Cold Fusion Goal by 2020 Olympics: Press Release — Clean Planet Inc. and Tohoku University Launch “Clean Energy [LENR] Research Lab”

Thanks to Sverre Haslund for the following story:

The following joint press release has been issued today in Japan by Clean Planet, Inc. and Tohoku University. Link: http://cleanplanet.co.jp/news/en/15.03.30%20Clean%20Planet%20-%20Press%20release.pdf

Clean Planet Inc. and Tohoku University to launch “Clean Energy Research Lab” to develop a clean, safe
and abundant form of energy for our global community.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TOKYO – March 30, 2015
Clean Planet Inc. and The Research Center for Electron Photon Science of Tohoku University agreed to establish the collaborative research division – Condensed Matter Nuclear Reaction Division at Tohoku University. In this division, fundamental research on condensed matter nuclear reaction, R&D on energy generation and nuclear waste decontamination will be performed.

The members of the new division consist of researchers of Tohoku University, Clean Planet Inc. and HEAD (Hydrogen Engineering Application & Development Clean Planet Inc. and Tohoku University are launching “Clean Energy Research Lab” at Tohoku University on April 1st, 2015.

The mission of the “Clean Energy Research Lab” is to develop a clean, safe and abundant form of energy for our global community. This new research division will be devoted to developing practical applications for clean energy using LENR, Low Energy Nuclear Reaction, (a.k.a. Cold Fusion). This is the first official research division created for condensed matter nuclear science and its application in Japan. We are determined to bring the application
models from this division to the market before the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

Clean Planet Inc. and The Research Center for Electron Photon Science of Tohoku University agreed to establish the collaborative research division – Condensed Matter Nuclear Reaction Division at Tohoku University. In this division, fundamental research on condensed matter nuclear reaction, R&D on energy generation and nuclear waste decontamination will be performed.

The members of the new division consist of researchers of Tohoku University, Clean Planet Inc. and HEAD (Hydrogen Engineering Application & Development Company). Yasuhiro Iwamura and Takehiko Itoh left the research center of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries at the end of March 2015 to complete the formation of this illustrious team. This new division is made up of the following members:

• Yasuhiro Iwamura, Jirohta Kasagi and Hidetoshi Kikunaga (Condensed Matter Nuclear Reaction Division, Research Center for Electron Photon Science, Tohoku University, Japan)
• Tadahiko Mizuno (HEAD, Japan)
• Hideki Yoshino, Takehiko Itoh and Masanao Hattori (Clean Planet Inc., Japan)

Additionally, the government of Japan will provide support in the form of funding for the nuclear waste decontamination research project at the Electron Photon Science of Tohoku University. The project named “Reduction and Resource Recycle of High Level Radioactive Wastes with Nuclear Transformation”, will be funded and supported by the ImPACT Program, which is a Japanese national research program.

We are determined to bring the application models to the market before the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Our collective dreams are to provide the world with this clean source of energy.

About Tohoku University:
Tohoku University located in Sendai, Miyagi in the Tohoku Region, Japan, is a Japanese national university. It is the third oldest Imperial University in Japan and among the National Seven Universities. It is considered as one of the most prestigious universities in Japan, and one of the top fifty universities in the world. For more information on Tohoku University, please visit http://www.tohoku.ac.jp/en/ or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tohoku_University
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About Clean Planet Inc.:
Web: http://www.cleanplanet.co.jp/index.php?lang=en
Press Contact: Kazuo Tanaka
Clean Planet Inc.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +81-3-5403-6380

  • Gerrit

    Opening ceremony for new Clean Energy Research Lab at Tohoku University
    http://coldfusionnow.org/opening-ceremony-for-new-clean-energy-research-lab-at-tohoku-university/

    http://coldfusionnow.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Hiroyuki-Hama-Tohoku-Lab.jpg

    The sign reads
    東北大学電子光理学研究センター
    凝縮系核反応共同研究部門発足式

    google translation:
    Tohoku University electronic light Science Research Center
    Condensed nuclear reaction joint research department launch ceremony

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  • Gerrit

    I would like to know if this is at least covered by one or two Japanese media. As often said the silence is deafening.
    If you repeat untruths often enough it will become the accepted truth and if you ban topics from getting attention they will not exist.

  • Owen Geiger

    There’s a big difference between patents from major corporations and a lone, unfamiliar inventor who happens to get something unusual accepted by some fluke. Maybe Mitsubishi’s patent isn’t 100% proof, but you get my point. This is especially true since patent offices make it almost impossible to get anything LENR patented. Almost for sure, Mitsubishi had to provide a very high level of evidence to get it approved.

