Recent Advances Show that LENR is not Free Energy
If the free energy enthusiasts take a look at the recent advances in the field of low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) research and development they are going to be very disappointed. Recent revelations from cold fusion researchers such as Francesco Celani, Andrea Rossi and the Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project demonstrate that LENR is far from free.
The LENR reactor that Francesco Celani has publicly demonstrated and that the Fleischmann project associated researchers at the Hunt Utilities Group are working with reportedly requires a large jolt of electricity to produce a reaction. That means a person relying on a device based on that technology would need a source of electricity independent of the LENR device in order to start the LENR device.
The most logical place to get that electricity would be from the electrical grid. So a person would still have to pay for at least some electricity to start the LENR device. If there was no grid connection you would need some other source of electricity probably a diesel or propane generator. You would have to pay for generator and for the diesel fuel or the propane.
It might be possible to use solar panels or a wind turbine to generate the power needed to start the LENR device. Contrary to popular belief solar or wind generated electricity isn’t free either because somebody has to pay for the solar panels or the wind turbine. The infrastructure needed to connect the turbine to the LENR device and batteries needed to store electricity are not free either.
Streaming video of Andrea Rossi’s Leonardo Corporation facility in Bologna shows that there is a large diesel generator sitting right outside his workshop. If don’t believe me take a look at the video above. So his ecat device apparently faces some of the same constraints as the Celani process.
More recently Rossi has stated that he is developing a gas fired hot ecat unit. Gas like electricity costs money. The most likely gas used would be natural gas or propane (LPG) both of which are cheap and readily available. The ecat user would obviously have to pay for this gas. Propane currently costs around $2.80 a gallon in the United States according to the US Energy Information Agency (EIA).
Some free energy promoters have claimed that you could use the electricity produced with an LENR generator to make hydrogen gas from water to power the device. Yes that it is possible but the equipment needed to make the hydrogen costs money. So I might add may the water. You may also need to pump the water to the device which requires energy probably electricity. Another problem comes up is how do you get the electricity to make the gas if the LENR generator hasn’t started yet? The most likely place would be from a generator or a battery?
Get the picture folks? To produce a low energy nuclear reaction you need a specific amount of energy in the first place. To create that energy you will have to spend some money. Just as there is no such thing as a free lunch there is no such as free LENR or free energy of any kind.
Instead there is cheap or cheaper energy. LENR has the potential to greatly reduce energy costs but it will never create any sort of free energy. Those who utilize it will have to spend some money to produce the LENR effect. Instead the most likely scenario is that LENR will reduce energy costs by 20-33%. That savings might increase as we get better at building LENR devices.
No we will probably never get free energy from LENR or even nearly free energy. On the other hand I like the idea of a 33% drop in my electric or heating bill. I certainly won’t complain about it although I have a feeling that the free energy folks will.
One final thought here we should be thankful that LENR is not free energy. If LENR were truly free energy there would be no way for Andrea Rossi, Brillouin, Defkalion, Kressen, Celani, Pinatelli etc. to make any money from it. I doubt they would be working on it if they thought they would never make money from it. Nor would anybody be willing to invest in LENR if it were free. Would you buy an investment that didn’t make money? Of course not. Even if they wanted to be benefactors of humanity, LENR developers would still have to pay the bills. So there would no money to pay for “free energy” research. Perhaps it is good that some fantasies stay fantasies.