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Focus Fusion is projected to be a safe, clean, easy, reliable energy solution that could provide electricity at a few tenths of a cent per kilowatt-hour.

Purports to be a far more feasible and profoundly less expensive approach to hot fusion, in contrast to what the international project (ITER) in France is pursuing. Lawrenceville Plasma Physics (LPP) is currently researching and developing the dense plasma focus (DPF) for hydrogen-boron nuclear fusion.

End product would be a 5 to 20 MW power plant the size of a gas station, which would cost between $200,000 and $300,000 to build. One person could operate two dozen such stations remotely.

On Dec. 18, 2008, LPP announced the initiation of a two-year-long experimental project to test the scientific feasibility of Focus Fusion, controlled nuclear fusion using the dense plasma focus (DPF) device and hydrogen-boron fuel. Hydrogen-boron fuel produces almost no neutrons and allows the direct conversion of energy into electricity. The goals of the experiment are first, to confirm the achievement the high temperatures first observed in previous experiments at Texas A&M University; second, to greatly increase the efficiency of energy transfer into the tiny plasmoid where the fusion reactions take place; third, 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 finally, to use hydrogen-boron fuel to demonstrate greater fusion energy production than energy fed into the plasma (positive net energy production). [1]

The basic technology of LPP’s approach is covered by US Patent 7,482,607.


Contents

About

Official Websites

LawrencevillePlasmaPhysics.com

FocusFusion.org

Interviews

  • On Oct. 26, 2009, Sterling D. Allan will be conducting a 1-hour, live interview with Eric Lerner as part of the Free Energy Now radio show. On Oct. 16, Lawrenceville Plasma Physics announced that they successfully completed the first phase of testing their new dense plasma focus set-up, which will enable them to proceed in experimentation to the point of hopefully demonstrating excess energy by the end of 2010 -- a system that could eventually be much cheaper, modular, and safer than other nuclear technologies.
  • Video Interview with Thomas Valone (wmv) - Sterling Allan's interview with Tom Valone at the ExtraOrdinary Technology conference in Salt Lake City, July 28-31, 2005. When asked "What energy technology looks most promising, that is not getting due attention", well-known and revered energy researcher and U.S. Patent reviewer, Tom Valone, Ph.D., answers: "Focus Fusion". (OSEN)

Videos

RT America, April 2012

  • Plasma Fusion -- hoax or breakthrough reality? - A group of scientists in New Jersey claim to have made a breakthrough that would bring mankind closer to creating fusion energy on Earth -- a type of energy that the sun has been producing for billions of years. Traditionally considered a Holy Grail of science -- could plasma fusion finally become a reality? RT's Anastasia Churkina was the first reporter to access the laboratory. (YouTube / RTAmerica; April 20, 2012)

Google Tech Talks


1:04 hours

  • Focus Fusion: The Fastest Route to Cheap, Clean Energy - Eric Lerner gives a presentation to Google Tech Talks. Technical description with animations. (Google Video; Oct. 3, 2007)


ABSTRACT (from video posting)

Speaker: Eric Lerner
Eric J. Lerner is President of Lawrenceville Plasma Physics in Berkeley Heights, NJ. He has been an independent researcher in plasma physics since 1979, and has become internationally known for his studies linking cosmic plasma phenomena and laboratory fusion devices, especially the dense plasma focus. He has developed original theories of quasars, large scale structure, the microwave background and the origin of light elements. He is the author of The Big Bang Never Happened, published in 1991 by Random House. In 2006 he was a Visiting Scientist at the European Southern Observatory in Chile.

To bring the whole of humanity up to the living standards of the developed world ... all requires a new source of energy that is clean, inexhaustible and much cheaper than any existing source -- fossil, nuclear, solar or wind. Fusion with hydrogen-boron fuel, which allows direct conversion of fusion energy to electricity, can be that source. It could cut energy costs more than ten-fold. It produces no radioactive waste and would be safe enough to situate in residential neighborhoods.

Of the three approaches to achieving hydrogen-boron fusion, focus fusion, using the dense plasma focus device, has experimentally achieved conditions that are closest to those needed for net power generation. It is the only approach that can utilize the high magnetic field effect, which reduces the cooling of plasma by x-rays, helping to achieve the multi-billion-degree temperatures needed for fusion. A currently-planned three-year, $2 million experiment, if funded, can demonstrate the scientific feasibility of focus fusion.

This presentation will review the history and status of focus fusion and briefly compare it to the two competing approaches, Field Reversed Configuration (recently funded by Paul Allen) and Inertial Electrostatic Confinement, championed by Dr. Robert Bussard, a recent Google Tech Talk speaker.

