BELOW: SPEAKERS THE ENERGY SOURCES
A radically new energy source—abundant, cheap, carbon-free, compact and clean—may change the world. Called LENR, it promises Planet Earth clean water, zero-emission vehicles with unlimited mileage, a solution to the climate crisis and much more.
(Read below) (videos here).
Another one, essentially well known, is hydrogen, releasing only clean water at combustion, but consuming energy when being produced. Now a revolutionary way of producing large quantities of hydrogen—carbon-free and environmentally friendly—has been developed, while also resolving the effectively hushed-up and complex global issue with poor recycling of aluminium cans (details further down).
At the New Energy World Symposium, holding its first session on June 18-19, 2018, in Stockholm, Sweden, high-profile speakers will address the disruptive implications that these distributed energy sources will have for industry, financial systems, and society (preliminary program and abstracts here).
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Author, science and technology journalist and international speaker. Lewan has been a senior staff writer at the Swedish technology weekly Ny Teknik for 15 years. In 2011 he was the only journalist in mainstream media to report regularly on the new energy source and in his book An Impossible Invention he tells the story of what he saw and learned behind the scenes. At the symposium, Lewan will be the moderator. He holds a MSc degree in Engineering Physics from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. (Photo: Juliana Wiklund).
Serial entrepreneur and full-time LENR researcher with a background in the pharmaceuticals, advertising, adult education, and finance industries. Greenyer holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Brunel University, London, UK, and he is a co-founder of Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project, MFMP—an international group that aims at creating repeatable and conclusive experiments within LENR, building its work on open science where results and methods are published in real time on the Internet.
Joris van der Schot
A former Royal Dutch Shell executive, van der Schot has spent most of his career working in the energy sector in roles spanning technology, strategy, operations and business development. Following a sabbatical year to pursue his wider interests in sustainable development and innovation, Joris put his personal energy into acquiring deep insights in Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR) technology and its potential for addressing some of humanity’s greatest challenges such as climate change. He currently consults with a family office regarding potential investments in this space and is involved in developing an abundant clean energy (X)Prize. He writes about his atypical energy-perspectives on LinkedIn from his home near Geneva, Switzerland.
Director of Lookingforheat.com and co-founder of the hydrogen power focused company Ecalox. Smith has over 50 years of experience in mechanical engineering, manufacturing, production engineering, industrial chemistry, and teaching. During the last decade, he has focused on building and supporting disruptive energy technologies. Lookingforheat.com is the world’s only supply store for cold fusion or LENR, while Ecalox has developed a carbon-free and environmentally friendly process for recycling aluminium cans, producing aluminium oxide, and yielding large amounts of hydrogen without net input of energy.
Author, journalist, and entrepreneur. Joss has been writing about technology worldwide for major media, primarily in the areas of computing, energy, and aviation. He has participated in the founding of a dozen high-tech startups in Silicon Valley. He is the author of a dozen books, fiction, and nonfiction.
Investor, entrepreneur, author, keynote speaker, and thought-leader of the global technology landscape. Orban is the Managing Partner of Network Society Ventures, a seed stage global venture investment firm, focusing on disruptive technology-based companies that are leading the transformation from the post-industrial age to the Network Society. He is a member of the Faculty of, and Advisor to the Singularity University, an interdisciplinary university whose mission is to assemble, educate and inspire leaders who strive to understand and facilitate the development of exponentially advancing technologies in order to address humanity’s grand challenges, and the Founder and Trustee of Network Society Research, a London based global think tank analysing the socio-economic consequences of decentralisation.
President of Energy Technology Consultants, and past Director of NASA’s NE Regional Technology Transfer Center. Dunn has over 35 years experience in a variety of high technology ventures, with companies from startups to Fortune 100 companies like IBM and Exxon. His technology specialty fields include Alternative and Renewable Energy, Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, Advanced Energy Storage techs., Solar PV technology, Free Energy devices, and LENR technology. In addition to being an inventor of the laptop, Dunn holds a number of patents in the battery and energy storage field and led the development of the World’s First manned Fuel Cell powered Electric Airplane, the ‘E-plane’.
