Elforsk CEO: Swedish Energy Institute to Build LENR Research Initiative

Elforsk is a cooperative research and development institute that is made up of utilities and other energy companies in operating in Sweden. Today  on Elforsk’s web site and in the Swedish science and technology magazine Nyteknik, Elforsk’s CEO Magnus Oloffsson has written an article responding to the  E-Cat testing report published yesterday by the independent European research team,

Here are some of the key points Oloffson makes:

Clear isotope changes in the analyzed fuel indicates instead that in the case of nuclear reactions at low temperatures. It suggests that we may be facing a new way to extract nuclear energy.Probably without ionizing radiation and radioactive waste. The discovery could eventually become very important for the world’s energy supply . . .

If it is possible to safely achieve and control the now indicated nuclear reactions waiting probably eventually a fundamental transformation of our energy system. It can open for decentralized energy supply. Electricity and heat can then be produced with relatively simple components. Climate Efficient energy would be very cheap. . .

Elforsk takes now the initiative to build a comprehensive Swedish research initiative. More knowledge is needed to understand and explain. Let us engage more researchers in searching coat phenomenon and then explain how it works.

This is a rapid response from a serious and influential energy organization to yesterday’s report. Elforsk is now taking LENR very seriously, and it looks like Sweden could be the first country to really get behind an effort to understand and develop this new form of energy. We don’t know what the future plans of Industrial Heat are to make available the E-Cat for further research and development, but in yesterday’s report, the testing team mentioned that they want to continue their work to understand exactly what is going on inside the E-Cat.

This is a very interesting development from Elforsk. They obviously are taking the report very seriously and are set to put significant resources behind this new LENR research initiative. It will be interesting to see if this sets a precedent that other organizations will follow.

 

  • Wolfgang

    The translation by Google used in this article is flawed. The following is the original English translation by Elforsk itself (http://www.elforsk.se/LENR-Matrapport-publicerad/):

    Measurements on LENR reactor reported – energy release and isotopes

    Yesterday, astounding results from month-long measurements on a so-called “energy catalyser” were reported. The report,
    written by researchers from Uppsala University, KTH and the University
    of Bologna, describes a release of heat that cannot be explained by
    chemical reactions alone. Isotope changes in the analysed fuel instead
    indicate that nuclear reactions might have occurred at low temperatures.
    It implies that we may be facing a new way to extract nuclear energy
    possibly without ionizing radiation and radioactive waste. The discovery
    could potentially become very important for the world’s energy supply.

    The central part of the reactor is a narrow cylinder that is two
    decimetre long. In the experiments, the reactor operated at temperatures
    up to about 1 400 degrees Celsius. A net energy release of 1 500 kWh
    was observed. The thermal energy output was three to four times the
    electrical energy input. The reactor was filled with 1 gram
    hydrogen-loaded nickel powder and some additives.

    In recent years, Elforsk has followed the development of what has
    come to be called LENR – Low Energy Nuclear Reactions. Elforsk has
    published an overview summary of LENR. Elforsk has co-funded the work
    described in the report in addition to earlier measurements that showed
    an anomalous excess of energy.

    If it is possible to safely operate and control these reactions that
    are now believed to be nuclear reactions, we may see a fundamental
    transformation of our energy system. Electricity and heat could then be
    produced with relatively simple components, facilitating a
    decentralization of energy supply that could be both inexpensive and
    part of a solution for global climate change.

    More research is needed to understand and explain. Let us engage
    researchers in trying to validate and then explaining how it works.

    Magnus Olofsson, CEO Elforsk – Swedish Electrical Utilities’ R & D Company

  • Axil Axil

    Page 28:

    The ash has a different texture than the powder-like fuel by having grains of different sizes, probably developed from the heat. The grains differ in element composition, and we would certainly have liked to analyze several more grains with SIMS, but the limited amount of ash being available to us didn’t make that possible. The main result from our sample is nevertheless clear, that the isotopic composition deviates dramatically from the natural composition for both Li and Ni.

    It is hard to accept the necessity that just a handful of particles were provided for isotopic analysis.

    Just two or three of these grains were nickel particles. It is unwise to draw any type of pattern from such a small sample.

    The testers got everything that they could from industrial heat and that wasn’t near enough for a decent scientific report.

    The audience that the testers were aiming their spin at was Elforsk and their CEO. Why, they want to get up to their ears in well funded LENR research. Their presentation of data was not for Rossi’s benefit or that of industrial heat; it was for their own benefit and the good of LENR as they view it through their own interests. For this game of the century, everybody wants their seat at the table.

  • Guru

    What these Swedish guys intentionally omissed:
    Famous electromagnetic force/field around reactor which mentioned Rossi sometimes and DGT once.

