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LeTourneau Professor May Have Answer To Generating Energy for Free

Say goodbye to outrageous electric bills. One LeTourneau professor is researching a way to create energy for free from bubbles. He hopes within the next 10 to 20 years, "bubble fusion" will burst onto the energy-saving scene.  

Dr. Ted Forringer at LeTourneau university in Longview quite possibly holds the future of how we harness energy in a little test tube.   It's called bubble fusion.  And the way it works is: very high-frequency soundwaves are sent to the test tube, causing vibrations, which ultimately create bubbles in the water.  

"As that bubble collapses into a very small point, the energy is compressed into a very small point and that creates a region of very very high temperatures like the sun where fusion can occur," Dr. Follinger says.

The bursting of the bubbles creates energy, energy that can be used in our homes, the soundwaves would just have to be much higher and on a much larger scale. 

Dr. Forringer says when bubble fusion works, just the amount of water in a test tube is enough to generate a day's worth of electricity for an entire city. That as opposed to 17,000 pounds of coal. 

Since the only thing needed is sound and seawater, it's virtually limitless, unlike the coal and oil we use right now.

"The other thing is it's cleaner. Right now, fossil fuels create lots of carbon dioxide, there's worries that might create global warming or climate change, this does not produce carbon dioxide, it doesn't produce anything other than water," he explains.

And that not only means savings on the environment, but also savings on your electric bill.  

"With bubble fusion, the fuel is abundant and cheap and everybody's got a supply so the fuel itself would be free," he says.

Dr. Forringer hopes bubble fusion will be just the technology we need to bring the same energy source that powers the sun, down to earth.

The professor says he and several students have been researching bubble fusion for about eight months now and will continue to do so for years to come.

Tracy Watler/Reporting: tracy@kltv.com

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