Research Affiliate at The Energy Institute, The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Grimshaw currently works in energy policy, with emphasis on emerging energy technologies, particularly on cold fusion or LENR as a major potential source of energy. His policy work has covered both public support for LENR development and proactive planning for dealing with its disruptive impacts, both on the energy industry and on social systems that are closely tied to the energy infrastructure.
Serial entrepreneur with a background in financial services and banking. Currently CEO of Loudwater Estate Ltd, an event center in NW London, UK. Michell holds a BSc degree from Loughborough University (UK) in Chemistry and is the author of two books on decentralization, including Rossi’s E-Cat (2011). He is currently writing The decentralization of Finance. An early adopter of Bitcoin and a lecturer on crypto-currencies and decentralized finance, John is particularly interested in how decentralized energy systems such as LENR can support the security of crypto-currencies so that a truly distributed global financial system can emerge.
Prof. Stephen Bannister
Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Utah. Bannister is an economist specializing in the role of energy revolutions in causing industrial revolutions and the impact on economic and financial systems. He builds long-range models of economic activity, energy consumption, and consequent financial and environmental impacts.
Botanist and bionaut, David Gwynne-Evans, has identified over 100 plant species new to science for his botanical PhD. He is founder and CEO of CASABIO, The Home of Biodiversity. His aspirations include establishing the longest and most species-rich nature reserve in the world, developing radical new software that aims to revolutionize the way biodiversity is documented, and fostering the uptake of clean energy within Africa. This latter project, called ElecTrek, aims to be the first trans-Africa expedition in electric cars aided by promising new technologies including LENR.
Prof. David H. Bailey
Mathematician and computer scientist recently retired from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and currently a Research Fellow at the University of California, Davis. Bailey’s published work of nearly 300 technical papers and six books include studies in high-performance computing, computational mathematics, and mathematical finance. He operates the Math Scholar and Math Investor blogs and has authored articles on mathematics, computing, science and society for The Conversation and the Huffington Post.
Additional speakers will be announced.
The Energy Sources
LENR or Cold Fusion
(Also see the video section here).
Essentially the new energy source is an incredibly compact carbon-free heat generator, consuming minute amounts of harmless fuel.
The mechanism behind the new energy source has been called LENR or Cold Fusion, describable as a radiation-free reaction involving the atomic nucleus. Like nuclear reactions, it is carbon-free and hugely compact—the energy from one gram of fuel corresponds to the energy from burning tons of oil, meaning that the fuel for a car’s lifetime would fit in the palm of the hand. As opposed to known nuclear reactions, however, there’s no radiation, no hazardous fuel, and no radioactive waste. The fuel consists of common, abundant and harmless elements such as nickel, hydrogen, and lithium. Furthermore, the operating temperature is moderate, enabling small form factors and versatile applications.
Such an energy source—clean, abundant, cheap, compact and on-demand—would make oil, coal, gas and nuclear power obsolete and would permit cheap, clean energy to be distributed and just as available globally as information is today. Clean water for everyone is just one example of its immediate potential.
The physical process first received wide attention in 1989 when researchers Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons presented results that they described as cold fusion. Because their experiment was difficult to reproduce, the scientific community and media quickly labeled their results as imagination and pathological science. Yet a small group of researchers worldwide continued to study the phenomenon. Since then, clear observations of it have been made and published hundreds of times.
While those observations regarded reactions that were weak and difficult to reproduce, the Italian inventor Andrea Rossi made a breakthrough in 2011, demonstrating his so-called E-Cat technology, releasing kilowatts of heat in what seemed to be a stable, repeatable process. Since then Rossi has continued to develop the technology and in August 2015, he was granted a US patent.
This story is told by science and technology journalist Mats Lewan in his book An Impossible Invention.
[Disclaimer]: The New Energy World Symposium has no connection with Andrea Rossi or his company, and Mr. Rossi will not contribute as a speaker at the symposium.
In February 2015, Rossi started a one-year test of the technology with an industrial scale heat plant producing one megawatt of thermal power—the average consumption of about 300 Western households, including electricity, space heating, water heating and air conditioning. The test was completed on February 17, 2016. An independent expert who controlled the test delivered a report confirming the energy production and the validity of the test.
