BERKELEY, Calif.–“Following the successful replication of “over-unity” amounts of thermal energy from its LENR renewable energy technologies, Brillouin Energy Corp. announces the closing of $7,750,000 in its Series B round. The lead investor in the round, James (Jim) Farrell, has also joined the Company’s Board of Directors.”
Just recently, SRI International announced it had “successfully replicated “over unity” amounts of thermal energy (heat) for Brillouin Energy Corporation.” This press release announces a forthcoming $15 million Series C round offering and an “aggressive research and development program” in 2017.
Read the full press release.
In a surprise move, apparently in the wake of Brexit planning, the UK has announced it will no longer participate in the European Union’s nuclear agency Euratom. This could lead to less funding for the world’s largest fusion experiment, the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) in Cadarache, France. Billions of dollars in research into hot fusion has resulted in very little and potentially misleading progress, while modestly funded LENR firms, such as Brillouin Energy, have demonstrated excess power in repeatable testing.
Full article at Nature.com
The single biggest hurdle to the acceptance of LENR fka Cold Fusion is control of the reaction. There is little doubt in the learned scientific community that the anomalous and excess heat generated by the unidentified reaction is real. This has been proven thousands of times in the past two decades.
Much to the dismay of the pioneering Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann (whom took this to his grave), the lack of control destroyed their careers and gave Cold Fusion a permanent black eye. Early experiments show that excess heat is somehow released by the absorption of deuterium in a palladium lattice, but their crude experiments were not controllable and virtually impossible to reproduce by others. Their work was dismayed as pseudoscience and all but killed further funding for research.
Twenty plus years later, the entrepreneurs now seem to have the upper hand. While the research dollars disappeared, experiments continued quietly in small labs across the globe. There are a handful of companies actively working to bring a LENR device to market. Again, control is the key issue if one believes Rossi, Brillouin, Blacklight and Defkalion all have devices which produce excess heat. Brillouin Energy Corporation seems especially in tune with the issue. Its founder, Robert Godes, has been working for many years to solve the control issue. His innovations apparently allows Brillouin a controlled and predictable output and a working theory they call a Controlled Electron Capture Reaction. Their theory and stability has generated millions of dollars in funding and a relationship with the Standford Research Institute.
Further developments in control will spur more funding and more research. As the phenomenon is more fully understood, a solid reproducible reaction will be available to everyone.