The modern quest for Promethean fire is underway in an anonymous office park in Foothill Ranch, California, an hour southeast of Los Angeles. In the park, along a meandering drive, you will find a huge, modern warehouse building with “TAE Technologies” emblazoned on the door. Inside, you will find a 100-foot-long, $200 million fusion-energy experiment named Norman. And in a second-floor office, upstairs from that looming machine, you will find the would-be Prometheus himself: Michl Binderbauer, TAE’s boyish-looking and relentlessly upbeat co-founder and CEO.
As CEO of TAE Technologies, the world’s largest private fusion reactor company, Michl Binderbauer is one of those who believes that fusion power could be on the near horizon – and is using artificial intelligence co-developed with Google to help make it a reality.
TAE Technologies and Google have partnered to combine human and machine interaction to further plasma science using their “Optometrist Algorithm.”
As a clean energy pioneer, TAE Technologies was notably featured in TIME Magazine’s 2015 cover story.
Prior to Coronavirus, human impact on the environment was largely studied in models and projections, making the cause and effect seem abstract to some. Now, we have all been partaking in an unprecedented living laboratory experiment, where the drastic reduction of planes, cars, and factory activity has led to results that are starkly visible in our everyday lives.
The Future Looks Bright: CEO Michl Binderbauer reflects on the last 20 years of TAE Technologies and what the new decade holds for fusion research and more.
Warm wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving from TAE Technologies + a message from our CEO Michl Binderbauer about things to be grateful for this year.
In April 1998, a group of determined scientists, inventors and visionaries founded the company now known as TAE Technologies with $1000 and one goal in mind: Creating a source of safe, carbon-free, on-demand energy that doesn’t harm the environment and is available to everyone equally around the world.
The need for safe, sustainable, limitless energy is as great now as it’s ever been, both to mitigate climate concerns and because creating clean energy resources raises global living standards for everyone. Access to clean energy, particularly in developing countries, leads to economic equality, energy independence, job creation and overall geopolitical stability.