Unfortunately, a litigation between Rossi and his U.S. licensee Industrial Heat, IH, slowed down the development of the E-Cat, but a settlement agreement was reached in July 2017, forcing IH to return its license. During the litigation, IH claimed that neither the report, nor the test was valid, but no conclusive proof for this was ever produced.
Meanwhile, Andrea Rossi continued to develop the third generation of his reactor, the E-Cat QX, which was demoed on November 24, 2017, in Stockholm, Sweden. Andrea Rossi has now signed an agreement with a yet undisclosed industrial partner for funding an industrialization of the heat generator, initially aiming at industrial applications.
The E-Cat reaction has also been replicated by others. In March 2017, the Japanese car manufacturer Nissan reported such a replication.
A few pioneering companies are developing similar technologies, among them Brilliant Light Power, Brillouin Energy and Unified Gravity Corporation, while individual researchers and research groups such as Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project have been reporting progress in the field.
A widely accepted theory describing the physics behind the reaction has been and is still lacking. On the other hand, scientific discovery has always been based on observations, and whenever certain observations wouldn’t fit existing theory new theories explaining those observations were formulated. In this case, observations are undeniable, and the difficult work of formulating a valid theory describing the phenomenon is ongoing.
Many researchers in the field believe that such a theory could open radically new aspects on our understanding of matter and energy, paving the way for applications beyond energy, such as remediation of nuclear waste.
Current news on the technology progress in this field can be found at E-Cat World.
For those interested in the present status of scientific research on LENR, a good start is a special section dedicated to the field in the Indian journal Current Science from February 2015. More than 1,000 original scientific papers on cold fusion can also be found at the online library LENR-CANR.org.
The main conference on the scientific aspects of LENR is ICCF, which will hold its 21st session on June 3-8, 2018, in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA.
A new abundant carbon-free hydrogen source
Burning hydrogen releases only pure water, and the many benefits of the ‘hydrogen economy’ have been touted for decades, but it remains elusive. Both hydrogen vehicles and hydrogen fuel cells are sometimes deployed, but the lack of a low-cost hydrogen supply has limited their use to too few subsidized and often short-lived projects. This is because there is a chicken-and-egg problem—too few users mean no availability of cheap hydrogen, and expensive hydrogen means there is no incentive to grow a market for technologies that use it.
Now, after years of investigation and laboratory experiments, a new process called the Hydrogen Mine has been developed—bench testing of small systems is approaching completion and a pilot plant is at the design stage. The process, which is carbon-free, immediately profitable, environmentally friendly, and has no net consumption of energy uses aluminium cans as a raw material. In this way, it also solves a worldwide hushed-up issue with aluminium recycling and creates a real alternative for those communities currently dumping them.
As with many other materials that are recycled, the official statistics for aluminium recycling have poor consistency with reality. While statistically up to 50% or even 60% of all beverage cans may be collected, even in ‘best practice’ countries at least 40% of all cans end up in regulated or unregulated landfills, and most of the rest end up in long-term storage, and may be exported or dumped at some later date. The real recycling rate globally is nearer to 15%.
The reasons for this are many, ranging from long distance road haulage of cans not being cost-efficient, to highly toxic fume emissions from small-scale local recycling smelters, and low value of the recycled metal because of carbon and other contaminants.
In contrast, the Hydrogen Mine process solves the recycling problem, while also producing hydrogen, tapping into an estimated global stockpile of crushed cans between 3 and 5 million tons. It uses a proprietary aluminum oxidation catalyst, water, shredded cans, and nothing else—no acids, no solvents, nothing toxic—and produces high-grade aluminum oxide and pure hydrogen.
The production of aluminium oxide—or aloxite—is another advantage. Aloxite is used in many industries, and every ton produced in a traditional way releases 8 tons of CO2, 3 tons of ‘red mud’, which is basically a contaminated waste product and thousands of gallons of polluted water. It also pretty much destroys a few square meters of (usually) virgin land.
The Hydrogen Mine has none of these side effects, and it is readily scalable up to a continuous hydrogen energy output of 5MW.
The process and its potential implications will be presented and discussed at the New Energy World Symposium by Alan Smith, co-founder of the company Ecalox.
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