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. . . a California Corporation, 2009

Fusion Power Corporation (FPC), a California corporation located in Sacramento was formed in early 2009 to pursue the opportunity to commercialize HIF technology in the US and internationally.  FPC has the exclusive worldwide right to license the patent-pending Single Pass HIF intellectual property with the goal of: 1) completing the detail design for the development of the "Single Pass HIF” Energy System within two to three years; 2) having the first US commercial Energy Complex operating by 2020; and 3) driving worldwide adoption of this Energy solution thereafter.

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Fusion Power Corporation
8880 Cal Center Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento, California  95826

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1 808 927-4614

July 11, 2011

Agreement on Fusion as a 'Clean&Green … and Safe' Energy Alternative for Fission in Japan Announced 

IPN of Japan signs agreement with U.S. Fusion Power Corporation on ‘Clean&Green … Safe’ fusion energy alternative to potentially replace Japan's troublesome nuclear fission 

“It will be one of the best alternatives for the solution of Japan’s current energy problem and should be part of Japan’s long term plan.” said Mr Saruta, CEO of Japan’s IPN

SCOTTS VALLEY, CA JULY 11, 2011 - Fusion Power Corporation (FPC) announces a significant step forward in the commercialization of Fusion Power with its business development agreement with International Professional Networks (IPN Corporation) of Japan. IPN will represent FPC in Japan in the development of a “Clean&Green and Safe” alternative to fission nuclear power generation. IPN under the leadership of Kanji Saruta, CEO of IPN Corporation, has expressed a strong interest in changing the power generation paradigm in Japan from fission to fusion as a safe way to stabilize Japan’s electrical and fuel energy supplies.  Mr. Saruta will be working with government, politicians, educational and technical institutions, manufacturing and trade companies, as well as the media in getting out the important message that there is a better and safer way to get the energy Japan needs. Mr. Saruta says “I am very interested in getting consensus and better understanding of the FPC’s Heavy Ion Fusion (HIF) system. This understanding will take some time to develop but HIF can provide a “Green&Clean …and Safe” path to a source of needed energy.”

With the loss of nuclear facilities at Fukushima, Japan is in need of an alternative set of energy production facilities.   As a result of that loss, Japan’s prime minister, Naoto Kan recently announced that: “… the country will abandon plans to build more nuclear reactors” and has encouraged Japan to explore other forms of energy production.  “Fusion power production using the techniques incorporated in the Fusion Power Corporation HIF design should be one of the systems under consideration” said Mr. Saruta.

Dr. Charles Helsley, President of Fusion Power Corporation, is very confident that FPC’s fusion power system is a good fit for Japan’s needed power development.  It is carbon free and generates no radioactive problems while producing hydrogen for synthetic fuels and ample electricity using known technologies. Dr. Helsley said, “FPC’s HIF process can provide many benefits to the world. It is an inherently safe system and cannot 'run away' nor ‘melt down’. It can stabilize the cost of energy to industry while meeting the need for liquid fuels and electricity in a clean, green and safe way.” And he further said, “I am very pleased with FPC’s association with IPN and look forward to assisting in Japan’s development of safe fusion power as a replacement for the problem laden fission power generation systems.” Mr. Saruta added, “It will be one of the best alternatives for the solution of Japan’s current energy problem and should be part of Japan’s long term plan.”

FPC is a California Corporation established to create a new clean green  … and safe power system using Heavy Ion Fusion energy to supply the energy needs of the US and the world.

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IPN Corporation is a Tokyo Corporation established to be the best facilitator for innovating solutions and changing the world with new technology.  For more information on IPN visit www.ipncorp.com or contact Kanji Saruta at kanjisaruta@ipncorp.com


June 25, 2011

Fusion Energy seen rising over the horizon at LBNL AHIF Workshop

SCOTTS VALLEY, CA - June 25, 2011 - Fusion Power Corporation (FPC), announced a major step forward in the pursuit of a much needed new energy source for the world at the Accelerators for Heavy Ion Fusion (AHIF) Workshop May 23-26 at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Virtual National Lab, Berkeley, CA.

