Breakthrough in Nuclear Fusion
Date: Feb 15, 2023 (Wednesday) 6:30 - 8:30 PM , Talk will start at 7PM
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On December 13, 2022 the Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm announced a nuclear fusion breakthrough, a historic step towards the promise of “near-limitless” clean energy.
For the past 70 years, it has been the ‘holy grail’ for hundreds of scientists and engineers who tried to replicate the energy process of atoms fusing together that powers the sun and other stars.
In this webinar Dr. Kao will describe the major breakthrough achieved at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory by the National Ignition Facility.
He will go over nuclear fusion basics, the difference between nuclear fission (today’s nuclear plants), and nuclear fusion, the major benefits and advantages of nuclear fusion (clean, safe, abundant) such as no radioactive waste, no greenhouse gases, unlimited supply of hydrogen from seawater, and the challenges and the road ahead to produce electricity and make it cost effective.
Dr. William Kao received his BSEE, MSEE and PhD from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He worked in the Semiconductor and Electronic Design Automation industries for more than 30 years holding several senior and executive engineering management positions at Texas Instruments, Xerox Corporation, and Cadence Design Systems.
Dr. Kao has authored more than 40 technical papers on IC CAD at IEEE Journals and Conferences, and holds eight US software and IC design patents. He was an Adjunct Professor at UCLA Electrical Engineering Department where he taught courses in computer aided IC design.
Dr. Kao is a Senior Member of IEEE, and was one of the founding members of IEEE-Circuits and Systems - Silicon Valley Chapter.
Dr. Kao currently teaches Clean Technology and Emerging Technology courses at the University of California Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley Extension.
He has given more than 100 technical seminars since 2009on various Emerging Technologies including Clean Technology, Renewable Energy, Big Data and Data Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities, Augmented and Virtual Reality, Robotics, Drones, AI / Machine Learning, 5G, 3D Printing. Metaverse and Satellite Communications.