Major General Rick Devereaux, USAF (Ret.)
Track A | Energy Security & Government Energy Management | FEDENERGY WORKS
Across the globe, electrical power grids enable the long-distance transmission and the local distribution of electrical power to meet countless energy requirements.Despite their ubiquitousness, these wired grids, even in technologically advanced nations, vary greatly in their level of resilience and ability to deliver the right source of power (renewable, fossil fuel) from the generator to the ultimate end user.Long distance transmission lines are vulnerable to physical and cyber attack, often interrupted by severe weather events, and could be crippled by a large scale Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) event from an attack or natural geodetic disturbance.What’s more, its become increasingly difficult to negotiate the regulatory and environmental hurdles necessary to fund new transmission projects.Finally, although wired transmission segments are efficient over a range of hundreds of miles, their high cost requires the generation source to be relatively close to the distribution point.
The presentation will introduce a technology that has the potential to overcome these vulnerabilities and limitations via the long-distance wireless transmission of utility-scale electrical power.Utilizing an electromagnetic phenomenon called the Zenneck Surface Wave which was theorized in the early 20th century, scientists and engineers with Viziv Technologies have conducted a series of experiments suggesting that electrical power can be safely and efficiently delivered across very long distances, bypassing natural obstacles and avoiding the cascading failures that often threaten today’s grid.The presentation will discuss the evolution of this technology and its implications for enhancing the security, resiliency, and availability of energy for government and commercial applications.
Major General Rick Devereaux, USAF (Ret.), is the Executive Vice President for Government Affairs for Viziv Technologies LLC.General Devereaux earned a B.S. in International Affairs from the US Air Force Academy, and holds M.S. degrees in Systems Management, Airpower Art and Science, and National Security Strategy.General Devereaux served over 34 years in the Air Force as a pilot, functional expert, and commander at multiple levels. As a pilot, he logged over 3,500 hours in the C-5 Galaxy, KC-135 Stratotanker, and instructed in numerous training aircraft. He commanded a flying squadron, an operations group, two wings, two installations, and the US Air Force Expeditionary Center in New Jersey. After 9/11, his operations group deployed multiple teams that established air mobility hubs across the Middle East. He also completed two tours on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon in the Operations and Logistics directorates, was the Director of all Air Force flying and technical training operations, and the Director of Regional Affairs on the Secretary of the Air Force’s international affairs staff. His last job on active duty was the Air Force Director of Operational Planning, Policy, and Strategy at the Pentagon. Since retiring in 2012, General Devereaux has worked as a strategic consultant for numerous defense firms, think tanks, and technology companies. He writes and lectures on defense, technology, and leadership in his home state of North Carolina and serves on the Boards of several communities and national organizations, including the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, VA.
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