The European Union’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation has published a 2012 document entitled “Industrial Technologies Material Unit Forward Looking Workshop on Materials for Emerging Energy Technologies” which identifies, summarizes, and evaluates a number of potentially useful energy technologies, and makes recommendations about them to the European Commission. The document was the product of a workshop held on October 28, 2011 in Brussels, Belgium with the purpose of identifying low-carbon energy solutions that could enter into the marketplace by 2050.
One section of the document (3.4) deals with Low Energy Nuclear Reactions in Condensed Matter. Surprisingly, the section starts out with a definition of the Fleischmann and Pons (FPE) and states without a hint of irony or qualification:
The Fleischmann and Pons Effect (FPE) is the production of large amounts of heat, which could not be attributed to chemical reactions, during electrochemicalloading of palladium cathodes with deuterium. Energy densities measured during excess of power are tens, hundreds, and even thousands times larger than the maximum energy associated to any known chemical process. On the basis of the present status of knowledge the large amount of energy may be ascribed to a nuclear process only . . .
The most intriguing feature of the phenomenon is the substantial lack of the expected nuclear emissions associated with the excess of power production ascribed to a deuteriumdeuterium nuclear fusion process.
Following a fairly detailed technical discussion of the FPE the section concludes with recommendations that LENR be a topic of future discussion and research, saying that LENR has “unlimited and sustainable future energy technology potential.”
Needless to say, this is quite a surprising report and recommendation to come out of an official scientific report of an EU agency, especially since it looks very kindly and positively on the work of Fleischmann and Pons who have for years been virtual outcasts in the scientific community. No mention is made here of any of the work involving nickel and hydrogen reactions — but it’s interesting to see this workshop was held on the same day that Andrea Rossi was carrying out the test of his first 1 MW plant in Bologna.