House Committee Requires LENR Briefing from Secretary of Defense (LENRIA Press Release)

The following is a press release published by LENRIA

HOUSE COMMITTEE REQUIRES LENR BRIEFING

FROM SECRETARY OF DEFENSE

Armed Service Committee acknowledges LENR as a potential ultra-clean, low-cost renewable energy source with “strong national security implications”

FALLS CHURCH, VA, JUNE 14, 2016 – The U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee has ordered the Secretary of Defense to provide a briefing on LENR (Low Energy Nuclear Reactions) to the committee by September 22, 2016.

The order for the LENR briefing was included in House Report 114-537 Part I, which accompanies the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017.  The report was submitted to the Committee of the Whole House on May 4, 2016.

This overdue attention by U.S. lawmakers to the science and business of LENR brings renewed critical focus to the field at a time when developing new sources of clean energy are of mounting importance.

Previously perceived as an obscure alternative field of energy research and often treated in a derogatory manner, LENR’s growing momentum stems from current and cumulative research, as well as government and commercial projects in several countries.

In advancing this legislation, the House Committee on Armed Services cites Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) viewpoints that China and India are moving forward with LENR programs of their own and that Japan has created an investment fund to promote such technology.

The committee also refers to the DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency) assessment that Japan and Italy are leaders in the field and that Russia, China, Israel and India are now devoting significant resources to LENR development.

The Armed Service Committee’s acknowledgement of LENR as a potential ultra-clean, low-cost renewable energy source with “strong national security implications” adds to the changing perception of the field that is quietly underway.   Much greater resources for research are expected once LENR enters the scientific and energy policy mainstream.

LENRIA is the not-for-profit advocate for the scientific study and eventual commercialization of LENR.  The organization is positioned to be the LENR field’s representative in the United States Energy Association (USEA).

State LENRIA co-founders Steven Katinsky and David Nagel, “The changing perception of LENR and acknowledgement of the field as a bona fide area for energy research is much needed and long overdue.  It is our goal at LENRIA to maintain this positive momentum.”

LENRIA will continue to support and encourage the growing interest in LENR research and development in the period leading up to the House Armed Services Committee briefing.  The committee’s interest could be a precursor to mounting military engagement in LENR, with it being pinpointed by the DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency) as a potentially “disruptive technology that could revolutionize energy production.”

The National Defense Authorization Act of 2017 passed the House of Representatives on the evening of May 18, 2016.   The text regarding LENR is included below.

 

ABOUT LENRIA

LENRIA, the Industry Association of LENR, is a recently formed not-for-profit organization established to advocate for both scientific study and, especially, commercial advancement of the field.  It shall offer various member services to dues-paying individuals and companies.   The Association has been set up in the U.S., however it shall serve the global community of involved and interested persons and organizations.

Progress toward a change in the perception of the science and business of LENR is gaining momentum.  This is occurring both through scientific study and through early engineering of systems based on LENR to produce heat and electricity.  Several small companies are conducting experiments, and are designing, building and testing prototypes of LENR-based devices.  A few large companies are known to be watching developments in the field.

Part of the increased interest is due to the publication in 2013 and 2014 of two reports on LENR technologies sponsored by Elforsk (now Energiforsk.) Though these reports have generated significant criticism, they have also attracted much attention outside of the community of scientists doing research on LENR.  Notable public corporations, and private companies and individuals are now focused on LENR.

Commercial endeavors to produce devices based upon LENR, including thermal and electrical generators, if successful, could grow to significant scales, and become a consequential new industry. To advance the progress and adoption of the resulting technologies, it will be necessary to develop industry standards and safety criteria for commercial products and processes.  This, and other factors, provided the motivation to form an association for the new industry.

In addition, there will be growing needs for (a) provision of information, organization of commercial conferences or expositions, and professional communications to counter opponents and negative propaganda about LENR, and (b) representation of LENR before government bodies, regulators and the public.  This new association focused on LENR shall effectuate those roles.

The intention to form an Industrial Association for LENR was announced at ICCF-18. During ICCF-19, in Padua, Italy, the new Industrial Association for LENR was announced.  The ICCF-19 presentation can be viewed and downloaded here.

LENRIA shall be put forward as the field’s representative in the USEA (the United States Energy Association,) the association of associations representing members from most energy concerns in the U.S. including coal, oil, gas, nuclear, solar, wind and other industries. There are also the EREC and the JCRE, the renewable energy councils of Europe and Japan, respectively, and councils in other regions.

LENRIA has produced The 2016 LENR International Calendar, available here.  It shall soon begin work on the 2017 version of this publication.

