Google Publishes Two LENR Patents

On February 7, 2019 two assigned Google Inc. LENR technology patents were published. They were each filed on August 3, 2017 in conjunction with the University of Maryland.

I. “Enhanced Electron Screening Through Plasmon Oscillations” 

US 20190043624 A1

Inventors: David K. Fork (Mountain View, CA), Jeremy N. Munday (North Bethesda, MD), Tarun Narayan (Washington, DC), Joseph B. Murray (Laurel MD)
Applicant: Google Inc., Mountain View CA; University of Maryland, College Park MD Appl. No.15/668436; Filed: August 3, 2017; Published: February 7, 2019.

Abstract:

Enhanced Coulomb repulsion screening around light element nuclei is achieved by way of utilizing electromagnetic (EM) radiation to induce plasmon oscillations in target structures (e.g., nanoparticles) …

II. “Target Structure For Enhanced Electron Screening” 

US 20190045617 A1

Inventors: Fork, David K. (Mountain View, CA); Munday, Jeremy N. (North Bethesda, MD); Narayan, Tarun (Washington, DC); Murray, Joseph B. (Laurel, MD)
Applicant: Google Inc. Mountain View CA; University of Maryland, College Park MD Appl. No. 15/668499; Filed: August 3, 2017; Published: February 7, 2019.

Abstract:

Enhanced Coulomb repulsion (electron) screening around light element nuclei is achieved by way of utilizing target structures (e.g., nanoparticles) that undergo plasmon oscillation when subjected to electromagnetic (EM) radiation …

A nice article summarizing the patents and connections within the LENR industry can be found at: Google Corporation LENR Energy Patents: History and Skill-Set of the Inventors

LENR in 2019

We have returned after a hibernation period of 75 weeks.  Ecat.org was founded in 2011 to track the developments of LENR (low energy nuclear reactions) and specifically the headline-grabbing claims of Andrea Rossi and his E-Cat (“energy catalyzer”).  This site frankly lost interest in and ceased to post because of rather doubtful and disappointing progress in LENR and specifically, Rossi’s bitter fallout and litigation settlement with Industrial Heat.
A new year brings the fresh anticipation and prospect of key breakthroughs in LENR adoption and commercialization in 2019.  March 23, 2019, will mark the 30 year anniversary of Fleischmann and Pons infamous proclamation.  Since that press conference, uninterrupted testing and research has continued by dozens of groups worldwide, with companies like Brillouin Energy recently claiming to be on the path towards commercializing their technology.  We look forward to reporting on all legitimate LENR developments and help bring attention to this important and underfunded field.
While Rossi has made many suspect claims in the past, he has yet again made the news with a planned streaming demonstration of his latest product on January 31, 2019.  The full press release is below.
MIAMI (PRWEB) JANUARY 21, 2019
Leonardo Corporation is pleased to announce that it will be presenting the worldwide introduction of its E-Cat SK product, a revolutionary cost-efficient clean energy technology, in a live streaming broadcast on January 31, 2019.
The E-Cat operates on the basis of physical principles which allow for energy production at power densities far higher than with fossil fuels. No radioactive fuels are used, and no radioactive waste is produced. The E-Cat SK produces kilowatts of energy while consuming only grams of inexpensive and abundant fuel (hydrogen, nickel, lithium) over a period of six months. E-Cat reactions do not involve any chemical combustion, so no greenhouse gas emissions are produced.
The E-Cat’s inventor, Andrea Rossi states, “I am delighted to have arrived at the point where I can introduce an industrial product to the world. My goal has always been not only to demonstrate an important discovery in a laboratory, but also to implement it into useful products that can have important benefits for mankind. E-Cat technology will allow businesses to become more profitable through the reduction of their thermal energy costs, and at the same time they will be reducing negative environmental impacts.” Dr. Rossi has patented the E-Cat in the United States (US patent no. US 9,115,913 B1) and the patent has also been granted in all of Europe, China, Russia, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Australia, South Africa, and is pending in other countries.
The E-Cat SK is a product designed to be used in industrial settings where heat is required, ranging from simple space heating to applications where high temperatures are needed, including electricity generation.
Leonardo’s business model is based on delivering heat as a service. Leonardo retains ownership of the E-Cats and will install and remotely operate them. Customers pay for heat delivered at costs that will always be significantly lower (at least 20 percent lower) than the cost of any other energy source the customer may use.
The live broadcast will begin on January 31st at 9:00 a.m. US Eastern time at http://www.ecatskdemo.com. Live participants will be able to submit questions to Dr. Rossi who will answer them live during the presentation. Instructions on how to submit questions will be provided at the website above at the commencement of the presentation. The event will be recorded and be made available for later viewing.
Companies interested in discussing possible incorporation of E-Cat technology in their industrial operations are invited to contact Leonardo Corporation at info@leonardocorp1996.com
 

