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WESTINGHOUSE HANFORD SAYS FFTF FUSION EXPERIMENT WINS 'NERO' AWARD

WESTINGHOUSE HANFORD SAYS FFTF FUSION EXPERIMENT WINS 'NERO' AWARD
 RICHLAND, Wash., May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released today by Westinghouse Hanford Co.:
 An international fusion materials experiment performed in the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF) has won a prestigious National Energy Resources Organization (NERO) research and development award.
 Westinghouse Hanford Co. Vice President Michael K. Korenko will accept the award on behalf of the company at the 16th annual NERO award ceremonies May 6 in Washington, D.C. Westinghouse Hanford manages the FFTF plant and other major facilities at the Department of Energy's Hanford Site.
 The NERO research and development award is the second national honor this year for the FFTF. In February, the advanced reactor plant earned a Federal Design Achievement Award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
 The winning achievement involved Westinghouse Hanford efforts in carrying out a special experiment called BEATRIX-II. It was sponsored by the International Energy Agency, and includes experiments from Canada, Japan and the United States. Scientists from Westinghouse and the Pacific Northwest Laboratory dedicated themselves to the success of this experiment. The objective of the experiment was to characterize candidate materials for the generation of tritium, the specific isotope of hydrogen that will be needed for fusion reactors of the future.
 Design work for the FFTF test assembly components began in 1988, equipment was installed in the FFTF in 1989, and irradiation of the first experiment was completed in 1991. Additional irradiation followed.
 Fusion power offers the potential for a clean, inexhaustible energy source for the future, utilizing hydrogen. BEATRIX-II provided critical data supporting the feasibility of lithium ceramic as a tritium-breeding material for fusion reactors. An affordable tritium supply is essential for fusion technology to become a commercial energy source. Tritium is an isotope of hydrogen.
 NERO, a non-profit association formed in 1975 to bring together individuals and groups actively engaged in fostering national energy activities, annually recognizes outstanding achievements in several categories, including energy conservation, public education and research achievements.
 In addition to the FFTF honor for Westinghouse Hanford, awards will be presented to Henson Moore, a former congressman and Energy Department official who is now White House Deputy Chief of Staff; Sen. Malcolm Wallop, R-Wyo.; the United Parcel Service; National Association of Manufacturers; U.S. Department of Energy; and the American Electric Power Service Corp.
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 /CONTACT: Dana Both of NERO, 202-466-6539; or Margaret Legowik of Westinghouse Hanford, 509-376-2576/ CO: Westinghouse Hanford Co.; National Energy Resources Organization ST: Washington, District of Columbia IN: OIL SU:


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