The Focus Fusion crowdfunding effort for the Lawrenceville Plasma Physics project has launched.
Scientists at LPP Fusion, led by Chief Scientist Eric Lerner, are just one step away from this groundbreaking technology and we need your help for the final push.
With only 1/1000th the budget of the huge government funded projects, they are closer to affordable, unlimited, and ultra-clean energy than anyone else in the world.
They need to raise $200,000 to fund the purchase of new electrodes for the final phase of research, to prove that Focus Fusion works.
They have heated the fusion fuel up to 1.8 billion degrees—200 times hotter than the center of the sun, and confined it in a tiny plasmoid for 10 billionths of second. This is not a long time, but it is all they need. The third condition, which they still have not achieved, is enough density so the fuel will burn up during the confinement time. They have to get 10,000 times more density—a lot, but they know how to do this. That is what they are planning to do in the coming year to 18 months—if they have the financial resources they need.
Focus Fusion works by driving over a million amps of current across a pair of cylindrical electrodes, creating a dense plasma where fusion reactions occur.
Updated energy flow diagram
What We Need the Money For:
Technical success for this project means implementing the key milestones at our LPP lab in Middlesex, New Jersey. These milestones include new, solid tungsten electrodes for Focus Fusion-1; mixing in heavier gases to boost density and fusion yields; shortening these electrodes to optimize for the ultimate fusion fuel of hydrogen and boron; and finally, switching from deuterium gas to hydrogen and boron for the final experiments.
The new tungsten electrodes we are installing in July will be great for cutting way down on impurities that have prevented high density. But tungsten absorbs too many x-rays, so when they get near to net energy, the x-rays will cause the electrodes to crack. So for the final push they need beryllium electrodes. Beryllium is the lightest metal, and the x-rays will harmlessly pass through the electrodes.
That’s why they need your help. With the electrodes, they can go all the way to showing that a commercial Focus Fusion generator is feasible and ready for a 3-4-year development program.
Focus Fusion: Transformative Energy Technology (28 pages)
What is Focus Fusion?
Controlled Nuclear Fusion using Dense Plasma Focus AND Hydrogen-Boron (Aneutronic) Fuel.
Goal product: 5 MW Focus Fusion generator Lower projected cost than any other energy tech $60/kW, .2 cents/kW-hr
Next: Achieve high densities with commercial fuel
$1M / 1 yr – conclude scientific feasibility
$38M / 4 yrs – for commercial generator
Be an important part of Shaking up the World
If this project succeeds, the change in the cost of energy will shake up the world.
Donating to the Crowdfunding can make the critical difference.
Cheap clean energy will enable cheaper clean water.
This cheap clean and dense energy will enable radically improved space propulsion.
Mass production of energy that is ten times cheaper will transform the world economy and make the world economy at least ten times larger within about 50 years.
A healthier population with less air pollution.
A richer world and richer people because of cheap clean energy.
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