Oxford Scientific Society Hosts “Crowdfunding a Short Route to Fusion Power”May 12, 2014
For Immediate release
May 12, 2014
Contact: Ivy Karamitsos, Ivy@LPPFusion.com
Oxford Scientific Society Hosts “Crowdfunding a Short Route to Fusion Power”
Wednesday May 14.
Oxford University societies hosted two presentations by LPPFusion President and Chief Scientist Eric Lerner in May. The Oxford University Scientific Society invited Lerner to tell them about our Focus Fusion project and the crowdfunding campaign. The presentation, a full description of where we are and the implications of our project are available here. The Oxford University Space and Astronomy Society also invited Lerner to speak about his and his colleagues’ new paper on the non-expansion of the universe. Thanks to our hosts Avi Roy, Leon Kong and Ryan MacDonald for the invitations.
Can fusion power be just a few years away?
The Oxford Scientific Society’s speaker this Wednesday, May 14, Eric J. Lerner of LPPFusion Inc., will explain how in his presentation, “Crowdfunding For Fusion–Focus Fusion as a Short Route to Fusion Power”. While the international fusion programs are spending billion on the tokamak device, Lerner will describe how LPPFusion’s effort, spending just a few million dollars, is on track to demonstrating net fusion energy in just 12 to 18 months, given sufficient funding. To ensure they can purchase a critical component , LPPFusion and the Focus Fusion Society have launched a crowdfunding effort on Indiegogo to raise just $200,000. So far, after week’s effort they have raised $32,000.
The presentation will begin at 8:10 PM, Inorganic Chemistry lecture theatre, South Parks Road, Oxford. It is open to the public.
Lerner will describe LPPFusion’s effort that could lead to the demonstration of a new source of energy that is safe, clean, unlimited and far cheaper than any existing energy source. Their approach to fusion, Focus Fusion, based on the dense plasma focus (DPF) device, which is far smaller than the tokamak, and uses the natural instabilities of plasmas to concentrate energy. In their experiments, they have achieved two of the three conditions needed for net energy fusion, including confined temperatures in excess of 1.8 billion degrees. This is high enough to ignite aneutronic fuels, especially hydrogen-boron. Aneutronic fuels, which produce no neutrons, have enormous promise as an energy source. They produce no radioactive waste and, since the energy is generated in the form of moving charged particles, energy conversion can potentially be far cheaper than existing steam turbines.
About the Speaker:
Eric Lerner is President and Chief Scientist at LPPFusion and has been active in dense plasma focus (DPF) research for 30 years. Beginning in 1984, he developed a detailed quantitative theory of the functioning of DPF. Based on this theory, he proposed that the DPF could achieve high ion and electron energies at high densities, suitable for advanced fuel fusion and space propulsion. Under a series of contracts with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, he planned and participated in carrying out experiments that tested and confirmed this theory. In addition, he developed an original model of the role of the quantum magnetic field effect on DPF functioning, showing that this effect could have a large effect on increasing ion temperature and decreasing electron temperature, which would reduce unwanted X-ray cooling of the plasma.