LPPFusion’s Lerner to Speak at Fusion Energy Symposium On a Faster Route to Fusion

May 17, 2019 | Funding, Government

Contacts:

Ivy Karamitsos, (646) 515-8866, ivy@lppfusion.com

Eric J. Lerner, (908) 546-7654, eric@lppfusion.com

 

LPPFusion President and Chief Scientist Eric J. Lerner will present proposals for “A Faster Route to Fusion” at the Fusion Energy Symposium, a hearing sponsored by NJ State Senator Joe Pennachio (R-26), on Thursday, May 23 at the State House Annex in Trenton NJ. “Government support for a broad range of alternative approaches to fusion energy research can greatly accelerate the arrival of fusion as a cheap, clean, unlimited energy source,” Lerner will emphasize. “The present narrow focus of the US government fusion effort on a single type of a fusion research device—the tokamak—is far from the best or fastest route.” He will use the rapid progress made at LPPFusion as an example of the benefits of developing different fusion energy R&D approaches. The small LPPFusion laboratory in Middlesex NJ has achieved world-record plasma confinement temperatures in its experimental fusion device with only $7 million in investments.

 

Other speakers at the Symposium will include Dr. Michael Zarnstorff, Chief Scientist, Princeton Plasma Physics Lab (PPPL); Dr. Fred M. Levinton, also at PPPL and President and founder of Nova Photonics, Inc.; Mr. Michael Paluszek, President, Princeton Satellite Systems and Marsha Freeman, Author—How We Got to the Moon. It will take place from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM in Committee Room 6, State House Annex, 131-137 W State St, Trenton, NJ.

 

This hearing will consider: How to speed up fusion energy development? What are the state, national and international projects currently being developed? How do they differ or concur in approach? Members of the legislature and academia are invited to the hearing, as well as the press, students, and the public at large.

 

“There are many promising approaches to fusion now supported by private companies like ours,” Lerner will point out, “but they are nearly all held back by lack of funds.” The sums required are so small that states like NJ could make a major difference. To address this problem, Lerner will propose a new program that will allow the State of NJ to support fusion companies in the state by matching private investment dollar-for-dollar with government grants. The Fusion Industry Association, an organization of 18 private fusion firms, is circulating a similar proposal on the Federal level to Congress. “Doubling the amount of money available to a wide range of fusion efforts will much more than double the rate of progress achieved,” Lerner concludes.

 

Background

 

Eric Lerner, President and Chief Scientist, of LPPFusion, Inc. has been active in fusion research for 35 years. Beginning in 1984, he developed a detailed quantitative theory of the functioning of a device called the dense plasma focus, or DPF. Based on this theory, he proposed that the DPF, a small device that can fit in garage, could achieve high ion and electron energies at high densities, suitable for ultra-clean, aneutronic-fuel fusion and space propulsion. LPPFusion’s lab in Middlesex, NJ has achieved, and published in a leading peer-reviewed journal, world records for confined ion temperatures, 200 times hotter than the center of the sun. The company’s goal is to develop fusion energy generators, burning a fuel made from common hydrogen and boron, that is far cheaper, cleaner and safer for the environment than any existing energy source.

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