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Dr Gobind Gopalakrishna Pillai

Senior Lecturer in Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Gobind Gopalakrishna Pillai

About Gobind Gopalakrishna Pillai

Dr Gobind Pillai graduated with a First class bachelor degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Kerala University, India in 2006. He has professional experience in India and UAE spanning across the maintenance of steel plant electrical machinery, electrical power distribution and building services engineering.

After a few years in industry Gobind went on to complete a Masters in Power Systems Engineering with a Distinction in 2011 from Anna University, Chennai, India. He also completed an MBA by distance education at the same time in Operations Management from ICFAI University, India.

Gobind moved to the UK in January 2012 for his PhD in Electrical Power Engineering (completed in February 2015) at Northumbria University as part of an EPSRC funded UK-India collaborative project titled Stability and Performance of Photovoltaics (STAPP). His PhD research looked at case studies from the UK and India, for studying the impacts of grid integration of distributed residential PV systems on near-term economic benefits, energy yield optimization and grid support.

Gobind has also worked as a part time tutor at Northumbria during his PhD and was nominated for ‘Best Postgraduate who Teaches’ in the 2014 Student Led Teaching Awards.

Gobind started as a senior lecturer at Teesside University in July 2014 and teaches a variety of modules within MEng/BEng programmes on Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and Instrumentation and Control Engineering. He is also the programme leader for MSc/PgDip in Electrical Power and Energy Systems Engineering.

Gobind received Top Reviewer (2015, 2016) Awards from Renewable Energy, a high impact journal from Elsevier, in 2016 and 2017 respectively. 

Research interests and activities

Gobind’s research interests include grid integration of new and renewable energy sources, sustainable energy assessments, power networks, energy storage, electrical vehicles, and smart grids. Prospective PhD students who would like to work in these areas can contact him directly for further information.

Research projects & external funding

URF/20500033 - Impacts of photovoltaics in the future electricity generation mix project code has been set up – start up grant – value £2100

PhD and research opportunities

Research Supervision:

  Michael Allison – PhD [2016-2020] - Director of Studies

  Paul Spivey – PhD [2017-2021]- 2nd Supervisor

External roles and professional activities






Higher Education Academy









Elsevier International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems

2015- present


Elsevier Renewable Energy

2015- present


Elsevier Energy

2015- present


IET Renewable Power Generation

2017- present


Elsevier Energy Conversion and Management

2017- present


Elsevier Energy Policy

2017- present


MDPI Energies

Learning and teaching interests

Programme Leader for:
     MSc/PgDip Electrical Power and Energy Systems Engineering
     MSc/PgDip Electrical Power and Energy Systems Engineering with Advance Practice

Modules Leader for:
- Renewable Energy Conversion Systems (MSc) [2016-]
- Emerging Transmission Systems (MSc) [2016-]
- Electrical Engineering Design and Implementation (BEng/MEng) [2016-7]
- Electrical & Electronic Principles (BEng/MEng) [2015-]
- Electrical Machines (BEng/MEng) [2014-]
- Mathematics for Construction (HNC/D)[2014]
- Electrical Machines (TUOLE HNC/D) [2014-15]
- Electrical Supply & Distribution (TUOLE HNC/D) [2014-15]
- Electrical System Protection (TUOLE HNC/D) [2014-15]

Enterprise interest and activities

Gobind is keen to pursue industrial collaborations that align with his research interests and subject expertise.


Selected Publications

Journal Papers

Pillai, G., Putrus, G., Pearsall, N., Georgitsioti, T. ‘The Effect of Distribution Network on the Annual Energy Yield and Economic Performance of Residential PV Systems under High Penetration, Renewable Energy, August 2017.

Pillai, G., Naser, HY. ‘Assessing the Technical Impact of Integrating Largescale Photovoltaics to the Electrical Power Network of Bahrain’, Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments, April 2017.

Georgitsioti, T., Pillai, G., Pearsall, N., Putrus, G., Forbes, I., Anand, RS. ‘Short-term Performance Variations of Different PV System Technologies under the Humid Subtropical Climate of Kanpur in India’, accepted for publication in IET Renewable Power Generation, June 2015.

Pillai, G., Putrus, G., Pearsall, N.  ‘Generation of Synthetic Benchmark Electrical Load Profiles Using Publicly Available Load and Weather Data’, International Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems, October 2014. 

Pillai, G., Putrus, G., Georgitsioti, T., Pearsall, N. ‘Near-Term Economic Benefits from Grid-Connected Residential PV Systems’, Energy, April 2014. 


Conference Papers

Makhloufi, S., Pillai, G., Mekhaldi, A., Teguar, M. ‘Cuckoo Search Algorithm for Integration of Wind Power Generation to Meet Load Demand Growth’, IEEE 17th International Conference on Environment and Electrical Engineering (EEEIC), 2017.

Pillai, G., Hodgson, J., Insaurralde, CC., Pinitjitsamut, M. ‘The techno-economic feasibility of providing solar photovoltaic backup power’, IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS), 2016.

Pillai, G., Winter, N., Hamdi, ES. ‘Development of a Master Programme in Electrical Power and Energy Systems at Teesside University’, IEEE 51st International Universities Power Engineering Conference (UPEC), 2016.

Pillai, G., Putrus, G., Anand, RS., Perumal, RP. ‘Performance Assessment of Grid-Connected Photovoltaic Inverters Based on Field Monitoring’, IEEE Power Electronics for Distributed Generation (PEDG), 2014. 

Georgitsioti, T., Pearsall, N., Anand, RS., Pillai, G., Forbes, I., Perumal, RP., Srivastava, S. ‘Short term Performance Variations of Different PV System Technologies under the Humid Subtropical Climate of Kanpur in India’, PVSAT-10, 2014.  

Pillai, G., Anand, RS., Pearsall, N., Putrus, G., Georgitsioti, T., Forbes, I., Perumal, RP., Srivastava, S. ‘Role of Routine Visual Inspection in Performance Monitoring of Photovoltaic Systems’, International Conference on Energy Efficient LED Lighting and Solar Photovoltaic Systems, 2014.

Pillai, G., Putrus, G., Pearsall, N.  ‘Impact of Distribution Network Voltage Rise on PV System Energy Yield’, IEEE INDICON, 2013. 

Pillai, G., Putrus, G., Pearsall, N. ‘Impact of Policy Reforms, in Response to Higher PV Penetration Challenges, on PV Energy Usage’, IGCCIA International Research Conference, 2013.

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In the news

  • Lecturer's accolade from top journal
    Evening Gazette, 25/06/2016
    Dr Gobind Pillai has received a Top Reviewer Award form the Renewable Energy Journal.