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Some Stories you May Have missed

Here is a roundup of stories from around the world of Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) and technology you may have missed.

 

Airbus's gigantic A380 airliner. A flying hotel.

 

 

Airbus Reportedly Interested in LENR

A French scientist named Jean-François Geneste claims that the giant European aerospace company Airbus Group is interested in LENR, New Energy Times reported in January. Geneste who is apparently an aeronautical engineer claimed to be Airbus’s Chief Scientist works with Airbus Group Innovations a sort of think tank connected to the company.

“The title of Mr. Geneste is VP Chief Scientist,” Christine (Eirainer) Manderscheid wrote in an email to New Energy Times. Airbus refused to say if it was actually working on LENR.

 

The Airbus A400 military transport plane.

 

 

Geneste made several claims about LENR and Airbus at a conference organized by a Swiss businessman Michel Vandenberghe at Oxford University’s Magdalen College in England, New Energy Times’ Steven B. Krivit reported. Vandenberghe is the man behind LENR-Cities a startup which has vague plans to develop LENR.

E-Cat Replications Spread, Chinese Government could be working on LENR

The number of efforts to replicate Andrea Rossi’s e-cat low energy nuclear reaction or LENR process is increasing. One of the most interesting experiments was carried out by a scientist at one of China’s top government research organizations.

The mysterious Me356 LENR experiment courtesy E-cat World

A number of websites are reporting that a mysterious individual or organization only called Me356 is trying to replicate Rossi’s hot e-cat device. E-catworld.com compared the efforts to those of Russian physicist Alexander G. Parkohomov who announced that he had replicated the hot e-cat in December. Unfortunately we do not know who or what Me356 is and where the experiment is taking place. Nor do we know where it is located.

My guess is that it might be going on at some sort of university or government laboratory perhaps at an institution where administrators oppose the idea of “cold fusion” research. The researchers are out to verify LENR but they do not want others to know they are until they have some results. They may also be keeping the work secret so they can patent it or sell it and cash in on the device they create.

How LENR could Transform Civilization

Sometimes writers like everybody else misses the big picture because we are too busy concentrating on mundane day to day events. A lot of us who cover low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) tend to do that when we concentrate our coverage on the latest announcement from an inventor, gatherings of professionals or worse internet rumors and ignore the consequences of what we write about.

I must confess that I am just guilty of this practice as anybody else, so I will use a little history lesson to remind us of why LENR or cold fusion could be important. Basically LENR has the potential to transform our entire civilization.

If you look back at the major developments in human history over the past few centuries you will find that new sources of energy were the cause of the greatest changes. A few examples of these transformations include:

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.

 

More Details of Russian e-cat Replication Available

Many more details of Russian scientist Dr. Alexander Parkhomov’s efforts to replicate Andrea Rossi’s hot e-cat low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) technology are available courtesy of our friends at the Martin Flesichmann Memorial Project.

Some of the instruments in Alexander Parkhomov’s laboratory at Moscow's People's Friendship University

Project representative Bob Greenyer visited Parkhomov’s laboratory at the People’s Friendship University in Moscow to examine his reactor. Greenyer posted some intriguing data about the device on the Project’s Facebook page including a number of fascinating pictures.

Some of the most interesting data about Parkhomov’s work Greenyer reported includes:

  • The device reached a temperature of around 1290 degrees Celsius around 2354 degrees Fahrenheit for my fellow Americans.

 

  • The device might be able to reach temperatures as high as 1400 degrees Celsius or 2552 degrees Fahrenheit.

Parkohomov's LENR reactor in action.

  • Parkohomov has achieved results similar to those that Rossi’s team achieved in their test at Lugano, Switzerland in October, 2014.

 

A few Important Energy Stories that You Need to See

There have been a few important developments in the world of energy that everybody needs to be aware of. The energy industry has become more unstable than ever even without the appearance of disruptive technologies like low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) and it looks like it is about to get worse.

Construction of Elon Musk's Gigafactory is well under way.

The biggest story is that the collapse in oil prices is destabilizing many countries including Russia and Venezuela. News stories indicate that super market shelves in Venezuela are empty because the government cannot pay for food imports and that nation’s president is frantically traveling around the world begging for loans and foreign aid to keep his country’s economy functioning. Venezuela’s economy is totally dependent on oil exports, take away the oil exports and the result is depression.

An Exciting Time for LENR

It is a rather interesting and very exciting time for low energy nuclear reaction (LENR). Perhaps the most exciting developments are the attempts to replicate and perhaps improve upon Andrea Rossi’s Lugarno demonstration of his ecat technology.

Jack Cole who is described as a hobbyist reported that he has succeeded in achieving some sort of reaction with a mixture of nickel, hydrogen and a special lime based ceramic powder, the LENR-Coldfusion.com website reported. Cole reported that his experiment created 10.6 watts of excess heat. Cole was hoping to produce LENR without the use of lithium a volatile and potentially flammable substance.

This is supposed to be a picture of Jack Cole's latest low energy nuclear reaction.

Like Alexander Parkhomov Cole was apparently trying to replicate Rossi’s Lugarno experiment. Unfortunately I don’t know that much more about Cole or his efforts.

The Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project is attempting to do much the same thing with their Project Dog Bone. Updates about that effort are regularly posted on the Project’s Facebook page.

How a Technology Develops

The best way to predict how the commercialization and adoption of low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) could occur is to examine how other technologies were adopted in the past. Then to identify the patterns by which they were adopted it. In other words we need to take a look at history.

Thomas Edison an inventor who changed history.

History does not exactly repeat itself but it often operates in similar patterns. These patterns sometimes produce different results but they are similar. A pattern for technological development, commercialization and adoption based on past technological progress can be discerned. Here are the highlights of such a pattern:

2014: The Year in Cold Fusion

2014 turned out to be a really exciting year in low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) or cold fusion even if we didn’t get the breakthrough we wanted. The field made progress and took some surprising twists and turns.

The biggest and most important LENR story of the year had to be the entry of the American private equity firm Cherokee Partners into the cold fusion area. Cherokee purchased the rights to Andrea Rossi’s e-cat LENR device for $11 million and set up a company called Industrial Heat LLC to manage it.

This story is important because it shows that serious investors are interested in LENR and willing to put money into it. Hopefully many other investors will follow Cherokee’s Tom Darden into the field.

So far Industrial Heat has not unveiled a practical LENR device yet but it does seem to be laying a good ground work for commercialization. Hopefully they’ll unveil something in 2015.

Energy Glut is changing the World

The world is facing something that most of us would have thought impossible just a few years ago – an energy glut. That will have big implications for cutting edge power sources such as Low Energy Nuclear Reaction or LENR as well as the established energy conglomerates.

One impact you’re probably already seeing is at your local gas station. Various sources are reporting that regular unleaded gasoline is now selling for under $2 a gallon around or around 66¢ a liter in some parts of the American Midwest. This is driving up US retail sales, the wholesale club Costco, now America’s second largest retailer; reported that its sales increased by 7% in November.

This is sure to fuel economic growth in the United States and countries that sell to the USA such as China. It’s also sure to hurt countries that depend on oil imports such as Russia where the Ruble is collapsing and Venezuela. One side effect of falling oil prices is that Venezuela can no longer afford to support the Castro brothers’ revolutionary fantasy in Cuba. The Venezuelans were propping up Cuba with their oil money but now they are broke.