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Posted on Sustainabilitank.info on October 21st, 2012
by Pincas Jawetz (PJ@SustainabiliTank.com)

October 4 and October 9, 2012 I received two e-mails from from  Gelvin Stevenson of the monthly New York Forum Breakfast, that on October 12th the Forum will host a team from Lawrenceville Plasma Physics, Inc. (LPP) that will present their work on fusion energy—energy that is plentiful, safe, abundant, and “too cheap to meter.”

LPP is a research and development corporation whose primary goal is the scientific demonstration and commercialization of a compact nuclear fusion generator that will provide cheap, clean, safe and abundant energy for the world.  If successfully developed, its technology will make electricity  cheap  enough  for  all,  eliminating  the  high financial and environmental costs, including climate change, caused by our current reliance on fossil fuels.
Sure, above grabbed my attention and also reminded me of a previous message that I had still in the computer and that related to above topic and above company.
But what got even more my attention was what follows: “LPP collaborates with leading plasma focus researchers around the world, including the Plasma Physics Research Center in Tehran, Kansas State University, and Utah State University.  The intellectual property of Focus Fusion is protected by US Patent #7,482,607, “Method and apparatus for producing X-rays, ion beams and nuclear fusion energy,” with international patents filed.”
A US company working closely with US National Laboratories on a form of nuclear power that cooperates with the University of Tehran these days of  calls for “bomb Iran?” Fusion can provide cheap power and avoid the potential for making bombs? A joint US-Iran project that gives equal standing to Iran in a technology that can help everybody?

OK – we see what I mean and let me develop the subject in its chronological construct.

The old communication was:
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FOCUS FUSION OPPORTUNITY – PLEASE REVIEW AND ADVISE.

Sam Salamay – The Opportunity of a Lifetime & A Legacy for Mankind
For My Clean Energy Colleagues…
from Sam Salamay sam.salamay@verizon.net
- received June 27, 2012 -  a day after I returned from the Rio Conference to Vienna – obviously, I left this on the backburner.
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Sam wrote:

I have just signed an agreement with Lawrenceville Plasma Physics (Www.lpphysics.com) (LPP) to create awareness and call-on my business associates to raise 2 million dollars to complete R&D for the eventual commercialization of Focus Fusion, hopefully within the next 3-5 years.

Focus Fusion technology entails hydrogen and boron combining into helium, while giving off tremendous amounts of energy in the process, without any radioactive waste.

This technology could give birth to a non-polluting power plant the size of a local gas station that would quietly and safely power 4,000 homes, for a few tenths of a penny per kilowatt-hour, compared to 4-6 cents/kw-h of coal or natural-gas-powered plants. One technician could operate two dozen of these stations remotely. The fuel, widely available, is barely spent in the clean fusion method, and would only need to be changed annually.

The size and power output would make it ideal for providing localized power, reducing transmission losses and large-grid vulnerabilities. The cost and reliability would make it affordable for developing nations and regions.

LPP chief scientist Eric Lerner is in the “final stretch” of his 28 year quest to provide clean nuclear fusion using a unique process to create direct electricity without radioactivity.  He has been active in dense plasma focus (DPF) research and has developed a detailed quantitative theory of the functioning of DPF. Based on this theory, he proposed that the DPF could achieve high ion and electron energies at high densities, suitable for advanced fuel fusion and space propulsion.

For your due diligence and hopefully your equity participation, please use the links below to get a grasp of the enormous value and biblical implications for world peace that this technology can achieve.

Sam called this -”Fusion For Peace Initiative.”


Google Headquarters Tech Talk Presentation
LPP is also committed to educating and involving students and the general public in this incredible endeavor, and so works with its partner nonprofit the Focus Fusion Society to raise awareness through a dedicated website and YouTube channel.

These are some of my favorites there for understanding the technology: Intro to the Dense Plasma Focus (DPF) and Focus Fusion;

LPP’s latest breakthrough and efforts towards peace have been noted by Forbes, CNBC, and made the news as far as the UK (including the Guardian) and even Russia in an excellent video news segment.