EOE Journal: The Future of Sustainable Energy: LENR

The EOE Journal is a publication distributed monthly since 1996 to colleges, universities, technical colleges, medical colleges, career fairs, HR consultants, human resources departments and state labor agencies.
The September 2017 publication includes an interesting article entitled, The Future of Sustainable Energy: LENR.  This article is not original, but it was purchased content from an entity know as Constant Content.  The article may be republished for $30 at the following link:  https://www.constant-content.com/MoreDetails/245273-The_Future_of_Sustainable_Energy_LENR.htm

Decentralization, LENR and Blockchain Technology

LENR.  Blockchain.  These are two odd words many people have probably never heard of before and certainly not in the same conversation.  However, in an ironic twist of fate, the two of them may depend upon one another in a new era of decentralization.
LENR is short for Low Energy Nuclear Reactions or Lattice Enabled Nuclear Reactions or a host of other acronyms which have come to symbolize what was once referred to as Cold Fusion.  All essentially represent the heretofore unexplained phenomenon where purported anomalous and excess amounts of heat are generated when a stimulus is applied to certain transition elements which have absorbed isotopes of hydrogen.
The blockchain has become synonymous with Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency of choice for those investing and using digital currencies in commerce.  However, there are hundreds of these digital coins and tokens in use and they are all run by a backbone of distributed databases which are used to maintain a continuously growing list of records, called blocks.  This is the blockchain.  The records are permanent, decentralized, public and irreversible.  The blockchain is maintained by nodes of processors running the calculations that create the never-ending creation of new blocks.  The energy consumption for these processors is growing daily as the blockchain grows in popularity.
LENR, revered as the cheapest and cleanest energy source, has been plagued by three constant issues – centralization, censorship and a lack of funding.  In a centralized world where energy and valuable and useful information is stored on private servers, corporations are incentivized to hoard experimental data in order to profit from it.  However, this mindset has inhibited the growth of LENR technology as this hoarded institutional knowledge is lost when funding or patience runs out.  Each successive LENR experimenter faces the same challenges and issues as their predecessor, causing advances in the field to only be incrementally gained.
Blockchain technology empowers its users by decentralizing information, providing a prosperous ecosystem for like-minded individuals and now an ingenious means for funding through ICOs (initial coin offerings).  By using the Ethereum platform, users can build an ecosystem that is decentralized, free from censorship, free from value-sapping middlemen and a means to transfer value.  By issuing their own token or coin, a group has the potential to raise millions of dollars in funding without having to engage brokers or venture capitalists.  This brings about several intended benefits.  Used as a deflationary currency, as the ecosystem gains in popularity, the limited supply of tokens will rise in value, benefiting the ecosystem as a whole and not just a few centralized players.  Those who CREATE the value will be directly compensated.
Decentralization and blockchain technology will disrupt more than just our centralized economies.  It has the ability to empower and give real value to the efforts of artists, creators, experimenters and anyone else who is willing to provide value in the ecosystem of your choice.  Plans for local energy distribution will become more common with blockchain capabilities and LENR, advanced by the technology itself, may be relied upon to meet the insatiable demands for powering the blockchains.
Swarm.City, debuting its Boardwalk platform on June 15, 2017, will be the first truly decentralized peer to peer sharing economy, enabled by the SWT token, running on the Ethereum blockchain.  It will be a watershed moment in decentralization and may be the first time the common person realizes a benefit from the blockchain running in the background.
 
 
 

The 12th International Workshop on Anomalies in Hydrogen Loaded Metals

The 12th International Workshop on Anomalies in Hydrogen Loaded Metals is taking place in Italy in a few days.  The following link http://iscmns.org/work12/program.htm is the provisional schedule of presentations.
The following is from a “Road Map” for Developing Engineering Applications of LENR Technologies,” by I. Goryachev, a retired scientist from the Russian research center “Kurchatov Institute” in Moscow.
The experimental results of the LENR phenomenon now urgently require that practical applications be developed. My presentation demonstrates several important technologies that can be realized in the near future. These technologies go in the following directions:

  • Generation of ecologically clean and safe heat
  • Generation of ecologically clean and safe electricity
  • Complete neutralization of nuclear waste
  • Cheap and ecologically clean desalination of seawater
  • Neutralization of toxic gases and toxic waste
  • Production of precious and rare metals by using cheap starting materials (note by LENR-supported transmutation)
  • Production of new special materials and alloys
  • Use of LENR radiation for technical and medical applications

The Powerpoint presentation will present 11 different projects:

  • A 100 kW water heater unit
  • A 5 MW generator for electricity
  • A 120 kW full generator for electricity
  • A 10 MW power station
  • A technological complex for the deactivation of radioactive waste and fillings
  • Technology for the economically effective desalination of seawater
  • Detoxification of chemical agents
  • Facilities for the production of stable isotopes
  • Reactor for the production of gold and special alloys
  • Equipment for medical applications

 Here is the general link to the workshop http://iscmns.org/work12/index.htm. 

