Robert Duncan Visits ENEA

There’s a brief article and photograph on the website of ENEA, the Italian National Agency for New Technologies and Energy, about the visit of Robert Duncan, Senior Vice President for Research, Professor of Physics at Texas Tech University to ENEA’s Casaccia and Frascati Research Centers.

Link to article (in Italian) is: http://www.enea.it/it/Stampa/news/robert-duncan-visita-gli-impianti-enea/

There is very little information provided in the article, only that Dr. Duncan is described as a “world-renowned expert in low energy nuclear reactions”.

In the picture below we can see Dr. Duncan, his wife Annette Sobel, Researcher of LENRVittore Violante of ENEA, ENEA Commissioner Frederico Testa, and Director of ENEA Fusion Technologies and Nuclear Safety (FSN) Aldo Pizzuto.

ENEA

My guess is that Robert Duncan was there to discuss LENR, but that’s about all I can surmise. We really don’t get much information from the academic institutions that are studying LENR — which may be because they are deliberately keeping a low profile, or perhaps there simply is not too much to report at the moment.

  • Frechette

    For great food he’d be better off in France.

  • Gerard McEk

    ENEA has been very openminded to Cold Fusion. Still they kept a low profile since P&F to avoid discerediting their organization. I hope that science will get more interested in CF and that more funding will excellerate the understanding of this process.

  • Omega Z

    As part of the collaboration agreement between ENEA and the Texas Tech University (TTU), Robert Duncan, professor of Physics at TTU

    July 30, 2015: ENEA signed two partnership agreements with the University of Texas and Missouri(A10 Year arrangement) They had a previous 3 year collaboration with Missouri(MU) and also with SRI & NRL.
    https://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?act=url&depth=1&hl=en&ie=UTF8&prev=_t&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http://www.enea.it/it/Stampa/news/ricerca-enea-firma-due-accordi-di-collaborazione-con-le-universita-di-texas-e-missouri/&usg=ALkJrhip3SvaLs83wLZhJqLymRYq0ggRCw

    Among the most significant challenges, the study on the effects of anomalous thermal systems metal-hydrogen.

    That would be one of the aspects of LENR…

  • Omega Z

    “We really don’t get much information from the academic institutions that are studying LENR”

    This is inherent of academic institutions. As I’ve posted to those who think Rossi should hand over his technology to the academics. Why?
    You wont learn or hear much for many years. Likely decades.

    Robert Duncan whom I greatly respect for his views of how Science should work said it best paraphrasing of course. They are not there to develop a product for market. They are there to try & understand the basics of what is taking place. So, The academics could literally spend decades just studying the Isotopic shifts trying to figure out the process & mechanisms involved..

    If you want a useable product, you need Entrepreneur’s or Big Business to be involved. They merely need to understand enough of the mechanics to make it work reasonably enough to be a marketable product. Followed by Ver02, Ver03, Ver04, etc. As to the academics, they can follow latter.

    • bkrharold

      I believe that it in order to extract the maximum potential benefits and to create a highly optimized and safe energy producing device based on LENR, it is essential to understand the underlying physics.

      • Omega Z

        I agree,
        The gradual understanding is the catalyst of ever improving versions.
        But it is not necessary to bring it to market. If you wait until you have a full understanding, it could easily take decades. Note there is much we don’t know about things we’ve been using throughout history.

        • bkrharold

          Yes it is true there are many things we do not fully understand, and yet are useful to us. The human body which we inhabit and barely give a second thought is a good example. If it had been developed by an advanced civilization, we would be in awe of their ingenuity and advanced technology. But what I am saying about LENR is, we cannot exploit it’s full potential, without a better understanding. Rossi has proved it is possible to generate Megawatts of heat, but we need Gigawatts of electricity, to mitigate the ecological damage caused by AGW. We don’t have decades.

          • Frechette

            If every US household had a 10 Kw LENR reactor in their garage we’d be talking megawatts.

  • Warthog

    “Academic institutions” keep a low profile ever since what happened to Pons and Fleischmann. Up until that point, it was common for universities to give out press releases and have meetings with the media concerning breaking research findings. But post P & F, it became anathema to do so.

  • GreenWin

    “This process of discovering new knowledge and figuring out how to translate these discoveries into new commercial opportunities is exhilarating, exciting and fun.” Spring 2014 interview with Robert V. Duncan at Texas Tech

    http://chronicle.com/campusViewpointArticle/Aiming-to-Become-the-next/1343/

    A wonderful attitude from Dr. Duncan.

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

    note the interview of Duncan, dubbed in italian

    • ecatworld

      Yes, however it’s from 2013, so not on the latest developments.