About Innoven Energy

and our new approach to inertial confinement fusion (ICF)

Innoven Energy has a new approach to producing energy through inertial confinement fusion (ICF) that is both environmentally friendly and economically compelling. These two attributes are combined for the first time. Because Innoven’s technology will produce energy at a lower cost than any competing source, it offers the potential for very rapid decarbonization of the economy that is driven by favorable economics rather than subsidies and regulations.

Innoven’s ICF technology features a new laser design, which combines very high energy with very low cost.

Innoven’s design is rooted in concepts previously proven in defense-related activities. Dr. Robert Hunter, Jr., a co-founder of Innoven, has extensive experience in energy in both government and industrial arenas.

Innoven’s technology has been endorsed by highly knowledgeable parties who have extensive experience in all aspects of fusion technology. Innoven endorsers have also been involved in transitioning numerous technologies from government programs to commercial practice.

The value of Innoven’s technology when successfully demonstrated is likely to be enormous. An Innoven ICF facility will be capable of producing an inexhaustible supply of safe, clean, inexpensive electricity. Such a facility will feature large operating margins, and thus, a very short payback period and large internal rate of return. In short, an investment in Innoven offers an opportunity to realize an extraordinary return on investment.

Innoven Personnel

Robert O. Hunter, Jr.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Robert O. Hunter, Jr. received a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Stanford University in 1967, and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California at Irvine in 1981 under a Hertz Foundation scholarship.  From 1968-1972 he was an officer in the U.S. Air Force, and built high-powered carbon dioxide lasers.  From 1973 to 1978 he worked at Maxwell Laboratories and built high-powered lasers of various kinds, as well as large electron beam units.  At Maxwell, he led substantial internal and external group efforts for developing and scaling high-powered lasers for defense applications.

In 1978, he founded Western Research Corporation, where he served as CEO.  At Western, he discovered the preferred angular multiplexing technique for ICF lasers and delivered the largest KrF laser ever built to Los Alamos National Laboratory.  He invented techniques and demonstrated technology for non-cooperative atmospheric compensation and demonstrated aperture combining in an ultra-high brightness laser using a Raman crossbeam converter for military applications.  Thermoelectron Corporation bought Western Research in 1988.

From 1981-1985 Dr. Hunter was a member of the White House Science Council and Presidential Advisory Council, where he specialized in strategic weaponry.  He was directly involved in the decision to pursue the strategic defense initiative.

From 1988-1989 he served as Director of the Office of Energy Research in the Department of Energy.  He oversaw multipurpose national laboratories, advised department-wide on scientific matters, and co-initiated the Human Genome Project with the National Institute of Health.  He obtained construction authorization for the Superconducting Supercollider (SSC) particle accelerator and other major scientific instrument projects.  His office supplied the bulk of funding in the physical sciences at that time for the U.S. government, involving overseeing funding and program decisions for material science, fusion, health and environmental issues, and other areas.  He was also the head of the U.S. delegation for the atomic energy treaty with the Soviet Union.

Since 2007, Dr. Hunter has been engaged as the Acting President and Chief Executive Officer of Innoven and the Head of its Laser Design Group.  Dr. Hunter also currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Litel Instruments, a California corporation (Litel), which was founded by Dr. Hunter in 1990, and is engaged in the manufacture of sophisticated analytical tools for the semiconductor industry.  Litel’s primary products enable in-situ interferometric measurements to very high accuracy for semiconductor chip patterning machines.  Litel is in the process of winding down its business operations.  Dr. Hunter resides in Aspen, Colorado, although he makes frequent visits to Innoven’s offices in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

David H. Sowle

Senior Vice President

David Sowle attended Yale University and graduated with a B.S. in Physics in 1953.  From 1953 to 1956 he was a staff member at Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico, specializing in Numerical Fluid Dynamics.  He attended the University of Minnesota from 1956 to 1961, graduating with a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics.  From 1961 to 1970 he worked on high-altitude nuclear weapon effects, first for General Dynamics and subsequently for General Atomics.

