- The company says its new machine can form a ball of superheated gas and hold it steady for up to 5 milliseconds, which would be the first time researchers have held fusion plasma in a steady state without decaying. Taming a superheated gas has been a huge hurdle to fusion power.
- However, the reason it was only 5 milliseconds and not longer is that the company ran out of power, which indicates that this fusion breakthrough is still likely energy negative. The machine used a fusion fuel that is a mix of hydrogen and boron, which is heated to strip the hydrogen atoms of their electrons and turned into a high-energy plasma. Tri Alpha Energy says it's tamed the plasma.
- Tri Alpha Energy is so secretive that it doesn't even have a website, although anonymous investors seem to be pleased with the startup's progress: "For the first time since we started investing, with this breakthrough it feels like the stone is starting to roll downhill rather than being pushed up it.”
Mysterious Fusion Startup Claims It Can Hold a Ball of Superheated Gas for 5 Milliseconds
8. 26. 15 by Kif Leswing