Industrial Heat Owner Thinks LENR Will End Pollution

There is a lot going on in the world of cold fusion or low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) even if no earth-shattering developments have been reported. Some of the current highlights in the field include:

  • The 19th Annual International Conference on Cold Fusion or ICCF is going in Padua, Italy, in Andrea Rossi’s backyard. Surprisingly Rossi is not there but Alexander Parkohomov is. The Russian physicist had a long discussion with Alan Smith of E-cat World about his replication of Rossi’s ecat technology in which he revealed some of the details. Interestingly enough, Parkohomov noted that he does not use iron in his reaction so he might have just revealed the real secret to Rossi’s secret sauce to the world. The secret sauce is the formula that makes the reaction possible, if lack of iron is it, Parkohomov might have told others how to replicate ecat.


  • Our friends from Brillouin Energy turned up at ICCF and presented a paper on their technology. They explained the theory behind their technology something called Electron Capture Reaction which enables them to control the reaction. They revealed that Thomas Claytor, a research scientist who formerly worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico the place where the atomic bomb was invented tested their device and detected production of tritium which verifies their hypothesis.


  • Brillouin is also apparently in discussion with companies about commercializing its hot tube technology, E-cat World reported. Unfortunately the blog did not reveal which companies Brillouin is talking to or what the commercial uses of LENR would be.

Cherokee CEO Reveals Plans to End Pollution with LENR

Tom Darden

The most intriguing speech at ICCF 19 was delivered by an investment banker; Tom Darden the CEO of Cherokee Partners which owns Industrial Heat the company that bought the rights to ecat. Darden described Industrial Heat as a funding source for LENR.


Darden called LENR a paradigm shift. He challenged whe he called the traditional “ethos of environmentalism” The idea that being less bad is the ultimate good. Then he went onto give a great explanation of LENR and why it is necessary.


“We need solutions that do not create pollution in the first place,” Darden said. “Not marginal improvements that only reduce pollution.”


“We actually live in a world of abundance at least with respect with to energy,” Darden said. “Why do we burn petroleum or coal which only unlocks only a tiny fraction of the true energy inside.”


“We need a new paradigm,” Darden said. He revealed that he had studied environmental law in order to protect the world before going into business.


Darden admitted that he has been working to create carbon neutral production of electricity for over 30 years. He described how his company buys up polluted properties and cleans them up. Among other things, Darden financed the development of a process that cleans up contaminated dirt with bacteria.


“I saw that we could affect pollution by working with smart scientists,” Darden said. Since 1985 Cherokee has invested in over 100 companies that develop new technologies to affect pollution. “We realized that we could find scientists with ideas.”


“My primary goal is to reduce pollution,” Darden said. Darden revealed that he regularly goes to countries like China and Russia where he tries to help governments and business adopt new technologies to reduce pollution.


Cherokee began researching LENR a little over 10 years ago when he received three inquires about cold fusion. Darden revealed that he thought cold fusion was dead when he first heard the inquiries but changed his mind after looking into the science. He also revealed that Cherokee is financing a variety of LENR research but the only specific technology he mentioned was Rossi’s.


Darden also predicted that it will be business that will launch the LENR revolution and bring it to the world.


“But recall that commerce has long proven to be the primary engine of change in every technical endeavor,” Darden said. “We started Industrial Heat because we believed that LENR technology was worth pursuing even if we were unsuccessful. We were willing to be wrong we were willing to invest time and resources to see if this would be a useful technology in our quest to reduce pollution.”


Darden also promised to work with large companies had help them adopt and commercialize LENR. Mr. Darden wants to work with a wide variety of scientists in his efforts to develop LENR and fund lots of experiments.


“We believe that may be at last on the verge of a new paradigm shift one that would create new opportunity for innovation and entrepreneurship one that would advance the cause of abundance in the face of scarcity,” Darden said.


It looks as if Tom Darden is the most important man in the world of LENR. He could be the one who commercializes it and brings it and brings it to the mainstream.

A special thanks goes out to our friends at the Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project who generously posted a video of Mr. Darden’s speech on YouTube for all to enjoy.

5 Responses to Industrial Heat Owner Thinks LENR Will End Pollution

  • Gordon Docherty says:

    Keep it in the ground – Challenge to enlightened thought leaders across the Globe‏

    Dear thought leaders,

    Over the past 50 years, as established economies around the world recovered from the Second World War and new economies grew, our demand on finite resources – and especially the fossil fuels (coal, oil, gas) needed to power those economies – exploded. Sadly, in parallel, we increasingly damaged and poisoned the ecosystem we all need to survive as a species.