  • Omega Z

    Interesting comments of Mats NyTechnik article.

    It doesn’t matter that Mitsubishi’s work was replicated by Toyota or that a patent was given. They still will not acknowledge LENR.
    You can lead a horse to water—

  • radvar

    Traditionally, universities can provide much broader options for collaboration than large private companies.

    • http://www.lenrnews.eu/lenr-summary-for-policy-makers/ AlainCo

      it seems no.

      many corps worked on LENR during the dark age of LENR, but nearly all academic were blocked.

      this is the difference between technology watch and rationalized research.

      applied labs (SRI, BARC, ENEA, CEA), military (Navy, BARC), were only public actors…

      anyway Asia is out of that scheme, but they suffered from US dominance.

  • BroKeeper

    Japan is creating its own scientific tsunami.

  • tobalt

    I think these news present a major brealthrough. It is the first time that i see a major public established academic body openly mentions lenr and commits large amoints of research funds to it. More to follow.

  • http://www.animpossibleinvention.com/ Mats Lewan
  • ecatworld

    Since Yasuhro Iwamura is going to speak at ICCF19 on ‘The Launch of a new scheme on CMNS at Tohoku University’, I think this news release is reliable.

    http://iccf19.com/program_detail.html

  • Bob Greenyer

    Good

    • Edac

      Good. No, no, no. This is excellent.

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  • Richard Hill

    There was an earlier mention that Mitsubishi was one of the funders of the new organisation.

    • Agaricus

      Guess who will be constructing the first commercial Japanese LENR power stations…

  • Ronzonni

    Why would anyone wait until 2020? That’s 5 more years! Rossi and IH are now! And it’s not as if the world didn’t need a better source of energy, even if it’s only in the form of heat at modest temperatures.

    • mcloki

      Marketing and PR. Unveiling this device with the world attention at the Olympics would be hugely prestigious to both the university and the government.

      • Gerrit

        The new olympic fire

        • US_Citizen71

          I can’t wait to see what they do to the design of the torch in order to carry it from place to place.

          • Owen Geiger

            With a Rossi/IH logo or a Japanese logo? Can’t wait to see it.

    • Brent Buckner

      The article says: “We are determined to bring the application models to the market before the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.” I don’t think they’re waiting, I think that’s their deadline.

    • Jimr

      Because the Ecat has not been fully perfected. Because you get excess heat from a device for a few months, does not mean itis ready for market. The fact that Rossi spends most of his time (per his remarks) observing, controlling,etc his 1 meg plant should tell us that. I’m reminded of an entry on this site ,I believe the later part of 2011 of an individual that needed to replace his home heating system but was going to wait a couple of months for Rossi’s cat to be available.

      • TomR

        With a fast track of the safety certification, the domestic E-Cat could have been available in a few months at that time. Instead we have foot dragging and the domestic heaters are probably going to be made soon in a lot of garages.

    • Teemu Soilamo

      You’re making it sound as if they won’t get started until 2020.

  • Alain Samoun

    Too bad that it had to take such a nuclear and economic disasters to their nation for the Japanese government to make this decision. Hopefully other countries such the US,France,Russia and those who rely on nuclear uranium fission energy will not wait for these disasters…

  • Gerard McEk

    This is very good news. Finally the ivory tower establishment is going to look more seriously to Cold Fusion. I hope many other universities will follow!

  • Gerrit

    Interestingly Tohoku University is just 93km (58miles) away from Fukushima Daiichi reactor.

    • Charles

      So what does that have to do with the price of eggs in China?

  • Sanjeev

    Clean Planet announced their 75W, 1KW and 10KW lenr prototypes last year (Dorothy, Scarlett and Catherine), so it seems they will commercialize it in next 5 years. Still a long time.
    See: http://coldfusionnow.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/YoshinoHreplicable-1.pdf

    • zenmaster

      The 1KW and 10KW prototypes did not exist (at least not in January 2014). They were just pictures of empty shells. I’d be happy to be corrected if I am wrong. Note: the presentation you reference was first given at MIT in January 2014, but no significant update has been given since then, beyond the “minor” update in November. Also, since then, I believe that the calorimetry on the 75W version has been revised downwards. Jed Rothwell may have some comments on this. Hopefully, they will have some interesting results to show at ICCF19.

      • Sanjeev

        Thanks for the update. I did not know that there was no progress.