A New Source of Energy Using Low-Energy Fusion of Hydrogen

A new paper from Ed Storms, Research Scientist, with LENRGY, LLC, a Santa Fe, New Mexico company, has been published in Environmental Science: An Indian Journal.
Received: March 06, 2017; Accepted: March 19, 2017; Published: March 22, 2017
Citation: Storms E. A New Source of Energy using Low-Energy Fusion of Hydrogen. Environ Sci Ind J. 2017; 13(2):132.
Abstract:  This paper describes the claim for energy production based on the so-called cold fusion effect. Reasons are given to explore this energy source based on the need for such clean energy and the observed behavior. Chemical energy alone has powered civilization until relatively recently when nuclear fission power based on uranium became available. Efforts are now underway to go the next step on this path using nuclear sources by harnessing the fusion of hydrogen. The first attempt using the so-called hot fusion method has not been successful in producing practical power. Furthermore, the required generator is expected to be impractical as results of its complexity and size even after the many engineering problems are solved. Perhaps a different approach is needed. Fortunately, a new method to cause fusion using a simpler method was recently discovered; only to be widely rejected because it conflicts with what is known about nuclear interaction. This paper addresses this issue by summarizing some of the evidence supporting such a novel fusion reaction.

Brillouin Energy Looks to Raise $15 Million in Equity Financing by June

Brillouin Energy is looking to raise $15 million in new equity by June 2017, according to a MergerMarket report uploaded on Brillouin’s website.
Brillouin Energy, a Berkeley, California based clean technology company, is in early discussions to raise USD 15m in equity financing, CFO David Firshein said.  Brillouin’s goal is to complete the Series C raise by June, Firshein said. The company’s pre-money valuation is just over USD 60m, he said.  Brillouin is developing an ultra-clean, low cost, renewable energy technology that can produce commercially useful amounts of thermal energy from Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR).
The company is seeking both strategic and financial investors, Firshein said. It has alreadyattracted interest from both venture firms and corporates, but it does not yet have a lead investor for the round, he said.  Proceeds from the raise will support further development of Brillouin’s renewable heat energy technology and will make the technology market ready, the CFO said. The company expects to be cash flow break-even in about a year, he added.
Brillouin is already generating some revenues based on licensing agreements it has in place, the CFO said.
The company has two licensing agreements one with a South Korean company active in the infrastructure sector and another with a company that operates in Canada, he said.  Brillouin was founded in 2009 and has total funding of approximately USD 11m. Its most recent round of USD 7.75m closed at the beginning of March. James Farrell, managing director at Beyond Carbon Energy was lead investor for the round.  Brillouin’s technology includes a method of electrical stimulation of nickel metal conductors based on Brillouin’s proprietary control system Q Pulse, according to its website.
Its offering also includes a WET Boiler that can provide commercial and residential buildings with lower grade process heat up to 150°C and a Hydrogen Hot Tube that can provide several scalable non- fossil fuel process heat applications including steam turbine power plants, hydronic heating and desalination of salt water.

 

Forbes: What Aspiring Engineers Need To Know About The Future Of Energy

In an article published at Forbes, Paul Browning, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems America, answers several questions about clean energy production.

“Since 2005 the carbon emissions from the U.S. power sector are down by 23%.”

While there is no mention of LENR, Browning does say that renewables, coupled with battery technology, or clean power sources that remove the problem of carbon emissions, will be the likely energy source of the future.  Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is actively engaged in LENR and transmutation research.

In an article entitled Transmutation Reaction Induced by Deuterium Permeation Through Nanostructured Multi-layer Thin Film, the authors claim “there is a possibility, however, that this technology could become an innovative technology that could be developed for radioactive waste treatment, and we will promote research toward commercialization while continuing to make efforts to elucidate the phenomenon.”

Industrial Heat in Aggressive Pursuit of LENR

Another exhibit from the Rossi v. Darden case offers a revealing look at Industrial Heat and their activities over the past few years. IH has been aggressively pursuing LENR technology through acquisitions, patenting, funding and “grooming” partnerships with a myriad of LENR inventors and firms.
In an email dated March 4, 2016, Woodford Funds expresses clear disappointment in the coming announcement that IH was unable to announce successful testing of Andrea Rossi’s E-Cat technology as it was a “core element” in their initial investment of a reported £39 million.

214-35 – Exhibit 35

Article: Why is no one Talking About LENR Cold Fusion?

An article by William McKinney on EdgyLabs discusses the the promise of Cold Fusion and how it has been re-branded LENR. The article also discusses the role of suppression in the technology and the likelihood LENR may be commercialized before it is fully understood.
LENR does hold tremendous potential, but one must remember to temper their expectations whenever a new technology is discussed with fanfare. LENR may be long in potential, but so may the wait.