Helion Energy is a company developing the Fusion Engine, a near term and low-cost solution for clean, safe energy. Helion isn’t aiming at designing a full-scale power station, they plan to manufacture a container-sized, 50 MW module for baseload power generation.
Their magneto-inertial fusion technology combines 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.
The fuel is compressed and heated by magnetic fields alone operated by modern solid-state electronics, this eliminates the need for expensive laser, piston or beam techniques. They produce direct energy conversion enabled by the technologies pulsed operation.
Thanks to Helion's unique fusion technique they can also produce Helium-3 gas from its accelerator from only Deuterium. Helium-3 is an essential resource for many applications including quantum computing and medical imaging.
Technical achievements Helion Energy has achieved are:
- Full-scale plasma with lifetimes greater than 1 ms
- Fusion temperature plasmas
- Developed complete self-supplied Helium-3 fuel cycle
- Demonstrated compression fields of greater than 100 Tesla
- External validation of cost and scaling models
Helion was founded in 2013 by four scientists working at MSNW, an organization spun-off from the University of Washington that focuses on determining the feasibility of turning plasma physics research into commercial hardware with aerospace and power-generation applications. The company is based in Redmond, WA.
Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder
Dr. David Kirtley
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
Dr. George Votroubek
Principal Scientist & Co-Founder