Focus Fusion energy is essentially unlimited. The raw materials for hydrogen-boron fuel are exceedingly common. Hydrogen comes from ordinary water and boron from either abundant deposits or from sea-salt. Supplies of boron would be sufficient to maintain overall power consumption ten times the present global level for a billion years.
Reactors can provide virtually unlimited supplies of cheap energy in an environmentally sound way. Focus Fusion reactors are safe and environmentally sound: No radioactive by-products or pollutants are produced. The end-product is harmless helium gas. Focus Fusion reactors would be free of radioactivity and the small number of low-energy neutrons emitted could be easily absorbed in several inches of shielding.
Cheap. Almost all of the energy is released in the motion of charged particles that can be converted to electricity directly, eliminating the need for generating steam to drive turbines, which account for most of the cost of electricity today. Focus Fusion costs may be as much as one hundred times less than present energy costs.
These reactors are small and decentralized. They fit into a garage and can be made as small as 5 MW, sufficient for a small community.
LPP is developing a revolutionary new source of energy, based on the plasma focus device, using hydrogen-boron fuel which we call "Focus Fusion."
August, 2001, a small team of physicists led by Eric J. Lerner for the first time demonstrated the achievement of temperatures above one billion degrees in a plasma focus device-- high enough for hydrogen-boron reactions. This breakthrough, reported at an international scientific conference in May, 2002, took place at Texas A and M University and was funded by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
March,2003, Lerner presented new theoretical analysis , showing that the magnetic field effect could greatly reduce the cooling of hydrogen boron plasma by x-ray emission, and make far easier the production of net energy. The presentation, made in an invited talk at the prestigious 5th Symposium on Current Trends in International Fusion Research in Washington DC, was favorably received by some of the top fusion experts in the world.
February, 2004, Lawrenceville Plasma Physics completed a preliminary simulation of plasmoids that burns proton-boron (pB11) fuel. The simulation results confirmed that net energy production is possible with a small focus fusion device.
In September, 2005 LPP began a joint experiment with the National Autonomous University of Mexico to test a new idea for increasing the efficiency of energy transfer into the tiny plasmoids that produce the fusion power.
February, 2006, awrenceville Plasma Physics submitted a patent application to the US Patent Office on February 28, 2006. The patent, entitled "Method and Apparatus for Producing X-rays, Ion Beams and Nuclear Fusion Energy", covers the use of high magnetic fields (the magnetic field effect) in the production of fusion energy, the injection of angular momentum into the plasma sheath, and a new method of converting X-ray energy into electricity.
July, 2006, LPP and the Chilean Nuclear Energy Commission expect to begin an ambitious three-year experimental program using the Speed-2 plasma focus device that will determine the scientific feasibility of the focus fusion approach. The Chilean government will be funding approximately $1,000,000 of the total $1,700,000 cost of the project.
What experts say, "The experimental program that LPP plans to carry out has great potential to show how the plasma focus can be used to generate fusion energy and to demonstrate the feasibility of hydrogen-boron fusion" Says Dr. Julio Herrera, physicist and professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. "In addition, the experiments will investigate the magnetic effect, which will be very exciting. Achieving giga-gauss magnetic fields with the plasma focus, getting gyro-radii of the order of the electron Compton wavelength, will certainly be new physics and will open up large new possibilities for energy production."