HB11 Energy awarded $22m laser project to build sovereign nuclear fusion energy capabilities

Australia’s first laser fusion energy company HB11 Energy will launch a $22 million project to develop the next-generation high-power lasers needed to create a multi-billion dollar nuclear fusion energy industry from Australia, and export this capability to the world. The HB11 Energy project forms part of a $50 million Trailblazer grant awarded to the University of Adelaide and University of New South Wales under the “Defence Trailblazer for Concept to Sovereign Capability” bid. It comprises a $6 million grant and $16 million in contributions from partners. HB11 Energy will assist with the… Read More

World-first: HB11 Energy demonstrates nuclear fusion using a laser

Australia’s first fusion energy company HB11 Energy has demonstrated a world-first ‘material’ number of fusion reactions by a private company, producing ten times more fusion reactions than expected based on earlier experiments at the same facility. HB11 Energy’s world-first results were published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal, Applied Sciences, and demonstrate non-thermal fusion of hydrogen and boron-11 using high-power lasers. This approach was predicted in the 1970’s at UNSW by Australian theoretical physicist and HB11 Energy co-founder, Professor Heinrich Hora, and differs radically from most other fusion efforts to date that require… Read More

White Paper: The case for petawatt laser research infrastructure in Australia

High peak-power “Petawatt” lasers drive extreme light-matter interactions to generate plasmas and particle/photon jets with conditions of temperature, electric and magnetic fields strengths only otherwise found in extreme astrophysical events (centre of stars, supernova explosions, binary star accretion, edge of black holes). They have opened the field of high-energy-density physics, including many new opportunities for scientific research and applications, from compact particle accelerators to clean fusion energy generation. The significance of these opportunities led the inventors of the key technology behind high-peak-power lasers to win the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics. The… Read More

Prof. Hora presents at the 42nd International Workshop on High Energy Density Physics with Intense Ion and Laser and Beams

Scientific Director of HB11 Energy, Prof. Heinrich Hora, has presented at the 42nd International Workshop on High Energy Density Physics with Intense Ion and Laser and Beams (PHEDM-Hirschegg Workshop 2022). Originally due to take place at Darmstaedter Haus in Hirschegg, Austria, this year’s Workshop  was moved online and took place between January 31 – February 4.  Prof. Hora’s presentation was titled: ‘Lower Than Thermal Pressures for Laser Driven Fusion Ignition’

‘Advances in the Study of Laser-Driven Proton-Boron Fusion’ Special Issue – Call for Papers

Following a very popular seminar series run by HB11 Energy, a special ‘Laser and Particle Beams’ Issue on one of the world’s largest fully open access journal publishers has been initiated and a ‘Call for Papers’ relevant to the topic: ‘Advances in the Study of Laser-Driven Proton-Boron Fusion’. Submission deadline is 18 March 2022 and Publication Date is July 2022.

Teenager proves himself a future Fusion Energy scientist

17 year old Ethan Dunsworth from Holt High School, Wentzville, Missouri USA, reached out to HB11 M.D. Dr Warren McKenzie earlier this year asking for assistance with a research project and if Warren “… would be interested in mentoring me?” Ethan was inspired to contact HB11 after reading some of our publications. In his words, he was keen to explore ways of “… optimising the energy-efficiency of your HB11 reactor”. Dr McKenzie quickly recognised Ethan’s acumen and potential and offered to give him what assistance time allowed. Together they narrowed down the… Read More

U.S. House of Representatives offers support for Fusion Energy

HB11 Energy joins the Fusion Industry Association in applauding the U.S. House of Representatives for passing HR5376, the Build Back Better Act, because it will make transformative investments into fusion energy research, development, and deployment as a part of the legislation’s climate and energy provisions. The Build Back Better infrastructure package includes, among other sections, significant new investments into clean energy and climate change mitigation, with $555 billion set aside in the framework for these efforts. As fusion energy moves from the lab to the marketplace, it is poised to become a… Read More

HB11 Energy has scientific paper published in Optical Engineering

‘GREEN ENERGY GENERATION VIA OPTICAL LASER PRESSURE INITIATED NONTHERMAL NUCLEAR FUSION’ PAPER Two Australian scientists collaborating with HB11 Energy have just had a paper published in Optical Engineering – a monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal covering research, development and uses of optical science and engineering. Good friends and rock climbing enthusiasts, Francois Ladouceur (UNSW) and Alex Fuerbach (Macquarie University) co-authored the ‘Green energy generation via optical laser pressure initiated nonthermal nuclear fusion’ paper with HB11 Energy’s Prof. Heinrich Hora and Dr Warren McKenzie, who are also affiliated with UNSW Sydney. The paper explains… Read More

One giant leap for Laser Fusion

HB11 Energy is excited by the results of an experiment, announced on 17 August 2021, showing what appears to be the first measured, controlled ignition of a fusion burn via laser (as opposed to complex magnetic fields). We congratulate the scientists and engineers at California’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) National Ignition Facility (NIF). In the experiment, laser beams targeting a capsule of hydrogen isotopes sparked a fusion explosion that produced 1.35 megajoules (MJ) of energy. That result came tantalizingly close to achieving ‘ignition’, as defined as fusion energy generated in the… Read More

Pioneering technology promises unlimited, clean and safe energy

Technology developed by UNSW Sydney Emeritus Professor Heinrich Hora, has been granted patents for its laser-driven technique for creating fusion energy. Unlike earlier methods, the technique is completely safe as it does not rely on radioactive fuel and leaves no toxic radioactive waste.