A number of venture capitalists and other high profile private equity investors have been investing in nuclear fusion in recent years.
Here is a roundup:
TerraPower – Intellectual Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Charles River Ventures, Bill Gates
Tri Alpha Energy – Goldman Sachs, New Enterprise Associates, Venrock, Vulcan Capital (Paul Allen)
General Fusion – BDC Venture Capital, Bezos Expeditions (Jeff Bezos), Braemar Energy Ventures, Cenovus Energy, Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital, GrowthWorks Capital

The following link is the complete article which names the current players in Fusion Investment and the reasons why they are doing so:

In conclusion, LPP is way ahead of our competitors due to the vision and practices of Eric Lerner and believes our technology will disrupt fossil fuels, which will eventually end the reign of damaging monopolies which affect global warming, confrontations between nations and general health.
For a mere 2 million dollars, you can be a partner with LPP in this attractive and sustainable field of energy.
Sincerely,
Sam Salamay

WWW.LPPHYSICS.COM

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Checking Wikipedia we found:   Eric J. Lerner, in 1984, began studying plasma phenomena and laboratory fusion devices, performing experimental work on a machine called a dense plasma focus (DPF). Lerner received funding from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 1994 and 2001 to explore whether the dense plasma focus could be an effective ion thruster to propel spacecraft. He believes that a dense plasma focus can also be used to produce useful aneutronic fusion energy. Lerner explained his “Focus Fusion” approach in a 2007 Google Tech Talk. On November 14, 2008, Lerner received funding for continued research, to test the scientific feasibility of Focus Fusion. On October 15, 2009, the DPF device “Focus Fusion-1″ achieved its first pinch. On January 28th, 2011, LPP published initial results including experimental shots with considerably higher fusion yields than the historical DPF trend. In March, 2012, the company announced that it had achieved temperatures of 1.8 billion degrees, beating the old record of 1.1 billion that had survived since 1978.

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On October 12th I learned as follows:

Hydrogen and Boron, when used as a fusion fuel are aneutronic – that means they fuse to release only charged particles – but no neutrons – and thus lowers the cost of this operation when compared to methods that use deuterium or tritium.

LPP originated and patented a Focus Fusion controlled release device for dense plasma that does not release radioactive by-products. Their Focus Fusion -1 (Fo-Fu -1) (FF-1) devise was completed in October 2009 in Middlessex NJ and now regularly achieves many billions of fusion reactions within the few microseconds of a single experimental shot.

The unit generator they envision will be a garage-size generator that will provide energy to 1,000 homes and many of these can be combined if the intent is to have a larger energy plant. The initial 5MW green and low-cost Focus Fusion unit can be up-scaled to provide gigawatt-scale power. The electrode at the heart of FF-1 is just five inches across. To continue the demonstration work – all what the company was reaching out for at this time was $2 million.

The people that represented LPP at the breakfast were:

Eric J. Lerner, President and Chief Scientist – the originator of the concept,

Derek Shanon, Director of Business Development,

Sam Salamay, Senior Consultant in Public Relation mattes.

The address of LPP is 128 Lincoln Blvd.
Middlesex, NJ  08846-1022

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The advantages of FF-1:

to replicate it costs $ half a million; there is huge reduction in costs compared to other proposed fusion equipment.
it is small in size;
provides direct conversion of fusion – turn the energy into electricity.

The idea was started in the 60′s and by now there is a rich literature and dozens of research groups worldwide – but Lerner credits the Tehran University as the other most advanced group. His own lab experiments were started in 2009. He has US patent #7,482,607 with patents pending in Australia, China, India and Europe.

Asked what holds back the project – his answer was that too few people have plasma experience and immigration problems make it difficult bringing in to the US non US citizens. Financially they are fine now having obtained $2.7 million from the Abell Foundation and they have 40 investors.

He also said that the profit is not in the mailing of the equipment but in the savings when consuming the energy, as such it is possible to contemplate an equipment rental structure and a service agreement as it would be effective to run the equipment from a distance.

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Looking at the potential of this concept – (a) we see immediately that it is an answer to the UN concept of SE4All – Sustainable Energy for All.
That is cheap and affordable energy for all – that is neither polluting with CO2 emissions, nor with potential radiation. The latter removes any need for dangerous nuclear fission that had the unintended additional track of nuclear bombs’ production. Also the replacement of dependence on fossil fuels can help us save the environment for future generations while avoiding the side effects of climate change.

Above seems obvious – but what may be its best selling point is that Iranian scientists at the University of Tehran are the most advanced foreigners in his technology and if a cooperation between them, as led by the Iranian government, and the US government stands behind the LPP scientists – be they dealing as a private company or as a National Laboratory, this mutually respectful relationship will also help Iran climb down the tree of discord with the US. Let us hope that after the Presidential elections, the winning US President will see to it that this opportunity to work together with Iran is not squandered.

This latter idea that I discussed with the LPP team after the presentation last week, becomes even more enticing considering the information that became available this week-end – the weekend ahead of the last US Presidential Debate, that there are ongoing US – Iran contacts in an attempt to find a solution to the nuclear crisis, and as well – having listened on Friday to the presentation of Judge Abraham D. Sofaer on an Effective Diplomacy to tackle the issue – the cooperation between the two countries in order to commercialize nuclear fusion seems like an ideal way out in this more intricate topic. This latter subject we posted as well on our website.


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