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Why is there so Much Resistance to LENR?

Even though Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) seems to be the best hope for solving humanity’s energy problems there seems to be a lot of resistance to it. Why are people including scientists, politicians and businessmen so reluctant to acknowledge the New Fire’s potential?

Part of the reason is the nature of cold fusion or the New Fire, it is simply outside most people’s understanding. Most people simply don’t know what it is and those that do reject it because mainstream science rejects it. The media refuses to cover LENR in the US largely because organized science has rejected it or worse branded it a fraud. The failure of government to acknowledge cold fusion has similar origins.

So why are scientists and others so reluctant to even take a look at LENR? Even when there is quite a bit of evidence that there is a real phenomenon that should be investigated? Here are a few hypothesizes:

 

LENR/Cold Fusion Year in Review 2012

Although it didn’t produce the breakthroughs that some people were hoping for 2012 was an interesting and exciting year in the terms of cold fusion or low energy nuclear reaction (LENR). There were a lot of fascinating developments even if the big breakthrough didn’t occur (or if it did nobody noticed).

So what were the big stories in LENR in 2012 and will we remember them even a few years from now? Here’s my breakdown:

  • Francesco Celani’s public demonstration of an LENR device that meets most of the criteria posted by LENR skeptics. Particularly his demonstration of that device at National Instruments’ NIWeek conference in Austin Texas in August.

The successful and very rapid duplication of Celani’s LENR device by the Hunt Utilities Group and STMicroelectronics. The ability of back room inventors in a small Minnesota town to duplicate the Celani reactor proves how easy it is to do LENR work.

Energy Glut and LENR are Redefining Our Future

The Bakken Oil Field in the US and Canada is among the world's largest

The future it seems just isn’t what it used to be, instead the of the great energy shortage that’s been predicted for the last few years the world seems to be facing an energy glut. We’re facing that glut in traditional energy sources like oil and natural gas even before low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) comes in.

The United States is now one of several countries that is actually producing more energy than it can use right now. The United States might actually become the world’s largest oil producer by 2017 and an oil exporter by 2030 because of better drilling technology and new finds like the Bakken Shale. Our neighbors to the north in Canada actually have more oil in their oil sands than the Saudis do. The US and Canada also have huge supplies of oil and natural gas.

How LENR Would Impact Transportation Policy?

So what impact would widespread adoption of low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) aka cold fusion have upon transportation policies? The impacts would be profound but they might not be immediately felt.

Taxation would be the first government function on which LENR could be felt. If vehicles could be powered by LENR or by low cost electricity generated by LENR governments would certainly collect fewer fuel taxes. That would be a big problem here in the United States where fuel taxes pay for the construction and maintenance of roads. There might be more vehicles than ever on the roads being driven more and yet less money to pay for the roads.

Obviously we’d still have to pay for roads, highways and the services they require such as traffic police and rescue workers to pull people out of wrecked vehicles. That means governments would have to turn to alternative methods such as tolls. One model for this would be the 407 Express Toll Route (ETR) around Toronto the worlds’ first all-electronic toll road.

New Website Provides LENR Proof and Details Rossi’s Relationship with Siemens

A  website provides called LENRPROOF.COM a lot of good information about low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) or cold fusion. The site contains a power point presentation put together by Tyler van Houwelingen founder of a wireless company called www.AzulStar.com Mr. Van Houlelingen is a former engineer at Intel and a former consultant at McKinsey & Company who has done a good job of putting together and analyzing basic information about LENR.

He has concluded that LENR is a real proven energy creating reaction that is being scaled to commercial generating levels. Tyler believes that LENR capable of commercial power generation will probably be available by the end of 2017. He calls this High Power LENR and he stated that:

High Power LENR, once it arrives appears to be a near perfect & unlimited energy source for humanity that can be quickly rolled out worldwide.”

Best LENR Investments or at Least Companies to Watch

Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) or cold fusion isn’t a safe enough investment to put your retirement money in yet. On the other hand it could be a good risky or speculative investment for those with a social conscious and a lot of extra money to spend.

There are some companies that could generate a substantial profit in the LENR field in the next few decades. These include giant corporations that are dabbling in LENR and startups trying to capitalize on new inventions. The best LENR investments include:

Rossi Reveals More Hot ecat Details and Announces Licensees’ Convention

Andrea Rossi and Sterling Allan of Pure Energy Systems pose in front of the 1MW ecat in Bologna last October 28

Andrea Rossi has announced that he will publish a report of independently collected data that will verify his claims about his hot ecat low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) device on September 10. Rossi made the announcement on his Journal of Nuclear Physics blog.

The same information will be unveiled to the public at the First Convention of World Licensees of Rossi’s Leonardo Corporation or Energy Change with E-cat Technology convention that will be held in Zurich, Switzerland, on September 8. Rossi has also stated that some of the information will be published in scientific magazines on September 8. He didn’t say which magazine.

Rossi stated that many independent tests are under way and that many publications on their way. This probably means that results of ecat tests will be published in a number of different publications. Unfortunately he didn’t name of the publications that the data will appear in.

Ecat Unit could be delivered to European Customer in July

Rossi and Sterling Allan with the One Megawatt Ecat Unit on October 28

Andrea Rossi stated that he deliver another 1 megawatt ecat low energy nuclear reaction device to a customer sometime in July. In a post on his blog Rossi did not identify the customer or the exact date for delivery.

Rossi was replying a question from somebody called Franco who asked what week in July the unit would be delivered. This would be the second unit that Rossi has built for a customer. He built one for an unidentified customer that was supposed to be shipped in October 2011. That unit has apparently not been shipped and reports indicate that it is still at Rossi’s facility in Bologna, Italy.

The unit in question would produce one megawatt of heat not electricity. Rossi is working on a unit that he says will create steam at temperatures of 600 degrees. That would create steam which could be used to generate electricity in a turbine.

Benefits of Electric Power Generation by LENR

Low energy nuclear reaction devices like the ecat and Brillouin’s boiler could revolutionize the electric power industry in a way some people are not seeing. They could bring sources of electricity right to the places where they are needed.

Coal fired power plant in Glen Lyn, Virginia, LENR plants wouldn't need the smokestacks.

Cold fusion devices produce no air pollution and present no radiation hazard so they can be located almost anywhere. This means that there would be no giant concrete containment vessels or massive smokestacks so the plants would not require that much space. That means an LENR power plant for Manhattan could be buried right underneath the city’s streets or placed in the basement of one of the skyscrapers.

Another savings is that no massive railroad or pipeline infrastructure would be needed to deliver coal, oil or natural gas to the plant. That means plants could be built in a lot places where it’s not economical to build them today. In many cities you might not have to build new structures for LENR steam plants they could be put into existing buildings such as old warehouses or empty factories.

More Statements from Rossi

Rossi talking to the Press in October

Andrea Rossi has admitted that Siemens is a merely a supplier to him. This would seem to contradict stories that he and Siemens engineers were working on a turbine powered by his ecat low energy nuclear reaction technology. One strong possibility is that Rossi is buying a Siemens turbine to use in the 45 megawatt ecat unit he is developing.

In a post on his blog Rossi admitted that Siemens was only a supplier. Even though he had early stated he had met with Siemens engineers and involved them in a test of the ecat. Rossi also noted that he is working with Siemens in a number of areas including materials for the ecat. Siemens owns tens of thousands of patents so there is a strong possibility that it has a lot of technology that Rossi could utilize.

The relationship with Siemens would seem to indicate that Rossi has found another source of funding. This probably comes from the mysterious investors whom he has apparently transferred ownership in his Leonardo Corp too.