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Clean, Safe Fusion Energy and its Potential to Contribute to World's Energy Supply to be Discussed on Capitol Hill

WHAT: A Congressional Research & Development Caucus briefing, "ITER Fusion Energy Experiment: Bringing a Sun to Earth"

WHERE: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2325

WHEN: Thursday, 18 September, noon to 1:30 p.m. (lunch provided)

SPEAKERS: Dr. Ned Sauthoff, director, U.S. ITER project, Oak Ridge (Tenn.) National Laboratory. Sauthoff is an IEEE Fellow and served as IEEE-USA president in 2001.

Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) and Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Ill.), congressional R&D Caucus co-chairs, are scheduled to make opening remarks.

SPONSORS: IEEE-USA and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

WHY ATTEND: To learn more about the United States' contribution to ITER, a full-scale international experimental device that aims to demonstrate the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion energy. ITER will be assembled in France from parts made in the United States and other ITER partner countries, and is expected to be ready for operation in 2018.

Fusion, the process that powers the sun, could be an option to provide future generations with a clean, safe energy source that has a virtually unlimited supply of fuel. Fusion releases energy by fusing or joining light nuclei. In first generation fusion reactors, hydrogen will be converted into helium.

RSVP: To attend, please contact Rasheedah Smith at or by fax to 202-429-9417

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