Here are just two pages of my research as the rest look somewhat similar just different effects. For the development for this projects is mainly to do with tests, so I'll upload them as soon as they're done.
The image above is to look in to an energy smoke kind of beam.
The explosion page below was mainly to look at the different type of explosion and to see which one I can imagine that would look right for the project. The main issue I'm looking at is that the explosion will be sucked back towards the centre, so it can't be a too big explosion.