SEATTLE, Oct. 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PowerLight Technologies (formerly LaserMotive) a pioneer in optical power delivery for industrial and military applications, today announced that Lieutenant General Stephen Lanza, former Commanding General of the United States Army I Corps based out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington, has joined the company’s Advisory Board.

Lt. Gen. Lanza served in the U.S. Army from 1980 through 2017 and held a wide variety of senior positions while commanding soldiers at all levels.

“The addition of Lieutenant General Lanza as advisor is a privilege for PowerLight Technologies and we are honored to have him on our team. Lt. General Lanza brings high energy, domain expertise and insights into how we support the Army’s modernization priorities that include mobile electric power and the trusted relationships with the people who are responsible for the success of those initiatives,” said PowerLight CEO Richard Gustafson.

PowerLight recently introduced its patented optical solution that delivers power over a beam of light in either free space, or through standard fiber optic cables. The new technology can be deployed for air, ground and undersea applications, and is aimed at industry sectors including Aerospace, UAVs, Telecom, Disaster Response, Border Safety, and more. As such the technology is ideal for military and defense-grade applications.

“I believe PowerLight has developed the technology and capability to provide power over light which will revolutionize how we operate in tactical and austere environments,” said Lanza.  “The ability to safely generate power over long distances will minimize the use of large generators and quantities of fuel, will be a tremendous combat multiplier for both the warfighter of today and tomorrow.”

As the Commanding General of the I Corps, Lt. Gen Lanza spearheaded historic projects that ensured that more than 53,000 soldiers remained globally responsive and regionally aligned, with a focus on supporting counterinsurgency and counterterrorism operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, while simultaneously serving as a Combined Joint Task Force ready to conduct expeditionary operations in the Pacific Command Area of Responsibility.

Prior to his I Corps position, Lt. Gen. Lanza served as the Commander of the 7th Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. His operational deployment experience includes Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Saudi Arabia; Operation Joint Guard, Bosnia-Herzegovina; Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq; and Operation New Dawn, Iraq. His other command assignments include the 5th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; and the 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas. He is the recipient of numerous awards and decorations, including the Army Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, among others. Lt. Gen. Lanza also served as a National Security Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Lt. Gen. Lanza graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, as well as from the United States Army Command and General Staff College and the School for Advanced Military Studies. He also earned a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University and a Master of Science in National Security and Strategic Studies from the National War College.

About PowerLight

PowerLight Technologies is a pioneer in the development of patented optical power beaming technology that uses high-intensity light to transfer kilowatts of power over a beam of light wirelessly through free-space or via optical fiber for air, ground and undersea applications—making it ideal for industries including Aerospace, UAVs, Telecom, Disaster Response, Border Safety, and more. Founded in 2007, PowerLight is leveraging over a decade of optical power innovation to revolutionize the delivery of power in power-starved environments. PowerLight is the first to demonstrate the transfer of power over 1 kilometer, and the only company to deliver 1,000 watts of DC power out. PowerLight is headquartered in Kent, WA near Seattle. For more information please see our web site at

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