The goal for Focus Fusion, within reach in the next few years, is to research, prototype and manufacture individual commercial fusion units (small enough to fit in a garage or shipping container) that can provide energy for a few thousand homes at least ten times cheaper than any known power source.
Unlike many alternative energy options citing the fusion mechanism, Focus Fusion uses known science, not unsubstantiated claims of trying to overturn accepted science and has achieved comparable results with about 1/10th the budget.
There are many groups of scientists across the world working to bring the vision of fusion to reality. Some of these groups enjoy funding from such companies as Goldman and Sachs, the navy and even NASA. However, the picture for funding is often ad hoc and unhelpful, with funding removed at a moment’s notice or redirected to one particular project such as the European ITER scheme.
The Fusion Focus Society will seek to fund researchers who align with our mission to bring fusion to reality and democratize energy, making life better for all.
The Fusion Focus Society appreciates that seeking to fund fusion is difficult. With governments aligning behind a single project, the journey towards success is slowed considerably. The society will strive to take advantage of all forms of funding, whether it is corporate, from governments or through crowdsourcing.
With the media representation of nuclear fission, the case for fusion is made more difficult. People link the idea of the reaction of ions and electrons with nuclear power and radioactive waste. It is an important role of The Focus Fusion Society to educate the population to the clean, safe and cheap energy that fusion will provide. With better education of the people of all countries, the more pressure that can come to bear on the funding sources around the world.
The public need to be made aware that fusion can result in reliable energy for all. The world’s energy needs are rising – the power output needs to quadruple to meet future requirements – and no single solution currently proffered is enough to fulfill the needs for energy. The Wind, Solar, and Nuclear Power together will struggle to replace the fossils fuels, which are finite and destructive. It will cost $2.2 trillion a year to achieve the required energy with existing energy sources.
Currently, Focus Fusion is estimated to be ten years away from development, and it might take a further ten years for this to become a practical initiative. If funding were made available today, there would be energy for all in 20 years, at a fraction of the cost. Instead of $1000 per KW of baseload supply, energy would cost $60 per KW of baseload supply.
With reliable energy, which doesn’t involve oil rich nations or radioactive material, the chance of war and environmental disaster is massively reduced. Poverty and hunger will be reduced. In short, fusion has the power to draw humanity into a new era of civilization.
The Focus Fusion Society wants to draw together experts on one forum. The hope is of shared intelligence and open discussion, the race for fusion can come out into the open and therefore stop being the science that is always 50 years in the future. We can make it the science of today.