There’s nothing that focuses the mind of the average person on the topic of energy more than seeing one’s daily expenditures on energy spike to ever higher levels. Many people don’t pay attention to commodity markets, except when it comes to gasoline and diesel prices, since this is a commodity whose price is constantly on display the world over, and filling up the car with record high fuel prices in some places can be an experience that focuses the mind on energy problem. The cost of gasoline is turning out to become a major issue in this year’s US presidential race, and it may be that the election will be determined by candidates’ position on energy.
We hear a lot in the news these days about wind, solar, natural gas and nuclear power as being alternatives to oil — but not too much about LENR. It rarely comes up in the conversation about energy solutions. But if there were some major breaking news that put LENR in a positive light — and made it seem to be a viable energy source (even if that were to be in the future) would there be any real effect on world markets.
We have concentrated on this site on news surrounding Andrea Rossi’s E-Cat technology, but there are others working in the LENR field who may carry more influence with certain audiences, especially in academia — where there is a tendencies to distrust information coming from commercial entities working in secret. One player in this LENR field is Dr. George Miley, affiliate professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who is scheduled to give a presentation titled ““A Game-Changing Power Source Based on Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENRs)” on March 23 at the Emerging Technologies for Space conference in The Woodlands, Texas.
Miley has already published an abstract of his presentation, the introduction to which reads:
“Excess heat generation from our gas-loading LENR power cell (Figure 1) has been verified, confirming nuclear reactions provide output energy. While there are
similarities between ours and the Rossi E-Cat gasloaded kW-MW LENR cells that have attracted international attention, there are important differences in
nanoparticle composition and cell construction. Our experiment has established a remarkable proof-of-principle power unit at ca. 350W/kg under room temperature when using deuterium (D2) gas (H2 can also be employed) with Pd rich nanoparticles, producing 1479J heat, well above the maximum exothermal energy (690J) possible from all conceivable chemical reactions.
So we have someone working in the academic field who, in the academic tradition (unlike Rossi), is subjecting his research to outside scrutiny, stating that a low energy nuclear reaction can be achieved that can produce useful power. Miley has a goal is to use his technology in a thermoelectric cell that powers NASA space probes as an early application. Below is a video of George Miley discussing his technology at the recent 2011 World Green Energy Symposium held in October 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Miley starts speaking at around 5:00)
Whether a presentation by a rather unknown professor at a conference about space would spark interest in LENR as a viable energy field remains to be seen — but it could prove to be part of a cumulative effect that indicates that there is another alternative source of energy available that can over time become a major player in the energy markets of the world.