Proton Scientific, Inc. is a company developing a patented Electron Beam Fusion (EBF) device acquired from European collaborators. They perform lab testing and computer modeling of the electron beam to create the conditions required for fusion to occur in a small size deuterium-tritium fuel capsule.
Their pulsed-power generator, nicknamed "Thunderbird", was manufactured in Kiev, Ukraine and became operational in 2014. It is capable of producing a concentrated power burst of 12 billion watts focused on microscopic targets via an electron beam. This huge power burst is concentrated enough to create the conditions necessary for fusion to occur. Proton Scientific is working to scale up and optimize the process such that it can initiate a self-sustaining fusion reaction with the long term goal of a commercially viable fusion power generator.
The company was founded in November 2012 and moved into a facility in Urbana, Illinois, in 2013. In 2017 Proton Scientific's pulsed power facility was relocated to Oak Ridge, Tennessee. They raised $4M Seed funding and are looking to raise $20M Series A funding to finalize the EBF design, construction, and implementation.
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