LENR Theories Reaching Critical Mass?

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I continue to watch the low-energy nuclear reaction (LENR) scene with hopeful skepticism. Recent breakthroughs in understanding the physics behind LENR are helping scientists recreate the effect and more fully take advantage of the reactions that cause the excess heat.

Brillouine Energy, led by Dr. Godes, provided one of the keys to the recent acceleration of LENR concepts. Dr. Godes theorized that the excess heat is caused by an accumulation of Hydrogen on a metallic lattice (usually Nickel) and are converted to Helium. The excess heat is simply the result of the the chemical reaction that is taking place. To quote Godes in a recent interview:

“A tiny amount of hydrogen protons are converted into neutrons. These newly produced neutrons are soon captured by hydrogen ions or other atoms in a metallic (e.g. nickel) lattice near to where the hydrogen ions were converted to neutrons. The captured neutrons generate heat because the new atoms that are one neutron heavier shed excess binding energy as heat to the lattice, resulting in a dramatically clean, low-cost, hi-quality heat output.”

While that explanation didn’t help me all that much, here’s a short video of the process being explained that connected some dots:

MIT Makes it Work

Even more recently is an experiment performed by MIT’s Peter Hagelstein and Jet Energy’s Mitchell Swartz. They used the same theories set forth by Godes to produce their own version of a LENR device.

What’s exciting about this project is that it has been running for 6 months in public by a reputable team at a respected academic institution. This gives the theory all the more credibility and will hopefully open the door for further study and some funding.

The energy produced by the MIT project was only about 14 times more than what was put into the system, which is considerably less impressive than what Rossi and others claim to be able to produce. But this is still considerably more energy produced than put into the system.

What Next?

Because the MIT design is built using the same theories upon which Godes has proposed LENR functions, I think it’s time for mainstream academia to accept that it’s time to go to work putting these hypotheses to test.

One of the major problems with LENR in the past is that there was no explanation for why it worked. Now that we have theories that are being applied, there’s just no excuse to auto-reject the phenomenon. We have a working theory that explains LENR, so let’s prove it!