LENR vs Solar/Wind, and emerging Green Technologies.

  • COVID-19’s effects have caused global supply chains to buckle and break. Of the many sectors affected, one is particularly worrying — low-carbon energy. Closed borders, silent factories and shortages of components are slowing the deployment of wind turbines, solar panels and electric vehicles worldwide, with little time left to avert dangerous climate change.


    I think a vaccine will arrive in time to keep this industry out of severe trouble. Other industries such as restaurants, tourism and airlines were smashed up in the first weeks of the pandemic, and they are still in terrible shape. Much worse than wind turbines. It took longer for the problems to reach wind turbines, and they will be among the first to recover.


    I don't mean to downplay or dismiss pandemic related problems in the wind turbine business.


    Many restaurants and some cruise ship companies may never recover. Major U.S. retailers such as Lord & Taylor's have gone out of business. Retailers and shopping malls were in trouble before the pandemic. Apparently it pushed them over the edge. It sped-up other changes that were happening gradually, such as increased telecommuting and business meetings held by Zoom instead of flying to cities. The airlines' income from business meeting travel may never fully recover.

  • https://www.chemistryworld.com…synthesis/4012372.article


    A newly developed battery based on aluminium, nitrogen and a specialised ionic liquid electrolyte can be used for energy storage via a net reaction that produces aluminium nitride by breaking the challenging nitrogen–nitrogen triple bond. Aluminium nitride can be converted to ammonia, opening a new avenue for coupling energy generation and the production of nitrogen-containing compounds, without relying on industrial routes that contribute to global warming.


    Batteries based on gases can simultaneously store and release energy while also converting gaseous components to new compounds. These compounds may act as precursors to industrially relevant chemicals. For example, Li-CO2 batteries work by exploiting the electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide to form a lithium carbonate. This carbonate can react further to create a range of different chemicals.

  • It's a changed world alright. I had to fill out 5 pages of bullshit forms to go to Italy next week. 3 for the Italians a 2 for the UK.


    It will be interesting to see if things change back after a vaccine ends this pandemic. I predict things will be relaxed but not back the way they were. To some extent we should remain vigilant, because experts say other zoonotic diseases are likely.


    As for bullshit forms, I read an account by a British person who flew from New York to London a few months ago. On the airplane they made her fill in many forms, asking many questions. She got to Heathrow, went through customs, went through quarantine. Nowhere did anyone ask her for the forms. As I recall she asked someone, "where should I hand in these forms?" They had no idea. So she went home and threw them away.


    I once got off an airplane from the U.S. to Rome, Italy. As in any airport, there was only one hallway out. I walked down a hallway, another hallway, another . . . and out into the parking lot. No one asked for the passport or anything. So I went back in to get my luggage. It was missing. I lined up and finally reached missing baggage counter. A friendly, middle aged lady there spoke excellent English. I said, "my bag did not show up." She said, in an affable way, "that's been happening a lot today." As if we were talking about the weather. The bag showed up three days later, which is normal for Italy, or Spain, in my experience.


    When travelling to Europe, I recommend you bring everything in carry-luggage.

  • I once got off an airplane from the U.S. to Rome, Italy. As in any airport, there was only one hallway out. I walked down a hallway, another hallway, another . . . and out into the parking lot. No one asked for the passport or anything. So I went back in to get my luggage. It was missing. I lined up and finally reached missing baggage counter. A friendly, middle aged lady there spoke excellent English. I said, "my bag did not show up." She said, in an affable way, "that's been happening a lot today." As if we were talking about the weather. The bag showed up three days later, which is normal for Italy, or Spain, in my experience.


    When travelling to Europe, I recommend you bring everything in carry-luggage


    That is pretty typical of regional airports in Italy. In some of them you are even allowed not to smoke. As for luggage, I only ever take a carry-on. Life's too short to hang around the carousel.

  • That is pretty typical of regional airports in Italy.


    This was the main airport, Leonardo da Vinci.


