• CERAWeek
  • March 18 - 22, 2024

Tim Heidel


Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Tim Heidel is the Chief Executive Officer at VEIR. Previously, Tim was a member of the investments team at Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV), investing in companies that leverage innovative technologies to significantly address climate change. Prior to BEV, Tim served as Deputy Chief Scientist at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), where he helped lead NRECA’s research and development activities. Tim started his career as a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), where he managed a portfolio of over 75 research projects. His focus at ARPA-E included new approaches for controlling and optimizing the transmission and delivery of electric power. Tim holds SB, MEng, and PhD degrees in electrical engineering and an MS in technology and policy from MIT.

Sessions With Tim Heidel

Thursday, 21 March

  • 09:30am - 10:00am (CST) / 21/mar/2024 02:30 pm - 21/mar/2024 03:00 pm

    VEIR | Accelerating Transmission Capacity Growth using Superconductors

    Achieving aggressive decarbonization goals will require expanding global transmission grids by 2-3X over the next several decades. However, high power transmission lines in new corridors are extremely challenging to permit, site, and build.  In this session, we’ll discuss the potential for high temperature superconductors to be used to build transmission lines that carry 5-10X more power in the same right-of-way space, unlocking the ability to build more grid capacity faster and with less impact.