Technology Today

2012 Issue 1

2011 Raytheon Power and Energy Technology Symposium

2011 Raytheon Power and Energy Technology Symposium

Collaborating on Innovative Solutions to Meet the Energy Needs of our Customer

All six Raytheon businesses and several U.S. Army and Navy customers participated in the Power and Energy Technology Symposium in December 2011 at the Raytheon Marlborough, Mass. facility. The symposium participants included a targeted group of 50 chief engineers, technical directors and subject matter experts who are charged with inserting new power technology into Raytheon products.

The honored guest speaker was Lt. Damian Blazy, who is currently serving in the Pentagon as military aide to Rear Admiral Philip Cullom, Director of the Navy Task Force Energy; and, as energy security analyst in the Navy Energy Coordination Office, Blazy gave a compelling “call to arms” talk about our civilization’s over-reliance on non-renewable resources — such as fossil fuels for energy and rare earth elements for commodities — and how that reliance affects energy security and acquisition cost. He spoke to the Navy’s initiatives on energy efficient acquisition, increasing existing fleet efficiencies, diversifying energy resources, and culture and behavior change.

The day inspired much information sharing and idea generation, with engaging discussions during the 10 presentations. The dialogue continued and new connections were made while gathered around the 14 poster presentations. Of particular interest were the Intelligent Power and Energy Management (IPEM) power system modeling and optimization tool, and the Intelligent Energy Command and Control (IEC2) software package. These tools enable a system to be run and optimized for efficiency, maximum continuous and/or peak power, minimal fuel consumption, lowest cost operation, maximum run-time, intelligent load shedding, silent watch or other scenarios as required. Another highlight was the demonstration of a prototype portable/wearable fuel cell battery replacement for soldier power applications.

The success of this event was evident by the immediate opportunities generated and the cross-pollination of ideas for technology insertion into existing products and new pursuits.

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