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January 8, 2011

Mtg: HEMP, IEMI and Severe Geomagnetic Storm Effects on Critical Infrastructures

by @ 8:26 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electrical/Power

TUESDAY January 11, 2011
SCV Electromagnetic Compatibility Chapter
Speaker: Dr. William A. Radasky, President and Managing Engineer, Metatech Corporation; IEEE Fellow, P.E.
Time: Light dinner (fee) at 5:30 PM; Presentation at 6:30 PM
Cost: Yes
Place: Applied Materials Bowers Cafeteria, 3090 Bowers Ave., Santa Clara
RSVP: not required

Over the past 10 years there has been a growing awareness that the threat of high-altitude electromagnetic pulse (HEMP) from a nuclear detonation could be devastating to the commercial infrastructures of the United States, with special concern directed to the U.S. power grid.? Interestingly it has also been established that a severe geomagnetic storm from a solar event could also create significant damage to our power grid that could also take many years to repair.? Finally a new threat of intentional electromagnetic interference (IEMI) produced by electromagnetic weapons by criminals and terrorists raises a third specific electromagnetic threat.
This presentation will briefly review each of these threats and describe their potential impacts on the U.S. power grid.? In addition, past work by the U.S. Congressional EMP Commission, the National Academy of Sciences and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) will be mentioned.? The talk will close with a brief summary of current actions being taken at FERC, NERC and the U.S. Congress.

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