Bill Gates Briefed at ENEA Research Labs in Italy on LENR (Cold Fusion)

There has been discussion about a recent visit by Microsoft founder Bill Gates on November 12 to the laboratories of ENEA, the Italian National agency for new technologies, Energy and sustainable economic development in Frascati, Italywhere he was given a briefing about ENEA’s research activity, including in the field of low energy nuclear reactions (LENR or cold fusion)

A post on the ENEA Facebook page about the event states:

Gates, who was accompanied by Mr Federico Head of ENEA, is interested in the activities in the field of research “frontier”. The visit lasted for a few hours and gave researchers the opportunity to explain in detail the advanced research activities of the Agency.

A report about the meeting in the Italian Newspaper Il Messaggero did not provide details about the discussions that took place there, but did mention some of the agencies and organizations that ENEA has collaborated over the years who have been involved in research in the LENR field:

“In 2010 an international agreement was signed which provides for the involvement of the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC (NRL), and the University of Texas has recently expressed a strong interest to cooperate further with ENEA. They also had collaborations with the Stanford Research Institute in California [SRI] and with the SKINR Institute at the University of Missouri.”

http://www.ilmessaggero.it/TECNOLOGIA/SCIENZA/bill_gates_frascati_microsoft_enea/notizie/1008145.shtml

The picture below shows Gates being addressed by Vittorio Violante who is the LENR Research Coordinator at ENEA, and Professor at Tor Vergata University in Rome. (See here for more on Violante speaking at the European Parliament about LENR last year) . This biographical sketch for the ICCF-18 Conference states that Dr. Violante has been responsible for the ENEA Task Force for Energy from Metal Hydrogen Systems since 2011.

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Image source: ENEA Facebook page

On the Cold Fusion, LENR and Andrea Rossi Facebook page, Giuliano Bettini astutely observes that in the corner is a poster for the 15th International Conference on Condensed Matter Nuclear Science (ICCR-15) which was held in Rome in 2009.

My guess it is highly likely that Professor Violante would have at least mentioned something about LENR in this meeting.
UPDATE: Thanks to Pietro F. for the following translation from this article Italian newspaper La Stampa:

“[Gates] Arrived yesterday afternoon at four-thirty, was released just three hours later. First heard a presentation of the activities of ENEA – National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development – and then focused on cold fusion, frontier research in the field of nuclear fusion”

More pictures of the Gates visit are here.

The question I wonder about then is how much does Bill Gates know about LENR, and what might that mean. Gates is deeply concerned about the effects of carbon emissions on the planet and has been a strong proponent of technological innovation in the energy field to reduce carbon drastically. In a TED talk titled “Innovating to Zero” given in February 2010 he made these comments:

Almost every way we make electricity today, except for the emerging renewables and nuclear, puts out CO2. And so, what we’re going to have to do at a global scale, is create a new system. And so, we need energy miracles.

Now, when I use the term “miracle,” I don’t mean something that’s impossible. The microprocessor is a miracle. The personal computer is a miracle. The Internet and its services are a miracle. So, the people here have participated in the creation of many miracles. Usually, we don’t have a deadline, where you have to get the miracle by a certain date. Usually, you just kind of stand by, and some come along, some don’t. This is a case where we actually have to drive at full speed and get a miracle in a pretty tight timeline.

To this point, Gates focus on achieving this “miracle” has been by using new nuclear fission technology. He is a major investor in Terrapower a company that is working on developing a “travelling wave reactor” which theoretically can use nuclear waste as a fuel and run for decades without refueling. So far, however, this reactor is only in the research and development stages. It is a difficult technological challenge and it could prove to be costly in comparison with normal nuclear fission.

What if Bill Gates became convinced of the viability of LENR? He seems to have the right mindset (curious, innovative, open to new ideas) to recognize the potential of this technology. One would hope that he would not oppose it because of his own financial interests (he can afford some bad investments, I would think). He has a philanthropic outlook, spending most of his time now involved in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which looks to promote health and prosperity around the world — and energy is seen as a vital factor in achieving the foundation’s goals. If Gates were to endorse LENR as a ‘miracle’ power source, it would provide a tremendous boost to the field.

