All of you know that your future, in fact, all of our future health, happiness and economic well-being depends on producing plentiful, inexpensive, carbon-free energy that is available 24 hours/day, worldwide.

Coal, oil and gas supply over 80% 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 sun can only make up 10-20% of the energy we need in the years ahead.

We have an idea that could change everything-fusion energy-unlocking the force inside the nucleus of hydrogen that powers the sun and the stars.

Harnessing the energy of the sun and stars to meet the Earth's energy needs has been a multiple decade-long scientific and engineering challenge. Right here in Livermore, the National Ignition Facility (NIF) is close to demonstrating fusion ignition and energy gain for the first time. Once ignition has been demonstrated, the world will have made a major step closer to developing a fusion power plant capable of producing clean, secure, carbon-free energy, and the fuel is the hydrogen in water.

Come and learn what it will take for fusion power to become a reality in the next few decades.

Work performed under the auspices of the U.S. DOE/NNSA by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344

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Speaker Bios

Dr.Edward Moses

Project Manager and Principal Deputy Associate Director
National Ignition Facility (NIF)

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Ed Moses grew up working for his dad in construction. He earned his B.S. from Cornell University in 1972 in electrical engineerings and his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1977 in laser physics. He began his professional career at Hughes Aircraft Company where he was a scientist and program manager from 1977 to 1980 developing high average power visible light lasers. In 1980, he joined the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory working on new ways to use lasers to process materials. In 1987, he became the Program Manager for the Isotope Separation and Materials Processing Program while also serving as Deputy Associate Director for Lasers.

In 1990, Dr. Moses left the Laboratory, when he became the Executive Vice President of Advanced Technology Applications, but returned to the Laboratory in 1996 as Deputy Associate Director for Program Development in the Physics and Space Technology Directorate. There he became the Project Manager for PEREGRINE, a program that developed and licensed a new method to treat cancer using radiation therapy.

In 1998, Dr. Moses joined the National Ignition Facility (NIF) Project at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and became the Project Manager for NIF in 1999. The NIF is a $3.5B, project to build and commission the world's largest laser facility for the purpose of studying high energy density physics and attaining thermonuclear burn in the laboratory.

He is currently the Associate Director for the NIF Programs Directorate and the Director of the National Ignition Campaign and plays a key role in the development of the applications for the use of the NIF in pursuit of national strategic security, national energy security and basic science.

Ed holds patents in laser technology and computational physics.

He wants everyone to learn about this exciting and growing field.

Sylvia Moses

Sylvia Moses is a graduate of Granada High School in Livermore and UC Berkeley where she earned a BS in Integrative Biology and Earth and Planetary Science. During that time she did research in Italy, Southeast Utah and was an intern at the Smithsonian in Washington. She also worked in Kathmandu, Nepal, providing healthcare for children. Sylvia is currently a teacher in San Francisco as part of the Teach for America Program. Next year she will going to medical school.