  • Job001

    Modern high efficiency gas turbines operate at 1600C and 60% efficiency. This means at 3.5COP NG usage can be reduced.

    Assume the last 300C of temperature rise is provided by NG, the rest from LENR and compression heat. Thus NG provides roughly 300×100/(1600-300-100) = 25% of the heat. Electrical power is generated, 60% of 1.25×3.5 = 2.625. Electrical power is 1 unit is recycled, so net generation would be 1.625/2.625 or 62% net electrical power from 25% of normal amount of NG. It would take 1/62% = 1.61 times as much gas turbines or roughly say twice the capital with LENR.

    Thus, roughly the process would generate 62/25 = 247% more power per unit of NG, and pollution would be reduced by about 100-25/62 = 60%.
    Now, that assumes all the LENR heating is done electrically, while apparently some part of that can be done with NG heat, data yet not released or known.

    Overall, very cool, or hot or financially or environmentally desirable depending on the view. Congrats E-Cat, Rossi, IH, cold fusion followers, Gas turbine manufactures, climate guys, and mankind!

  • Omega Z

    Yes, by a factor of 1 million…

  • US_Citizen71

    If nothing else it would make a great movie set. One week its an alien fortress then next a futuristic prison. : )

  • Omega Z

    Highly improbable. That would require certain disclosures.
    Rossi/IH are headed for the market.

  • Andreas Moraitis

    Being market-oriented is not the same as spreading announcements which stir exaggerated expectations. Ever heard of the pump-and-dump scheme? Similar (but “legal”) behaviour can be observed even in ‘serious’ companies when they run into difficulties. For me, this is definitely a red flag, and I have almost always been right with my assessments. I can speak only about my personal experience, though – maybe yours is different. In case you are referring to statistical studies: forget them, when it comes to the individual case.

  • Andreas Moraitis

    These companies are global players who have enough resources to make as much PR as they want. It is indeed not suspicious if they do that. But you cannot compare them with mid-cap companies or startups. I have often seen that those who made the most noise had later problems with their stock, or went even bankrupt. I recommend you to observe the markets for some years with respect to this.

  • jousterusa

    Thanks to Mats Lewan, who is now quoted in the article, and a reader who commented here, I have corrected errors in my original story and re-posted it on american-reporter.com.

    • pg

      The ecat is 8 inches long, not 20 (it’s 20 cm)

  • Omega Z

    Hydro Fusion Ltd
    Andrea Rossi’s North European Licensee Group

  • Ecat

    Andrea Rossi
    October 9th, 2014 at 9:55 PM
    Dear Readers:
    It appears the mainstream Media are looking at LENR: I have been informed right now that this has been running on CNN today:
    http://www.american-reporter.com/5,704/1.html
    Warm regards,
    A.R.

    • jousterusa

      A megawatt hour (Mwh) is equal to 1,000 Kilowatt hours (Kwh). It is equal to 1,000 kilowatts of electricity used continuously for one hour. It is about equivalent to the amount of electricity used by about 330 homes during one hour.

      • Andre Blum

        True. But there are different forms of energy and the conversion between them comes at a price. A megawatt hour of thermal energy cannot be seem as ‘equal’ to electric energy.

        • Andreas Moraitis

          Right, a COP of 3.5 would not be competitive as long as 1 kWh from electricity is 4.5 times more expensive than 1 kWh from natural gas, as is the case in the area where I live. Even a COP of 6 would not be attractive if you consider the additional cost for the hardware. That’s why we need a much higher COP, self-looped systems, or gas powered reactors. The second option would be my favourite.

          • Jonnyb

            Gas powered would go down better with the establishment at the moment as well.

            • Andreas Moraitis

              Agreed. Good point.

          • Ophelia Rump

            Bull Dinky on the COP 6 not attractive. I could do COP 6 with an old steam piston and double my investment every year from the profits. I ran the numbers. You should sit down and piece together the technology from spec sheets and see for yourself.

        • http://batman-news.com Ivan Idso

          Even if it can’t generate electricity, its still the greatest invention of all time. It has accomplished what hot fusion proponents and tens of billions of dollars couldn’t. We still need steam to heat and cool our commercial buildings and homes, so if we had to wait a few years for electricity it is still a magnificant success.

      • Ophelia Rump

        Great work jouserusa!

        Make them look! Its the oldest trick in the book.

    • pg

      Does anyone have the right address? This does not work for me.
      Thanks

    • Andre Blum

      @jousterusa:disqus great writing. Thanks, Joe!

    • Alain Samoun

      Actually the link should be:

      http://www.american-reporter.com/

  • winebuff67

    I wonder what mckubre thinks of the report?

  • Daniel Maris

    My latest thoughts – this test report hasn’t made a splash but what it has done is make some strong purposive strokes taking us forward at a rate of knots.