    In recent times, we have all become more aware that climate change (Anthropogenic in origin or otherwise) and rising sea levels is having a profound negative impact on habitable environments, especially in the poorest countries of the world – poor because of a lack of access to resources to provide the clean water, food, heat, light, transport, public and health services and power required to move out of a subsistence level of existence and also deal with the serious challenges imposed by climate change and rising sea levels.

    As a result, the poorest countries have become locked in a spiral of death, a spiral of worsening environmental conditions, deteriorating public and health services and burgeoning populations (due, in large part, as a reaction to extremely low life expectancies resulting from worsening environmental conditions and deteriorating public and health services).

    This has led to an increase in political instability around the world, causing precious, limited resources to be diverted to fighting wars in a bid to access and hold on to those dwindling resources.

    So, what has the political response been around the globe so far?

    Well, first, the good news. Foreign aid from most industrialized nations has increased, and a greater effort has been put into addressing crises such as witnessed recently in support provided toward the Ebola crisis that arose in West Africa, a crisis that reminded us that in this day and age, a problem in one part of the world is quickly and keenly felt in all others.

    Now, the bad news. At home, at least here in the UK, having seen the writing on the wall for fossil energy, the government has started taking steps toward investing in centralized, Uranium-based nuclear power stations at a cost upward of £200,000,000,000 for the eight or nine reactors that are planned – and that is just the cost to build them: as the debacle at Sellafield in the UK has shown, disposing of the waste from those reactors is both fraught with danger and is very expensive – currently, the cost of cleaning up Sellafield has been set at £70,000,000,000 – but it is expected to rise. So, to pay for all this centralized, Uranium-based power generation, adding in running costs, a figure higher than £400,000,000,000 is entirely possible – for the UK alone. Read that figure and weep! Even over 40 years (beyond the expected life of the stations), that averages out to £10,000,000,000 per year, even before environmental and security issues are taken into account. Further, the fuel for these reactors is expensive both financially and environmentally, and is only likely to get more so. In countries such as China, to meet rising demand, there has likewise been a major rush toward fission nuclear, as well as a very rapid expansion of coal-fired power stations, much to the delight of the Australian coal industry but deadly in the long run for the human ecosystem.

    Of course, there has also been a healthy uptake of wind and solar power, and these must continue, and hydro has been used for many years, but these all have their limitations. For example, plans for huge solar farms in the Sahara may look viable, but the combination of desert conditions (that is, dust) and political instability make such proposals “unlikely” to say the least. Solar collectors in space are another alternative, efficient way to capture solar energy that initially looks interesting, but such collectors would also make very powerful and effective directed energy weapons, so they, too, may be seen as “non-starters”.

    Finally, coal, oil and gas will continue to be the dominant fuel sources for countries around the world for the foreseeable future, especially in the advanced developing countries, with their economies developing to support and improve living standards for their very large populations. The result of this has been an exponential increase in the demand for fossil fuels. As to those who cry “shame!”, these countries are not going to stop developing any time soon, nor should they be expected to do so.

    The situation therefore appears to be very bleak indeed, especially for the poorest nations in the world: but by no means are these issues limited to the poorest nations. As we all now have witnessed many times over, issues in one part of the world are quickly and keenly felt in many other parts – with the whole world eventually being affected, and that is before we include potential global natural disasters. The truth is, we really do now all live in a global village, even if that village has its bad side as well as its good: the problem with a global village is that if enough issues around the globe merge, as currently appears likely, political instability will increase exponentially, leading to the merging of hot-spots that quickly go out of control leading, in turn, to a “terminal game-changing scenario” for all.

    What can be done?

    Clean water, food, heat, light, transport, and public and health services. Energy underpins them all. Simply put, there is a simple correlation between increasing availability of energy, especially affordable, ‘useful’ energy, and the provision of effective, efficient clean water, food, heat, light, transport, public and health services to more and more people in a country. Conversely, the more scarce and more expensive ‘useful’ energy becomes, the lower standards of living fall, and the greater the hardship felt by those in the country. Worse yet, the increasing scarcity of resources – and especially energy – leads to greater regional instability as countries via for power to control access to, use of, those resources to exert political influence and control. It is no accident that legal slavery in the 19th century was abolished precisely at the same time as the rise of the machines. For all the negative headlines regarding “the rise of the machines”, without those machines the majority of the world really would be in slavery, a situation that could return should the energy sources we all rely on dry up.

    This is where those enlightened souls in leading positions around the world can help.

