General Fusion, based in Burnaby, Canada, is developing fusion technology to generate cheap, safe and plentiful energy without greenhouse gas emissions, pollution, or radioactive waste.
Magnetic Target Fusion
General Fusion’s approach is based on “magnetized target fusion” concepts first developed about 30 years ago. This approach is a hybrid of traditional “magnetic fusion” and “inertial confinement fusion”. In MTF, a compact toroid, or donut-shaped magnetized plasma, is compressed mechanically by an imploding conductive shell, heating the plasma to fusion conditions. MTF’s advantages stem from its hybrid nature. MTF uses some magnetic field to confine the plasma, allowing for slower compression using mechanical systems. Magnetic fields in MTF are short-lived, avoiding complex plasma sustainment technologies.
General Fusion’s patent-pending fusion technology involves the equipment needed to contain and compress the plasma, and the systems needed to manage the process.
Nuclear fusion is a process in which hydrogen atoms are fused together to form helium. This reaction releases significant amounts of heat, which can be used to generate electricity using traditional steam turbines. The necessary isotopes of hydrogen can be extracted from seawater and derived from lithium, resulting in a ubiquitous source of fuel and providing a nearly endless supply of clean energy.
General Fusion is a Canadian venture capital-backed company led by a team of experienced physicists and technology development experts. General Fusion works with government, institutional and industrial partners and consultants to develop a full-scale proof-of-concept fusion generator to demonstrate a system net gain – something that traditional approaches have yet to achieve.
Nuclear fusion power plants produce electricity without incurring the dangers associated with nuclear fission.
General Fusion News
More than 50 of the world’s foremost scientists meet in Canada for the first time VANCOUVER, CANADA – An annual gathering focusing on cutting-edge fusion energy research is being held outside the U.S. for the first time, with Vancouver-based clean energy leader...read more
Nuclear fusion investors feel they are spotting what could be the world’s biggest disruption – unmaking and rebuilding the world’s way of making electricity. Story: Ryan Swift By and large, the electricity business is dirty. Generating electricity still involves...read more
New General Fusion collaboration fuses big data and machine learning to accelerate clean energy development
General Fusion’s scientists working with Microsoft’s software experts to explore experimental plasma data in greater depth than previously possible Vancouver, Canada – General Fusion, an industry leading clean energy company, is partnering with Microsoft’s Developer...read more
Vancouver, Canada – The Board of Directors of industry-leading fusion energy technology company General Fusion is pleased to announce that Mr. Christofer Mowry has been appointed as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Mowry brings more than 30 years of global...read more
Clean energy company preparing to scale up VANCOUVER, B.C., CANADA — (March 6, 2017) - General Fusion has revealed that one of the most critical and complex areas of its research and development – plasma injector technology – has now reached the minimum...read more
2017 list of top private companies in clean technology chosen from a record 9,900 companies from 77 countries world-wide VANCOUVER, B.C., CANADA — (January 24, 2017) — General Fusion, a global leader in the development of fusion energy, today announced it was named to...read more
General Fusion to outline how fusion can play a key role in helping the nation meet its innovation and clean energy objectives Burnaby, BC (November 28, 2016) — On Tuesday, November 29, General Fusion will address the House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural...read more
Horizons documentary highlights Vancouver company’s focus on a practical approach to commercial fusion energy Burnaby, BC – June 17, 2016 – General Fusion, the Vancouver-based clean energy company seeking to develop the world’s first commercial fusion power, has been...read more
Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) has committed $12.75 million to Vancouver-based General Fusion Inc. The funding will support continued development of the company’s fusion energy technology, culminating in the design of a full-scale fusion energy...read more
Inside the Quest for Fusion, Clean Energy’s Holy Grail by Lev Grossman, Oct. 22, 2015 Start-ups are behind the new push Hydrogen, the universe’s most abundant element, is the fuel for any potential fusion reactor The machine lives in a white building in an Orange...read more