Holmlid ICF patent: 95g of D will produce 9 GWh per year

I find this passage in the patent really interesting as well.

… These studies yield a pulse energy around 1 J at break-even. In our experiments, break-even is indeed observed at 1 J pulse energy. From break-even to an energy gain of 1000, a further factor of at least 4 in laser pulse energy is required. We conclude that the available information agrees that useful power output from nuclear fusion in ultra-dense hydrogen will be found at laser pulse energy of 4 J – 1 kJ. Such a pulse energy is feasible.

[0066] At a rate of one carrier foil per second carrying 3 [micro]g ultra-dense deuterium giving fusion ignition, the energy output of a power station using this method is approximately 1 MW. This would use 95 g of deuterium per year to produce 9 GWh, or one 5 liter gas bottle at 100 bar standard pressure. By using several lines of target carrier production, several laser lines or a higher repetition rate laser, the output of the power station can be scaled relatively easily.

New Holmlid Patent on Inertial Confinement Fusion

I find this very interesting. I’m unfortunately not skilled enough to understand everything, but it seems to me that the experimental results shows considerable excess energy.

Method and apparatus for generating energy through inertial confinement fusion, by Leif Holmlid:

” … [0088] An energy consideration for the positive MeV particles is more accurate. Since the true signal is of the order of 5 V in 50 [Omega] during 100 ns, the charge observed is 1*10<-8> As or 6*10<10> ions per laser shot. With a average energy of 3 MeV, this corresponds to 30 mJ energy. Assuming isotropic initial emission and using the collector geometric viewing factor of 2.1*10<-3> gives 14.5 J per laser shot or 3*10<13> particles per laser shot. This is considerably larger than the laser pulse energy of 0.9 J and means that fusion is above break-even.”


Link to Espacenet source

Patent PDF: EP2680271A1