Blue Laser Fusion, a U.S. fusion energy company, successfully raises $25 million in its initial Series Seed round funding
Palo Alto, CA July 26, 2023. Blue Laser Fusion Inc. (BLF), a private venture funded company with a novel laser fusion technology, has raised a total of $25 million in its first Series Seed round funding. Major investors are two top tier venture capitalists in Japan, JAFCO Group Co., Ltd. and SPARX Group Co., Ltd (Mirai Creation Fund III).
A California based company, BLF was founded in 2022 by Shuji Nakamura, Ph.D, 2014 Nobel Laureate in Physics and Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara Hiroaki Ohta, Ph.D, General Partner of Waseda University Ventures （WUV）, and Richard Ogawa, a Silicon Valley based attorney.
With over 200 claims in patent applications, BLF has developed a proprietary novel laser fusion technology capable of achieving the world’s first fusion for energy generation for power grids. BLF’s laser technology enables Mega Joule pulse energy laser with a fast repetition rate to achieve commercial fusion. BLF plans to complete it’s first prototype in 2025, and then demonstrate a commercial-ready fusion reactor by 2030.
BLF plans to adopt a safe hydrogen-boron fuel called “HB11” for sustainable and environmentally friendly operations. The HB11 fuel is not radioactive, is free from harmful neutrons, yields safe helium elements, and is a naturally abundant mineral.
“HB11 is the perfect fuel for fusion and has no harmful neutron or tritium elements, as conventional fusion technologies. We are pleased to be working with our group of world’s top scientists and experts to not only ignite a fusion reaction with HB11 but maintain the reaction to create clean renewable energy,” said Hiroaki Ohta, CTO of Blue Laser Fusion.
About Blue Laser Fusion, Inc.
Blue Laser Fusion was founded in November 2022 by Nobel-prize-winner, Dr. Shuji Nakamura, Hiroaki Ohta, and Richard Ogawa in Palo Alto, California, USA. The company was established to pursue an aneutronic reaction using proton - boron11 (HB11) and other target materials. Blue Laser Fusion will harness an understanding of semiconductor lasers in its pursuit of fusion energy. It was announced that Blue Laser Fusion has received $25 million in a round of funding on July 22, 2023. The funding included participation from JAFCO Group Co., Ltd., and Mirai Creation Fund III, a fund managed by SPARX Group Co., Ltd. The company has collaborations with Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions, a supplier of turbines for nuclear power plants, and YUKI Holdings, a Tokyo-based precision metal processing company.
“Blue Laser Fusion” and the logo are trademarks of Blue Laser Fusion Inc.
About SPARX Group Co., Ltd. (Mirai Creation Funds I, II, and III)
The Mirai Creation Fund I, managed by SPARX, was established in November 2015 with contributions from Toyota Motor Corporation and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. The fund focuses on intelligence technology, robotics, and hydrogen-economy technologies as vital to the future, and targets companies or projects with innovative technologies in these fields. In H2 2018, SPARX began managing the Mirai Creation Fund II, which targets the three existing Mirai Creation fields along with the two additional areas of electrification and new materials. In October 2021, SPARX launched the Mirai Creation Fund III with SPARX Asset Management Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of SPARX, acting as its fund manager, adding carbon neutrality to the five fields of the Mirai Creation Fund II.