Musings on LENR in our Energy Future

Allen Brooks posted an interesting compendium on the transformation of our energy production and referenced the disruptive potential of LENR.

Read the full article here.

“LENR is tainted with the cold fusion hoax, but over the years, a small, yet growing band of scientists and researchers around the globe have continued to push the investigation into proving up the science.  Top universities around the world are involved in the research along with work sponsored by leading global corporations.

More research needs to be done, but momentum behind LENR appears to be growing.  Why?  Clearly, LENR is a disruptive technology.  As was suggested to us in our conversation with our scientist contact, imagine if you could have a small unit in your garage that could produce electricity to power your house and automobile with a material source that cost $10 and lasted for six months while producing no dangerous waste.  Would that revolutionize the power business?  Certainly.  Could small LENR units be built to power vehicles?  Maybe.  When will we know?  Not for a while, and maybe never.  If it works, we are likely talking about a decade-long development period.  While that appears a long time, imagine you were at Drake’s well in Pennsylvania in 1859 when whale oil was still the preferred lighting fuel.  Would you have embraced oil?  We urge readers to pay attention to LENR’s development as it may signal the next energy transformation.”

 

Nickel-Hydrogen Research Center Opens in Tianjin, China

Tom Darden, CEO of Cherokee Investment Partners and Chairman of Industrial Heat, LLC was present at the opening ceremony held on April 16, 2014.  Industrial Heat, LLC is the company that acquired the rights to Andrea Rossi’s purported low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) technology, the Energy Catalyzer (E-Cat).

Darden apparently reported research findings at the meeting, that “final report of the pilot phase of the nickel reaction showed low temperature reaction of nickel is currently the lowest cost power generation technology and abundant raw material resources, alternative energy technologies.”

China has been in the news recently as poising itself to be an innovator in the alternative energy sector.  As part of a policy shift, the Chinese government is implementing carbon trading, capping energy consumption, resource taxes, new emissions controls and regional coal consumption caps.

In possibly unrelated news, the commodity price of nickel has surged this year with prices rising more than 30% after Indonesia banned the export of nickel ore in January.  Buyers in China have been scrambling to secure material for their processing plants, as speculators have rushed in to the market.

Chinese News Report

Nikkei Reports Mitsubishi to Use LENR To Clean Nuclear Waste

New Energy Times is reporting a translation of a recent Japanese article in Nikkei, a popular business magazine, that Mitsubishi Heavy Industries plans to use low-energy nuclear reactions to clean nuclear waste. This patented LENR transmutation method was developed by Mitsubishi physicist Yasuhiro Iwamura.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries began the study of the transmutation work in the early 1990′s and work has continued despite a limited budget and staff. The group’s research only became widely known in 2002, after Iwamura published a paper in the Japanese Journal of Applied Physics.  While the article predicts this technology is at least 10 years away, a surge in awareness and funding may speed the development of their research.

New Brillouin Energy Patent

We’ve written several articles on Brillouin Energy and its founder, Robert Godes.  Based in Berkley, California, this company continues to make great progress with very little fanfare. Robert Godes has the industry’s most credible LENR theory, Dr. McKubre of SRI has stated Brillouin is the closest organization to commercializing an LENR product, and Godes has engineered an ingenious nickel-based wet and dry boiler system that drives the underlying physics of LENR.

“Robert {Godes} can hold his own again the top physicists in the industry, as well as chemical engineers and nuclear engineers, and he can blow them all away.” – Robert “Bob” George

The Godes-Brillouin Theory is based on a controlled electron capture reaction.  Hydrogen is loaded into a nickel matrix where an electronic pulse (Q-pulse) is passed through the system, resulting in a compressed lattice within the constrained system.  Mass is created and a proton is converted to a neutron, causing a tremendous loss of energy in the system.  Godes describes this process as a “nuclear freezer.”  Protium is converted to deuterium, deuterium is converted to tritium and tritium is converted to quatrium, resulting in a net energy out as the quatrium rapidly beta decays and Helium-4 and heat is released into the system.

Key to the Brillouin system is the use of proprietary electronics and controls designed by Robert Godes, an inventive electrical engineer.  Interestingly, a patent was recently issued to Brillouin Energy Corporation and published on January 7, 2014 for a high-speed gate switching system.  Referred to as a Gate Hyperdrive system, it reportedly improves the efficiency of any conventional electronically controlled electric motor, inverter or other power conditioning equipment by about 25%.

