Toyota and Nissan Participating in Japanese LENR Research

New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), a Japanese government research and development agency, has teamed up with two auto manufacturers and four universities to study LENR applications. The participants in the government-sponsored program include Technova, a division of the Toyota Motor Corp., Nissan Motor Co., and Tohoku, Kyushu, Nagoya and Kobe Universities.
Interim Report for the period of H-27 (2015) to H-28 (2016) on
R&D Subject: Advanced Research Program for Energy and Environmental Technologies
/ Phenomenology and Controllability of New Exothermic Reaction between Metal and Hydrogen

Outline of Project:
This NEDO-MHE (metal hydrogen energy) project aims at verification of the new exothermic reaction of nano-metal hydrogen gas systems and clarification of development subjects for the next stage national project, by the following works:
1) Installation of a new precise calorimetry system in Tohoku University and confirmation of the new exothermic reaction by it.
2) Evaluation of the new exothermic phenomena between nano-metal and hydrogen gas from various analysis angles of co-operating experimental works of 6 collaborated parties (Technova Inc., Nissan Motors Co., Tohoku U., Kyushu U., Nagoya U, Kobe U.) .
3) Feasibility study on realization of commercial energy devices and status study on world- wide works.
4) To hold the leading R&D committee in every two months to discuss status results academically and strategically.

Brief Summary of Implemented Works:
1) A design was made for new MHE calorimetry facility by improving/adding temperature sensors, heat flux estimation, and oil cooling parts to the basic Technova-Kobe MHE experimental system, aiming at more precise calorimetric evaluation of proposed MHE sample runs. In the reported period, we have finished ordering necessary components/parts, and some have been already delivered to Tohoku University for the system assembling to be started in April 2016.

2) By using the existing MHE experimental system at Technova-Kobe U in Fukae Campus, examination works have been done with two typical MHE samples (PS3=nanoPd/mesosilica and PNZ3=Pd1Ni7/ZrO2) to carry out multi-angle analyses on excess heat phenomena which are difficult to explain by ordinary chemical reactions.

Discussion has been done for preparing next samples for MHE examination. Kyushu University and Nagoya University are independently making own designed nano-metal samples. These samples will be tested in May and July 2016.

3) Survey works on world-wide works on anomalous excess heat phenomena by various methods are underway, for understanding current status of technological developments.

4) Leading R&D Committee meetings: The first LRDC meeting was held at Technova on February 5 2016 with attendees from 6 parties, NEDO members and an external science monitor.
Presentations on analyses of No.1 co-operational experiment with PS3 sample were made by 6 parties, and development status of each party was reported. Some hot discussions were exchanged on experimental data and future planned works. LRDC will be held in every two months.

LENR and Toyota

Toyota has been funding LENR research since 1990 when it gave haven to Fleischmann and Pons at its IMRA lab in Nice, France.  The Japanese government has reportedly spent hundreds of millions in Cold Fusion research and has granted over 100 LENR/CF patents.

Toyota is apparently active again as the newly subscription only New Energy Times is reporting.  Toyota has apparently hired the Electric Power Research Institute a think tank in Palo Alto, California, to conduct an analysis on LENR.

The prior post and the video below detail a little of Japan’s history with LENR.