Over the past few years, we have had a joint UW-Student Branch/IEEE Section meeting and other discussions about the emerging technology abbreviated “LENR” that I like to think of as “Low Energy Nuclear Reactions”, though others define it as “Lattice Enabled Nuclear Reactions”. This is an emerging technology that has evolved from the work of Fleischmann and Pons. An interesting summary of the technology was presented by Louis F. DeChiaro, Ph.D, a physicist with the US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), Dahlgren Warefare Center. The presentation was given at an IEEE Meeting on “LENR Phenomena and Potential Applications” held on Sept. 23 2015 at Teradyne in North Reading, Massachusetts. The slides can be viewed here.
The Naval group also recorded a talk discussing evidence that has been seen over 20 years and is posted in a youtube video here.
It is abundantly clear that there are nuclear reactions happening on a small scale. Why hasn’t more US Government Research funding been applied to this area?
One of the more controversial inventors in this area is Andrea Rossi whose E-Cat (Energy Catalyzer) technology attains temperatures of over 1200C and has been reputed to exhibit coffecients of perfromance of over 50. Researchers in Russia, China, and Japan have partially duplicated the reactions. The combination of high COP and high temperatures implies that the technology could be used for electrical generation. Rossi was funded in part by Industrial Heat, an investment group out of Cherokee Investment Partners. They invested about $10.5M dollars based in demonstration of technology by Rossi. The last demonstration, a 1-Megawatt Thermal plant producing 105 Degree Centigrade steam for one year was supposed to result in $89M to Rossi, but IH did not pay, causing Rossi to sue in court in Florida. The suit will go to trial in June 2017. In the mean time, we must wait for details of the test. Since the suit, Rossi has demonstrated a “quark” that reached 1400C, emits blue light, and provides 100 watts of energy in a matchstick sized element, trading light, heat, and direct electrical production depending on how it is used. Is it fact or fiction? Read more about this continuing saga at the E-catworld site here.