Industrial Heat Mentioned in Time Magazine

Thanks to Christoph and Buck for finding a small mention of Industrial Heat in an article of Time magazine in an article written by Lev Grossman published today titled “Inside the Quest for Fusion, Clean Energy’s Holy Grail”.

This particular article is only available on the Time website to subscribers, but Buck found a link in Google’s cache that allows you to read the full text of the article:

The article is really about the various hot fusion projects that are underway at the moment, in the public and private spheres, and focuses on some of the innovations that have been made by private companies which are taking a new approach to solving the problems that nuclear fusion researchers are facing. It mentions General Fusion, Tri Alpha, and Helion Energy, all companies which are apparently racing each other to get to a ‘break even’ point, where more energy is produced than input into a system. Then it states:

And there are others. Industrial Heat in Raleigh, N.C.; Lawrenceville Plasma Physics in New Jersey; Tokamak Energy outside Oxford, England. Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works division is developing what it calls a compact fusion reactor, which it says will fit on the back of a truck. It also says it’ll have a working prototype within five years. (And it said that last year, so four to go.)

There’s a kind of cheeky underdog defiance in the attitude of the private sector to the public, but the attitude the other way is a bit more collegial. “They’re very interesting,” says Professor Stewart Prager, director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. “Some more than others. There’s a range. It’s definitely good to see private investment in fusion.”

So Industrial Heat is mentioned just in passing, and it is really placed out of context — lumped in with a group of companies that are pursuing the classical form of nuclear fusion, where IH is certainly in a different category. LENR is not even mentioned as an alternative way of producing energy.

Maybe Grossman doesn’t clearly know the difference between hot fusion and LENR, or maybe he just doesn’t want to bring up the subject of LENR in an article on fusion. Still, it’s a mention of Industrial Heat as a serious player in the energy field in a non-negative way in a mainstream media source. So maybe that’s good enough for a start.