EU Honors Pons and Fleischman sort of
The European Union (EU) has released a document that recommends more research be done into Low Energy Nuclear Reaction LENR. Specifically the document asks for more research to be done into the Pons and Fleischman effect. The document was created by the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation Directorate G Industrial Technologies of European Commission (part of the European Union).
The document is a Power Point presentation called “Forward Looking Workshop on Materials for Emerging Energy Technologies.” It was edited by Dr. Johan Veiga Benesch. A section of the document deals with Low Energy Nuclear Reactions in Condensed Matter. It asks for “the study of the Fleischman and Pons Effect through Materials Science Development.”
The document actually admits that large amounts of heat that cannot be attributed to chemical reactions are produced during electrochemical loading of palladium cathodes with deuterium. It admits that this can only be ascribed to a nuclear process. Specifically a nuclear reaction between deuterons in palladium, it even calls this deuterium-deuterium nuclear fusion process.
In other words the Commission is admitting that Pons and Fleischman were right and their work should be studied. They even admitted gasp that what is happening here is probably fusion. It also discusses work done in the area by the Italian Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Development or ENEA and SRI in California.
Most importantly the document asks for more funding for LENR research. The document’s authors call for more funding for the research and a Europe wide network of LENR researchers to be organized. It also asks for workshops and more materials research. It also recognizes the need for new theoretical work in the area to explain the effect.
Interestingly enough the document also makes a correlation between LENR and something called Piezoelectric Materials. These are dedicated materials that convert mechanical vibration into electrical signals. The document predicts that piezoelectric energy harvesting could be possible. I guess this would use LENR to create vibrations and a piezoelectric material to gather the power or convert it into electricity.
This is really exciting stuff because it shows that there are people in the scientific establishment with the imagination to see the potential here. Hopefully this document should lead to more money for LENR research in Europe which should spark more research in other areas of the world including the United States, China and Russia.
The more research the better because I have a feeling that we’re just scratching the surface here. The potential of LENR and related technologies today is like the early days of the internal combustion engine we’re just beginning to put it to use.
It looks like Big Science is finally beginning to change its mind about LENR and Pons and Fleischman. The process is slow but it seems to be happening which is good news for us all.
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