Germany might become the first of the major powers to abolish use of the internal combustion engine. The Bundesrat; an upper house of Germany’s parliament that represents state governments recommended that the country get rid of diesel and gasoline-powered vehicles by 2030.
The action is not binding but it is surprising and important because Germany is the nation where the internal combustion engine and the automobile were invented. Carl Benz patented a gasoline engine in the country in 1879 and a gas-burning automobile in 1886. The company he founded Benz, still exists as Mercedes Benz, part of Daimler AG, one of Germany’s big three automobile makers.
Autos are big business in Germany; Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW are three of the most important companies in the country. All three are leaders in the drive to put electric-powered cars on the road.
If Germany were to go electric it would certainly provide impetus for other nations like the United States to follow. This move also makes research into next generation power sources like low energy nuclear reaction even more important.
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 Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project (MFMP) has achieved an important milestone. The open-sourced research effort has entered into a joint venture with the Center for Nanotechnology at Aarhus University in Denmark to study low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) technology, a post on the project’s Facebook page indicates.
The Center is a serious effort operated in conjunction with the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center. That organization collaborates with researchers at Harvard, North Carolina State University –Raleigh and Arizona State University in the United States. Note there’s no indication those institutions will be involved with the LENR research.
This step is important because it means that MFMP’s research will be studied by researchers and students at a modern, well-funded research university. The work with the Fleischmann Project is part of Aarhus’s Live Open Science initiative.
Among other things it means that the MFMP will share data with Aarhus researchers and the project will receive some funding from Aarhus starting in September. Aarhus is regarded as a leading center for nanotechnology research.
The age of the electric car is now here thanks to Elon Musk and Tesla. That will mean greater demand for electricity than ever before and more need of new methods of generating power like Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR).
Tesla has installed hundreds of its superchargers; or filling stations for electric cars, throughout the United States and Canada. The chargers are found in almost all the big cities, and some pretty remote locations such as Blanding, Utah, Perry Oklahoma, Sulphur Springs, Texas, Red Deer, Alberta, Sheridan, Wyoming, Ritzville, Washington, and Farmington New Mexico.
The idea behind the chargers is to allow people to drive across the US or Canada in an electric car. Another reason for the chargers is to dispel one of the major objections to electric vehicles; the inability to drive long distances, which is one of the reasons for owning a car in the first place.
The long-rumored ecat factory could soon become a reality in Sweden. Rossi and his partners at Hydrofusion; the Northern European licensee for his low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) technology, made an offer on a factory in Sweden.
Rossi toured the 10,000 square meter factory and made a $3 million (€2.68 million) to $5 million (€4.47 million) offer to buy it during the week of May 9, 2016, Mats Lewan reported at his An Impossible Invention Blog. The facility will apparently be used to produce Rossi’s Quark X ecat device with robotic technology from the Swiss company ABB Group.
Rossi told Lewan that the factory could produce up to 500,000 items (presumably ecats) a year once it reaches full production. Lewan seems to think that will occur next year.
The Swedish tech journalist also supplied some details about the Quark X ecat including:
Andrea Rossi is apparently planning to unveil a new smaller version of his e-cat low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) device. As usual Rossi s is not revealing much about the device which he called the E-Cat X/QuarkX.
He did make this statement in a March 20 blog post: “The Hot Cat is evolved into the E-Cat QuarkX. So far. F8, F9.” That seems to indicate that the QuarkX is actually simply the latest version of the hot e-cat technology Rossi and his team have been working on for a long time.
Above is concept art of what e-cat might look like created by Daniel Badoul courtesy ecat.com.
One possibility might be that QuarkX is simply the commercial version of the E-Cat X, which is presumably the 10th version of e-cat that Rossi has built. “EcatX is evolved into QuarkX. Is the same thing, evolved.”
Our friends over at the Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project (MFMP) claim to have achieved a Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) or cold fusion effect. To add icing to the cake they have sent out an email containing what appears to be the formula they used.
Here is the claim they made in the email dated February 23, 2016:
“Around the beginning of the month we saw what appeared to be up to a COP (Coefficient of Power) of 1.2, not earth shattering, but sustained and robust and in line with both observations by others and the Lugano report when adjusted for correct emissivity. Over the next weeks we tried various bookend calibrations which supported this finding.”
“We have said that only two paths would satisfy us:”
The Martin Fleischman Memorial Project (MFMP) has received more of the the wires that are at the heart of Francesco Celani’s low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) devices. The electrically heated and chemically treated wires form the basis of Celani’s cells.
The MFMP is hoping to detect excess heat in them and achieve a low energy nuclear reaction. This can apparently be detected by gamma ray emissions. The project is using an approach it calls live open science in which it shares all the information it has with everybody in order to achieve more wide spread results. The project has had some setbacks lately dealing with choppy and erroneous data that forced its members to rerun some experiments in France.
The race to develop hot fusion is also heating up. World Nuclear News reported that the German Wendelstein 7-X reactor passed its first test by producing hot plasma for the first time on February 4, Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel started the experiment by pushing a button. This could be first step to making enough plasma for a sustained fusion reaction.
It will be hard for a lot of people to believe but energy prices around the globe are in freefall. Some types of crude oil are now so worthless that producers in the United States are paying to have them hauled away.
Oil prices are collapsing because the only way that countries like Saudi Arabia, Russia, Venezuela and Iran can pay their bills is to sell off oil at whatever price they can get. This has effectively broken the back of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries or OPEC - the cartel of oil-pumping countries that once had a stranglehold on the world’s economy.
One reason why OPEC has lost its power is that countries outside such as Russia and the United States can now export as much or more oil than it can. Even if OPEC raises the price all America or Russia needs to do to pull the rug out from under it is to turn up the pump and flood the market with cheap oil.
Fusion of both the hot and cold varieties is suddenly very hot in the world of technology. Some of the biggest names in the technology businesses are investing big money in various fusion schemes, Fortune reported.
Some of the most noticeable names and investments in fusion include: