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.

Laser-boron fusion now ‘leading contender’ for energy

A laser-driven technique for creating fusion that dispenses with the need for radioactive fuel elements and leaves no toxic radioactive waste is now within reach, say researchers. Dramatic advances in powerful, high-intensity lasers are making it viable for scientists to pursue what was once thought impossible: creating fusion energy based on hydrogen-boron reactions. And an Australian physicist is in the lead, armed with a patented design and working with international collaborators on the remaining scientific challenges. In a paper in the scientific journal Laser and Particle Beams, lead author Heinrich Hora from UNSW Sydney and international… Read More