It is neither hot nor cold nuclear fusion, but a so-far-unexplained energy source that produces large amounts of excess heat with negligible amounts of radiation. NASA’s scientists Joseph Zawodny named it “neutron absorption process”, whatever that might mean.
In recent years, there has been a revival of interest in small and medium, possibly unconventional, and definitively cost-effective nuclear reactors that could solve the world’s energy crisis. Within our lifetimes the main sources of energy, such as oil and gas will become scarce and too expensive for commercial use. Coal deposits will also be depleted soon enough.
Renewable sources of energy, at this level of technological development, are insufficient to replace fossil fuels. Apart from hydroelectric and geothermal energy, other sources of renewable energy are not energy-efficient. Moreover, they have failed to reduce greenhouse gases.
Production of biofuels is especially harmful to us and all the life on earth. Along with the increase of staple food prices, water shortages, and environmental damage caused by the escalated production of biofuel crops (soil erosion, deforestation, and water pollution), biofuels are responsible for the unprecedented fertilizer price hyperinflation, which has additional damaging effects on the production of food.
All in all, generating power from the sun, the wind and the soil doesn’t seem a viable option for the future of our industrialized society.
Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) has caused much controversy in recent years. While being scrutinized by the wider scientific community for the lack of reasonable physics or chemistry explanation of the processes involved, it seems that the LENR phenomena closes in on a commercially viable product.
Andrea Rossi’s E-Cat devices (short for Energy Catalyzer) promise to generate cheap and green nuclear energy for home use. According to some previously published articles by Christopher Calder, one of the passionate advocates of LENR technology, E-Cats for home use could produce approximately 10 KW of energy, up to six times more energy than fed into them, and have a retail price of about $1, 500.
Last year, Rossi’s invention had been verified by a team of third-party researchers from three reputable European universities, from Sweden and Italy. Tested device produced 1.5 MW/h of energy, which is impossible to obtain by any kind of chemical reaction in such a small reactor. The tests, conducted at an independent laboratory in Lugano, Switzerland, showed isotopic changes on Nickel that has been used as a fuel for E-Cat, along with Hydrogen, and that such changes cannot occur without nuclear reaction. Interestingly enough, no radioactive materials have been used, nor there has been any evidence of the presence of radiation.
Quite recently, Prof Alexander Parkhomov of Lemonosov Moscow State University reported to have successfully replicated Rossi’s LENR reactor, which produces 2. 74 times more energy than it consumes.
The rumor has it that the US and Chinese governments, along with some big corporations and independent researchers, are also conducting their own LENR research. Now the race is on to bring commercial LENR devices to the marketplace. Such a power source would have the potential to change the world. Over time, all fossil fuels and other sources of energy would be abandoned and everything would be LENR powered.