Conventional nuclear power uses nuclear fission which involves the splitting of a large unstable nucleus into smaller elements and generates long-lived radioactive waste. Nuclear fusion occurs when nuclei of lightweight elements (typically hydrogen) collide with enough force to fuse and form a more massive element.
FREMONT, CA: Next-generation modular nuclear reactor company Zap Energy received a Series A investment from Chevron Corporation. Seattle based Zap Energy takes an innovative approach to advance cost-effective, flexible, and commercially scalable fusion. Chevron Technology Ventures’ investment in fusion is an opportunity to enhance the company’s focus on a diverse portfolio of low-carbon energy resources with the capacity to provide communities across the globe access to affordable, reliable, and ever-cleaner energy.
“We see fusion technology as a promising low-carbon future energy source,” said Barbara Burger, president of Chevron Technology Ventures. “Our Future Energy Fund investment in Zap Energy adds to Chevron’s portfolio of companies we believe are likely to have a role in the energy transition.” Zap Energy was founded in 2018, and the company’s technology stabilizes plasma using sheared flows to confine and compress the plasma. “Our Future Energy Fund investments provide us with strategic insight into power generation markets and potentially disruptive impacts of innovative approaches, like fusion, geothermal, wind, and solar, on the conventional power value chain,” said Burger. Zap Energy will use the proceeds from the investment round to continue technology development and grow their development team.
Conventional nuclear power uses nuclear fission which involves the splitting of a large unstable nucleus into smaller elements and generates long-lived radioactive waste. Nuclear fusion occurs when nuclei of lightweight elements (typically hydrogen) collide with enough force to fuse and form a more massive element. This process releases substantial amounts of energy with no greenhouse gas emissions and limited long-lived radioactive waste.
The investment marks the tenth investment by Chevron’s Future Energy Fund, which was launched in 2018 to explore breakthrough technologies that enable macro decarbonization, the mobility-energy nexus, and energy decentralization. Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV) pursues externally developed technologies and new business solutions that have the potential to enhance the way Chevron produces and delivers affordable, reliable, and ever-cleaner energy. The company leverages innovative companies and technologies to strengthen its core operations and identifies new opportunities to shape the future of energy.