What would it take for Bill Gates to get behind LENR?

UPDATE: Thanks to Andre Blum for finding this video, and noticing that the last two words said by the reporter are ‘fusione fredda’ (cold fusion). Maybe some Italian Speakers can help us with the translation?

Thanks to Guiliano for this translation of the last lines or the report: “Bill Gates was primarily interested in the frontier research, in particular to the so-called cold fusion.”

  • TJ

    Are the “travelling wave reactor” physics not identical to widom larson theory but with easy to create high speed neutrons?

    See the picture on this page: http://terrapower.com/pages/the-physics

    The only difference being high speed vs hard to produce ultra low momentum neutrons.

  • Omega Z

    Like Microsoft used in their game system. Wait? wasn’t that determined to be Linux based.
    Whew. I was concerned there for a second…

  • Giuliano Bettini

    Gerardo Musuraca

    Today 16 / 11 / 2014

    Gates finances the Enea “We are close to an agreement”

    ENEA’s Commissioner Federico Testa: “Its foundation is considering to
    support some of our projects”.

    http://www.larena.it/stories/Economia/947605_gates_finanza_lenea_vicini_ad_unintesa/?refresh_ce#scroll=911

    • Giuliano Bettini

      Il motivo della sua visita? «La
      sua Fondazione», ha proseguito Testa, e cioè la Bill & Melinda Gates
      Foundation, «sta valutando di finanziare alcuni progetti dell’Enea e i nostri
      ricercatori, che stanno lavorando con risultati di assoluto rilievo mondiale,
      sono riusciti a destare l’interessare del responsabile economico della
      Fondazione, il professore di fisica Lowell Wood, stretto collaboratore di
      Gates».

      The reason for his visit? “His foundation,” he said Testa,
      namely the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, “is considering to finance
      some projects of ENEA, and our researchers, who are working with outstanding
      results worldwide, managed to arouse the interest the chief economist of the
      Foundation, the physics professor Lowell Wood, a close associate of Gates.

  • jousterusa

    As I just now (11:15pm ET Saturday night) reported in my story about cold fusion and the E-Cat on CNN (http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1187686), Bill Gates actually got a copy of Mats Lewan’s “An Impossible Invention” when Mats caught up with him in Sweden in April 2014. That sort of suggests his visit to ENEA is not just tourism.

    • James Andrew Rovnak

      Great I forwarded some things to Bill several years ago on Rossi’s work. Met him years ago at a Boston Computer Society meeting . You know what happened to that organization, don’t you? Anticipate a better outcome for Rossi now. Admire his tenacious work ethic .

  • bitplayer

    Suggestion: throw in some links, if nothing else then to lenr-canr.org. I got some likes by doing that on the HP blog about the Lugano report.

  • pg

    Lowell Wood worked with Edward Teller, one of the greatest theoretical physicist of the 20th century (father of the hydrogen bomb). I can comfortably speculate that he is a good friend with his son Astro Teller, which makes me believe that Google is for sure in the loop, if not in the race.

    • bitplayer

      http://www.astroteller.net/biography.php

      “Dr. Astro Teller currently oversees Google[x], Google’s moonshot factory for building magical, audacious ideas that through science and technology can be brought to reality.”

  • GreenWin

    Here’s spin and photos from S Kirvit’s petulant perspective: http://bit.ly/11caeSg

  • GreenWin

    It’s a good thing you make the effort. Because the official ENEA press release leaves out any mention of the reason for Gates’ visit. The likely reason for this is the ENEA agreement with DARPA and possibly NRL. Those R&D agreements likely are under gag order. Still, the regular press reported the facts – Gates is catching up on LENR.

  • georgehants

    Roger, I think you will find that most scientists laugh at the Huff because it is considered to cover topics banned by their religious masters.

