Michel Laberge: How synchronized hammer strikes could generate nuclear fusion



Our energy future depends on nuclear fusion, says Michel Laberge. The plasma physicist runs a small company with a big idea for a new type of nuclear reactor that could produce clean, cheap energy. His secret recipe? High speeds, scorching temperatures and crushing pressure. In this hopeful talk, he explains how nuclear fusion might be just around the corner.

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  • Unless you have the appropriate Quantum Fields Modulation Mechanism Mathematical Conditions for Fusion, synchronization, which LENR seemed to be set up for, the reaction cannot be Catalyzed?

    David Wilkie June 19, 2020 9:51 pm Reply
  • The real work is done

    Warren Batycki June 19, 2020 9:51 pm Reply
  • LoL… Ft by biologic

    GARI EVOLUTION SOCCER June 19, 2020 9:51 pm Reply
  • This guy figured it out. Ez

    Łucid June 19, 2020 9:51 pm Reply
  • petty disagreements are stopping us from saving the entire earth, LOTS of money, basically free global power and removing waste that lasts tens of thousands of years…… nice job humanity.

    Łucid June 19, 2020 9:51 pm Reply
  • So basically the funding is there but the drive isn't

    Brandon Garza June 19, 2020 9:51 pm Reply
  • I am all for this type of clean energy, and scientists like this who think outside the box. Think about it – STEAM power utilized in something like a fusion reactor! What a concept.

    cdcollura June 19, 2020 9:51 pm Reply
  • It's now 5 years later and they are looking to set up a plant. Not bad. I hope it works out, even if Bezos is doing a bunch of the financing.

    akiko009 June 19, 2020 9:51 pm Reply
  • ok the intro was awkward. but overall presentation was great

    mr_noob June 19, 2020 9:51 pm Reply
  • z piinch. cmon

    KillaG FPV June 19, 2020 9:51 pm Reply
  • There is Uranium in solution in the oceans aswell.
    You could extract the Uranium from the sea and run reactors on it.

    Abraham Wilberforce June 19, 2020 9:51 pm Reply
  • How to extract a reaction products from the core?

    Егор Якуш June 19, 2020 9:51 pm Reply
  • You want Fusion? Just compress Water Enough…. 🙂 My Idea, Copywrited 15/8/2019.

    Ian Stretch June 19, 2020 9:51 pm Reply
  • 5 years later, and we are still waiting for this.

    Mark man June 19, 2020 9:51 pm Reply
  • This was 4yrs ago, what's the update on this?

    whatever04 June 19, 2020 9:51 pm Reply
  • Using liquid metal as an acoustic medium is brilliant. Still, the machine looks unwieldy and with the force spikes could become unstable, magnifying any nonconformity in inertia and structure.
    Nano scale fusion reactions using sono-luminescence of di-deuterium oxide might be far less expensive, less dangerous and scalable.

    Ken Bell June 19, 2020 9:51 pm Reply
  • Could negative thermal expansion (NTE) material or NTE metamaterial help strengthen heat containment?

    Unbound June 19, 2020 9:51 pm Reply
  • He is good at explaining things

    Brian Lazorchak June 19, 2020 9:51 pm Reply
  • Was that joe belfiorie

    DEEPANJAN SAHA ROY June 19, 2020 9:51 pm Reply
  • It reminded me of one scene from the 1951 film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMSRtN2AaWY

    Jan Jurníček June 19, 2020 9:51 pm Reply
  • im just a 15 year old in highschool,
    if we suspend it into the air with magnets, or somehow the way our earth rotates , wouldnt propetual motion keep it going ei; if in space?
    then we can spin it extremelly fast, and shoot more nuetrons in the direction its spinning, speeding it up faster & faster.. wouldnt the heat keep itself contained due to gravity? and start emmiting off like the sun?
    idk
    then we can create a little dyson sphere?
    im a highschooler
    i wanna discuss this with people, or have sources to do that

    Kyson Lowet 🌺💯 June 19, 2020 9:51 pm Reply
  • in sim city 3k, the fusion power plant became available in the year 2050. Let's hope we can do that irl.

