The key to evaluating fusion success lies in the Q factor, representing the energy gain factor, which is the ratio of energy output to energy input. When Q equals 1, breakeven is reached, and when it surpasses this value, it's considered an infinite gain. ENG8 proudly states that they have achieved a Q factor of 2.4 thermal or five electrical. This accomplishment has received validation from Underwriters Laboratories, an independent certification agency based in the United States.
To ensure the credibility of their claims, ENG8 conducted a series of rigorous tests, with each run exceeding 10 minutes, consistently achieving a Q factor of five for electrical output.
Valeria Tyutina, CEO of ENG8, expressed her excitement, saying, "The results are quite brilliant, the stability of the fusion reaction was incredible, and this development can make the biggest difference to climate change of any other technology on earth. It changes everything – faster than you think."
ENG8's journey to this point has been marked by consistent effort. They initiated the validation process for the EnergiCell in 2020 when they achieved a Q factor of 1.8. With these recent validations, ENG8 is now on the path to deploying the EnergiCell as early as next year, marking a significant step forward in the realm of fusion energy.