In the opening plenary session, Dr. Robert J. Burke, Chairman and CTO of FPC, presented FPC’s “Single-Pass RF Driver (SPRFD) for Heavy Ion Fusion (HIF)”. Dr. Burke opened his remarks with “The time has arrived to assess HIF system proposals in the framework of a project that will bring fusion power to the energy market within this decade.” He presented some very innovative steps necessary to keep the ion beams compressed and focused so that the power is not lost before it reaches the fusion ignition pellet. Heavy Ion Fusion can be the new “clean and green … and safe” source of energy that our nation needs.

Dr. Burke stressed that “the SPRFD process eliminates the . . . [shortcomings present in other systems] and achieves the beam requirements for fast ignition . . . [and] establishes a path to move heavy ion fusion into the energy market without further delay.” With RF accelerator scientists, later workshop discussions focused on the beam integrity of the SPRFD process. Both Dr. Burke and Dr. Grant Logan, Director of the LBNL Virtual National Lab, explained the importance of the micro-bunch in maintaining the beam integrity in the HIF process.  Dr. Logan agreed with Dr. Burke that the power could be delivered to the pellet in a small enough beam. Also in discussions on the energy necessary at the target where ignition occurs, Dr. Logan said, after a rather animated discussion with Dr. Burke, “Yes … I agree with you, I agree with you. You have enough energy to cause ignition…” of the pellet.

Dr. Burke and Dr. Helsley, President of FPC, had explained a number of times in the workshop that most of the equipment to be used in SPRFD was like that already in use by industry and universities in current applications around the world but just had not been assembled and used in this novel way.

The first three summary recommendations of the RF Accelerator Working Group support moving forward with the development of RF Accelerator Driven Fusion technology to generate fusion energy.

At the close of the workshop, Dr. Helsley said, “I am very gratified that these experts in the field of RF accelerators found no major problems in the method or process for the development of fusion energy with SPRFD/HIF.  FPC can now move forward in the development of energy using the HIF process knowing there are no major issues with the technology.” Both he and Dr. Logan expressed the desire to get “fusion on line in their lifetimes”.  SPRFD/HIF should make that possible.

FPC was represented at the May 2011 AHIF Workshop of 55+ eminent world scientists by Dr. Robert J. Burke, Dr. Charles Helsley, Dr. Alex Burke and Harold Helsley.

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October 2010

Carbon Free World Energy Supply Leadership Provided by American Scientists

Fusion Power Corporation, of Scotts Valley, California, presented plans for a program that sets the stage to design the first HEAVY ION FUSION (HIF) ENERGY PRODUCTION FACILITY.

FPC's president, Dr. Charles Helsley, closed the 18th HIF International Symposium in Darmstadt, Germany with a presentation on the application of Heavy Ion Fusion to produce electricity at a very reasonable cost per kilowatt hour.  A plan for a Fusion Power plant, a 'StarPower Energy Complex', producing electricity without the production of carbon dioxide and with no nuclear fission waste by-products.  Dr. Helsley gave an impressive performance to close the conference.  Many people, who had said, and some repeatedly, that they would be leaving the conference before the last presentation, were quite physically present. It was not your normal last talk of the conference syndrome. The lecture hall was as full as it had been all week. Many even stopped their computer interaction and focused on the presentation topic of practical HIF application to generate power.

Departing from other fusion systems, the FPC - HIF design avoids the known problems and shortcomings of magnetic confinement fusion and laser-driven fusion (NIF).  Instead, the FPC design is based upon the heavy-ion-accelerator driver, the internationally favored ICF driver approach, to supply the instantaneous source of high amounts of energy to initiate the fusion reaction to produce enormous amounts of heat.  HIF can have energy production ratios equivalent to or better than old oil at 100:1.

“Power production from nuclear fusion can be realized in the near term using technologies in widespread use today,” said Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Robert Burke. He went on to say, “The ability of high-energy particle accelerator systems to ignite fusion burn in commercial settings has been known internationally since the mid-1970s. Accelerators routinely focus energetic beams to sub-millimeter spots, a size matching the requirement of fusion targets. Moreover, standard features of accelerators include rapid pulsing, efficient conversion of wall-plug electricity to beam energy, reliable 24/7 operation, and lifetimes as long as their users want. It now is time to apply this technology, and the lessons learned from the National Ignition Facility, and start producing fusion energy for commercial purposes.” Dr. Burke’s technical paper described his “Single Pass HIF Energy System” patent pending process with the telescoping and snugging of the ions to a tight focus on the fusion pellet.  After his presentation, many participants at the Symposium commented, “Now, I understand why you are so excited about this.”

