General Fusion

General Fusion is developing fusion technology to generate affordable, safe and plentiful energy without greenhouse gas emissions, pollution, or radioactive waste.

Location: 
Burnaby, BC
Type: 
VC-Funded Company
Category: 
Nuclear

Fusion is a process in which hydrogen atoms are fused together to form helium. This reaction releases significant amounts of heat, which can be used to generate electricity using traditional steam turbines. The necessary isotopes of hydrogen can be extracted from seawater and derived from lithium, resulting in a ubiquitous source of fuel and providing a nearly endless supply of clean energy.

General Fusion’s approach is based on “magnetized target fusion” concepts first developed about 30 years ago. This approach is a hybrid of traditional “magnetic fusion” and “inertial

confinement fusion” methods, and involves first confining plasma in a magnetic field, and then compressing the confined plasma to thermonuclear conditions. General Fusion’s patent-pending fusion technology involves the equipment needed to contain and compress the plasma, and the systems needed to manage the process.

General Fusion is a Canadian venture capital-backed company led by a team of experienced physicists and technology development experts. We are working with government, institutional and industrial partners and consultants to develop a full-scale proof-of-concept fusion generator to demonstrate a net gain in energy within four years – something that traditional approaches have never achieved. Commercialization would take place before the end of the decade.

General Fusion is a Braemar Energy Ventures portfolio company, and a Chrysalix portfolio company.

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