LENRIA also periodically publishes LENRIA Ecosystem Maps, the most recent version that is available here.

www.lenria.org

National Defense Authorization Act for 2017 – Report of the Committee on Armed Services – Excerpt

Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR) Briefing

The committee is aware of recent positive developments in developing low-energy nuclear reactions (LENR), which produce ultra-clean, low-cost renewable energy that have strong national security implications. For example, according to the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), if LENR works it will be a  “disruptive technology that could revolutionize energy production and storage.” The committee is also aware of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s (DARPA) findings that other countries including China and India are moving forward with LENR programs of their own and that Japan has actually created its own investment fund to promote such technology. DIA has also assessed that Japan and Italy are leaders in the field and that Russia, China, Israel, and India are now devoting significant resources to LENR development. To better understand the national security implications of these developments, the committee directs the Secretary of Defense to provide a briefing on the military utility of recent U.S.  industrial base LENR advancements to the House Committee on Armed Services by September 22, 2016. This briefing should examine the current state of research in the United States, how that compares to work being done internationally, and an assessment of the type of military applications where this technology could potentially be useful.

House Report 114-537 Part 1, can be viewed here or downloaded here.  Details regarding LENR (above) are found on page 87.

  • Donk970

    From a national defense point of view the worst possible situation we could find ourselves in would be fighting an enemy that had LENR power in it’s naval and ground fighting vessels and vehicles. This assessment of LENR is all about deciding if we need to catch up to a potential enemy before it’s too late.

  • akupaku

    Well, a more positive analysis could as well be that not being able to control anymore LENR civilian usage the government and military start big development programs to bring LENR as an energy source to all military branches and all these research and technological advances trickle down to the civilian world. This has happened with many other technologies in the past.

    • we want LENR Fusione Fredda
      • akupaku

        Well, Italian is not my strongest language, I don’t understand what this chap is talking about. Maybe you can give a short summary?

        • we want LENR Fusione Fredda

          I am sorry, and it really is too bad that Emilio Del Giudice (a cold fusion scientist, he worked with and was a colleague of Giuliano Preparata, INFN, and also worked with Martin Fleishmann) did not present his conferences in English, he had the gift of explaining complex physics theories in a way that was so easy to understand for the general public…

          He explains how he spoke with Fleishmann, about the theory of cold fusion used for micro nuclear reactions. Basically, he explains how, instead of palladium (for civilian/energy purposes), the magnetic field of other materials (such as, for example, U235) could be ‘shaken’ (16MeV) when charged with deuterium, triggering a “micro” nuclear explosion.
          Critical mass issue overcome.
          This theory was based on the residuals of targets and the dynamics of the explosions themselves. Dr Busby is another speaker/witness of this theory.

          So one might infer that, perhaps, some military might already know about the LENR/ cold fusion phaenomenon, or that it might have – perhaps – been somehow used.

          Del Giudice also states how the violent reactions of the scientific world and the general press against work on cold fusion since 1989 can not be explained logically without considering a motivated system intimidation.

          A little like the invention of the wheel: it was used well before the theories of its dynamics and function were scientifically explained.

          Now there are replications. Now, hopefully, the E-CAT is out of the bag.

          Emilio Del Giudice:
          “It’s like when one tries to explain how water boils. People ask oh, you discovered that water boils, and how does that happen? Well, you know, you put it in a pot, you heat it up until it bubbles. So the receiver of the message takes a 10lt pot, fills it with water, lights a match, puts the lit match under the pot and says: You see? It doesn’t work. You’re a fraudster!”.

      • we want LENR Fusione Fredda
  • Gerard McEk

    I believe this is great, LENR gets more attention. It would be interesting to know about which ‘advantages’ they talk about. Rossi’s? Brillouin’s? Others?
    Can it be that IH is already be pushed/supported by the US government to buy the knowledge as much as they can?
    I am sure that Rossi does not fit in this and that can be the reason for IH’s behaviour.
    When defense thinks it’s needed LENR will perhaps be pushed under the surface. However, that would be very bad for the US, because it would greatly damage their commercial interests as other countries would greatly benefit.

  • akupaku

    “Strong national security implications” is a bad thing for LENR commercialization. It implies government and military trying to control or stop or regularize LENR usage for civilian purposes. Or slow down civilian usage as much as possible, even confiscate or terminate Rossi and his work.

    Hopefully it is too late for all that and the genie is out of the bottle or the cat is out of the bag, lol.

    • Brokeeper

      If congress falls for control vs promotion it will hurt this countries economy once other countries manufacture or purchase E-Cats by the billions. I think the HCs will conclude this in the hearings since there is really no other option.

      • cashmemorz

        Any country, USA or other better be careful what they wish for. If pushed too fast into
        the general market could result in overlooking to developing LENR with an eye to erring on the side of safety. We don’t want to develop something that turns out to be a monster just because we didn’t take the time to do things carefully. Look at what has happened at least three times with fission and is starting to go wrong with hot fusion. Competition is good. Too much competition can lead to jumping the gun and ruining the race for everyone.

        • Brokeeper

          I agree that balance is essential, but competitive capitalism is unfortunately the driving force to unequalistic and disoriented reasonings for the betterment of the whole.

  • gregha

    Isn’t this the same news as reported on this site back in May? That would make this ‘olds’.

    • http://www.health-answers.co.uk Agaricus

      I think the ‘LENRIA’ stuff may be new. From the US POV though, it looks as if this ship may already have sailed (to Sweden).

  • Rossi Fan

    Why don’t they just pay IH’s tab for the Rossi lawsuit? Here’s $89M if you can show us cold fusion is real. There’s the exit and don’t come back if you can’t.

