A company called Industrial Heat just received an international patent for LENR. During October 2014’s independent verification of their LENR device, called an E-Cat, by PhDs and Professors at the University of Bologna, the device was run for 32 days continuously without stopping, producing over 2 MWh of heat energy and a net energy gain of 1.5 MWh from just 1 gram of hydrogen, in a device weighing less than 500 grams. The hydrogen had not run out by the time they manually stopped the reaction to conclude the tests.
Total electrical input powering the reactor over the 32 days was 0.6 MWh, total heat energy produced was 2.1 MWh. Undoubtedly signifying that a nuclear reaction was taking place. The device has an amazing power to weight ratio of 1.6 GWh/kg but could be way more if the reaction was allowed to run until all the fuel was consumed.
The convincing proof of LENR would be a self-sustaining device. If this outputs three times as much heat as electrical input then a self-contained run should be feasible with a reasonably efficient heat engine and alternator. The high temperature also lends itself to relatively efficient heat engines, more so in fact then traditional nuclear reactors. I guess there are costs involved in doing so, particularly in building a small but efficient steam or Brayton cycle powerplant. Not to mention safety issues with superheated steam if that route is taken. I’m sure that is the way to attract investors, a model powerplant running on the bench says ‘Safe investment’ far better than a thousand pages of performance graphs.
You’re right. A self sustaining device makes sense considering the COP (3) their getting.
Yes, this is the idea of Jean-Francois Geneste of Airbus Innovation
to use a thermal engine of 30-38% efficiency to loop a COP >3 LENr device.
He announced the challenge.
the problems is that it needs a reliable stable device that have COP>3, and most inventors having that start by raising fund and going dark until they go on the market…
Only someone “benevolent” (or a replicator of a patented technology) would do that.
Sad but true.