Small-scale Nuclear Fusion Could Become a New Source of Energy (University of Gothenburg, Sweden Press Release)

Thanks to David Nygren of the LENR Forum for sharing about the following press release published by the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. The below translation comes from Google with some edits. Link to the original document is here: http://www.gu.se/omuniversitetet/aktuellt/nyheter/detalj//smaskalig-karnfusion-kan-bli-ny-energikalla.cid1323710

Fusion power could soon be used in small power plants. This means environmentally friendly heat and electricity at a low cost of the fuel in water. Both heat generators and generators for electricity can be developed within a few years, based on research that has taken place mainly at the University of Gothenburg.

Nuclear fusion is a process in which atomic nuclei fuse together and release energy. Because of the small atomic nuclei low binding energy can release energy for merging two small nuclei into heavier.

In a collaboration between researchers at the University of Gothenburg and the University of Iceland, a new type of nuclear fusion process is studied. It gives almost no neutrons but instead fast heavy electrons (muons) because it is based on nuclear reactions in the ultra-dense heavy hydrogen (deuterium).

– This is a big advantage compared to other fusion processes that are under development at other research facilities, as the neutrons from such processes can produce dangerous radiation damage, says Leif Holmlid, professor emeritus at the University of Gothenburg.

No radioactive radiation

The new fusion can be used with laser ignition in relatively small fusion reactors with heavy hydrogen (deuterium) as fuel. It has already been shown to produce more energy than is needed to start it. Heavy hydrogen is abundant in ordinary water and are easily recoverable. The dangerous radioactive heavy hydrogen (tritium) which are likely to be required for major future fusion reactors with magnetic confinement thus not needed.

– A great advantage of fast heavy electrons from the new process is that they are charged and therefore can directly give electric energy. The energy of the neutrons produced in large quantities in other types of nuclear fusion are difficult to handle because the neutrons are uncharged. Such neutrons have high energy and are very harmful to living organisms, while the fast heavy electrons is considerably less dangerous.

Neutrons are difficult to slow down or stop, and demand meter-thick reactor containments. Muons, fast heavy electrons, rapidly disintegrates into ordinary electrons and similar particles.

Research shows that much smaller and simpler fusion reactors can be manufactured. The next step is a generator of direct electric energy.

The research in this area has been supported by GU Ventures AB, the holding company at Gothenburg University. The results have recently been published internationally in three scientific journals.

Read more:
L. Holmlid and S. Olafsson, “Spontaneous ejection of high-energy particles from ultra-dense deuterium D (0)”. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 40 (2015) 10559-10567.
DOI: 10.1016 / j.ijhydene.2015.06.116.
L. Holmlid and S. Olafsson, “Muon Detection studied by pulse-height energy analysis: novel converter arrangements”. Review of Scientific Instruments 86, 083306 (2015). DOI: 10.1063 / 1.4928109.
L. Holmlid, “Heat generation above breakeven from laser-induced fusion into ultra-dense deuterium”. AIP Advances 5, 087,129 (2015); doi: 10.1063 / 1.4928572.

Contact:
Leif Holmlid, Professor Emeritus
email: [email protected]
phone: 031-7869076.

BY: CARINA ELIASSON

UPDATE: Thanks to Jonas for the following links to articles and statements by Leif Holmid:

http://cmb.gu.se/om_institutionen/personal?userId=xholml#tabContentAnchor2

http://science.gu.se/aktuellt/nyheter/Nyheter+Detalj/Ultra-tatt_deuterium_kan_bli_framtidens_karnbransle.cid879280

http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=83&artikel=2805206

  • Owen Geiger

    Are they researching Rossi’s E-Cat X or developing their own similar reactor? Maybe someone could ask Rossi.

    • pg

      I was wondering the same thing

      • Bob Greenyer

        This is “cold fusion” literally, fusion of a Hydrogen isotope without millions of bulk degrees.

        it is not really the same thing as the Russians would call Cold Nuclear Transmutation.

        It may be enabled by similar processes and it appears that Celani has increased the output of his reactors by leveraging understanding coming out of Holmlid’s work.

    • Axil Axil

      Iridium is not a group ten element so the Holmlid’s reactions are not covered by Rossi;s patent.

  • John Littlemist

    Google translation “fast tongue electrons” should really be “fast heavy electrons” 🙂

  • This is the type of news I want to hear!
    I hope some news sites will cover this.

    This is serious science!

  • Gerard McEk

    This is indeed very interesting and promissing news! I just wonder how they make this very dense deuterium and very energetic electrons (how much MeV are these electrons)?. Would they willing to show their test facility and explain more in detail how they have done this?

    • Bob Greenyer
      • Gerard McEk

        Thanks Bob, any idea why I can not see Ecco’s comment?

