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Unformatted text preview: 15 | P a g e 1 1 / 1 0 / 2 0 0 8 N A T I O N A L I G N I T I O N F A C I L I T Y P R O M I S E S E N D L E S S C A R B O N - F R E E P O W E R LIVERMORE, California , November 11, 2008 (ENS) - Forty miles east of San Francisco, scientists are constructing a miniature Sun within a stadium-sized building at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Called the National Ignition Facility, it will use 192 of the world's most powerful lasers to ignite a hydrogen fuel pellet, fusing its atoms, and producing enormous amounts of energy from that fusion. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and former Secretary of State George Shultz toured the facility on Monday. First, they received a private, classified briefing by lab director George Miller on the lab's operations, which includes stewardship of the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile. The lab broke ground on the National Ignition Facility in 1997, and it is now 99 percent completed. It is scheduled to begin operations in March 2009. Laboratory Director George Miller told the visitors that the National Ignition Facility “represents the culmination of more than 50 years by the scientists of the world to achieve fusion in the laboratory" adding that it will produce "the possibility of limitless clean energy." The laser facility has multiple missions - research to support the nuclear weapons stockpile, research into the origins of the universe, and research to help pave the way for the future use of fusion energy. the origins of the universe, and research to help pave the way for the future use of fusion energy....
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- Fall '09
- Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, clean energy, National Ignition Facility