      • hempenearth

        There were wires and probes going in and out of Scarlett (1kW) but Catherine (10kW) certainly looked like an empty shell.

        http://lenr-canr.org/acrobat/YoshinoHreplicable.pdf

  • ecatworld

    Interesting detail: “The members of the new division consist of researchers of Tohoku University, Clean Planet Inc. and HEAD (Hydrogen Engineering Application & Development Company). Yasuhiro Iwamura and Takehiko Itoh left the research center of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries at the end of March 2015 to complete the formation of this illustrious team.”

    • http://lenrftw.net LENR G

      This is fantastic. A shot across the bow of all major educational institutions in the world and sure to get their attention. A Japanese all-star-team with a public commercialization timeline.

      Hello, Press? Anyone paying attention? Interested in the biggest story of the century (or more) having your name on the byline?

      • http://www.animpossibleinvention.com/ Mats Lewan
        • ecatworld

          Congratulations on getting your editors to approve, Mats!

          • http://www.animpossibleinvention.com/ Mats Lewan

            I intended to mention ICCF too, where Iwamura will speak, but my editors didn’t want me to do that. One step at a time…

            • ecatworld

              It sounds like it was a miracle you were able to discuss Rossi at all in the early days.

              • http://www.animpossibleinvention.com/ Mats Lewan

                Right!

        • http://lenrftw.net LENR G

          Nothing would make me happier than waking up to a 10-part Mats Lewan LENR epic series in the New York Times (or similar).

    • bkrharold

      This is terrific news. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries already have a lot of experience with LENR. This collaboration of academics and industry have a very good chance of determining underlying physical explanation for the anomalous heat effect.
      Thinking about LENR last weekend, I realized that I have been so preoccupied with the urgent need for a viable energy solution, that I have been thinking of LENR only in those terms. It occurred to me that it may turn out to be much bigger than that. I remember when I was a college student in Queen Mary College London nearly fifty years ago, I used to read a scientific magazine called New Scientist. One particular article from back then has stuck in my mind over the years. The author was talking of a new discovery called the laser. His conclusion was that it was a very interesting scientific discovery, but could not think of any useful applications for it. It was just a scientific curiosity.
      If LENR is guided by a totally new class of fundamental particle interactions, it will open up an entirely new branch of physics. This deeper understanding of fundamental physics could be even more important than the laser, having a profound impact, on many aspects of our society and ultimately the world. In 20 years students of the new physics will read of our struggle in disbelief, and resolve never to allow such a thing to happen again.

      • mcloki

        The nuclear clean up and decontamination is a huge business. Water desalination will be the other.

        • Omega Z

          All costs considered in flash desalination, you will find a form of reverse osmosis filtration to be cheaper. However, cheap electricity by a LENR plant would be useful for powering pumps & UV treatment.

          Some filtration technology under development may even become substantially cheaper then conventional water treatment plants.

          • Robert Ellefson

            If you are comparing the cost of existing flash desalination vs reverse osmosis, then you may be correct. However, existing flash desal units are optimized for minimal energy consumption, and so the multiple stages and high product-to-brine ratios create expensive capital and maintenance costs. With nearly-free LENR power, new designs can optimize for total cost of ownership, by simplifying the designs for single-stage operation and low product-to-brine ratios, for example. This is just one example of how the game-changing nature of LENR will require engineers to re-evaluate existing design paradigms, to fully leverage the new parameters that LENR introduces into systems design.

        • bkrharold

          Yes these are the two biggest applications. What I was driving at is that like the laser, this new technology will change society in so many ways, both large and small that it will be hard for us to imagine how we could ever have done without it.

      • Agaricus

        I remember reading the same article, in what was by then an old copy of NS scavenged from a girlfriend’s dad. I thought, ‘wow, a death ray!’ (well I was still in my teens, and an avid SF reader).

        • bkrharold

          Wow that is absolutely amazing. Looking back on it, I think it stuck in my mind because I sensed there must be something important about this discovery. Perhaps I am fooling myself after all these years, but I cant remember much else that I read from NS from that time.

  • Gerrit

    April 1st – who’s gonna believe that 🙂

    • Sanjeev

      Fortunately 90% of the world is unaware of what April 1st is ! This madness is confined to only a tiny part of the world.

      • georgehants

        Sanjeev, in much of today’s World it is April the first every day, Ha.

        • Ivone

          GeorgeHants, the scientists in Japan do not write comics. The suppression of CF was the greatest mistake in western scientific history. The damage wreaked is incalculable.

      • bkrharold

        Apparently every day is April 1 in USA for our science community and policy makers. They refuse to believe the documented evidence of hundreds of successful LENR replications.