shunt Hybrid Filter

Authors : Dr. Sindhu M. R., Dr. Manjula G. Nair, Dr. Manjula G. Nair and Nambiar, T. N. P.

Publisher : International Journal of Power Electronics and Drive Systems

A Novel Shunt Active Filter Algorithm: Simulation and Analog circuit-based Implementation

Authors : Dr. Manjula G. Nair, Bhuvaneswari, G

Publisher : International journal of energy technology and policy

Research 

Dr. Nair works on Electric Vehicles – V2G, G2V, V2V, on-board integrated charging, wireless charging, eV charging stations and Hybrid Energy Storage Systems(HESS) for eV. Smart Buildings- Home Energy Management Systems (HEMS), Zero Net Energy Buildings (ZNEB) and Smart Devices. Smart Grids- Power flow control in Smart Micro Grids, Intelligent Self-Healing systems based on Multi Agent Systems, IoT applications in Smart Grid Protection and Stability, Ship-board Smart Micro Grids, Smart Metering, Smart sensing and Control, HESS, Micro Grids and Smart Transformers. Renewable Energy Systems- Grid Integration of RES through Shunt Active Filters, Grid Integration of RES through eV Charging Stations, MPPT Controllers for RES, Micro-Algae fuel cells and Microbial Fuel Cells. Hybrid Energy Storage systems, Intelligent Controllers, AI/IoT/MAS applications in Electric Power Grids. She is working on different funded projects in the areas of eV-Grid Integration, Smart Grids and RES-Grid Integration.

Her earlier work mainly focussed on FACTS & Power Quality-Auto-tuned-Passive/Active/Hybrid Filtering units for Current/Voltage Harmonics, Design and Development of Controllers for these Filtering Units, FACTS Devices, Fuzzy and ANN Controllers for power applications, Custom Power Parks and Custom Power Devices and Control. Dr. Nair worked on the funded project on Digital Hybrid Filtering for Power Quality Improvement, funded by Department of Science and Technology(DST), Ministry of Human Resource Development(MHRD), Government of India.

Projects

  • Electric Vehicles:
    • eV-Grid Integration in an EVCS infrastructure with IoT applications
    • Development of an Improvised Traction Drive Topology with on-board Integrated battery charging scheme
  • Smart Buildings, Zero Net Energy Building:
    • A Multi-Objective Optimization Controller for Energy Management in Zero Net Energy Buildings
  • Smart Grids:
    • An Intelligent Instrumentation and Communication Network in Smart Grids
    • Energy Storage and Management in Smart Micro-Grids – Hybrid Energy Storage Systems
    • An Intelligent Controller for Power Flow management in a Smart Micro-Grid System with Power Quality Enhancement
    • Distributed and Parallel Control of Smart Micro-Grid Systems with Security Enhancements to Cyber Threats
    • A Multi-Agent-System based Self-Healing Protection in Smart Grids
    • IoT based Intelligent Protection and Stability in Smart Grids o Home Energy Management Systems
    • Smart Transformers
  • Renewable Energy Systems:
    • Grid-Integration of RES with Power Quality Improvement
  • FACTS & Power Quality:
    • Shunt active Filter for Power Quality Improvement
    • Hybrid Filter with auto-tuned passive filter and shunt active filter
    • Hybrid Filter with Digital Control
    • Design and development of a Mini Custom Power park with Power Quality Improvement
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