    Over the past 25 years, a branch of research has slowly, quietly been working on replicating, isolating, understanding, enhancing and stabilizing effects that were first reported on informally nearly 100 years ago, effects that hinted at the promise of cheap, universal, abundant and clean energy for millions to billions of years to come.

    Indeed, in 1989, two scientists hit the headlines for appearing to have done just that, when claims of nuclear effects in a test tube, labelled at the time by the press as “Cold Fusion” burst onto the scene. Within weeks, however, it was claimed by “reputable” mainstream scientists that the research was bogus, and, worse yet, the claims were fraudulent. Calls were made for the two scientists at the centre of the “scandal” to cast out of the scientific community into the wilderness, never to be allowed to present their ideas again.

    Not all scientists were so quick to denounce the work of Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann, however, especially those who were not looking to protect their billion dollar budgets into hot fusion that had kept them employed for more than 30 years in 1989 already. As the saying goes, there is nothing harder than trying to persuade a man to understand something whose job depends on not understanding it: it has subsequently emerged that no lab actually disproved Pons and Fleischmann and that, indeed, of the five papers that were used as “evidence” of no cold fusion, more than one did see anomalous effects but massaged the data to hide the findings – and even held a “wake” for cold fusion even before the attempted replication experiments had been completed and reported on. A shameful episode in the history of science and one that delayed further research into this promising area for many years, so condemning millions to shameful living conditions and premature deaths: 5,000 children a day die from dirty water, water that could easily and inexpensively be cleaned with the right technology such as cold fusion was promising to be.

    For those scientists who were still free enough to be able to think and act independently of the worldwide mainstream scientific community, especially in Japan and Italy, experiments carried out in an attempt to replicate Pons and Fleischmann’s success produced interesting anomalous effects of there own. In the underground, over the next 10 to 15 years, a consensus gradually emerged that, while what was being witnessed, was likely not fusion as seen in a hot fusion environment, it was nonetheless nuclear in nature – the energies were just too high for chemical reactions (so much so, that even if all a material had “burned” chemically, the amount of energy produced would have been orders of magnitude below what was being witnessed). As a result, new names began to be coined for these unexplained effects, the most popular being Lattice Assisted Nuclear Reactions (these reactions, it was realized, were occurring within or around metal hydride crystal lattices of varying levels of purity) and Low Energy Nuclear Reactions. As the latter was more inclusive, Low Energy Nuclear Reactions or LENR has come to be the favoured term in the research community. In fact, LENR has come to be seen as part of a wider set of effects, known collectively as Condensed Matter Nuclear Science or CMNS.

    In the first decade of the twenty first century, niche groups within agencies such as SPAWAR, SRI and NASA started to become interested in LENR phenomena: cold fusion was hot once more. This time, however, instead of looking to kill cold fusion (now known as LENR) research, these agencies sought to replicate, isolate, understand, enhance and otherwise experiment with LENR effects. The results were dramatic. Although the excess energies produced were only tens of watts, the effects were replicable and understanding about the conditions to recreate them did start to develop, albeit in a slow process.

    Then, at the end of 2010, a patent was registered about a device that was to change the game forever: the device came to be known as the e-CAT (energy catalyzer) and was demonstrated to a limited public audience and across the web in January 2011. This device produced Kilowatts of excess heat energy from a reactor no larger than a large coffee mug with only a few grams of “fuel”. Since then, this device has continued to be developed, with a hotter Hot Cat version added to the portfolio in 2013: the last public test was for a reactor that produced 1.5MWh of energy over 32 days from 1 gramme of fuel. In parallel, news of reactors such as from Brillouin energy, and a research and development effort that had been spawned in parallel to LENR – hydrino theory – also began to emerge from the shadows.

    Throughout the shadow years, experimenters and researchers in the field met at a conference that quickly became known as the International Conference on Cold Fusion (ICCF) to discuss progress and exchange ideas. The latest ICCF, ICCF-19, has just taken place in Padua, Italy.

    During this conference, it quickly became clear that the researchers had now reached a stage where they wished to develop their ideas further into fully fledged working energy reactors. As was stated by one of the guest speakers, Tom Darden of Industrial Heat (who now hold the IPR for the e-CAT and Hot Cat reactors, the inventor of which, Andrea Rossi, being the Chief Engineer at Industrial Heat) :

    We have now reached a tipping point

    A transcript of the speech appears here:

    More information on LENR – and useful LENR FAQs, as part of an LENR Knowledge base – appears here:

    In many ways, this speech can be seen as a forerunner to what is needed, a “Landing a Man on the Moon” speech for our time, calling for a “Manhattan” or Apollo-style project for PEACE and PROSPERITY.

