Australia’s First Laser Fusion Company Appoints World Leading Scientific Advisory Board; publishes groundbreaking research
SYDNEY, December 22, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Australia The first laser-nuclear fusion energy company, HB11 Energy, has officially appointed a scientific body made up of the world’s leading experts in laser and fusion energy with the common goal of establishing a new one Australia as a leader in fusion and clean energy technology.
Prof Dimitri Batani from the Intense Lasers and Applications Center (University Bordeaux) has been named Senior Scientist supervising 19 researchers at 10 universities with plans to grow the team to over 50 in the near future.
He is one of the few researchers in the world involved in several historically significant demonstrations of hydrogen-boron fusion using lasers, greatly enhancing HB11 Energy’s ability to become the world’s first company to successfully commercialize nuclear fusion energy.
Former ANSTO CEO Dr Adi Paterson has also joined the Scientific Advisory Board and will bring with him extensive experience in nuclear energy research and in novel nuclear reactor technology. He is visiting scientist at the Laboratory for Laser Energy (Rochester University) Prof. Tom Mehlhorn, Director of the Laboratory for Laser Energy (Rochester University) DR Mike Campbell, and laser technology professor Prof. Dieter Hoffmann.
Lukasz Gadowski, one of the fathers of the German startup ecosystem and co-founder of the DAX-listed Delivery Hero, was also appointed director after being the lead investor in a significantly oversubscribed company $ 4.6 million Round earlier this year.
The appointments follow the recent release of new research, led by the founders of HB11 and other world-leading laser experts, that has revealed some of the key physics responsible for laser fusion between hydrogen and boron – a reaction previously thought impossible.
The hydrogen-boron fusion would be a holy grail for clean energy production as the fuels are safe and abundant, leave no harmful waste behind, and the capacity can provide large scale power for base load utility power or hydrogen generation.
The newly formed scientific advisory board has the task of developing the proprietary laser fusion concept of the co-founder and scientific director of HB11, Prof. Heinrich Hora, to a new source of clean energy that can also have economic advantages over coal-fired electricity.
Adi Paterson, Scientific Advisor to HB11 Energy and former CEO of ANSTO, said: “Fusion is seen as a long-term energy source. Recently, however, progress, especially in laser-based approaches, has accelerated dramatically. ”
“With the inherent safety and technical-economic advantages of the hydrogen-boron fusion reaction, combined with the very promising results from just a few experiments, HB11 Energy’s approach is the most promising way of tackling CO2 emissions on a large scale.”
Co-founder of HB11 Energie Prof. Heinrich Hora and Dr. Warren McKenzie
DR Warren McKenzie, Founder and Managing Director of HB11 Energy, said: “With this global powerhouse of a board, we are ready to rapidly expand our research and development activities with the aim of providing a new, large-scale energy source that is completely safe and clean. You are the dream team we need to move forward Prof. Heinrich Horas Turn vision of laser-boron fusion into a commercial reality in a timeframe that will have a significant impact on climate change. ”
HB11 is energy Australia first fusion energy company to pursue one of the few absolutely safe fusion reactions between hydrogen and boron-11.
It is currently being demonstrated that a laser-induced hydrogen-boron reaction can provide a clean, safe, reliable, and virtually unlimited source for large-scale power generation.
It does this through a concept reactor that generates electricity directly using safe and abundant fuels, a reaction that does not generate harmful radiation and has no possibility of reactor meltdown.
HB11 Energy believes that for this concept reactor, which has already been granted patents in four countries, Australian technology could lead the world in the search for net zero emissions by 2050.
HB11 Energy recently acquired a $ 2 million Linkage Grant from the Australian Research Council (ARC) from Deakin University. It plans a number of fundraisers in 2022 to help accelerate the growth and pace of R&D.
HB11 Energy (www.hb11.energy) is working to create a new source of clean, safe and reliable energy using laser technology to fuse hydrogen and boron-11. Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe, while boron-11 makes up about 80% of all naturally occurring boron, is readily available, and is a stable, non-radioactive isotope.
Unlike other nuclear power plants and fossil fuels, HB11 Energy’s power generation process does not require large facilities with steam turbines and does not generate hazardous radioactive waste. There is no risk of reactor meltdown and the energy generated can be fed directly into the grid.
HB11 Energy is the future of clean energy. It creates the possibility of a world powered by clean, safe, and unlimited electricity generated by small reactors that use fuel abundantly and do not generate harmful waste.
The board of directors
Scientific Advisory Board
- Prof Heinrich Hora (UNSW Emeritus Professor and HB11 Energy Scientific Director)
- DR Adi Paterson (Former CEO of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization)
- DR Mike Campbell (Head of the Laboratory for Laser Energy at Rochester University)
- Prof Tom Mehlhorn (Former Superintendent of the Plasma Physics Division of the US Naval Research Laboratories and Distinguished Visiting Scientist at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics at the Rochester University)
- Prof Dieter Hoffmann (Head of Nuclear Physics at TU Darmstadt)
- Prof Roland Sauerbrey (Scientific Director of Helmholtz Center Dresden-Rossendorf)
- Prof Shalom Eliezer (SOREQ research center)
- Prof George Miley (Professor of Nuclear, Plasma and Radiological Technology at the University of Illinois)
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