    FastRunner2024 June 19, 2020 9:51 pm Reply
  • Small superconducting magnetic confinement tokamaks seem more practical and sustainable. Fewer moving parts to wear out and break down and the magnetic confinement can be controlled very precisely.

    Paul Varn June 19, 2020 9:51 pm Reply
  • Somebody should combine this strategy with a Tokamak design. That's the key.

    Benjamin Wood June 19, 2020 9:51 pm Reply
  • Nice garage.

    DM Bara June 19, 2020 9:51 pm Reply
  • Meh…Just a nice guy trying to change the world by giving us the power of the sun, no big deal.

    Bosonian June 19, 2020 9:51 pm Reply
  • I always like to see, when a guy cracks a nut with a feaction of the budget a whole industry was trying to do for decades.

    Grzegorz Kapica June 19, 2020 9:51 pm Reply
  • Now this is the kind of nuclear fusion I can understand as a mechanical engineer!

    Richard Behiel June 19, 2020 9:51 pm Reply
  • Is there any radiation with this type of reactor?

    Bulging Battery June 19, 2020 9:51 pm Reply
  • Yeah…no. This is a dead end. Just stick with what works: the Tokomak.

    ophello June 19, 2020 9:51 pm Reply
  • So where are they now ?

    Aleziss June 19, 2020 9:51 pm Reply
  • I wonder how loud it is.

    Linus Berggren June 19, 2020 9:51 pm Reply
  • It's only 20 years away…

    William Dukane June 19, 2020 9:51 pm Reply
  • Not convinced. I don't think any mechanical force can effectively and efficiently trigger fusion. Yet, there are ideas that are worth noticing in the MTF. Basically, techniques in the MTF and MCF might benefit each one. I don't think ITER will make it but will provide invaluable research information.

    zodiacfml June 19, 2020 9:51 pm Reply
  • I worry about metal contamination in the plasma with this design. Another vein of research, the dense plasma focus, has discovered that their fusion potential is being reduced at higher energies because their copper electrodes are being vaporized and mixing with the plasma. Their final design will use beryllium electrodes to eliminate the issue. Maybe the lead used for containment in this design will be kept out of the plasma by centripetal force.

    joshmnky June 19, 2020 9:51 pm Reply
  • Another naïve concept on fusion… rolls eyes It's a common pattern: 1. New idea on how to achieve fusion. 2. A lot of investment on a machine that neither achieves break-even, nor is scalable to a fusion reactor proportions. 3. Idea sent into the garbage can after a lot of money has been spent. It's happened over and over for at least 60 years. Maybe the improvement is that now we know better which ideas will definitely not work, and this is one of them.

    jjeherrera June 19, 2020 9:51 pm Reply
  • Now, almost 3 years later, what did he achieve? Nothing. Talk is cheap. I want to see measurement results from a working prototype. Working means that the energy balance is positive. General Fusion had been founded in 2002, so they had plenty of time.

    Conenion June 19, 2020 9:51 pm Reply
  • Sounds like Tesla's "Fireball Fusion Reactor".

    phantomcruizer June 19, 2020 9:51 pm Reply
  • an interesting technology but I presume that the tokamak will take over the world. It's a battle between the tomahawk and the hammer

    Chris Silver June 19, 2020 9:51 pm Reply
  • nice

    Chris Silver June 19, 2020 9:51 pm Reply
  • The thing that makes me optimistic about Nuclear Fusion is that there's a bunch of ideas being thrown around now, and some of them actually being tried, besides the old multi-billion dollar costing projects (ITER). If we attack this thing from many angles, surely we'll find a good lead and we'll achieve practical success with one of them.

    goomba008 June 19, 2020 9:51 pm Reply

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