One step closer to fusion...

nsaspook

Joined Aug 27, 2009
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I happen to think LPP is going to win. But it's interesting that the link is ten years old. Are they ten years closer today than they were then?
They are still making slow 'progress'. Each potential step forward, at first, is a few steps backward.
https://lppfusion.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/LPPFFusion-Report-July-3-2019.pdf
After 44 shots to date, we have achieved our first goal of firing with low impurities. The electrodes are far smoother than the tungsten ones were after a similar number of shots, indicating better erosion resistance, as we expected. Fusion yield has risen 60-fold since the first shot and is now 1/10th of a joule. This is comparable with the best results achieved with the similar 10-cm long tungsten anode, but not yet above our record of ¼ J, achieved in 2016 with a longer 14-cm anode. We also have not yet observed the long-lived filaments that we hope to produce as a step to getting much higher fusion yield. That is our next goal.
 

wayneh

Joined Sep 9, 2010
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They are still making slow 'progress'. Each potential step forward, at first, is a few steps backward.
I looked into investing in them but ultimately saw too many red flags. For one think they seemed to place a high value on the patents they hold. That seemed very naive to me and scared me off. I think at best they'll get far enough to prove the approach and then lose control when the big money comes in, which will be needed for all the engineering to actually go commercial. Such is the fate of basement inventors.
 

nsaspook

Joined Aug 27, 2009
8,502
Maybe, maybe not.

http://fusionandthings.eu/2019/06/05/new-calculations-show-proton-boron-fusion-is-still-difficult/
https://vixra.org/pdf/1812.0382v1.pdf
Tri-Alpha Energy (now TAE Technologies) “Tri Alpha says it will produce a working commercial reactor between 2015 and 2020,” from NBF 8/16/2011. “Tri Alpha Energy now likely 2020 - 2025….. for commercial nuclear fusion,” from NBF 10/16/2015. “Tri-Alpha Fusion to develop commercial fusion by 2027,” from NBF 1/19/2017. ”The company will generate net energy from fusion…. in about five or six years,” from K. Bourzac [8], 8/6/2018. TAE once planned to exploit the aneutronic p-11B reaction, but tacitly abandoned that goal when it dropped “Tri-Alpha” from the company name.
 
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