Our Current Energy Sources are Unsustainable
Fossil fuels, producers of carbon and smog, still power 81% of the U.S. energy demand.
Clean energy options aren't cheap. Wind and solar are still the most expensive ways to produce electricity.
When clean energy solutions fail, like in the absence of sunlight or wind, we're forced to rely on fossil fuels.
Fusion Energy is Viable, Safe, and Revolutionary
We have the technology to break our world's reliance on fossil energy, as we're on a near-term path to achieving practical nuclear fusion energy at a low enough cost to replace all fossil-fuel-based energy sources. With our Focus Fusion technology, we're imagining a society powered by safe, cheap, and truly clean electricity, completely unshackled from the approximately $5 trillion the world spends annually on petroleum. Our planet deserves a better alternative to fossil fuels — we have the technology and drive to make that a reality.
- Helium is the only by-product of our reaction.
- Our technology produces no radioactive waste.
- Our two fuel sources, hydrogen and boron, are essentially unlimited. They come from regular water, seawater, and boron deposits, enough to last billions of years.
- We can spread out our small generators to decentralize the power grid and reduce dependency on the fragile grid system.
Air pollution deaths per year
Spent on petroleum every year
Direct Conversion to Electricity
Since Edison’s time, there's been one main way to produce electricity. A heat source — whether it's coal, oil, or nuclear fission — boils water to produce steam that spins the turbine of an electric generator.
Our Focus Fusion generators will be different · Free of expensive turbines and generators, we will produce electricity in a fundamentally different and much cheaper way than previous energy sources. The energy from fusion comes out of the same process that powers the sun and is released in the form of a high-energy, electrically-charged beam of helium nuclei. This electric energy is captured by an electric circuit by allowing the pulsed beam to generate electric currents through a series of coils, similar to how a transformer or a particle accelerator in reverse works. The process of induction used here has been employed in electrical technology since the 19th century — we've just figured out an efficient way to harness it.
This conversion to electricity can be highly efficient, probably around 70%, and fuel costs will be negligible, as a 5 MW plant will require only 10 pounds of highly-attainable hydrogen-boron fuel per year.
A 5 MW Focus Fusion generator, which will not require expensive turbines, will cost around $300,000 and produce electricity for less than half a cent per kWh, ten times less than the cheapest current technology.
We're Different From Other Fusion Companies
We’ve chosen a far easier path than that pursued by the big government-backed fusion efforts. They've tried to stabilize the natural instabilities — wriggliness — of the extremely hot, electrically conducting plasma where the fusion reactions occur. Our strategy is to use these natural instabilities of plasmas to concentrate energy. And we use a different fuel — hydrogen-boron — which produces no radioactive waste and almost no destructive neutrons. This allows us to use a device, the dense plasma focus, that is so small you can hold its heart in your hands. Because we've chosen an easier path, we’ve already achieved the highest confined temperatures of any fusion device in the world and are second in the race to produce more energy out of our device than goes into it, even with only $6 million invested so far. We are way ahead of many projects with billions behind them and way ahead of any other privately financed fusion projects, but we need your help.
Your Investment Will Help Make Universal Clean Energy a Reality
We'll use our investment round to fund the final stage of our research that will lead to the demonstration of net energy production. Your money will be used to finance a year of research, hiring at least one more researcher, initiating testing of the hydrogen-boron fuel, and making timely purchases of major experimental equipment, specifically additional beryllium for more electrodes.
We've proven that we can achieve the highest confined temperatures of any fusion device in the world. Our next research step is to prove that we can produce more energy than we put in, which requires beryllium for more electrodes. Success in this research will enable us, with $50-100 million in additional government and grant funding, to carry out a 3-year engineering and development program that will produce a working prototype generator that will eventually be suitable for mass production.
Neither governments nor big corporations are funding this research. But you can · The main reason our launch has taken longer than expected is money. We had a good design of our electrodes in mid-2013, but couldn't order the beryllium until we raised $180,000 in 2014. The $600,000 a year we've been able to raise restricts us to too small a staff, as the progress we've been able to make with our tungsten electrodes is constrained by the amount of time our tiny full-time staff of four has. This has a huge impact in resolving unanticipated problems. If we had just $ 1 million a year instead of $600,000, we could hire at least one more full time researcher, which would at least double our rate of progress in the lab.
Our Progress So Far
LPP receives funding from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Fusion propulsion experiments performed in cooperation with the University of Illinois confirmed some key aspects of LPP's theory.
Receive $1.2 million in investments
This funding provided the capital required to initiate Phase I construction and to hire the research team.
Article Published in "Physics of Plasmas"
This scientific journal explains our world-record plasma focus device temperatures of 1.8 billion degrees C.
Raised $180k via crowd-funding
This effort helps us buy beryllium electrodes and demonstrates public support for the project.
Beryllium electrodes received
Plus, collaboration started with UC San Diego Center for Energy Research.
Start of experiments with hydrogen-boron fuel
Three-year engineering and development program
This program will be based on success in our energy output research and with $50-100 million in additional government and grant funding.
Let's Change the World Together
Clean, safe , decentralized, and unlimited energy that is also cheaper than any energy sources we have today would radically change the world for the better. With your help, that is what LPPFusion is aiming for within a decade.
There are few investments that you can make that will make more of a difference in your life and that of every person on earth.