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GIT-12 Z-Pinch Achieves 6 Joule Fusion Output with Deuterium Fuel

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Z-pinch devices are closely related to plasma focus devices in that they also use the currents through the plasma itself, not external magnets, to produce the strong magnetic forces that confine hot plasma. In a z-pinch, however, the current flows between two electrodes in a line, rather than the plasma focus’s concentric electrodes. At the…

Hydrogen-Boron Groups Announce Advances, Plan Closer Collaboration

Hydrogen-boron (pB11) fuel has long been the ideal fusion fuel, offering the potential for cheap energy through direct conversion with no radioactive waste, as LPPFusion has often pointed out. But until recently only one or two researchers reported on results at any conference, while most focused on the far more common deuterium-tritium or pure deuterium…

Hydrogen-Boron Fuel Burns Faster

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LPPFusion’s research has from the start been aimed at using hydrogen and boron as the neutron-free fuel for a fusion generator. Other groups are also working towards using this ideal fuel. This month, there was some good news for this fuel’s prospects. Researchers at Duke University and the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory in Durham, NC…

Where FF-1 Places in the Fusion Race

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Many people have asked where exactly FF-1’s results stand in relation to much better-funded efforts, such as the privately-funded Tri Alpha and General Fusion or the government-funded tokamaks. So we prepared these  charts to summarize the present situation in the “fusion race.” The first chart compares the plasmas that each device creates, using a measure…

Fusion Innovation Act of 2015 Introduced into U.S. House of Representatives

A bill has been introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives to fund a range of fusion concepts that have “the potential to demonstrate net energy production not later than 7 years” after the start of the program. The bill The Fusion Innovation Act of 2015, sponsored by Rep. Alan Grayson (Dem, FL), is the…

ARPA-E Announces $30 Million for Fusion Alternatives

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In late August, The US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced a program that will put $30 million over a three year period into 12-15 fusion projects using alternative approaches. Long in the planning, the new program will fund efforts that “help enable a path to economical fusion power through low-cost, high…

Iran Collaborators Pressure Erosion Down

In preparing for FF-1’s new experiments, the key objective is to eliminate as much as possible erosion (vaporization) of the electrodes into the plasma, which creates impurities and interferes with achieving high density. The new tungsten electrodes will cut way down on several main mechanisms for this vaporization, but the LPPFusion team identified a mechanism…

Tungsten anode has arrived

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The first of LPP’s new tungsten electrodes, the anode, or inner electrodes, is now complete and has arrived at our Middlesex, NJ lab. The electrode will contribute to greatly reducing the impurities that have prevented high density in our fusion-generating plasmoids. First, it connects to the rest of the circuit outside the vacuum chamber, eliminating…

LPP and PPRC collaborate on pre-ionization experiments

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The FF-1 anode, which is plated with 0.001 inches of silver, shows a ring of erosion near the end of the insulator (which has been removed along with the cathode). On the right side, where deposits have been cleaned away, the copper color shows clearly where a ring of silver has been vaporized and measurements…