Dear Prime Minister,
I am writing in response to the announcement made today by Ed Davey, UK Energy secretary, regarding the decision to build a new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point.
I certainly understand the rationale behind the decision to go with nuclear power — it is emission-free, has high energy density, and is arguably cheaper than other carbon-free alternatives. I appreciate that you are looking at the future energy needs of the UK, and are trying to find the best way to power the economy and keep the lights on.
I am concerned, however, that you may be overlooking something very important that could have enormous implications for the government’s current nuclear strategy. Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) technology is an energy source that is likely to be able to provide ample amounts of power cleanly and cheaply — without producing harmful radiation or radioactive waste.
I would recommend that you and your government’s energy team look carefully at the work of Italian inventor Andrea Rossi, who has invented a device known as the E-Cat (energy catalyzer). The E-Cat is a reactor which is able to produce anomalous amounts of heat when a mixture of nickel powder, hydrogen and proprietary catalysts is heated in a reaction chamber. E-Cat reactors were tested earlier this year by a team of European academics. Their report, “Indication of anomalous heat energy produced in a reactor device” (published here: http://arxiv.org/abs/1305.3913) concluded that the amount of energy produced by the E-Cat was found to have an energy density far above any known chemical source and at least “one order of magnitude greater than conventional energy sources.” Andrea Rossi reports that long term testing of the E-Cat is currently underway, and publication of these test results is expected at some point next year.
Certainly LENR is a new technology, and there are currently many unknowns involved, but after much research and careful study I am convinced that it has great potential as an inexpensive clean energy source which could prove to be of great value to Britain and the world.
As a British national currently residing in the United States, I am concerned to hear about the rising costs of energy in the UK which are adversely affecting households and businesses throughout the country. I hope that your government will take a careful look at the possibilities of LENR as an energy source and consider it as a possible alternative to nuclear fission plants which are expensive to build and maintain, require complex safety and security systems, produce dangerous radioactive waste, and require major decommissioning costs when their lifespan is over.
I thank you for your time and attention and wish you well as you seek to deal with the important issue of meeting the energy needs of the UK in a way that is best for everyone.
Publisher, E-Cat World