Abstract
Techniques for overcoming many of the speed limitations of switching a gated device while protecting the device from damage provide a dynamic driving voltage to the gate of the device being switched. This dynamic voltage provides a way to overcome the complex impedances between the drive point and the actual gate allowing faster switching speeds. This dynamic driving voltage is provided by starting with a fixed amount of charge at a higher initial potential. The fixed charge and voltage are chosen so as not to exceed the device’s specified maximum gate current or the device’s maximum voltage between the gate and the source (punch-through voltage).

Brillouin expects to develop a system that can return 10 watts of thermal energy for every 1 watt of input electrical energy.  If successful, this technology could be tremendously disruptive in the fossil fuels energy industry.

 

Guest Post from Janel Smietana

Janel Smietana, earned her medical degree graduating summa cum laude, and attended graduate school and undergraduate work at the University of Buffalo where she spent several years doing chemistry and biochemistry based research. She was the recipient of a an elite Merck index award for Organic Chemistry as well the Edward Curvish award for the highest achievement in medical biochemistry. He graduate work involved looking into DNA replication and cell cycle kinases. Dr. Smietana recently visited the office of Brillouin Energy in Berkeley, California with an early investor.

The LENR phenomenon is interesting to ponder on many levels. Clearly there is evidence of excess heat in various Fleischmann Pons type experiments, but the lack of a credible theory and controllable experiment has dampened the industry as a whole. If the data from Brillouin experiments is correct, there is no way this excess heat can be explained through conventional chemical processes. Robert Godes is not your ordinary electrical engineer. He has an amazing grasp of physics, mechanics and chemistry and has the right kind of analytical brain to figure this out.

Brillouin Energy’s technology purports to convert the hydrogen in ordinary water to helium gas, a process that releases large amounts of useful heat. Their technology allows this to happen at temperatures and pressures compatible with current industrial and chemical practices. Brillouin is working with SRI International to commercially scale up its ‘Controlled Electron Capture Reaction (CECR)’ in a wet and dry boiler system.

Janel Smietana can be followed on her Facebook and her blog.

E-Cat Technology Acquired by U.S. Investors

Industrial Heat LLC, a North Carolina company put out a press release today announcing they had acquired the rights to Andrea Rossi’s E-Cat, and were working on plans to commercialize the technology.

IH CEO JT Vaughn stated, “The world needs a new, clean and efficient energy source. Such a technology would raise the standard of living in developing countries and reduce the environmental impact of producing energy,”

The press release says that IH was exploring working with industries, universities and NGOs to help develop and spread the technology. Tom Darden, who co-founded Cherokee Investment Partners, a series of private equity funds specializing in cleaning up pollution, is a founding investor in Industrial Heat.

Vaughn, who is also a senior analyst at Cherokee, confirmed through a press release that IH has acquired the rights to Rossi’s LENR device after a committee of independent European scientists concluded after multiple days of testing at Rossi’s facilities that the device worked.

More can be read here.

Transparency at Brillouin Energy

More interesting videos from PESN and Sterling Allan have been posted from his visit to Brillouin Energy’s offices in Berkley, California and their research partner SRI International in Menlo Park. Brillouin touts itself as having more control of the reaction through a reliable understanding of the Controlled Electron Capture Process and its proprietary electronics.

Robert Godes, Robert “Bob” George, David Firshein, Mike McKubre and Francis L. Tanzella are featured.

 

BlackLight Power

It is put-up or shut-up time for Randy Mills and the nearly $100 million in capital he has raised from investors through the years.  A somewhat “public demonstration” of their technology is slated for January 28, which could have serious ramifications in the LENR community.

Our safe, non-polluting power-producing system catalytically converts the hydrogen of the H2O-based solid fuel into a non-polluting product, lower-energy state hydrogen called “Hydrino”, by allowing the electrons to fall to smaller radii around the nucleus. The energy release of H2O fuel, freely available in the humidity in the air, is one hundred times that of an equivalent amount of high-octane gasoline. The power is in the form of plasma, a supersonic expanding gaseous ionized physical state of the fuel comprising essentially positive ions and free electrons that can be converted directly to electricity using highly efficient magnetohydrodynamic converters. Simply replacing the consumed H2O regenerates the fuel. Using readily-available components, BlackLight has developed a system engineering design of an electric generator that is closed except for the addition of H2O fuel and generates ten million watts of electricity, enough to power ten thousand homes. Remarkably, the device is less than a cubic foot in volume. To protect its innovations and inventions, multiple worldwide patent applications have been filed on BlackLight’s proprietary technology.

This breakthrough transformational power technology can be witnessed in a live demonstration hosted by BlackLight of on January 28th at 11 AM. Details and updates will be posted at the company website (http://www.blacklightpower.com/). Those interested in attending can contact BlackLight to preregister for this limited availability event.