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To provide leadership and to disseminate technical information in the fields of:
The physics of the break down of long air gaps, physical experimentation and mathematical modeling.
The lightning attachment process
The physics of lightning protection devices
The interaction of lightning protection devices with lightning phenomena
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FSAT Brochure
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Lightning Electro Technologies Ltd History
Lightning Electrotechnologies Inc. About Us
Lightning Electrotechnologies Inc. Our Mission  
Lightning Electrotechnologies Inc was established on September 19th 2008 with the intention of acting as the primary operations-company in the campaign to commercialise the revolutionary lightning protection technologies developed by Expodev Inc.

Expodev Inc is an Electrical Engineering Consultation firm, which was founded in 1984 by Dr. Farouk A.M Rizk. It has primarily been a project organisation that assembles teams of specialists to tackle engineering and management challenges, some such projects have included: consultation and construction management services for the construction of high voltage, high current and transmission line tower-testing facilities. The design of high voltage and high power testing facilities, management of test programs at research test facilities and investigations into anomalous flashovers at substations, on power lines and during live line work.

In 2005, as a natural extension of Dr. Rizk’s life long interests and scientific work and after concluding that existing lightning protection equipment offered was not adequately resolving the problem, Expodev began to engage in independent research activities that escalated into a product development campaign primarily in the field of lightning protection for structures and power transmission lines.

Farouk A.M. Rizk holds a B.Sc. Eng. and M.Sc. from Cairo University, a Ph.D degree from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, and a Doctor of Technology degree from Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Dr. Rizk worked as a research engineer with ASEA (ABB), Sweden, in the High Power Laboratory, Ludvika, in 1960-1963 and in the Computer Department, Vasteras, in 1963.  He worked for the Egyptian Electricity Authority (1964 - 1971), becoming Manager, High Voltage, in 1968. He joined the Institut de Recherche d'Hydro-Quebec (IREQ) as a senior research scientist in 1972, subsequently passing from scientific director (1976) to Vice-President Laboratories (1986) and held the title of fellow research scientist (1986-1996).  

His research work covers a wide range of topics in high voltage and high power engineering: arc dynamics in circuit breakers, polluted insulators, single pole switching, electromagnetic shielding, compressed gas and liquid breakdown, long air gaps and lightning attachment.

Dr. Rizk was elected IEEE Fellow in 1982 “for contributions to the science of high voltage technology and for technical leadership in the advancement of the electric power industry”. He has been chairman of the 10th International Symposium on High Voltage Engineering (ISH) in 1997 and chairman of ISH steering committee. Dr. Rizk received prize paper awards from the IEEE Transmission and Distribution Committee in 1989, 1991 and 1995 and from the Power Engineering Society of IEEE in 1996.  He was awarded the IEEE Herman Halperin Electric Transmission Award in 1996 for outstanding contributions to electric power transmission and distribution. He is a Distinguished Member of the International Council on Large High Voltage Electrical Systems (CIGRE) and a recipient of the CIGRE Technical Committee Award, 1997.

Dr. Rizk made major contributions to standardisation work, particularly during his tenure as international chairman of IEC Technical Committee 28: Insulation Co-ordination, 1983-1996. Under his leadership the whole area of insulation co-ordination was revised, which led to the new standards IEC 71-1 and IEC 71-2. His efforts to promote insulation co-ordination of high voltage dc transmission led to standardisation work now undertaken by IEC TC 28.

Dr. Rizk is the author of “Rizk’s Equation” which is the recommended equation for calculation of lightning strike distances to transmission lines as per the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) AC Transmission Line Reference Book. More recently Dr. Rizk authored the Chapter on Lightning Performance in the technical update of the June 2008 EPRI HVDC Reference Book; Overhead Lines for HVDC Transmission. A number of IEEE publications that expand on those subjects are currently under preparation.

In the 2008 Publication “The Art and Science of Lightning Protection” by Dr. Martin A. Uman, on page 52, Dr. Uman states: “The various representative views of the proper attachment process model according to the electric power research community are expressed in the papers of Rizk (1990, 1994a,b) which include the discussions of other researchers who question Rizk’s model”. Although the comment is appreciated and with all due respect to Dr. Uman, since Dr. Rizk’s publication is an original work and not a review of previous models it would have been more accurate to state: “The electric power research community has adopted the work of Rizk as the proper attachment process model. (1990, 1994ab) in which, the discussions include rebuttals to other researchers who questioned Rizk’s Model.”
Dr. Rizk is now President of Lightning Electrotechnologies Inc in Montreal. He is also an adjunct Professor at the Electrical Engineering Department, McGill University and invited professor at INRS-Energie. Dr. Rizk continues to engage in research, and publish new works.
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