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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. 

                                                                                                                                                                            
Lawrence Livermore National Ignition Facility Tour 
Monday, June 29, 1:00 pm–4:00 pm 

This tour will include visiting premier research and development facilities in Livermore, CA, located on the eastern edge of the San Francisco Bay Area. 

LLNL: National Ignition Facility
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. 

Sandia National Labratories: Combustion Research Facility
The Combustion Research Facility (CRF) at Sandia National Laboratories investigates technical issues including (but not limited to) the science of particulate formation and advanced imaging of combustion flows, and encourages collaboration among scientists and staff researchers to develop new research methods and solve high-priority combustion issues. The tour of the CRF will visit the Turbulent Combustion Lab (which investigates basic turbulent flame phenomena). 

Cost $40. Advance registration by April 24 and security clearance required. Maximum 15 people. Includes transportation to and from facilities.

The Chevron Richmond Refinery

Tuesday, June 30, 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 $40. Advance registration required. Includes transportation to and from facility. All attendees must present valid government-issued identification (passport, driver's license) to enter the facility.

Tesla, Inc. Fremont Factory
Wednesday, July 1, 8:00 am–12:00 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, 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 $40. Advance registration required. Includes transportation to and from facility. All attendees must present valid government-issued identification (passport, driver's license) to enter the facility. 

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

The Port of Oakland's Seaport
Wednesday, July 1, 1:00 pm–4:00 pm 

This tour focuses on the Port of Oakland's Seaport, beginning with an overview at the Port's headquarters. Attendees will tour Oakland's largest marine terminal, observing ocean-going vessels plugging into shorepower, along with the movement of newly retrofitted near-zero emissions cargo handling equipment. The tour will also showcase the development of the former Oakland Army Base, and the location of a proposed ballpark and mixed-use development at a former marine terminal. 

The Port of Oakland operates three business lines: maritime, aviation, and commercial real esate. As part of the maritime line, the Oakland Seaport has served as the principle ocean gateway for international cargo since 1927. With 1,300 acres of maritime-related facilties, the seaport serves over 14.5 million consumers. 

Cost $40. Advance registration required. Includes transportation to and from facility. All attendees must present valid government-issued identification (passport, driver's license) to enter a marine terminal.  Tour maximum: 24 people.