Our future health, happiness and economic well-being depend on producing plentiful, inexpensive, carbon-free energy that is available 24 hours a day, worldwide.
Coal, oil and gas supply more than 80 percent of the world's energy. It is relatively inexpensive, but is polluting and could be adding to global warming. Many think that traditional renewable energy sources such as wind and solar can make up only 10-20 percent of the energy we need in the years ahead.
Fusion energy could change everything. The National Ignition Facility (NIF) will be used to achieve fusion ignition, the force inside the nucleus of hydrogen that powers the sun and the stars.
Harnessing the energy of the sun and stars to meet Earth's energy needs has been a multiple decade-long scientific and engineering challenge. NIF is close to demonstrating fusion ignition and energy gain for the first time. Once ignition is demonstrated, the world may take a major step closer to developing a fusion power plant capable of producing clean, secure, carbon-free energy. Come and learn what it will take for fusion power to become a reality in the next few decades.
Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010
Session 1: 9:30 a.m.
Session 2: 11:15 a.m.
WHERE: Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore
NOTE: The lecture marks the final presentation in the Science on Saturday series. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis; there is no pre-registration. Admission is free. Directions, maps and a complete list of lectures are available at http://education.llnl.gov/sos/ Science on Saturday is presented by LLNL's Science Education Program.