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.”

How Close are We to Abundant Cheap Clean Energy from Low Energy, Lattice Enhanced, Nuclear Energy?

Carl Page, President and co-founder, Anthropocene Institute
Michael McKubre, SRI International
Robert Godes, President and Founder, Brillouin Energy Inc.

Projections – Outcomes in next 5 years

● Based on my observations of progress in the field, I’m expecting a device for home
heating to emerge in 2 years that outperforms a heat pump, economically. I expect
rapid growth of the industry because there will be few regulatory hurdles to
manufacturing them.
● I’m expecting a device replacing coal in a thermal power plant to be commercialized in
5 years. Deployment will be much faster than natural gas turbines have been because
it needs no gas supply.
● I’m expecting a consensus on a full theoretical understanding of LENR to be proven
soon after the government funded science institutions spend $100m wisely ($0.30
/American). Given the resistance, I can’t say when that will be.

ECat Update

Rossi Ecat Generator

Andrea Rossi introduced his Ecat (short for energy catalyzer) generator in early 2011 as a tabletop device with an output capacity of about 10,000 watts. The generator seemingly uses cold fusion technology to release energy through the fusion of nickel powder and hydrogen through an unknown catalyst.

The Ecat generator produces heat which is used to power essentially a steam engine. The steam engine can drive an electric generator and so convert the mechanical energy into electrical energy.

The potential uses of Rossi’s Ecat generator are nearly limitless. Ecats could be used to power anything from a passenger car to a rocket. Ecats could be used for personal space heating, air-conditioning, and process heating and cooling.

The Ecat does not possess many of the disadvantages of many power sources. The characteristics of Rossi’s generator include:

1. Low initial cost. Less than $500 per kilowatt,

2. Low operating cost. It uses small quantities of cheap nickel and hydrogen and operation is simple,

3. Safe operation. No radioactivity, and experience in working with hydrogen can contain the risks of handling hydrogen,

4. Waste product is copper, made when nickel is transmuted into copper. Air and water pollution are minimal.

5. The system produces low-cost energy (About 1 cent per kilowatt hour or less), and the system is scalable so it could be made available off the grid and placed outside a home.

View the 1 Megawatt Ecat Brochure