  • HarryD

    Bill Gates visited the Netherlands the day before (13th) and gave an interview on national TV on the program College Tour which was transmitted on the 14th.
    http://collegetour.ntr.nl/page/detailreacties/790373/Bill%20Gates

    Around 13th minute the topic of energy also gets touched ….. two soundbites:
    -“we need energy that is a lot cheaper and doesn’t emit CO2”
    -“we’re not ready to stop using oil”

  • georgehants

    Paul below writes ——This is an incredibly uplifting thing, seeing in no uncertain terms that
    Mr. Gates has seen the light, as it were. This fellow has just had the
    second greatest technology of all time just fall in his lap. WOW!!
    ——
    Would it not be more “uplifting” if our scientific community where to have “seen the light, as it were.”
    He says —-“This fellow has just had the
    second greatest technology of all time just fall in his lap.” well main-line science had it fall in their lap 25 years ago and still they sit achieving nothing,
    Will the day ever come when I can write on page, a congratulations to some official area of science beyond the Russian small contribution, for even at this late stage contributing at least something to this amazing scientific endevour?

  • georgehants

    Should the UN set up a coordinating committed to try and kick-start the Research and investigation scientifically and practically of Cold Fusion?
    Is there anybody in the World that in the 21st. century that can take responsibility for major events such as this?
    Millions dying and yet no official organisation seems to see the need for urgent action beyond leaving all the work to a few little brave, honest and True scientists.
    Science provenly has shown itself to be at present incapable of the task, who will take the responsibility to again get them back to do their jobs as scientific investigators and Researchers of important breakthroughs and possibilities?

    • GreenWin

      George, the UN is troublesome. It is a huge bureaucracy riddled with failed programs, graft, high turnover and inefficiency. Better I think to build a team to address location-based projects. This could operate under the UN Flag but should be independently managed. To start the team could focus on powering water purification systems like the Deka Slingshot with LENR/E-Cat.
      There is also urgent need to desalinate ocean water. A test project should be initiated to install a pilot desal unit – probably in a stable country in West Africa or possibly Saudi. Generating fresh water is an excellent transition business for Saudi engineers. Large desal plants and pipelines and maintenance is a growing industry able to absorb a portion of the oil workers as they’re laid off.

  • georgehants
    • Kevin O

      “A great deal of very good news and yet strangely the number of comments on Vortex has dropped dramatically in the last week.”
      ***I was thinking exactly the same thing. I don’t get it.

  • Axil Axil

    LENR is an enabling technology. It opens the door to new opportunities and
    new hopes. It will restore the vigor of the human spirit born to
    wonder and explore into new lands and new possibilities. From the
    dawn of human existence, when faced by imminent extinction, the human
    spirit sought out new places were existence was more assured and prospects were better. In latter times, when our forefathers suffered from the oppression levied by
    the stubborn social problems of of their birthplace: poverty,
    economic crises, class oppression, racism, prejudice, and wars, they
    packed up the rucksacks and headed for their ports of departure to
    try their luck at a new land with new hopes and opportunities. These
    places of new hopes and opportunity still exist, but in this modern
    age we must look upward to realize them.

    LENR will change the economic model of doing business in space by providing the economic leverage and energy surplus to clime into the sky where new possibilities await.

    Standing in Houston, Texas in theearly 1960s, a young and vibrant President named John F. Kennedy looked skyward and offered a new and hopeful future to his
    generation. In the middle of a Cold War, in the heart of a time when
    the threat of total annihilation loomed over the heads of everyone,
    he dared to challenge those listening to take on a higher goal.
    Rather than succumb to the darkness and fear, he held out light, and
    rather than cast what was in reality a technological face off into
    the mix of that shadow war, he held it aloft, a beacon to all who
    could hear and understand what he meant. At just the time when it
    seemed there was no choice but the continuation of a pointless global
    wrestling match which at any moment could result in the end for all,
    he spoke of choices.

    He said “We choose to go to the Moon. We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because
    that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies
    and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to
    accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to
    win, and the others, too…”

    Today we must ask ourselves again to face that noble challenge. What kind of tomorrow do we want for our lives and to give to our kids? Thanks to LENR, a new choice
    stands before us. A better future is not certain is we do not reach for it.

