New Pentagon Report on LENR
An agency that advises the commanders of the United States military on future weapons technology issued a report that recommends more research into Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR). The Defense Threat Reduction Agency; or DTRA, issued a report entitled Investigation of Nano-Nuclear Reactions in Condensed Matter.
“The Pd/D co-deposition process has been shown to provide a reproducible means of manufacturing Pd-D nano-alloys that induce low energy nuclear reactions (LENRs),” the report states. Pd stands for palladium, a metal widely used in some LENR processes.
“We believe the two phenomena, LENR and high Tc (critical temperatures) superconductivity, are related and that both need to be investigated in order to gain an understanding of the processes occurring inside the Pd lattice,” the reported concluded.
DTRA’s purpose is to defend the United States from weapons of mass destruction. One of its major purposes is to eliminate nuclear weaponry. Another is to keep chemical, biological and nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists. DTRA does basic research at Fort Belvoir in Virginia near the Pentagon.
The report focuses on LENR research that was done at the US Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPWAR) in California. The purpose of that research was apparently to produce a new power source for the Navy’s torpedoes. It also mentions tests that were conducted at SRI (the Stanford Research Institute) in California.
There’s no evidence that DITRA is doing LENR research in the report. Nor does the report state whether DTRA thinks LENR is a potential weapon of mass destruction. It also appears that DTRA is not planning to use LENR for any purpose. Although a working high-temperature LENR device, would be an excellent means of disposing of chemical or biological weapons.
The report; prepared by Dr. Pamela A. Mosier-Boss of SPAWAR, Lawrence P.G. Forsley of JWK International (an engineering company that works with the Pentagon) and Dr. Patrick K. McDaniel of the University of New Mexico, looks like a briefing statement. It is approved for public and unlimited distribution.
The report does not mention Andrea Rossi or ecat and instead focuses on Palladium based LENR. Most of the present-day LENR efforts (including ecat and the Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project) involve the use of nickel which is a much cheaper metal. Since Palladium is considered a precious metal, its cost can be prohibitive.
Brillouin Thinks LENR is Commercially Viable
Interestingly enough the DITRA report appeared at the same time that Brillouin Energy Corp.; an LENR company associated with SRI released a new video. Brillouin’s process also uses Palladium. Brillouin has tested some of its technology at SRI.
The Director of the Physics Sciences Division at SRI International’s Energy Research Center; Michael C.H. McKubre serves on Brillouin’s Advisory Board. McKubre has done LENR research for another Pentagon entity; the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency or DARPA, in the past. DARPA develops new technologies for the US military.
The video is effectively a commercial for Brillouin and its technology. Brillouin is planning to market two products a wet boiler for home heating and a Hydrogen Hot Tube that will be used to make steam to generate electricity.
Brillouin claims that it can control the low energy reaction through its Q-Pulse technology. Q-Pulse starts and stops the reaction which could lead to LENR at the pulse of a button. Robert Godes, Brillouin’s Founder, President and Chief Technology Officer is the inventor of the Q-Pulse.
“It’s really clear that it’s possible to bring the technology to market,” Godes said in the video.
“What’s critical is to be able to control the reaction, to be able to turn it on, to be able to turn it off, that then makes something that can be commercial useful,” David Niebauer, Brillouin’s Vice President of Business Development and General Counsel boasted.
“We’ve developed an ability to control the reaction with our Q-Pulse technology,” Godes said.
From the remarks in the video it sounds as if Brillouin’s team thinks that LENR is commercially viable. One has to wonder if there is some connection between the DTRA report and Brillouin’s sudden hunger for publicity.