Criteria for a Successful LENR Device
With several companies claiming to be developing low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) devices many of us are probably wondering what criteria a successful LENR or cold fusion device would have to meet. Several different sets of criteria have been suggested some of which don’t appear that useful.
Instead I would have two criteria for the device to meet:
I. It would have to operate continuously for several weeks or several months straight. By continuous operation I mean 24 hours a day seven days a week. If this device is going to a reliable source of heat and energy it will have to operate on a constant basis.
II. The LENR device would have to generate high temperatures on a constant basis. By high temperatures I mean around 600 degrees Celsius which is hot enough to create large amounts of steam. That way it could power turbines or enough hot air to operate a jet turbine or a Stirling engine.
There would be a third requirement that’s almost as important. You would have to be able to easily control the device to turn it on and off adjust the temperature, although that would be fairly easy to achieve with modern computer technology. It might not be possible to achieve the first two criteria without achieving this.
So far there’s no evidence that any of the LENR inventors have achieved these goals. The closest would be the NANOR device created by Dr. Mitchell Swartz of Jet Energy Inc. That device has apparently been operating continuously at Peter Hagelstein’s lab at MIT for about six months according to reports. Unfortunately it doesn’t appear to have generated large amounts of heat.
Brillouin, Defkalion and Andrea Rossi claim to have achieved similar results but they’re understandably keeping a lid on their developments in order to protect intellectual property rights. Although sooner or later all three of them are going to have to come out and demonstrate a working device or they’ll be shown up as charlatans.
Once a device achieves these criteria the LENR revolution will have begun. LENR will be just too cheap and clean a source of energy to ignore. Businessmen, inventors, investors and venture capitalists will beat a path to the inventor’s door with checkbooks in hand. Big business will quickly adopt LENR because of the vast savings it generates.
The biggest resistance will come from bureaucratic and scientific elites that have a hard time grasping the concept of cold fusion. My guess is that twenty years from now that the average physicist who denounces LENR today will be sitting in an office in a building heated by an LENR unit using a computer powered by electricity generated by an LENR turbine to write his latest paper denouncing the “cold fusion cranks.” The same physicist will probably own large amounts of stock in several LENR companies because they are a good investment.