Key Benefits of Helion’s Approach
- Magneto-Inertial Fusion: By combining the stability of steady magnetic fusion and the heating of pulsed inertial fusion, a commercially practical system has been realized that is smaller and lower cost than existing programs.
- Helium 3 Generation: Pulsed fusion accelerator generates Helium 3, leading to lifesaving medical treatments, modern computing, and simpler, cleaner fusion energy.
- Modular, Distributed Power: A container sized, 50 MW module for base load power generation.
- Magnetic Compression: Fuel is accelerated and heated purely by magnetic fields operated with modern solid state electronics. This eliminates inefficient, expensive laser, piston, or beam techniques used by other approaches.
- Direct Energy Conversion: Enabled by pulsed operation, efficient direct conversion decreases costs and engineering challenges.
- Safe: With no possibility of melt-down, or hazardous waste, Helion fusion does not suffer the drawbacks that make fission an unattractive alternative.
The 4th prototype demonstrated Deuterium ion heating and compression to over 5 keV ion temperature.
Prototype 3: IPA
The award-winning 3rd prototype demonstrated adiabatic magnetic compression to fusion temperatures.
Helion is the name for the nucleus of the helium atom. In practice, Helion refers to the stable He3 nucleus, in contrast to the other stable nucleus He4, which is usually referred to as an Alpha particle.
- Full scale plasma with lifetimes greater than 1 ms
- Fusion temperature plasmas
- Developed complete self-supplied He3 fuel cycle
- Demonstrated compression fields of greater than 100 Tesla
- External validation of cost and scaling models