        • Bob Greenyer

          Ecco, a brilliant mind, suffered a little too much burn and did not fail safe. He is taking a time out, unfortunately this has resulted in 1000s of hours of great work being deleted.

          Please see our Facebook.

        • Mats002

          As usual any claim of fusion without high energy crunching methods as in NIF or ITER is met with silence.

          The minimum delivery for attention seams to be boiling a cup of tea.

          I look forward to see Holmlid serve some prominent person his DD tea, the sooner the better 🙂

      • Fyodor

        Bob, is this the type of experiment that MFMP could replicate or is the equipment too expensive and specialized?

        • Bob Greenyer

          It needs to be very well described first before a judgement could be made. Lief is the best place to continue

  • Herb Gillis

    If this is a main stream breakthrough why are we not seeing it in “Nature”?

    • And why isn’t this going viral like the press release 1989.. 🙁

    • etburg

      I think that, as with the Lockheed project and some others, people are very cautious. Many people have voiced reservations on the Lockheed project and Lockheed is hardly a fly by night operation. Claims of small scale fusion in any form are met with a lot of skepticism.

    • Axil Axil

      The conversion of light energy to muons is not believable. It cost CERN billions of euros to produce muons in their muon factory. Holmlid could solve all the problems that CERN is having producing “cool” muons. Therefore, LENR production of muons in impossible.

      http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/2012/jul/05/new-boson-sparks-call-for-higgs-factory

      SNIP

      Like electrons, muons are point particles that produce much cleaner collisions than protons, which would allow Higgs-like particles to be studied with far less background noise than is generated by proton collisions. Being 200 times heavier than electrons, muons lose considerably less energy via synchrotron radiation when travelling in a circular collider and their collisions would produce Higgs bosons in much greater quantities.

      Cool questions

      The big challenge in building a muon collider is how to “cool” the muons so that they can be funnelled into narrow beams that can be accelerated. However, muon-cooling technology is already being investigated at several institutions, including the UK’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, while Fermilab in the US has its own dedicated programme to develop a muon collider, which would also allow intense beams of neutrinos to be fired underground at detectors on the other side of the Earth to further understand how neutrinos oscillate between their three flavours.

      One physicist who shares Rubbia’s vision is David Gross from the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara, US, who shared the 2004 Nobel Prize for Physics for his work on asymptotic freedom. “A muon collider is a great idea,” he told delegates in Lindau, “and one that the US should take the lead on.”

  • Axil Axil

    Helmlid has seen muons produced when light from fluorescent lights in his lab lit the iridium metal that had iron oxide doped with potassium. This type of light has green and blue wave length components. Fluorescent lights are only 86% efficient in converting UV into visible light. Therefore, this type of light source produces UV. UV is reflected to a maximum extent by iridium. This refection efficiency is the key to plasmonic power generation. In this Holmlid LENR process, The nanoplasmonic reaction is therefore maximized in the UV wave lengths when iridium is used.

    Holmlid does not need a laser to stimulate his reaction, he could use high intensity UV LEDs to produce the UV light that produces the muons. His laser produces green light(532 nm). Holmlid could apply more photon power into his reaction by using a UV laser.

  • Axil Axil

    Holmlid has seen muons produced inside his reactor when light from fluorescent bulbs in his lab lit the iridium metal that had iron oxide doped with potassium spead on its surface. This type of light has green, blue, and UV wave length components. Fluorescent lights are only 86% efficient in converting UV into visible light. Therefore, this type of light source produces UV. UV is reflected to a maximum extent by iridium. This refection efficiency is the key to plasmonic power generation. In this Holmlid LENR process, The nanoplasmonic reaction is therefore maximized in the UV wave lengths when iridium is used as the substrate metal.

    With this facts in mind, Holmlid does not need a laser to stimulate his reaction, he could just as well use high intensity UV LEDs to produce the UV light that produces the muons. His laser produces green light(532 nm). Otherwise, Holmlid could apply more photon power as input into his reaction by using a UV laser.

  • Axil Axil

    Because there is no gammas detected, it is a LENR reaction.

    • Mats002

      I was wrong, Ny Teknik have a piece today: http://www.nyteknik.se/nyheter/energi_miljo/karnkraft/article3933699.ece

      But the article says a plasma at 50 Million Kelvin makes the fusion, no mention of any thing like LENR here. No dangerous radiation because muons are formed that decay to normal electrons.

      Holmlid and his group have a goal of having a prototype within 3 years.

      • Mats002

        Ny Teknik took away the comment section for this article. Cold fusion was brought up by some commenteers, I think that is why they deleted. The subject has been too infected to handle I think.

  • Mats002