    • cashmemorz

      Rossi can show anyone who pays that it works. Those who need a theoretical mechanism for how it works are looking for “substantiation” in the terms that mainline scientist as conservative individuals use the term. Rossi can’t show this since he doesn’t know the final theory. It hasn’t been experimentally proven by anybody.

      • Rossi Fan

        Nah. There are lots and lots and lots of things they don’t understand. It does not stop them from using it.

        There is a word for “you do not know how it works”. That word is
        “quantum”. It means being in several places at the same time. It
        means probability and statistics nothing for sure. Nuclear science if full of this kind of stuff. DARPA has a Request for Information for improvements to micro-nukes.

        I seriously question whether or not this is a full hearted effort on the part of the house committee. I suspect it is a lone wolf congressman or two forcing the issue.

    • f sedei

      Too logical. Coercion is the more common approach. It usually works in government’s favor.

  • Steve Swatman

    everyone in the field but Rossi is named on this graphic, http://www.lenria.org/#!ecosystem/ckvr industrial heat and brilouin get a mention though… is it just out of date or do they not accept mr rossi and his inventions.

    • cashmemorz

      Officially the government recognizes official or top of the “organization chart” names. Industrial Heat includes or did include Rossi as a co- worker at best and as an emplyee more likely. So Rossi is less “official” than Industrial Heat, but included for those in the know.

      • sam

        I have wondered if I.H treated A.R like an employee than a business partner
        and he did not like it and added to there falling out.

        • http://www.facebook.com/hiteshceon Hitesh Ceon

          Good point. In the beginning even Rossi himself spoke of himself as the chief scientist at IH… later that seemed to change with Rossi’s emphasis on Leonardo owning the IP and IH being a licensee.

      • cashmemorz

        If mentioned also, then Rossi is known to those at the top as much as any organization. Despite Rossi being in charge of Leonardo, this mention is not only as part of a business body but as an individual equal to those business bodies.( sometimes “busy bodies” are is a more apt a term in the mix of all: legalities and all that is going on these days with the government getting involved (pun very much intended).. he he he

  • http://www.lenr-forum.com/forum/ barty

    Do they have a working reactor? Or what are they about to deliver to the congress report??

    Looks like LENR Cities. Much talk but nothing working in reality.

  • Ciaranjay

    First of all I note that the word “potential” is included.
    Secondly military involvement is a double-edged sword, but good if the guy holding the double-edged sword is on your side.
    Thirdly, like Iron Man, Rossi does not seem to play well with others, it will be surprising if he wants to get involved with all this, but of course I could be wrong.
    Fourthly this is extremely heartening. I have commented, as have others, about the increase in “noise” surrounding LENR over the last year or so, and it has led to this. People are paying attention. People at this level normally do not get interested, and publicise their interest without very good reason, they do not want to look stupid. That I think is significant.
    LENRIA, are these people legit or is it some kind of land grab?
    Finally, although I have some understanding for the scientific community and why they can sometimes be bigoted or blind (as in the case of continental drift in the 60’s) it will be vastly amusing to see the U turn take place.

  • Achi

    This is not a good thing. This should be thought of more as a warning and a potential deadline. If the government gets word that this is a distinct possibility, I can easily see all of Ross’s work and research being confiscated by the government. “Strong national security implications” do not get ignored lightly, and while government intervention may be a nice thought, the open market would develop this much faster. I’m sure we all don’t want to see LENR move at the speed of government.

    • pg

      Not going to happen. Sweden will not care about it, and Germany and China even less.
      If Rossi has what he says, there will be no stopping it.

      • Job001

        Oh ye of little faith! Of course it can be stopped, safety, national security, obstructed finance, adverse economics, patent wars, law suits, murder, if necessary………Have a little faith!

        • Gerard McEk

          Faith that the US government are bandits? Oh ye…

        • f sedei

          There is no way the US Government will allow this technology to leave this Country without our military getting first bite of the apple and we maintain full control until we are assured complete world wide advantage…if LENR proves successful. This is just too big.

          • Steve Savage

            If you believe the US government knows what it is doing, you may not have been paying enough attention.

      • f sedei

        Rossi’s inclusion of other nations in this process is one of his wisest decisions.

    • Skip

      Hey CF/LENR researchers! Come to Canada where you can go back to being ignored instead of “investigated” by the US Military…
      (until Canada is told otherwise)

    • Omega Z

      Rossi’s patent as well as others have went through the National Security vetting process.

      I believe when National Security Interests is mentioned, it is in the context of being left out of the technology. I really don’t see that happening regardless who brings it to market 1st.

    • DrD

      In Sweden?

      • Roland

        And Switzerland?

        On the other hand knowing who the LENRIA guys, and their financial backers, are in depth just became germane because they are proposing to make the rules going forwards.

        As that old saw goes ‘those with the gold make the rules’ so knowing straight from the start which way the table is being tilted, and why, is always helpful.

  • psi2u2

    Right on schedule….well, better later than never. ; )

    • Ged

      Israel is in the game too? Interesting.

      • Skip

        See the 60 minutes video and notice where they sent R. Duncan