Criteria for a Successful LENR Device

With several companies claiming to be developing low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) devices many of us are probably wondering what criteria a successful LENR or cold fusion device would have to meet. Several different sets of criteria have been suggested some of which don’t appear that useful.

Simply creating a low energy nuclear reaction isn’t good enough. That’s been done thousands perhaps tens of thousands of times since Pons and Fleischman started work in 1989. The reaction is only the beginning and the easy part. At this point simply creating a cold fusion reaction is an interesting science experiment not a technological breakthrough.

Instead I would have two criteria for the device to meet:

I.        It would have to operate continuously for several weeks or several months straight. By continuous operation I mean 24 hours a day seven days a week. If this device is going to a reliable source of heat and energy it will have to operate on a constant basis.



II.        The LENR device would have to generate high temperatures on a constant basis. By high temperatures I mean around 600 degrees Celsius which is hot enough to create large amounts of steam. That way it could power turbines or enough hot air to operate a jet turbine or a Stirling engine.

There would be a third requirement that’s almost as important. You would have to be able to easily control the device to turn it on and off adjust the temperature, although that would be fairly easy to achieve with modern computer technology. It might not be possible to achieve the first two criteria without achieving this.

So far there’s no evidence that any of the LENR inventors have achieved these goals. The closest would be the NANOR device created by Dr. Mitchell Swartz of Jet Energy Inc. That device has apparently been operating continuously at Peter Hagelstein’s lab at MIT for about six months according to reports. Unfortunately it doesn’t appear to have generated large amounts of heat.

Brillouin, Defkalion and Andrea Rossi claim to have achieved similar results but they’re understandably keeping a lid on their developments in order to protect intellectual property rights. Although sooner or later all three of them are going to have to come out and demonstrate a working device or they’ll be shown up as charlatans.

This is supposed to be Professor Piantelli's LENR experiment

Once a device achieves these criteria the LENR revolution will have begun. LENR will be just too cheap and clean a source of energy to ignore. Businessmen, inventors, investors and venture capitalists will beat a path to the inventor’s door with checkbooks in hand. Big business will quickly adopt LENR because of the vast savings it generates.

In business efficiency equals money so almost all corporate executives will see LENR as more profit and try to hook it up everywhere much as they did with computers. Now it’ll obviously take years or decades to figure out how to use it but the incentive to use it will just be too great.

The biggest resistance will come from bureaucratic and scientific elites that have a hard time grasping the concept of cold fusion. My guess is that twenty years from now that the average physicist who denounces LENR today will be sitting in an office in a building heated by an LENR unit using a computer powered by electricity generated by an LENR turbine to write his latest paper denouncing the “cold fusion cranks.” The same physicist will probably own large amounts of stock in several LENR companies because they are a good investment.


4 Responses to Criteria for a Successful LENR Device

  • psi says:

    Nice sounding prophecy. The physicist’s hell may be having to realize how wrong you were when you made those air-brained denunciations of ideas you failed to understand and experiments you would not make because they were so ridiculous.

  • robiD says:

    In 1994 Piantelli claimed that two cells produced excess heat for 278 days and 319 days with an excess of power of about 70 Watts (with 29W of power supplied).
    In the latest experiments Piantelli always reports a duration greater than 200 days with a power near to 100W. In many cases the cells reach the self sustained functioning, but this condition is not always repeatable.

  • Hi Jennifer,
    As I’ve been doing the weekly LENR compilation at PESN, pulling from your stories at ColdFusion3 and EnergyCatalyzer3, I’ve been puzzled at how you determine which article to post where. It seems that you consistently put general cold fusion articles on the EnergyCatalyzer3 site, which name implies the Rossi E-Cat, and you post E-Cat stories at ColdFusion3. I would think you should do the opposite to be consistent with the nomenclature of the site name.

    Keep up the great work.


  • jennifer says:

    Hi Allan, at this moment the amount of information and news regarding Rossi E-cat is so prevalent that sometime we decide to post news of the E-cat also here. However I appreciate your advice and will try to stick more to “generic” cold fusion news here (when available).