Robert Godes the man behind Brillouin Energy’s low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) process is making some very bold and interesting claims about his technology. The most dramatic of the claims is that his device can turn 1.024 milliliters of water into as much energy as is contained in 96 gallons of gasoline. Godes told the OilPrice blog that this equals 355,000 as much energy per volume as gasoline.
Brillouin is currently developing a hot tube model of Godes’ device that will heat water to 750 to 932 degrees Fahrenheit (400 to 500 degrees Celsius) and produce what he calls dry steam. He said the dry steam will not contain water. Dry steam is what is used to drive turbines that generate electricity and move heat.
Godes has revealed a few more details about the process he invented. Unlike the nickel hydrogen LENR process that Andrea Rossi, Francesco Piantelli and Francesco Celani are working upon Brillouin’s process merely uses nickel as a catalyst and not as a critical component of the reaction.
Godes gave a brief but unsatisfactory explanation of his process. The process generates heat by converting hydrogen protons into neutrons. The neutrons are captured by hydrogen ions or other atoms in a nickel lattice. The captured electrons generate heat because they shed excess energy when they combine with the lattice. He also said that he believes that the process is a nuclear reaction even though he dislikes the term “LENR” because he feels it is not an accurate description of the process. He prefers Controlled Electron Capture Reactions or CECR.
Godes made the claim that Brillouin can effectively control the process and predict what the energy output will be. He claimed that competitors such as Rossi, Piantelli, Celani, George Miley and Defkalion are not able to do that. Since to my knowledge Godes has not examined any of their devices this statement must be viewed purely as his opinion.
Nor did Godes provide any hard evidence to back up this claim he simply referred Oil Price writer Brian Westenhaus to his company’s business plan. It would be nice to see some physical evidence or at least an outside scientific report that verifies these claims. Godes once again made the assertion that his device has been tested at the Los Alamos National Laboratory since he has never been able to verify this claim it should be ignored.
He did provide one very good piece of circumstantial evidence to back up his claims. He noted that the one scientist who has examined and tested the Brillouin device LENR pioneer Dr. Michael McKubre of SRI has joined Brillouin’s board of advisers. Godes noted that McKubre agrees with his claims about the device.
Another more convincing argument is that Brillouin has actually been able to raise around $20 million from venture capitalists to finance its research. The funding is contingent on Brillouin being able to produce a working power plant employing its technology. It has also attracted the services of an experienced businessman and venture capitalist Robert W. George II who serves as its CEO.
Godes told the Oil Price that he has filed three applications for US patents on the Brillouin process. News reports indicates that Brillouin has a Chinese patent for its process.
He also said that he cannot reveal many detail of his process because of trade secrets. These secrets apparently include the “electro stimulation” process that makes the LENR reaction possible.
This stimulation is supposedly more complex than those in Rossi’s Ecat or Defkalion’s Hyperion device according to Godes. Since Godes doesn’t seem to have actually examined those devices that claim is hard to believe. Interestingly enough he didn’t say whether it was more complex than George Miley’s device, Celani’s device or the JET Energy device that Peter Hagelstein is working with at MIT.
Westenhaus noted that Sterling Allen of Pure Energy Systems believes that Brillouin is furthest along in LENR research. I belief I share but have no proof of. Allen reportedly believes that Brillouin can turn the device off and on and control the level of the reaction.
Two interesting things that Godes has failed to mention are the cost of the process and the coefficient of power (COP) – the amount of energy the device produces compared to the amount of energy required to create the reaction. My guess is that he and McKubre haven’t done enough testing to determine these things yet.
What I really want to see from Brillouin is a working device that produces enough dry steam to turn a turbine to produce electricity. Unless they can produce that their device is an interesting science experiment and nothing else. Many researchers have achieved LENR reactions so far nobody has been able to harness one. Although Robert Godes maybe the first to do so.