MIFTI was founded in 2008 by scientists from the University of California Irvine. For over 25 years, these scientists have researched and refined a method of controlled thermonuclear fusion, based on Staged Z-Pinch. This concept has predicted a net gain of controlled thermonuclear fusion energy that can possibly solve the world’s energy problems. A by-product of this fusion reaction can also be used to generate radioisotopes that are used in nuclear medicine procedures worldwide.
Humankind’s sustainable existence and future growth are dependent on technological discoveries and advances in new energy sources. Wind, solar, and hydropower are what most people think of as sustainable energy sources. While these technologies will play an important role in providing the energy mankind will need in the future, they will not, in and of themselves, be able to supply all our energy needs. Scientists, worldwide, know that the real and final solution to the energy crisis, now and in the foreseeable future, is fusion-based nuclear power. Scientists also know that the best and most abundant source of clean, sustainable, and inexpensive fuel is an isotope of hydrogen from seawater.
Magneto-Inertial Fusion Technologies, Inc. (MIFTI) is the only company in the world that has researched staged Z-pinch technology, utilizing computational modeling, computer simulations, and laboratory experiments, for over the last twenty years. Only recently have MIFTI’s scientists been able to overcome the instability problems of Z-pinch. This problem was solved, because sophisticated software was made available to the MIFTI scientists at the University of California, Irvine by the U.S. Air Force. Years of experimentation and understanding the science have led MIFTI’s scientists to conclude that the staged Z-pinch fusion approach will change the landscape of electricity production globally by providing a net energy gain from ten to fifty times the energy used to create the process.
MIFTI’s technology will have positive worldwide consequences, not only for energy but will solve the current crisis of worldwide shortages in nuclear medicine, as staged Z-pinch is very flexible and can be applied to a number of earth’s dilemmas. MIFTI’s goal is simply to provide the people of earth with energy and medicines, at a reasonable and fair price, with no carbon dioxide emissions. MIFTI technology is environmentally friendly – and forever.
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Fusion energy holds the promise of virtually limitless, clean power production. Although fusion has been demonstrated in the laboratory, scientists have been unable to successfully harness it as a power source due to complex scientific and technological challenges and the high cost of research. Most fusion research focuses on magnetic confinement (low plasma density) or inertial confinement (high plasma density), but hybrid approaches with intermediate densities, such as magneto-inertial fusion, could cost less because of their reduced size, energy, and power density requirements. In this hybrid approach, a plasma fuel called a target is heated and compressed by magnetic and inertial forces, causing its nuclei to fuse. However, it is challenging to maintain the stability of the plasma target long enough for fusion to take place. Additionally, the process of heating and compressing the fuel often requires single-use components that are destroyed with each experiment and need to be replaced, adding to the cost and time required for research.
MIFTI is developing a new version of the Staged Z-Pinch (SZP) fusion concept that reduces instabilities in the fusion plasma, allowing the plasma to persist for longer periods of time. The Z-Pinch is an approach for simultaneously heating, confining, and compressing plasma by applying an intense, pulsed electrical current that generates a magnetic field. While the simplicity of the Z-Pinch is attractive, it has been plagued by plasma instabilities. MIFTI’s SZP plasma target consists of two components with different atomic numbers and is specifically configured to reduce instabilities. When the heavier component collapses around the lighter part, a shock front develops that travels faster than instabilities can grow, allowing the plasma to remain stable, long enough for fusion to occur. The approach also allows researchers to perform experiments in rapid succession since it does not involve single-use components. MIFTI’s design simplifies the engineering required for fusion through its efficiency and reduced number of components.
If successful, MIFTI’s work will validate the SZP approach, enabling a low-cost development path towards economical fusion power.
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