July 30, 2010
Issue #35


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1. Taking a New Look at LENR

By Steven B. Krivit

Many people, institutions and organizations around the world are beginning to take a new look at low-energy nuclear reaction research.

Cynthia Lundgren, chief of the electrochemistry branch in the sensors and electron devices directorate of the Army Research Laboratory, is one such person. Lundgren recently invited LENR researchers to come and brief the Army on the subject on June 29, 2010, in Adelphi, Maryland.

Borrowing from the text in the Nov. 13, 2009 Defense Intelligence Agency Technology Forecast, she recognized the importance of LENR:

If nuclear reactions in LENR experiments are real and controllable, DIA assesses that whoever produces the first commercialized LENR power source could revolutionize energy production and storage for the future. The potential applications of this phenomenon, if commercialized, are unlimited. LENR could serve as a power source for batteries that could last for decades, providing power for electricity, sensors, military operations, and other applications in remote areas, including space.

Lundgren set two goals for the LENR workshop: "assess the current state of art and develop a strategy about moving forward." She also wanted to "better understand the following: What are the major (showstopper) questions about LENR for DoD? Are reactions repeatable? What's the metallurgy? What appears to be the shortest route to the greatest benefit for DoD?"

The slide presentations from the LENR researchers provided limited answers to these questions. This New Energy Times special report, under development for several months, will provide more in-depth answers to the many questions that readers have on this subject.

This special report was designed to provide the most crucial information to understand the current issues of the broader LENR field and, to some extent, the underlying science of LENR.

For broad reviews of the science, I recommend my peer-reviewed Elsevier encyclopedia articles "Cold Fusion – Precursor to Low-Energy Nuclear Reactions" and "Cold Fusion History." Elsevier permits me to send copies of my chapters to individuals on request.

An additional resource is "A New Look at Low-Energy Nuclear Reaction Research," an invited, peer-reviewed article I wrote (edited by Jan Marwan) for the Journal of Environmental Monitoring. There is a peer-reviewed response from Kirk Shanahan, a researcher at the U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory at Savannah River, and an informal response from me to Shanahan. In the future, there may be a formal response to Shanahan from Marwan.


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