Attributes

  • Clean
    • No emissions
    • No residual radiation
    • Few tenths of a cent per kilowatt-hour
    • Small footprint
    • Input fuel is readily available and barely used
    • 5-20 MW plant would cost around $200,000 to $300,000
  • Applications
    • Ideal for larger applications
    • Suitable as a primary grid power source
    • Modular
    • Superior performance in use for thrust in space travel
    • With additional engineering, could be applied to smaller applications
  • Ease of use
    • Start-up/shut-down time is near instantaneous
    • No water-steam-turbine cycle required
    • Direct to electricity
    • Very low maintenance
    • Very low operation personnel involvement
  • Safe
    • Operators not exposed to radiation threat
    • No chance for explosion
    • No possibility of melt-down
    • Cannot be turned into a WMD
  • Credibility
    • Initial funding came from NASA/JPL
    • Research accomplished at universities
    • Published in peer-reviewed journals
    • Receives highest recommendation from seasoned energy professional, Tom Valone (Video)

How it Works

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Comparison of Focus Fusion to the Tokamak

Stock

  • Top 100: Nuclear > Fusion > LLP's Focus Fusion >
    Lawrenceville Plasma Physics stock offering - LPP is seeking accredited investors, to purchase 18,000 shares of Class B nonvoting stock of the Corporation for $50 per share for a total investment of $900,000 (the “Offering”) to finance ongoing experimental efforts. (LPP; November 21, 2009)

Publications

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  • LPP is having a NYC Public Event - "LPP and the Focus Fusion Society are organizing to raise this spring, from small contributors, the money we need for the final year of research on our “Focus Fusion” approach to fusion energy." (Free Energy Blog; February 5, 2014)
  • Best FE: Nuclear > Fusion > Focus Fusion >
    Acceptance to Physics of Plasmas confirms LPP is hot! - One point eight billion degrees. Yes, that's billion with a "b," LPP's team received word February 27th that a paper describing our achievement of fusion reactions from ions confined at energies equivalent to over 1.8 billion degrees C was accepted by Physics of Plasmas, "the most highly cited journal devoted fully to plasma physics." (Lawrenceville Plasma Physics; February 27, 2012)
  • Top 100 / Best FE: Nuclear > Fusion > Focus Fusion >
    FoFu-1’s fusion yield consistency improves six-fold - FF-1 has taken a long step toward demonstrating the level of repeatable firing needed for a fusion generator. On November 2, FF-1 fired five shots in a row, under the same conditions, with fusion yield varying by only plus or minus 2.6% from an average of 0.9x1011 neutrons. (Lawrenceville Plasma Physics; November 29, 2011)
  • Top 100: Nuclear > Fusion > Focus Fusion >
    A Great Month for Focus Fusion - Brief report of their latest R&D results, and an invited presentation on the process to an audience of physicists and engineers at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, the nation's largest fusion lab. Additional evidence shows that "the predicted angular momentum effect is working." (Lawrenceville Plasma Physics; Apr. 2, 2010)

