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Magnetized Target Fusion uses lithium as a fuel, which is heated and mixed with intensely pressurized plasma. The only byproduct is helium and other harmless gasses.
Magnetized Target Fusion uses lithium as a fuel, which is heated and mixed with intensely pressurized plasma. The only byproduct is helium and other harmless gasses.

General Fusion hopes to create small fusion reactors that cost around $50 million a piece and generate roughly 100 megawatts allowing for roughly 4 cent / kwh electricity.

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How it Works

Colliding plasmas within a sphere of liquid metal. A spherical shockwave within the liquid metal causes the plasma to collapse. At maximum compression the conditions for fusion are briefly met and a fusion burst occurs releasing its energy. -- Matt Musson <Musson1 {at} hotmail.com> (no relationship to company; February 11, 2008)

Overview of Magnetized Target Fusion

On April 03, 2008, Doug Richardson <doug {at} generalfusion.com> wrote.

As a general background/overview I suggest the papers attached.

[Attachments]

  • GF_provenance.doc - General Fusion is a Vancouver-based company which believes it can achieve Net Gain from fusion in a relatively quick time and sufficiently small equity dollars to make it an attractive investment.
  • MTF POP proprosal, incl comments on sphero feas.pdf - Magnetitezed Target Fusion: A Proof-of-Principle Research Proposal; Submitted to the Office of Fusion Energy Sciences; May 19, 1998; Schoenberg and Siemon.
  • MTFforenergy.pdf - The relevance of Magnetized Target Fusion (MTF) to practical energy production; A white paper for consideration by the fusion community and the Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee; May 15, 1999; R. Siemon, et al.

Regarding current MTF status; the world leader is likely Los Alamos National Lab and their cooperation with the Air Force Research Labs.

For more papers and background this site has more information.

MTF is often associated with compact torus investigations (you need a target to squish). Work on MTF and compact torus is being done at these locations:

  • Los Alamos National Lab
  • Lawrence Livermore National Lab - SSPX
  • University of Washington - PHD
  • University of Wisconsin – plasma jets
  • Caltech - spheromak
  • UC Davis - CTIX
  • Princeton - MRX
  • Swarthmore College - SSX
  • Air Force Research Labs
  • Hyper-V – private company
  • Woodruff Scientific –private company
  • MNSW – private company

MTF is contained within the Innovative Concepts designation of fusion. Here is a link to a budget request presentation of the Office of Fusion Energy Sciences (gives a summary of most of the innovative concepts and MTF research).

And a link to the proceeding from related conference.

Regarding GF getting of the ground…I have attached a “narrative? produced by our Chairman.

Patents

US 2006/0198486 A1 Fig. 1
US 2006/0198486 A1 Fig. 1
  • US 2006/0198486 A1 Pressure Wave Generator and Controller for Generating a Pressure Wave in a Fusion Reactor; Sept. 7, 2006.
Abstract 
An apparatus for generating a pressure wave for activating a fusion reaction in fusionable material in a liquid medium...


Profiles

Company: General Fusion, Inc.

General Fusion is working on a new, patent pending concept based on a recent development in fusion research called Magnetized Target Fusion (MTF). MTF has been building momentum in the fusion community for a few years now. It is the goal of General Fusion to demonstrate this new clean, safe and economical concept by 2010.

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In the News


  • Fusion Power in the Next Five Years!? - General Fusion hopes to create small fusion reactors that cost around $50 million a piece and generate roughly 100 megawatts allowing for roughly 4 cent / kwh electricity. Magnetized Target Fusion uses lithium as a fuel, which is heated and mixed with intensely pressurized plasma. The only byproduct is helium and other harmless gasses. (EcoGeek; Feb. 11, 2008)
  • Nuclear fusion is coming, says noted VC - Chrysalix's optimism is pinned on an angel investment the company made in General Fusion, a Canadian company that says it has found a way to hurdle many of ... (CNET News.com; Feb 7, 2008)

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Contact

http://www.generalfusion.com/contact.php

General Fusion Inc.
102B-3430 Brighton
Burnaby, BC V5A 3H4
Canada

Phone: 604.439.3003 Cell: 604.551.1893

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