Here’s an intriguing development the Swiss company Stmmicrolectronics S.R.L. has applied for a United States Patent on a low energy nuclear reaction process. On Feb. 25, 2013, the company filed U.S. patent application US20130243143 A1.

Diagram of STM's LENR reactor

The device is described as a: “Reactor for energy generation through low energy nuclear reactions (LENR) between hydrogen and transition metals and related method of energy generation.” The patent application clearly indicates that the purpose of the reactor is the generation of energy.

The application even mentions Pons and Fleischmann. The process the reactor employs apparently uses deuterium and palladium or titanium electrodes to generate thermal energy. It doesn’t say how much energy the device would produce.

Stmmicroelectronics has been involved in LENR research for some time. Last year the company reported that it had duplicated Francesco Celani’s LENR Cell using information from the Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project. This vindicates the Fleischmann project’s open-sourced approach to LENR.

Some of the Components of the STM Reactor

It also shows that large corporations are interested in LENR and want to harness it. Stmmicrolectronics is definitely big business it had revenues of $8.49 billion in 2012 and employed 48,000 people around the world. Headquartered in Geneva, Stmmicroelectronics would be the perfect company to produce and mass market LENR devices.

The company is a leading integrated device manufacturers that provides electronic components to many different industries including power, auto manufacturers and computer companies. Stmmicrolectronics is best known as a semiconductor company but it also provides embedded processing solutions. The company also some experience with alternative energy two of the cars in the world solar challenge use STM microcontrollers.

 

One area that Stmmicroelectronics has a lot of experience in is control technology for energy. That will be critical to commercializing LENR and harnessing LENR as a viable energy source. One of the biggest problems that LENR researchers like Andrea Rossi and Robert Godes have reported is controlling the process.

It’s easy to see why a big electronics company like Stmmicroelectronics is interested in LENR. There is a huge market for alternative sources of electricity out there. The constantly rising cost of electricity and the perceived unreliability of the grid are driving more and more companies to generate their own power.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the number of commercial operations in the United States that produce their own electricity quadrupled between 2006 and 2013 – the number rose from 10,000 to 40,000. Telecoms like Verizon and technology companies like Apple are at the forefront of the movement, Verizon plans to spend $100 million on fuel cells for its data centers.

The market is growing too the Nerdgraph website predicted that the cost of electricity in the U.S. will increase by 21% in the next 10 years and 51% in the next 20 years. That means we’re going to see many more big companies looking into LENR.