We are going to start today with new vocabulary.
Low Energy Nuclear Reactor also referred to as LENR.
Now I am holding those letters close to my heart.
A couple weeks ago I talked to you about the dangers of compact fluorescent lightbulbs. My take on those bulbs for general use in your home hasn’t changed. But like many great discoveries that have sprung forth inspite of being rooted in polluted soil – this new discovery that low energy, clean and stable nuclear reactions are taking place inside of compact fluorescent light bulbs shed a whole new light on the subject.
NASA: A Nuclear Reactor To Replace Your Water Heater
“It has the demonstrated ability to produce excess amounts of energy, cleanly, without hazardous ionizing radiation, without producing nasty waste,” said Joseph Zawodny, a senior research scientist with NASA’s Langley Research Center.
“The easiest implementation of this would be for the home,” he said. “You would have a unit that would replace your water heater. And you would have some sort of cycle to derive electrical energy from that.”
Carbon could also be used as a fuel, NASA scientists speculate, and the process would turn the carbon into nitrogen, the most abundant element in the atmosphere.
“I don’t know what could possibly be cleaner than that,” said Zawodny. “You’re not sequestering carbon, you’re totally removing carbon from the system.”
Feeling skeptical? I certainly was. We have all been drunk on hope and felt that hangover.
Low Energy Nuclear Reactions, the Realism and the Outlook
Therefore, the LENR situation and outlook is the following:
- Something real is happening.
- The weak interaction theories suggest what the physics might be.
- There are efforts ongoing to explore the validity of the theories.
- There are continuing Edisonian efforts to produce “devices” mainly for heat or in some cases transmutations.
- There are efforts to “certify” such devices.
- NASA LaRC has begun LENR design studies guided by the Weak Interaction Theory
Color me both drunk on hope and filled with gleeful wonder. The Big Boys are taking this pretty seriously. It’s pretty cold around here today. The thought of low cost and low impact energy to heat my home and run my laptop sounds mighty fine. I’m even daring to imagine that this could happen in my lifetime, and that it might be the key to reducing or even eliminating our carbon footprint.
Tiny Nuclear Reactions Inside Compact Fluorescent Bulbs?
“If this outstanding new data is substantiated by further experimentation, it provides yet more proof that LENRs are likely to be a truly ‘green,’ safe nuclear technology.”
Larsen hopes to demonstrate that low-energy nuclear reactions are safe, green and commonplace in part to distinguish them from fission reactions that produce dangerous ionizing radiation in conventional reactors. He has found evidence of LENRs occurring in lithium-ion batteries, catalytic converters, and naturally in bacterial processes and lightning.
Many researchers, including NASA scientists, are working on low-energy nuclear reactors that use non-hazardous fuels like nickel and hydrogen to produce energy and non hazardous by-products, like copper.
My parents can’t remember a time without television. I can barely remember a time without microwave ovens. My older kids can’t remember a time without a home computer, and my three year old runs around watching PBS on her dad’s beat up old iPhone. It is my greatest grandest hope that my grandchildren won’t remember a time when the price of energy was modeled on scarcity.