In the News

  • Endorsement: Lawrenceville Plasma Physics' Focus Fusion Program Merits Much Higher Level of Investment - In a major endorsement of the fusion energy research and development program of start-up Lawrenceville Plasma Physics (LPP), a committee of senior fusion researchers, led by a former head of the US fusion program, has concluded that the innovative effort deserves “a much higher level of investment … based on their considerable progress to date.” The report concludes that “In the committee’s view [LPP’s] approach to fusion power … is worthy of a considerable expansion of effort.” (Free Energy Blog; December 11, 2013)
  • Best FE: Nuclear > Fusion > Focus Fusion >
    Denser plasmoids, fussy filaments: Latest from the fusion frontier - Updates include: Plasmoid density triples, fusion energy rises with purer plasma; Tracking down what’s disrupting plasma filaments; A new paper for the upcoming “ICPIG” conference in Spain; US Department of Commerce finds all in order with LPP-Iran Scientific “Fusion for Peace” Collaboration; We rendezvous with Chu as Congress sets eye on ITER costs. (PureEnergyBlog; May 21, 2013)
  • Best FE: Nuclear > Fusion > Focus Fusion >
    Focus Fusion: 2012 End-of-Year Report - LPP published our achievement of two out of the three conditions needed to produce net energy: a record-high temperature and the required confinement time of the hot plasma. If $1.5 million is raised in January, we expect to achieve proof of scientific feasibility (more energy out than in) in 2013, but only with such timely funding. (Lawrenceville Plasma Physics; January 19, 2013)
  • Top 100 / Best FE: Nuclear > Fusion > Focus Fusion >
    Plasma Fusion -- hoax or breakthrough reality? - A group of scientists in New Jersey claim to have made a breakthrough that would bring mankind closer to creating fusion energy on Earth -- a type of energy that the sun has been producing for billions of years. Traditionally considered a Holy Grail of science -- could plasma fusion finally become a reality? RT's Anastasia Churkina was the first reporter to access the laboratory. (YouTube / RT; July 12, 2011)
  • Top 100 / Best FE: Nuclear > Fusion > Focus Fusion >
    Really Cheap, Really Clean Electricity from Boron - This winter a small, privately financed, company in New Jersey called Lawrenceville Plasma Physics (LPP) will attempt Boron fusion for the very first time. They have been testing and tweaking their DPF device using deuterium as a fusion fuel. Already their SUV-sized machine has produced 3.7 million neutrons per Joule of input energy. (Renewable Energy World; August 9, 2011)
  • Featured / Top 100 / Best FE: Nuclear > Fusion > Focus Fusion >
    In the race for fusion energy, lightning thunders over lasers - A comparison between Focus Fusion, which uses a principle of lightning in an apparatus the size of a small garage, with research costs at around $3 million, and the United States' National Ignition Facility, which uses lasers in a football stadium sized array, with research costs at around $3 billion, while producing far more energy considering the input energy requirement and apparatus size and cost. (PESN and BeforeItsNews; July 12, 2011)
  • Featured / Best Exotic FE: Nuclear > Fusion > Focus Fusion >
    Fission Tragedy Could be Averted - The communications industry pumps 25% of their revenue back into research. The result? Slim iPhones and androids and many amazing communications wonders. Meanwhile, we starve energy research for funds with just 0.3% of the energy budget going to R&D, and wring our hands over oil spills and meltdowns. (PESN and BeforeItsNews; March 15, 2011)
  • Featured / Top 100 / Best FE: Nuclear > Fusion > Focus Fusion >
    Focus Fusion could power civilization cheaply and cleanly - Lawrenceville Plasma Physics LLC has announced that they have indisputable evidence that they have achieved 1 billion degrees via plasma confinement. With another year of experimentation followed by three years of development, they could be ready to bring to market a 5 MW plant (output of the largest wind turbines) that only costs $300,000. (PESN; January 12, 2011)
  • Top 100: Nuclear > Fusion > Focus Fusion >
    New Calibration Confirms FF-1’s High Fusion Yields – "Tests in early June have confirmed that Focus-Fusion-1 is producing higher fusion yields than have been achieved with any other dense plasma focus (DPF) at the same peak current." With this data, they say they "have traveled a bit less than half way to our goal of demonstrating scientific feasibility which would involve a yield of 10,000 to 100,000 joules," expecting to achieve that landmark by year end. (Lawrenceville Plasma Physics; June 9, 2010)
  • Top 100 / Featured: Nuclear > Fusion > Focus Fusion >
    Focus Fusion 1 successful test announced - After seven years of theoretical work and raising money, five months of design, five months of construction and assembly, and a week of testing, Lawrenceville Plasma Physics now has a functioning dense plasma focus, Focus-Fusion-1. Eric Lerner receives energy research award. (PESN; Oct. 28, 2009) (Comment)
  • Practical Fusion, or Just a Bubble? - An overview of various approaches to useful fusion, including sonofusion, Eric Lerner's Focus Fusion, the $10 billion international Tokamac project. (NY Times; Feb. 27, 2007)
  • Focus Fusion poses competition to $10 billion Tokamak - Purports to be a far more feasible and profoundly less expensive approach to hot fusion, in contrast to what the international project (ITER) in France is pursuing. Lawrenceville Plasma Physics is currently researching and developing the Plasma Focus Device for hydrogen-boron nuclear fusion. (PESN; Nov. 2, 2005)
  • Presentation preparation - preparing for funding consideration.
  • Video Interview with Thomas Valone (wmv) - Sterling Allan's interview with Tom Valone at the ExtraOrdinary Technology conference in Salt Lake City, July 28-31, 2005. When asked "What energy technology looks most promising, that is not getting due attention", well-known and revered energy researcher and U.S. Patent reviewer, Tom Valone, Ph.D., answers: "Focus Fusion". (OSEN)

More Information

Contact

Lawrenceville Plasma Physics, Inc.
40 Ridge Drive
Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922
Phone: (732) 356-5900

Eric J. Lerner <eric@lpphysics.com>

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