    Our first possible choice, and the one lots of folks sometimes seem to believe is inevitable, is the worst. It’s what will happen if we keep on rolling along and do
    nothing about conserving our natural resources and descend into
    materialism and stagnation of the spirit . It is a dark dystopian
    image, a apocalyptic vision, the result of a time when all the
    world’s cultures rush to create consumer societies such as those as
    now exists in Europe, Japan and the USA. Eventually our excesses
    exceed our limits and we end up with a polluted and stripped world
    whose environment collapses, bringing down whole societies, leading
    to war, famine, the end of global culture, and the dawn of a new dark
    age.

    Our second choice is to attempt to sustain the human race on this one world through rationing of resources – at the cost of personal freedom and accomplishment- as we
    anesthetize ourselves with virtual realities and sensory distortions
    and illusions… Under the heavy hand of global Big Brother, our
    lives, actions, and even our very thoughts will be monitored and
    controlled. Imagination and innovation will be seen as threats to
    order and safety. Risk will be avoided at all cost. Our lives will
    eventually become so physically and intellectually passive that we
    finally load ourselves into banks of virtual electronic realities and
    pass the eons in a bliss of pretend adventures and paradises
    uncounted to await some global catastrophe such as an asteroid strike
    sends us into oblivion.

    Or there’s the third choice, opening the High Frontier of space and
    breaking out into the galaxy. Celebrating the spirit of exploration and individuality, we begin to truly explore and open the space around us to human settlement.
    Turning debates between free enterprise technologists and protectors
    of the Earth on their heads, we unleash the power of human
    imagination to create ways to harvest the unlimited resources of
    space, not only saving this precious planet, but also blazing a path
    to the stars. This is a tomorrow where life is exciting, new
    possibilities open up each day, and humanity spreads outwards, as the
    harbinger of life to worlds now dead. This future is characterized by
    new ideas and cultures spreading every where, the entire human race
    engaged in spreading life to the stars and a future that is ever
    expanding and hopeful.

    Opening the space frontier willalso change what it means to be human.
    The effect of the space frontier on humanity will be profound. Our pioneering
    past will spring forth and be honed sharp to drive us confident into to our
    future. Our heritage will be strong once more to once again to fill
    our tomorrows with vision and excitement. The paths set by the trail
    breakers will continue onward and upward across the stars. The
    spirit of family will be resurrected as the frontier ethics of hard
    work and familial support are reinforced through the simple need to
    survive and prosper in a hostile environment. Our relationship to the
    cosmos will change, as we throw open the doors to a unlimited
    tomorrow for all, and as we always do, offer to hold those doors open
    for all and everyone to follow. Opening the frontier will change what
    it means to be a human being. We will become a multi-planet species,
    assuring our survival, and that of the life forms for which we are
    responsible. And a child living in such times will know why they are
    alive, and be able to see an unending and ever opening panorama of
    possibility stretching out before them. Ans in those final hours of
    our lives we will look at the stars as old friends might and know
    that we have done well.

  • Sanjeev
  • Sanjeev

    Elon Musk and Sergey Brin/Larry Page also need one copy each… just to speed things up.

  • kdk

    Something like this is one of the things necessary for humanity’s survival. Thank you.

  • Robyn Wyrick

    People on this website/forum have speculated for the whole time I have been on it, that Gates, Musk etc. have had some eye toward Cold Fusion technology.

    When Al Gore mentioned it as very interesting a year and some back, I knew if he was aware of it, than the whole Davos crowd did also. Gates being one of them.

    I think we have all feared that this technology might be knocked off in its infancy, that some cabal might find a way to put the cork back in the bottle like they did in 89. But I don’t think that now.

    You can’t have all these big names involved if they intend to shut it down. You can’t have so many researchers coming up with positive results. I think the genie is out, and the only question that remains is who will declare it first.

    • Robyn Wyrick

      Of course, Darden did declare it. So maybe that is how it will unfold, one by one.