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Mtg: LIFE: Fusion Energy Soon Enough To Make A Difference

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MONDAY November 7, 2011
OEB and SCV Chapters, Life Members
Speaker: Dr. Edward Moses, Director, National Ignition Facility, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Time: 6:30 PM
Cost: $15.00 per person, includes buffet dinner
Place: Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View
RSVP: By November 4, from the website; meeting space is limited

LIFE (Laser Inertial Fusion Energy) is an advanced energy concept under development at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.? Based on physics and technology developed for the National Ignition Facility, a LIFE power plant has the potential to meet future worldwide energy needs in a safe, sustainable manner without harmful emissions to the atmosphere.
The National Ignition Facility (NIF) is the world’s largest and most energetic laser.? The goal of the facility is to achieve controlled nuclear fusion and energy gain in the laboratory for the first time â?? in essence, creating a miniature star on Earth.? NIF’s 192 giant lasers, housed in a ten-story building the size of three football fields, will deliver at least 60 times more energy than any previous laser system.? NIF will focus more than one million joules of ultraviolet laser energy on a tiny target in the center of its target chamber â?? creating conditions similar to those that exist only in the cores of stars and giant planets and inside a nuclear weapon.? The resulting fusion reaction will release many times more energy than the laser energy required to initiate the reaction.
It is widely recognized that fusion energy provides a highly attractive solution to society’s demand for safe, secure, environmentally sustainable energy â?? at a scale that meets our long-term needs.? This presentation will present the LIFE approach to achieving this goal.

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