Airbus files for LENR Patents, Tesla builds Battery Farms

The gigantic European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has filed two more U.S. patent applications for low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) processes.

U.S. Patent application 20170025191 filed on March 15, 2016, is for a “Material arrangement for fusion reactor and method for producing the same.” It mentions “A material arrangement for a fusion reactor comprising at least one material which is configured as a foam-like carrier material for condensable binding and fusing of hydrogen.”

That sure sounds like LENR or cold fusion to me. The process was invented by Bernhard Kotzias of Bremen, Germany. The material described might be something like Andrea Rossi’s “secret sauce” the catalyst that supposedly makes his e-cat LENR device work.

U.S. Patent Application: 20170022055 was for a “METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING AND FOR FUSING ULTRA-DENSE HYDROGEN.” It too was invented by Bernhard Kotzias. That too sounds like some sort of LENR utilizing hydrogen; most of the LENR devices such as the ecat and the Brillouin Hot Rube utilize nickel and hydrogen.

There’s no word on whether Airbus is investing any money to develop this technology but this is fascinating. Thanks to our friends at e-cat world for pointing these patents out to us.

Fleischman Project testing LENR theories

One of the biggest roadblocks facing LENR is the lack of a theory to explain the phenomenon. The Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project (MFMP) is attempting to rectify that with its latest round of “glowstick” LENR tests. The glowstick is the hot LENR device that the open sourced researchers have been playing with for some time.

The Project is putting the LENR theories of Francessco Piantelli, Brillouin’s Robert Godes and others to the test to see if they can produce results, a post at its Facebook page indicates. Hopefully this will tell us if these theories are valid or not. Interestingly enough these tests will be done in Santa Cruz, California, a post on the Project’s Facebook page indicates.

Tesla Goes into the Battery Farming Business

Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA) has gone into the battery-farming business in California. It and two other companies, AES and Altgas Limited have built the three largest battery storage facilities in the world in Southern California.

The plants will use lithium-ion batteries to provide backup electricity for the grid in the Los Angeles area, Bloomberg Technology reported. The batteries are manufactured at Tesla’s massive gigafactory in Storey County, Nevada.

The projects were commissioned after a natural gas leak at Southern California Edison’s Aliso Canyon storage facility last year nearly caused blackouts. Batteries are being used to provide backup because their cost is falling. The cost of a lithium ion battery in 2016 was less than half of what it was just three years earlier, according to Bloomberg.

Tesla’s production capabilities are now impressive it built the world’s largest battery facility in just three months. That alone indicates Elon Musk’s gamble on the gigafactory. The energy business is changing dramatically before our eyes.