In 1970 he formed and ran Mission Research Corporation (MRC) with colleagues from Los Alamos, including Conrad Longmire.  He gave up the presidency of MRC in 1996, but remained on the Board of Directors and continued to work at MRC on global climate issues until MRC was sold in 2001, when he retired.

Dr. Sowle came out of retirement in 2006, and began work with Dr. Hunter on fusion energy research at Innoven.

Dr. Sowle has been engaged as the Senior Vice President for Target Design at Innoven.

Adlai Smith

Chief Technical Officer

Dr. Smith is a leading expert in unconventional optics.  He is the inventor and principal developer of phase mask machining, in-situ interferometry for semiconductor applications, and self-referenced metrology techniques.  He is the author or co-author of over 60 issued patents.  Prior to co-founding Litel Instruments in 1990, he worked in the field of adaptive optics and atmospheric compensation at Mission Research, Santa Barbara, CA.  He has a Ph.D. in Physics (1985) and a B.A. in Mathematics (1979) from the University of California, Berkeley.

Brent Gill

Chief Operating Officer

Brent Gill has been the Chief Operating Officer of Litel Instruments since 2007.  During this time Mr. Gill has been extremely successful with continued revenue generation, including multiple distributions to shareholders, despite a rapidly changing semiconductor diagnostics market.  Mr. Gill received a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University in 2001.

Philip W. Boesche

General Counsel and Chief Financial Officer

Philip Boesche graduated from Stanford University in 1968 and from the University of Michigan Law School in 1973.  He practiced law in San Francisco, California from 1973-1993, first as an associate and then as a Partner, with Pettit & Martin, a 275-attorney law firm with offices in seven cities.  Mr. Boesche was the Managing Partner of the San Francisco office from 1990-1992.  His practice consisted of a wide variety of corporate work, including public and private financings, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital investments, securities law work, corporate start-up work and general corporate representation.  Since 1993, Mr. Boesche has been a sole practitioner in Ashland, Oregon and has owned several small businesses.

Mr. Boesche has been engaged as the General Counsel and Chief Financial Officer of Innoven.

Conner Galloway

Conner Galloway graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2009 with a BS in Nuclear Engineering and an MS in Nuclear Engineering. He performed graduate work at Los Alamos National Laboratory as well as consulting work for Innoven in 2009. He received a fellowship from the National Nuclear Security Administration to pursue his Ph.D. at Los Alamos and MIT, which he turned down to join Innoven in 2010.

Alex Valys

Alexander Valys graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2008 with a BS in EECS. He performed graduate work at MIT and Los Alamos National Laboratory before suspending his studies and joining Innoven in 2009. He has held technical and leadership positions with several small startups in addition to Innoven.

Innoven Endorsers

Gregory Canavan, Ph.D.

Gregory oversaw ICF programs for the Department of Energy (DOE) and was a member of the Board of Hertz Foundation. He is a nuclear weapons designer and general physicist, and was a member of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellows. (Retired)

Tyler Lowrey

Tyler is a former Head of Research and Development and Operations for Micron Technologies. He is also the Co-Founder and CEO of Ovonyx, and is a memory chip designer.

John Browne, Ph.D.

Director, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Chairman of National Ignition Facility Review Committee

Frank Kendall III

Head of U.S. Department of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, Logistics
Head of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Council
Head of DoD Research and Engineering

Harry E. Cartland, Ph.D.

Member, House Armed Services Committee
Staff Specialist in Atomic Energy Defense, HASC
Special Projects Leader, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Gene McCall, Ph.D.

Gene McCall is a major ICF experimentalist, and was a member of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellows. He’s an experienced underground test designer and design code expert. (Retired)

George Keyworth, Ph.D.

George Keyworth was President Reagan’s Science Advisor, and responsible for Strategic Defense Initiative. He was the Head of Physics Division for the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and a member of the Hewlett Packard Board. (Deceased)

Admiral Jay Cohen

Chief of Naval Research, Department of the Navy
Under Secretary for Science & Technology, DHS

Aristides Patrinos, Ph.D.

Chief Scientist, Director for Research, NOVIM Institute
President, Synthetic Genomics, Inc.
Associate Director, Human Genome Project, U.S. Department of Energy