Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) came to Washington DC and the home of the world’s most powerful legislative body – the United States Congress last week. Representatives of Brillouin Energy Corporation held a conference on their LENR technology on Capitol Hill on November 9, 2015.
Attendees at the conference reportedly included members of the US Congress. Unfortunately the legislators that attended the event were not identified in a Brillouin press release that’s making the rounds. The presence of members of Congress is important because in the United States it is Congress and not the President that sets the federal budget.
Unidentified government officials, industry representatives and members of citizens’ groups also attended the event. Some Congressional staff members were also apparently present.
One of the speakers was Dr. Michael McKubre from SRI or Stanford Research International. McKubre is one of the world’s most experienced LENR researchers and a longtime advisor to Brillouin. Among other things McKubre is overseeing calibration testing and independent analysis of Brillouin’s technology at SRI.
McKubre provided a few intriguing details of Brillouin’s technology and its progress in a brief report distributed at the conference. He wrote:
“it is very clear that something on the order of four times (4x) and potentially more gain in power (and therefore ultimately energy) was achieved at an impressive and industrially significant operating temperature of around 640°C. To my knowledge this had not been achieved before in the LENR field. The fact that the Q pulse input is capable of triggering the excess power on and off is also highly significant.”
Brillouin on the March
Brillouin has updated its website and made the interesting admission that its technology is LENR. In the past Brillouin had tried to avoid that term. It also mentions Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons.
Like Andrea Rossi’s Leonardo Corporation, Brillouin is working on two prototype reactors:
- 1. A low temperature wet reactor that is essentially an LENR-powered water heater. Called the WET Boiler this would provide low temperature thermal energy for water heating and keeping buildings warm. This would be an important use of LENR because vast amounts of carbon dioxide is emitted by people burning fossil fuels to heat houses and water. The Wet Boiler could also be admitted for industrial uses such as food processing.
- 2.The Hydrogen Hot Tube, which is Brillouin’s answer to Andrea Rossi’s hot ecat. This device produces temperatures of 500 to 700 degrees Celsius by pumping high pressure hydrogen gas into the reactor. It produces temperatures hot enough to make steam to run turbines to generate electricity.
On its website Brillouin claims it has the ability to turn reactions on and off at will. If that’s true, it could means that Brillouin has a commercially viable LENR process. The big problem with LENR is that it is fairly easy to produce a low energy nuclear reaction but not to control one.
Brillouin claims it has produced continuous reactions that operate for weeks at a time and hundreds of watts of power form its devices. It also claims to have achieved a coefficient of power (COP) of four to one. That means its reactor puts out four times as power as it takes in.
Brillouin is now so confident in its technology that it has taken out six trade names for it including:
Brillouin WET Boiler System
Brillouin HHT system
Brillouin Hydrogen Hot Tube system
Brillouin HHT Power Plant
Brillouin uses technology developed by its Founder, President and Chief Technology Officer Robert Godes. Its CEO is Robert W. George II who has had experience taking a number of companies public, that means he transforms them into real companies.
The company has at least three Silicon Valley veterans to its team. David Firshein an expert in venture capital and start ups as Chief Financial Officer. Jim Aldbridge, an engineer with over 35 of experience at 25 technology companies and David Correia as Chemical Engineering Manager. Correia is an expert in designing and troubleshooting chemical and mechanical systems.
It looks as if Brillouin might be closer to marketing LENR than we thought and getting a government contract for it.