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.
Andrea Rossi is now accusing Tom Darden’s Industrial Heat of trying to sell his own e-cat low nuclear reaction (LENR) technology back to him.
“As usual, the guys of Industrial Heat (IH) are ready to sell what they do not own; now they are offering us to buy back our license, the license that they do not have anymore,” Rossi wrote at his blog on June 23, 2016, “I wonder if they will try to sell the Coliseum of Rome as well. IH has no more any license related to our IP (intellectual property); and whomever is interested to us in North America, Central America, South America, Russia, China, Saudi Arabia and Emirates must contact exclusively.”
Rossi’s company; Leonardo Corporation, terminated Industrial Heat’s license to market the ecat technology on June 2, 2016, a press release indicates. Therefore we have to wonder what Industrial Heat is up to.
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:
The latest version of Andrea Rossi’s e-cat low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) device could produce electricity without mechanical means. The inventor himself made that claim on his blog on December 26, 2015.
“Here is the big news: yes, the E-Cat X produces directly electric power,” Rossi wrote to a correspondent named James Watt. “We are working to harness and make it work.”
What this means is that the E-Cat X works more like a fuel cell than a generator. Most electricity is made by generators where an engine or a turbine turns a generator that makes the electricity. In fuel cells like the ones now available in cars such as the Toyota Mirai, electricity is produced directly by an electrochemical reaction.
This is exciting news because it could greatly reduce the size, cost and complexity of the devices. Instead of having two devices a reactor to make heat and steam and a turbine to make electricity there would be just one device. That would lower production costs and maintenance costs because there would be less that could go wrong.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.