Fusion was first demonstrated in 1952. Research on inertial confinement fusion (ICF), began at the Livermore National Laboratory in 1962, the HIF process was jointly proved possible at the Argonne and Brookhaven National Laboratories, and Hughes Industries Lab in 1975-78 and was also confirmed in Germany in the 1990’s. Dr. Burke led Argonne’s HIF team from 1976 to 1980.

Drs. Burke and Helsley’s presentations drew the excitement of the participants at the 18th International Symposium on Heavy Ion Inertial Fusion (HIF 2010) in Darmstadt, Germany August 30 – September 3, 2010.  Their presentations provided a renewed impetus for the international HIF community to refocus their efforts on HIF’s ability to meet the need of commercial energy production.

“We have completed the scientific study and are now in the process of engineering the design for the first facility to produce 20 to 35 GWe.  This is an exciting step forward to meet the energy needs of the US and the world without carbon emissions or a significant radioactive waste problem. Accelerator developments over the past three decades, producing CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC), Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), and Germany’s Helmholtz GSI heavy ion accelerator complex, have made the HIF job substantially more straightforward” said Dr. Helsley. He continued to say, “… the support of the HIF community is necessary to keep the practical application of HIF moving forward.”

HIF is the ultimate of clean energy producers. The power chambers are protected from fusion’s intense neutron emission by thick walls of flowing liquid metal.  Intercepting the neutrons in liquid walls internal to the chamber, frees the FPC-HIF design from the need to find materials able to withstand the neutron bombardment a need that makes commercialization of magnetically confined fusion problematic.  The liquid walls also minimize the generation of radioactive waste to a level consistent with the great promise of fusion energy.

FPC plans to bring HIF on line within ten years.

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July 28, 2010

 American Scientists Lead the Way to Carbon Free Energy

Fusion Power Corporation, of Scotts Valley, California, announces that it has laid a course to design the first SINGLE PASS HEAVY ION FUSION (HIF) ELECTRICAL GENERATION FACILITY.

“It is possible with the known HIF technologies in use today to produce the fusion of deuterium and tritium.” said Chief Technology Officer Dr. Robert Burke.  This is a process that was first developed at Argonne National Lab in the late 1970’s and has been confirmed in Germany in the 1990’s. Dr. Burke was the project leader at ANL.  Fusion was first demonstrated in 1952.

He and FPC President Dr. Charles Helsley will be traveling to Germany to present the single pass project to the 18th International Symposium on Heavy Ion Inertial Fusion (HIF), August 30 – September 3, 2010. 

“We have completed the scientific study and are now in the process of engineering the design for the first facility – ‘StarPower-One’– to produce 20 to 35 GWe.  This is an exciting step forward to meet the energy needs of the US and the world without carbon emissions or a highly radioactive waste problem.” said Dr. Helsley. 

HIF is the ultimate of clean energy producers and it is expected to be on line within ten years.  It is without the continued problems inherent in magnetic confinement fusion and laser fusion.  HIF is a baseload supply thus better than intermittent wind or solar energy.

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Fusion Power Corporation (FPC), a California corporation located in Sacramento was formed in early 2009 to pursue the opportunity to commercialize Single-Pass HIF technology in the US and internationally.  FPC has the exclusive worldwide rights to license the patent-pending SPHIF intellectual property with the goal of: 1) completing the detail design for the development of the Single Pass HIF “StarPower” Energy System within two to three years; 2) having the first US commercial SPHIF “StarPower” Energy Complex operating by 2020; and 3) driving worldwide adoption of the SPHIF StarPower Energy solution thereafter.  This commitment is being driven by massive and sobering environmental and marketing factors including: continuing global population growth; rapidly increasing global industrialization; the “peaking” of fossil fuel supplies; measurable ocean and atmospheric changes resulting from steadily increasing man-made contributions to greenhouse gases in the biosphere and the potential massively increased generation of bomb material.

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