Krish Thiagarajan Sharman, a professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and the Endowed Chair in Renewable Energy, is one of the principal facilitators for a groundbreaking partnership between the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) in India. The two institutions signed a memorandum of agreement for inter-institutional cooperation on Wednesday, September 22.
As Sharman said about the momentous agreement, “We have been in discussions with NIWE on several topics of mutual interest in the area of offshore wind energy development in the two countries, and the agreement will enable us to develop research and development projects in this area.”
Based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, the NIWE serves as a technical center of research and development excellence under the Ministry of Wind and Renewable Energy in India. Meanwhile, the University of Massachusetts Wind Energy Center (WEC) is the nation's preeminent wind energy program, which has been conducting research, education, and training in wind energy for over 40 years.
“The [WEC] takes a comprehensive approach, bringing together researchers who understand the technical challenges, environmental implications, socioeconomic impacts, and regulatory hurdles of offshore wind development,” said UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy. “They also prepare the next generation of energy professionals through academic programs and experiential learning opportunities at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level – as well as ongoing up-skilling for offshore wind professionals.”
The UMass News Office said the goal of this partnership with NIWE is to establish mutually beneficial collaborative research projects and facilitate the exchange of faculty, staff, and students for short- and long-term visits for the purpose of research, teaching, and presentation of seminars.
Sharman is an expert on marine renewable energy and energy producing offshore structures. He is a Fellow of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and leads the Ocean and Marine Engineering Group at UMass Amherst.
In that context, Sharman studies: marine renewable energy, including wind, wave, tidal, and thermal energy conversion; hydrodynamics and fluid-structure interaction; marine and offshore platform design; aquaculture engineering; and experimental and computational fluid dynamics. (October 2021)