NZWEA talked to Avishek Kumar, Senior Control Engineer at DNV GL, and an NZWEA Board Member representing Associate Members.
Avishek grew up in Tauranga but currently lives with his family in Auckland after some time living in Bristol (UK). Avishek has a bachelor’s degree in Mechatronic Engineering and a doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering (Wind Turbine Control Systems) from the University of Auckland.
After undergraduate studies Avishek began his professional career as an industrial electrical engineer for Beca in Tauranga. Helping a range of industrial companies such as Orica, Norske Skog and Carter Holt Harvey manage, maintain and upgrade their control system needs. Wanting to be more involved in technology development and creation, Avishek moved back to Auckland to undertake doctoral research into next generation control systems for wind turbines – unlocking novel ways of reducing the cost of wind energy.
Four years later, with thesis submitted and Avishek was recruited by GL Garrad Hassan (now a unit of DNV GL) in Bristol to design wind turbine control algorithms and provide control system advice for many of the world’s turbine OEMs including Acciona, Goldwind, Samsung, Hitachi and Sinovel. In this role Avishek also maintained his research and development interests, continuing to present work academically and building the teams skillsets in LiDAR assisted turbine control, control for floating offshore wind turbines, control for tidal turbines and the application of is doctoral research in a commercial space.
In 2014 Avishek returned to New Zealand, bringing his role as a Senior Control Engineer within DNV GL to Auckland where he continues to provide commercial and development services with the team in Bristol as well as providing direct support to clients in Asia Pacific. Avishek became a Director at NZWEA in 2015, representing DNV GL and providing a deep understanding of turbine technology to the Board.