In a paper published on 13th December, 2017 in the Scientific journal “Laser and Particle beams” the author Heinrich Hora from the University of New South Wales in Sydney claimed that the path to hydrogen-boron fusion is now viable, and may be closer to realization than other approaches of fusion energy technologies.
Hora predicted in 1970s that fusion of hydrogen and boron might be possible without thermal equilibrium.
Hydrogen fusion is done using two powerful lasers in rapid bursts, which apply precise non-linear forces on the nuclei and compress them together. This process is not radioactive as it doesn’t produce neutrons in its primary reaction.
In the conventional processes of power production – like coal, gas and nuclear, water is heated to produces steam to drive turbines to generate electricity. But the energy generated by hydrogen boron fusion converts directly into electricity. Thus, the energy produced is clean as it doesn’t produce any toxic radioactive waste.