    NOW IS THE TIME TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE AND SHOW REAL COURAGE AND LEADERSHIP. National and International Programmes to Deliver a Better Future for All are called for NOW. It is time to take a decisive moral and practical lead across the globe in energy, climate, increasing and affordable standards of living and resources for all. With LENR it really is possible to deliver a cleaner planet and higher standards of living for all. Fossil resources will continue to be needed as chemical feed-stocks, but they will no longer be needed to “power the planet” and, nor, indeed, should they. They are too valuable as a chemical stock.

    LENR may be coming out of “the left field”, but its effect will be truly epoch-making – the mother of all discontinuities. The world needs to be ready for this. LENR will replace current nuclear, coal, oil, gas and just about every other form of power generation – with an energy density 1,000,000 times that of gasoline, yet no radioactive or chemical waste, LENR and derivatives really do provide “the Sun in a bottle” – with “fuel” reserves of over 1.5Bn years on Earth alone. Further, LENR derivatives are being developed to clean up long-lived nuclear waste, transmuting radioactive elements with half-lives of 20,000 years or more to much safer ones with 50 (yes, 50) year half-lives – no longer requiring geological time-frames for storage, LENR transmutation technology reduces our nuclear legacy to an easily manageable 50 – 100 years.

    And best of all? LENR fuels are super abundant, clean, scalable (from personal to planet), totally useless for making bombs (though the hot versions do reach 1400C, so are good for electricity generation – the cooler versions run at 100-400C, good for hot water apps.) and totally affordable even for the poorest countries in the world. A real “game changer”…

    So, enlightened leaders, don’t ignore this mother of all black swans. Show your mettle now, and move the whole world into a golden future. After all, can we really afford to wait?

    This makes sense on so many levels: environmental, political, industrial, financial, educational, structural, societal, legal, spiritual … the list goes on. At this time of existential crisis, we have truly been handed “a gift from God”. The question is, do we have the wisdom to use it?

    As Tom Darden reminded the delegates at the ICCF-19 conference:

    “If you are driving a car towards a cliff, it doesn’t help you to slow down — you need to turn around and go in a different direction.”

    Finally, as Bob Dylan so aptly put :

    Come gather ’round people
    Wherever you roam
    And admit that the waters
    Around you have grown
    And accept it that soon
    You’ll be drenched to the bone
    If your time to you
    Is worth savin’
    Then you better start swimmin’
    Or you’ll sink like a stone
    For the times they are a-changin’.

    We need to “keep it in the ground”. LENR will make this possible, and much, much more besides. To all reading this, please help this “black swan” to fly…

    Yours sincerely,

    Gordon Docherty B.Sc. M.Sc. MBA
    Concerned world citizen

    Living under the same sun, breathing the same air, drinking the same water: keeping it in the ground. It is in all our interests.

    • jennifer says:

      I agree whole heartedly although living under the same sun and breathing the air has never stopped human beings from trying to destroy each other. I think LENR is almost here. I’m not sure another giant centralized project is what we need all that does is waste our tax money, make lots of money for politically connected contractors and provide lots of jobs for bureaucrats. Hot fusion being a prime example of how such projects derail science. What we need is creative thinking not the old bureaucratic solutions repackaged with a new goal. I think smaller efforts will ultimately be more successful

  • Gordon Docherty says:

    More on what Tom Darden had to say can be found at:

Interview with

  • David Brady says:

    The first and second E-Cat published test results and the now published Parkomov test data are probably the most important events since the beginning of the industrial revolution. Taken together the results confirm the viability of LENR effects and are the most “earth-shattering” thing imaginable. This technology will wipe out the fossile fuel industry, the hot nuclear fission industry as well as the hot nuclear fusion industry, liberate humanity from the tyranny of all oppressive governments, and save humanity from a global warming extinction event. If you failed to read and understand the published LENR material and recognize its profound implications you must be a journalist. To open your piece with “even if no earth-shattering developments have been reported” is not only misleading its a false statement. Please, leave the judgments to other more responsible persons and spare you readers from your half-baked opinions. Just cover the “highlights” because you apparently lack the ability to understand whatever it is you read.

    • jennifer says:

      I want to see working devices producing power, not just tests. An industrial revolution occurs with mass production not with tests. I hope you are right and it will wipe out fossil fuels. I understand its profound implications, I also understand that we need to prove what is claimed in the material. I stand by what I wrote nothing earth shattering occurred there. We’ve known about the ecat tests for months and we covered them. Unfortunately, LENR’s real potential as a power source has not yet been demonstrated. We have only barely scratched the surface of this technology.