The revolution in electricity
Truly clean fusion energy on a new level
Fusion energy promises to create a power source without consuming any fossil fuels.
Scientific hurdles stand in the way of current approaches which heats isotopes of hydrogen (deuterium and tritium, of DT fusion) to many millions of degrees to achieve the same nuclear reaction that heats the sun. It also has the problem of generating harmful radioactive pollution (neutrons).
Programs such as ITER and National Ignition Facility (NIF) represent tens of billions invested into this approach. Despite achieving a net energy output not too far below breakeven (achieved by NIF in 2014) they are still many more decades and billions of dollars away from reaching milestones needed before a pilot energy plant can be considered.
Laser Boron Fusion
Two recent scientific breakthroughs have opened a new way to fusion reactions, predicted by our founder in the 1960’s. It involves the reaction between hydrogen H and the boron isotope 11 (HB11) as uncompressed solid state fuel within an extremely high trapping magnetic field. Both of these conditions have been demonstrated by experiments and following predictions from computations. .
Our intellectual property exploits the combination of these two techniques for generating power (Pat No. US 2017/0125129 A1).
A scientific paper accepted for publication describes the road map that has deemed the approach by one of the founders with his team as a viable approach based on the experimentally confirmed reaction gains one billion times higher than the classical values, placing it far ahead any DT fusion approaches.
Other advantages: Unlike Deuterium Tritium fusion and fission techniques, the HB11 reaction is sufficiently clean with respect to production of any harmful by-products or radiation. It also has the potential to create electricity directly without the need for a heat exchanger and steam turbine to generate electricity as required for coal or fission nuclear power stations. This will allow power stations to be built with a relatively small capital investment and footprint based on presently achieved extreme laser technology.
References: Matter and Radiation at Extremes Vol, 2 (2017) 177-189; Physics of Plasmas 23 (2016) 050704; arXiv: 1704.07224; 1708.09722
We expect to be able to provide energy for about ¼ of the price of coal fired power, without any carbon emissions or radioactive by-products, which will be disruptive to the power industry.
With the small size and footprint of a HB11 power station, the addressable market is expected to reach further than the power grid to applications such as ships, submarines, large factories or to remote locations such as isolated towns and mine sites.
HB11 Laser Boron Fusion Reactors will produce electricity at a quarter the price of existing coal fired power, and they will be much cheaper to build
Technology already exists to allow the development of an HB11 Laser Fusion Reactor
The first prototype HB11 Laser Fusion Reactor could be built in just 5 to 10 years.
Only modest investment is required for further research to clarify some of the scientific methods and engineering requirements.
These reactors will:
not be able to meltdown or suffer catastrophic failure that could harm people or the environment
not leak radiation, even if they are damaged
not generate nuclear waste
not generate a nuclear by-product that can be misused for unintended purposes
The actual cost to build these reactors will be very low, significantly cheaper than existing coal fired power plants
HB11 Fusion Reactors can be built anywhere and need no water as they produce electricity directly, meaning that there will not be the need for steam turbines
These reactors will be able to be built to scale, meaning that smaller communities can build smaller reactors, larger reactors can be built for large scale urban and industrial usage
HB11 Fusion Reactors will be able to be used in a variety of different situations, including ships and submarines, industry and manufacturing, isolated communities or interconnected to major power grids.
Laser Boron Fusion Reactors will offer an inexpensive, clean, long term solution, with no carbon emissions, no radioactive waste and produce a very small environmental footprint
Laser Boron Fusion offers an ideal, affordable solution for a global clean energy future and can be one of the major methods of combating climate change and global warming
Press / Publications
International Conference on Inertial Fusion Sciences and Applications 2019 Osaka, Japan
The 13th Australian Nuclear Association Conference on Nuclear Science and Engineering in Australia
Pressure of picosecond CPA laser pulses substitute ultrahigh thermal pressures to ignite Fusion (September 2019)
Summary for MRE Hefei May 2019 Conference: Breakthrough for clean Laser Boron Fusion - first solution for ignition without needing temperatures of dozens of Million degrees Centigrade"
39th International Workshop on High Energy Density Physics with Intense Ion and Laser Beams
CPA-Laser Pulses for Non-Thermal Initiation of Laser-Boron-Fusion (February 2019)
23rd Meeting on the topic of Fusion Energy, American Nuclear Society,
Extreme CPA-Laser Pulses for Environmentally Clean Laser Boron Fusion (November 2018)
Prof. Heinrich Hora
Dr Warren McKenzie
Emeritus Professor at UNSW, theoretical physicist who pioneered many discoveries in the field of fusion reactions, including the discover of this approach.
Materials scientist with extensive experience in the commercial development of new scientific breakthroughs. UNSW conjoint academic, business development manager of the Australian National Fabrication Facility, Director of Indee Labs and Advanced Alloy Holdings.
Finance specialist with broad knowledge of regulated and unregulated investment vehicles, crowdfunding and fintech companies responsible for financial and legal aspects.