What is LENR?

Thanks very much everyone! Below is the final draft — you can also read it here.

LENR stands for Low Energy Nuclear Reactions — and refers to the phenomenon where anomalous amounts of heat are created when certain metals (e.g. nickel, palladium) absorb hydrogen or deuterium and an external stimulus such as heat or an electric current is applied. The reaction takes place at relatively low temperature and sometimes results in transmutation of elements as well as the production of heat. Either no strong radiation is produced or it is absorbed locally. The waste products are not radioactive. This phenomenon is also referred to as Cold Fusion, LANR (lattice assisted nuclear reaction), as well as other terms.

Modern interest in LENR began in 1989 when scientists Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons announced they had succeeded in generating nuclear reactions in laboratory experiments. This announcement sparked much interest in the media and in the scientific community, with many researchers attempting replicate the effect in their own experiments — many without success. The effect is not always easy to replicate, particularly as the preparation of the metal was critical and it sometimes took weeks for anomalous heat to appear. When the effect has been obtained it can also be difficult to control.

There are many theories about what causes this heat effect, but none has been widely accepted or definitively proven.

There are many attempts going on at the moment by various parties to be able to replicate and control the LENR effect. Several companies are now working on commercial products with claims of producing kW of power as heat. Andrea Rossi’s E-Cat invention has received a lot of attention because he was the first to publicly demonstrate his device and it has now been independently tested and validated by seven scientists, funded by the Swedish R&D organization Elforsk, demonstrating at least ten times the energy of any known chemical reaction and showing that the E-Cat is capable of producing useful heat.

Various claims are for a Coefficient of Performance (COP) from 6 to over 30 (meaning between 6 and 30 times more energy is produced than is input into a system). Even at the low end such a device would make obsolete virtually all other ways of producing power. High temperature, more efficient designs would be suitable for powering transport, even aircraft, although this would probably take decades. This promise of inexpensive, safe, clean power is why many are now following the subject.

Further Reading:

Lenr-canr.org — A library of research papers on LENR
LENR Proof — Examination of the commercial viablity of LENR
LENR For the Win — An examination of the evidence for LENR
Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project — An open science project to provide convincing proof of the ‘New Fire’
Vortex-L — Archive of email list dealing with LENR-related topics

  • Brad Arnold

    This phenomenon (LENR) has been confirmed in hundreds of published scientific papers: http://lenr-canr.org/acrobat/RothwellJtallyofcol.pdf

    That is the most convincing and informative meme that I can provide.

    I would also call it “electron capture” and use this link as a paradigm:


    In other words, what you say about LENR is zilch, and reminds me of all those main steam media types who, in an attempt to be “objective,” say nothing with a lot of words.

  • Barry

    “Cold Fusion” is a coined term. Kind of like the “Big Bang” one can argue it wasn’t big. I’ve heard descriptions of a 1/1000 of a second after the Big Bang, still quite small. Plus there was not an environment for sound at the time.

    When I approach people and ask them about Cold Fusion 8 out of 10 people haven’t heard of it. When I ask people about LENR, nobody’s heard of it. It’s kind of like calling the Big Bang, R.E.P.T. (rapidly expanding poofy thing). It loses the pizzaz.

    • Bob

      I just order pizzaz online and they deliver them to my door. 🙂

  • Hampus

    Your updated version sounds great. All the information you need about LENR in a short text =)

  • Roger Bird

    “The energy density of LENR is higher than any known conventional energy source.” Frank, I thought that you were going to change “conventional” to “chemical”.

  • Roger Bird

    What happens when we discover that it works with other things, like palladium, silver, peanut butter, etc?

  • Andreiko

    Thank you very much.

  • Kim


    Hydrogen and Nickel Energy Reaction.