Balaraman Kannan

Dr Balaraman Kannan
Director General
National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE)

Dr. Balaraman Kannan, Director General, National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) under Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India is an expert in RE integration. His expertise includes handling of very large systems like Indian and several other international grid systems and also complex industrial networks. His vast experience of more than 30 years is spread across the gamut of Energy system and power system engineering right from planning to the real time operation.

His international experience spans over 25 Countries and has carried out Grid Integration of RE with the portfolio of more than 35,000 MW of wind generation and 5000 MW of solar generation. He was involved in preparation of Wind Energy Grid code in India and also updating Java-Matura-Bali Grid code with Renewables as part of ICED project. As part of USAID SARI project, he was involved in Harmonization of Grid code for South Asian interconnection which has includes the Renewable Energy options.

Recipient of National Award for e-Governance, 2018-19 (Gold) for Wind Power forecasting services for Tamil Nadu from Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances, Govt. of India

He is recipient of “Outstanding Engineer Award” by the IEEE Power and Energy Society in 2016 and also received “British Overseas Scholarship” in 1997.

He has published over 50 research papers in National and international journals & conferences. He has guided one Ph.D and two M.Sc (engg), besides over 250 projects of Master degree and Bachelor degree students.