HB11 Energy presented at the 15th International Symposium of Fusion Nuclear Technology

The 15th International Symposium on Fusion Nuclear Technology (ISFNT-15) has taken place in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain on September 10-15, 2023. HB11 Energy was represented by Lead Scientist Prof. Dimitri Batani and Researcher Marine Huault, from the University of Salamanca. The ISFNT-15 is one of the main international events for the nuclear fusion field and offers the opportunity for the fusion community to meet, discuss new ways to address complex problems and find advanced solutions in nuclear fusion technologies. The development of energy from fusion has now acquired an increasingly… Read More

HB11 Energy receives grant from US Department of Energy to develop clean, safe and unlimited fusion energy

The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) has awarded a grant to HB11 Energy as part of its ‘Innovation Network for Fusion Energy’ (INFUSE) program with the objective, “to accelerate basic research to develop cost-effective, innovative fusion energy technologies in the private sector.” The program will provide access to world-leading expertise at the University of Rochester, an institutional partner of the National Ignition Facility which recently demonstrated net energy gain from laser fusion. Led by HB11 Energy’s Prof. Thomas Mehlhorn and Prof. Adam Sefkow from the University of Rochester, the research will be… Read More

Australian researcher ignites global movement towards clean, safe and unlimited fusion energy

Last week, Cambridge University Press, in collaboration with Hindawi, published a special issue of thirteen scientific papers advancing the field of hydrogen-boron fusion as a new clean energy source. The editorial headlining the special issue describes the origins of the field as the theoretical physics work by Emeritus Professor Heinrich Hora since the 1970’s at UNSW Sydney and more recently through his company HB11 Energy. This field is now global, with contributions to the special issue coming from 88 researchers, many from the PROBONO project spanning 27 countries. This COST Action was… Read More

HB11 Energy signs Australia-Spain bilateral laser fusion energy agreement, secures federal grant for $1.76M project

Australia’s first laser fusion energy company HB11 Energy has signed a bilateral agreement with the University of Salamanca (USAL) and the Spanish Pulsed Lasers Centre (CLPU), to accelerate laser fusion energy development in Australia and Spain. The agreement will give HB11 Energy access to Spain’s most powerful petawatt-class laser, operated by CLPU, which uses similar technology to the Livermore National Ignition Facility (NIF) where net energy gain was recently achieved. Australia’s Ambassador to Spain Sophia McIntyre attended the signing of the agreement, due to the huge national potential for the bilateral partnership to put both countries at the forefront of the… Read More

HB11 Energy conducts experiment using LFEX and GEKKO Petawatt Laser in Osaka

The first HB11 Energy experiment for 2023 took place in February at Institute of Laser Engineering, Osaka University, Japan. The Instutute’s LFEX/GEKKO petawatt laser was used to test the new geometry of laser target materials. Another outcome was to help us to gain a deeper understanding of the mechanism of proton-boron fusion in laser-plasmas and in particular, to study the effects of strong magnetic fields. The LFEX beam was also used to test HB11 fusion reactions within some very novel boron materials, enabled in part by the fuel capabilities HB11 is establishing… Read More

HB11 Energy features in Undecided with Matt Ferrell: What This Breakthrough Means for Nuclear Fusion

“NIF isn’t the only group experimenting with IC or laser technology… there’s HB11 out of Australia… This take on fusion has a number of advantages. First, hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe, while boron-11 is also very common…neither isotope is radioactive… the laser-fired hydrogen also means you don’t need to heat things up to 10-times-the-core-of-the-sun temperatures… Because of the relatively small size of their reactor, HB11’s fusion reactor doesn’t require large plants or big footprint. But perhaps most exciting of all, HB11’s newest laser fusion method also generated 10… Read More

Recent nuclear fusion experiment the biggest scientific breakthrough ‘of the century’

This interview was published in Sky News, 14 December 2022: Recent nuclear fusion experiment the biggest scientific breakthrough ‘of the century’ HB11 Energy’s Managing Director Warren McKenzie has discussed the latest nuclear fusion experiment conducted at the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Nuclear fusion is a process that occurs inside the sun, whereby two nuclei combine to form a heavier nucleus. This reaction releases energy that can be harnessed to create electricity without contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. The recent experiment at the San Francisco lab used lasers to hit… Read More

US scientists confirm ‘major breakthrough’ in nuclear fusion

This article was published in The Guardian, 14 December 2022: US scientists confirm ‘major breakthrough’ in nuclear fusion Scientists have confirmed a major breakthrough has been made that could pave the way for abundant clean energy in the future after more than half a century of research into nuclear fusion. Researchers at the US National Ignition Facility in California said fusion experiments had released more energy than was pumped in by the lab’s enormous, high-powered lasers, a landmark achievement known as ignition or energy gain. According to Dr Warren McKenzie, founder &… Read More

HB11 Energy creates coalition of global lasertech heavyweights, to establish an Australian sovereign laser industry

Australia’s first laser fusion energy company HB11 Energy has created a coalition of global laser technology heavyweights to kickstart a new Australian laser industry, aiming to develop an ultra high intensity petawatt-class laser facility in this country. This consortium will see Australia pioneer many new areas of technology, including clean fusion energy generation, sovereign advanced manufacturing capability, and Ultrashort & Short Pulse Laser (USPL) education and talent. It will include, among others, engineering multinational Thales Group, Japan’s first-ever laser fusion company EX-Fusion, the University of Adelaide, long-time global leaders in high-energy laser… Read More

HB11 Energy is featured in Forbes Australia

HB11 Energy’s amazing journey to date and the story of our own 91-year-old theoretical physicist, Prof. Heinrich Hora, is currently one of the lead story in Forbes Australia. It details how Prof. Hora and Co-Founders Warren McKenzie and Jan Kirchhoff believe the company can radically change the future with a high-powered laser and new materials to create viable nuclear fusion. As reported: “Now, they say, they just need a $100 million laser of their own to prove it, and the Australian government to show some enthusiasm.” Read the full story: Harnessing the sweat… Read More