LPP Initiates 2 Year Experiment to Test pB11 Fusion


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WEST ORANGE, NJ - Dec. 18, 2008 - Lawrenceville Plasma Physics Inc., (“LPP”) a small research and development company based in West Orange, NJ, announces the initiation of a two-year-long experimental project to test the scientific feasibility of Focus Fusion.

Focus Fusion Is:

  • controlled nuclear fusion
  • using the dense plasma focus (DPF) device
  • and hydrogen-boron fuel.
    • Hydrogen-boron fuel produces almost no neutrons (i.e., no radioactivity)
    • and allows the direct conversion of energy into electricity. 

The goals of the experiment are:

  • to confirm the achievement of the high temperatures first observed in previous experiments at Texas A&M University;
  • to greatly increase the efficiency of energy transfer into the tiny plasmoid where the fusion reactions take place;
  • to achieve the high magnetic fields needed for the quantum magnetic field effect which will reduce cooling of the plasma by X-ray emission; and
  • to use hydrogen-boron fuel to demonstrate greater fusion energy production than energy fed into the plasma (positive net energy production).

The most powerful DPF in North America

[Update:  January 18, 2010, a more powerful DPF unveiled in Vegas.]
The experiment will be carried out in an experimental facility in New Jersey using a newly-built DPF device capable of reaching peak currents of more than 2 MA.

This will be the most powerful DPF in North America and the second most powerful in the world. For the millionth of a second that the DPF will be operating during each pulse, its capacitor bank will be supplying about one third as much electricity as all electric generators in the United States.

Capacitor bank design

To help in the design of the capacitor bank, LPP has hired a leading expert in DPF design and experiment, Dr. John Thompson. Dr. Thompson has worked for over twenty years with Maxwell Laboratories and Alameda Applied Sciences Corporation to develop pulsed power devices, including DPFs and diamond switches.

The research team

A small team of three plasma physicists will perform the experiments:

  • Eric Lerner, President of LPP:  Mr. Lerner has been involved in the development of Focus Fusion for over 20 years.
  • Dr. XinPei Lu:  Dr. Lu is currently Professor of Physics at HuaZhong Univ. of Sci. & Tech., Wuhan, China, where he received his PhD in 2001. He has been working in the field of pulsed plasmas for over 14 years and is the inventor of an atmospheric-pressure cold plasma jet.
  • Dr. Krupakar Murali Subramanian: Dr. Subramanian is currently Senior Research Scientist, AtmoPla Dept., and BTU International Inc., in N. Billerica, Massachusetts. He worked for five years on the advanced-fuel Inertial Electrostatic Confinement device at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he received his PhD in 2004 and where he invented new plasma diagnostic instruments.

Financing

The $1.2 million for the project has been provided by a $500,000 investment from The Abell Foundation, Inc, of Baltimore, Maryland, and by additional investments from several individuals.

Patented Technology

The basic technology of LPP’s approach is covered by a patent application which was allowed in full by the US Patent Office in November.  LPP expects the patent to be issued shortly.


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I’m delighted to see current research efforts being done on the p + B fusion reaction.  Since its major reaction products—charged particles—can be directly converted into direct-current electricity, using it can avoid a) the energy inefficiency of traditional boiler->steam->turbine electrical generation as well as b) most of the modest amount of radioactive waste produced in conventional fusion devices.  Surely, it is the Holy Grail for fusion (and all central-station) energy production.

When I worked as a writer at Lawrence Livermore National Lab (1976-88), I was aware of early experiments there (in the 1960s or early 70s) that demonstrated ~80% efficiency in converting energized charged particles into DC electricity. I believe they used venetian-blind-like plates charged to a variety of potentials to extract the energy.

But at least one of the fusion physicists told me this analogy regarding the difficulty they faced in trying to get the p+B reaction to “ignite”:  “D+T is a flash-paper fusion reaction compared to P+B, which is like a wet log.”

I hope that the subsequent decades of research into magnetic and inertial confinement fusion will someday enable the lighting of this promising wet log.  Surely it will be worth it in the end.


sounds like you have been making wonderful progress, and that a lot of hard work looms before you.  Best Wishes !

are you building it in your basement?  where?  grin

I will want to visit and see !!!

Bon Voyage.  will stay in touch.

MM


Brian H's avatar

Eric-
Please post milestone check-list steps achieved as this proceeds!  Even just a few lines every month or two would be great.


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