There has recently been very exciting developments in the technology of Low-Energy-Nuclear-Reactions, and they could prove to be a force for upheaval
in our fossil-fuel-run world. Andrea Rossi, based in the University of Bologna (yes after which the lunch meat was named), developed a technology
called the Energy Catalyzer or E-cat for short.
It allegedly uses a catalyst to fuse the nuclei of Nickel and Hydrogen, producing at least Copper, and lots of heat. It is not an inefficient process
either, apparently one source claiming that if the process were implemented at high-efficiency, one gram of Nickel would effectively be equivalent to
500 barrels of oil. The theory behind the science involved in the process can be found here (not for the mathematically feint of heart)
NASA, who has expressed interest in the technology, is the party that proposed that this is the theory behind which the phenomenon can be explained.
Outside of its protective shell it is safe and does not produce dangerous radiation or radioactive byproducts, just boiling water and copper. Each
unit, when they allegedly will hit the market in the relatively near future, will have a cost of roughly $5000 and will produce enough power to heat
and power your home with very little cost to maintain. Because the process boils water, it can be used for electricity but more easily used for
heating. By some amateur calculations, were these devices truly used to replace fossil-fuel-power-generation in America on a large scale, many many
thousands of units would be necessary. However, were such a clean technology to proliferate, we would not need to isolate the power generation
capacity by many miles as we do for coal/gas/nuclear power, so the grid would be distributed drastically differently and much more efficiently. The
substantially more generous operating costs would quickly make other forms of energy obsolete.
October 2011 is a date which I have been looking forward to pretty much all year, as that is when public demonstrations will verify the reality of the
technology. The 1-mega-watt power plant is supposed to be unveiled at the end of this month by Rossi, comprised of 125 individual E-cat devices. This
will be another milestone in the veracity of the technology, as it seems to so far have had few serious detractors and some very famous and prolific
proponents, like Nobel laureates.
Where the inventor intends to base operations is ambiguous to me at this point, although the three main theaters of operation seem to be Greece, Italy
and Florida. I have read that the inventor has great hopes in America, and that Greece also really needs the economic benefit, and of course the
technology was developed in Bologna (which I hope all this talk is not just a bunch of
Personally, I have a hard time believing that this sort of tech has not already been discovered for many decades by US govt or analogous powers, and
that they would allow it to proliferate in the face of the social upheaval that would occur. There's one part of me that wonders since it would be
too large scale at this point to buy out the operation and trash the technology or assassinate everyone involved, if they might start a war to
distract everyone from this miracle-device in order that they could hold on to their pathetic strongholds of environmental pillage. OR maybe they will
let it slide and see what happens in the marketplace.
There are no sure bets at this point, but I think the evidence shows that the public has an exciting new technology for creating energy, a sort of
"fire 2.0" that, if allowed to proliferate through the marketplace organically, will spell an entirely different future than the one we see
__any suggestions for links or any comments would be quite welcome__