An Australian nuclear fusion startup called HB11, a spin-off from the University of New South Wales, claims to have found a way to revolutionize current nuclear fusion technology, potentially laying the foundation for a new era of power generation-without risking new energy risk. Nuclear meltdown.
The startup's leadership doesn't speak.
As its name implies, fusion energy uses the energy released when the nuclei are fused together, not fission, which splits the nuclei to generate electricity.
Fusion technology has been the holy grail of energy production for decades, but scientists have not yet responded, and it is spitting out more energy than it needs to start burning. They start to approach.
If this sounds too unreal, then it is worth noting that these claims are indeed dramatic. A kind Press release Information about the technology on the University of New South Wales website disappeared, although Backup copy Seems still online. Futurism has contacted the university to inquire about the missing version.
The backup version has an extraordinary reputation. It said HB11 found a new method that eliminates the current fusion energy method, which requires extremely high temperatures and pressure levels to work.
Theoretically-now it's just a theory-HB11's method is extremely simplified and much cheaper. The technology relies on hydrogen and boron B-11 isotopes-rather than extremely rare and expensive radioisotopes [such as tri]-and uses a dedicated set of lasers to make the reaction proceed.
The HB-11 isotope fuel agglomerate was fired with two laser beams in an "essentially empty metal sphere", triggering the "& # 39; avalancee & quot; fusion chain reaction." A statement.
Mackenzie told reporters: "You can say that we are using hydrogen as a dart and hope to hit boron. If we hit boron, we can start the fusion reaction." New atlas. "That's the essence."
He added: "Using temperature for fusion is essentially moving atoms randomly and hoping they will collide with each other, and our method is much more precise."
According to the company's statement, the process even skipped "the need for heat exchangers or steam turbine generators" and could "transmit electricity almost directly into existing grids."
There is no nuclear waste, no steam, and the possibility of nuclear destruction is zero. It sounds too good to be incredible-but the startup still has a lot to prove. McKenzie confessed that he didn't know if or when the startup's ideas could become a business reality.
He told me: "I don't want to be a laughing stock because I promise we can deliver something in 10 years and then we won't get there again." New atlas.