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Shalom Zelingher Dies; NYPA Technology Chief

Steve Shoenholz

January 30, 2007


WHITE PLAINS-Shalom Zelingher, the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) chief technology development officer and a prominent figure in several electric utility industry organizations, died on Jan. 23 after an illness of several months.  Zelingher, who was 55 years old, had worked at the Power Authority since 1983.

Zelingher played a leading role at NYPA in development of the convertible static compensator, the most advanced Flexible Alternating Current Transmission System (FACTS) device, and of sophisticated monitoring systems for hydroelectric projects and substation equipment.

He also directed implementation of ambitious fuel cell and solar photovoltaic programs, including installation of one of the world’s first fuel cells to run on anaerobic digester gas produced in sewage treatment.  Most recently, he had been heading an effort to use hydroelectric power to produce hydrogen through the electrolysis of water.

Zelingher received more than a dozen industry awards, including three R&D 100 awards from R&D Magazine; authored or co-authored more than 60 technical papers; and shared a patent for a cathodic protection system for lessening the effects of stray electric currents.

He was a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) Power Engineering and Industry Applications Societies and served on the editorial board of the IEEE’s Power and Energy magazine.  In 1998, he received an IEEE Region 1 award for “contributions and commitment to electrical engineering professionalism and the promotion of IEEE ideals.”

Zelingher was a member of the American Public Power Association’s Demonstration of Energy-Efficiency Development (DEED) Board of Directors, served on the National Hydrogen Association board and was a member of the International Conference on Large High-Voltage Electric Systems (CIGRE). He was a technical adviser to the Electric Power Research Institute and a former board member of the Solar Electric Power Association.

He held bachelor and master of science degrees from the Polytechnic Institute of New York and had worked for American Electric Power Service Corp. before joining the NYPA staff.


    About NYPA:

 ■    NYPA uses no tax money or state credit.  It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity.  ■    NYPA is a leader in promoting energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.  ■    It is the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.

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