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The team led by Eric Lerner is attempting to achieve nuclear fusion using an innovative, low-cost approach (Image: LPP Fusion)
The focus fusion approach harnesses plasma instabilities rather than fighting them (Image: LPP Fusion)
The final reactor would harvest electricity directly, for better efficiency and vastly reduced costs (Image: LPP Fusion)
Natural instabilities briefly concentrate plasma into a donut-shaped plasmoid (Image: LPP Fusion)
A strong current pulse generates plasma between the anode and the cathode of the plasma focus device (Image: LPP Fusion)
The plasma focus device can be quite small in size (Image: LPP Fusion)
A group of scientists are turning to Indiegogo to fund fusion power research (Image: LPP Fusion)
A group of researchers at New Jersey-based LPP Fusion is turning to crowdfunding to demonstrate net power gain from a nuclear fusion reactor. The scientists plan to do this using a technique which is relatively little-known, but which they claim is scientifically sound and only relies on well-established science. Given enough funding, the researchers say they could design a US$500,000, 5 MW reactor that would produce energy for as little as 0.06 cents per kWh, all by the end of the decade.
Read the full article: Can crowdfunding give us safe fusion power by 2020?
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