European Nations Look for Alternatives to Russian Gas — LENR a Solution?

An article by Reuters looks at the state of uncertainty that many European countries are now feeling as Russia is being seen increasingly as an unreliable partner, yet they depend on Russia to provide around 30 percent of their natural gas supplies. EU officials have been telling Reuters reporter Barbara Lewis that since Russia-Ukraine tensions have escalated, the political will to cut their dependence of Russia for energy supplies has never been greater, and are looking for ways to become more self-reliant in energy production.

The European Commission has set ambitious goals for renewable energy production — 20 per cent by 2020, and some are calling for even an even higher percentage.

A draft of a statement to be presented at an EU Summit today reads:

“Efforts to reduce Europe’s high gas energy dependency rates should be intensified, especially for the most dependent Member States. Moderating energy demand through enhanced energy efficiency should be the first step which will also contribute to other energy and climate objectives. With a view to the decisions on the new policy framework for energy and climate the European Council calls on the Commission to conduct an in-depth study of EU energy security and to present by June 2014 a comprehensive plan for the reduction of EU energy dependence.”

I’m sure I’m not the only one here who is thinking that LENR is an energy source that could go a long way in helping nations achieve their goals for energy independence. If good news on the E-Cat report comes out in the near future it might be something that can attract the attention of leaders who currently see themselves in a very unstable situation in terms of energy supplies. Net energy producers like Russia might also see the value in adopting LENR for domestic energy production if they see revenue supplies threatened by a dwindling petroleum orders. Conditions could be ripe for a mass transformation in the energy scene.

  • Obvious

    I didn’t intend it in a mean way. I know we sometimes get worked up about how fast things should change, without due regard to how fast things do change.
    That works both ways though. It is strange what things change at such a rapid pace it is almost unbelievable. Once the “impotence” as Rossi calls it goes away, then change could be rapid indeed.

  • Obvious

    I doubt that a technology that has yet to run a 100 watt light bulb or reliably cook a pizza will be considered for replacing NG in the near future. One day (or decade more likely), maybe.

  • Donk970

    That’s certainly true of Russia but the countries that have a dependency on Russian oil and ng would benefit a lot.

    • Allan Shura

      True. Enhanced HHO production methods and inexpensive electrical production are the best bet to avoid dependency in the Ukraine and elsewhere. Although fossil fuel distribution chains are used to manipulate both consumer and some producer countries there is still the formidable task of systemic political corruption and that takes the awareness and dedication of ordinary people to find a way.

  • Unreal.2K7

    As stated in this article ( http://www.e-catworld.com/2014/03/is-finally-something-starting-to-happen-regarding-lenr-in-the-media-and-politics/ ) the italian five star movement (a political party) has posed question to the italian government about what they know and what the current status of research is about LENR. Hopefully, in the upcoming european elections, we will be able to make them the first party and to place its exponents into the eu parliament where they could push this issue to an european level.

  • Manuel Cruz

    Last news on the E-Cat, is that they were switching to gas, which is the resource that Russia provides. So if anything, LERN would make the situation worse, not better.

    • Mr. Moho

      I don’t think they’re “switching” to gas, but rather providing it as an alternative heat source to start (and control?) an E-Cat.

      • BroKeeper

        Probably a barbeque propane canister would supply enough to last six months for home use.

    • BroKeeper

      That’s the beauty of the New Energy, it’s about to catch the world’s attention on fire. Taking away the despots leverage exposes his diminutive powers. “Don’t tell the King he is naked!”.

    • Fortyniner

      The majority of electricity is generated by gas-fired power stations, so using gas to kick-start Rossi reactors would actually result in a net saving of about 70% relative to electrically initiated units. Overall savings of gas if LENR is fully implemented would probably be in the order of 90%+, depending on the currently achievable ‘COP’ (I’m assuming 10 for the first generation).

  • Gerard McEk

    I fully agree with this and mentioned this also some weeks ago when Russia started his aggression. Hope that the ECat comes soon.

  • jonnyb

    LENR is the obvious solution. Also where I live in Scotland, there was an article in the local paper today about more ugly wind farms. I have sent links to the objectors urging them to consider LENR as a argument for not putting up any more wind farms. This will be much easier when a commercial LENR device is available or proven.

    • we want LENR Fusione Fredda

      I always see “ugly” as the main complaint against wind farms.
      However, the landscape is littered with chimneys that are air polluting, whether from incinerators or coal plants, or indiscriminately horribly built and unkempt industrial areas.
      Complaints on these numerous, truly ugly buildings and polluting features are mum.
      What is the aesthetic value in nuclear cooling chimneys? Not considering radioactive waste issues, or the decommissioning costs for fission nuclear plants, or cancer rates and social costs around working coal plants (see Savona, Italy – Renaissance cities with two fantastic 50 meter-high cement chimneys splat there, in the middle; or Venezia, with a carbo-chemical industry that makes the air orangey for everyone to enjoy).
      Nobody says the latter list of negatives is “ugly”.
      Baffling.

      • ecatworld

        I think the aesthetic objection comes when you compare landscapes before and after wind farms are in place. Usually they are built in the countryside, and many people don’t like familiar rural landscapes changed by huge manmade structures. Still, the windmills of Holland are considered picturesque by many now, so maybe in time they will be considered less objectionable.

        • we want LENR Fusione Fredda

          Aesthetics and its subjectivity is a long debate. However, if the alternative is the energy we have, which is based on fossil fuel and nuclear fission, the windmill option, though it may be considered “ugly”, is the only relatively healthier one. Plus, it can be considered temporary, as the windmills are comparatively easily decommissioned.