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Technical Tours

Expand your knowledge and attend on site tours of San Francisco facilities on the cutting-edge of technology and environmental practices.                                                                                                                                     


The Port of Oakland's Seaport
Monday, June 27 • 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Port of Oakland approved its Maritime Air Quality Improvement Plan (MAQIP) in 2009. The MAQIP included goals for substantial reductions in criteria pollutants, most notably an 85% reduction goal in diesel particulate matter over 2005 levels to reduce excess cancer health risk in the nearby West Oakland community.  This tour will highlight strategies that enabled the Port to surpass its emissions reductions goals in 2020, and new strategies set forth in its Maritime Air Quality 2020 & Beyond Plan – the Pathway to Zero Emissions. 

The tour includes: 
  • Brief overview of the seaport and our Air Quality 2020 & Beyond Plan at the Port’s headquarters
  • Tour of Oakland’s largest marine terminal, where you will see:
    • Shore power infrastructure and ships plugging into shore power
    • Newly retrofitted near-zero emissions cargo handling equipment
  • Site visit to see Class 8 battery-electric trucks, electric top-picks, and associated charging equipment

Cost: $45. Advance registration required by May 25, 2022 due to clearances required by the facility. 
Includes transportation to and from the facility. All attendees must present valid government-issued identification (passport, driver's license) to enter a marine terminal.
The Chevron Richmond Refinery
Tuesday, June 28 •​ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

From gasoline, to jet and diesel fuel, and lubricating base oils, the Richmond Refinery makes products people use every day. As the largest refinery in the Bay Area, Chevron Richmond processes about 250,000 barrels of crude oil daily, supplying gasoline to 20% of cars on Northern California roads and jet fuel to 60% of planes at major Bay Area airports.
 
After a brief overview of the facility, attendees will tour the 2,900 acre refinery and follow crude oil as it is transformed into valued everyday products. Attendees will develop an understanding of how the refinery is continually improving its environmental performance and using technology to advance operations. Information will also be provided about how the newly completed Modernization Project has enabled the refinery to improve energy efficiency, reduce air emissions and increase safety and reliability. 

Cost: $45. Advance registration required by May 25, 2022 due to clearances required by the facility. Includes transportation to and from facility. All attendees must present valid government-issued identification (passport, driver's license) to enter the facility.
Lawrence Livermore National Ignition Facility
Wednesday, June 29 • 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The National Ignition Facility (NIF) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is the largest and highest-energy laser in the world, with enough space to fit three football fields inside. NIF recently doubled the record yield for fusion energy; the giant laser has nearly 40,000 optics that precisely guide, reflect, amplify, and focus 192 laser beams onto a fusion target about the size of a pencil eraser.  This is a unique opportunity to tour the NIF facility. 
Participants are encouraged to watch these video clips prior to their tour:
Cost: $45. Advance registration required by May 25, 2022 due to clearances required by the facility. Includes transportation to and from facilities. Tour maximum: 20 people
Tesla, Inc. Fremont Factory
Thursday, June 30 •​  10:00 am – 1:00 pm 

Explore the makings of a sustainable future by touring the Tesla Fremont Factory. Historically, this site housed many automakers from General Motors to NUMMI (a Toyota and GM venture) and is the home of the production of the Tesla Models S, X, Y, and 3 in North America. Tesla has since further grown into an entity that focuses on "Accelerating the World's Transition to Sustainable Energy" through the innovation of capture reliability, storage and consumption of renewable energy provided by the sun. To create an entire sustainable energy ecosystem, Tesla manufactures a unique set of energy solutions, Powerwall, Powerpack and Solar Roof, enabling homeowners, businesses, and utilities to manage renewable energy generation, storage, and consumption. 

Cost: $45. Advance registration required by May 25, 2022 due to clearances required by the facility. Includes transportation to and from the facility. All attendees must present valid government-issued identification (passport, driver's license) to enter the facility. Tour maximum: 10 people.

Dress Code: You must be in closed toe shoes and long pants to enter the facility. Tesla strictly enforces this rule.