    I will say, the staff there is friendly, and you can find your way around. The worst airport I have been to is Charles de Gaulle in Paris. I arrived there in the middle of the night. I had no idea where the next flight would be. There was a gigantic board with all of the flights listed in no apparent order. Not flight number, not the name of the place they were going to, not the time . . . It was like a memory core dump from a failed program circa 1975. There was not a soul around to ask where to go. Another time I was stuck in line for nearly an hour with one person checking people in a desultory manner. I barely made the flight.


    The personality of that airport reminds of Charles de Gaulle himself. It is well named. Like Prauge's Franz Kafka International Airport:


  • Just to remember this other hydrogen solution that solves some of the problems of normal hydrogen. This is probably not really hydrogen, but a gaseous form of water that is combustible.



    By the end of the video, Donatelli shows how his finger exposed to the flame of Ohmasa gas flame “healed” in a couple of hours.

    I certainly Hope to see LENR helping humans to blossom, and I'm here to help it happen.

  • https://www.spiked-online.com/…green-energy-catastrophe/


    Another cautionary tale about going green. In this case; be careful how the contract is worded, or it could backfire as Ontario citizens (and green politicians) discovered.

    Reminds me a lot of what was shown in the “planet of the humans” documentary.

    I certainly Hope to see LENR helping humans to blossom, and I'm here to help it happen.

  • A review of Planet of the Humans https://www.adbusters.org/article/co-opted-by-capitalism


    Closing paragraph:

    The environmental movement now finds itself a half-century beyond the first Earth Day, and nearly 60 years past the publication of Silent Spring. Has it lost its way? Are its long-cherished institutions bound too closely to the incentives of capitalism? It may have. It may be. But neither conclusion can be drawn from Planet of the Humans without the taint of untruth. In any case, a new generation of climate activists has already emerged. And its members — supporters of the likes of XR, Thunberg, and the Sunrise Movement — don’t buy the illusion that renewables alone, without a broad reconsideration of the political-economic status quo, can save humanity from the worst effects of climate change. “Decades of institutional failure ensures that only ‘unrealistic’ proposals … now have a realistic chance of stopping the planetary death spiral,” writes journalist George Monbiot. “And only those who stand outside the failed institutions,” like XR’s self-styled rebels, “can lead this effort.” At the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit, Thunberg inveighed against world leaders: “We are in the beginning of a mass extinction. And all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!” The Sunrise Movement, in its own words, is “building an army of young people to break the hold of oil and gas CEOs on our politics and elect leaders who will protect the health and wellbeing of all people, not just a wealthy few.” Irrespective of Planet of the Humans, a new wave of environmentalists has already arrived, and its young proponents have no hang-ups about getting political. Why should they? After all, they were born into a world in flames. And unlike some of their benumbed elders, they can feel the heat.

    But when will we feel LENR heat???????

  • But when will we feel LENR heat???????


    The challenge isn't some heat, but enough heat and the means of its conversion to more electricity that what is required for apparatus. I have shown by mass balance and stoichiometry that Hydrogen and Oxygen can be combined via an electric current in a series of elementary steps to Silicon which then fissions to nitrogen. There no reason to expect that BLP's water contaminated liquid metal experiments do any other reaction that the one I have proven above. The elements that occur in the elementary step above are also the transmutation products observed by the Safire project. So again, its a version of the same reaction. However, as I have shown by energy balance, these reactions are doing something with mass difference between the reactants and products that is not conversion of the mass difference to energy. Hence, LENRs primary problem is that it doesn't produce a nuclear ash or high energy products which would be consistent with a thermonuclear reaction. This is why people who only skim the surface of these LENR projects claim LENR is nonsense.


    Progress in LENR now rest mostly what the metal (BLP) or plasma layers about the reaction (Safire) are doing to convert an unknown strange radiation (the main LENR energy product) to heat. There may also be hope of production of muons from LENR followed by muon fusion. It also wouldn't surprise me if starting with Osama gas or its various versions leads to electricity over unity sooner than other approaches.

  • The biggest weakness or failure of Planet of the Humans is the following fact:


    When technologies go through fast and exponential changes you CANNOT use history to judge the same technology.

    Like concluding on Wind power or Solar power using examples from 2005 og 2012 like in the movie.


    Nuclear France will now expand windpower with 30 GigaWatt the next decade. The goal is 33% renewables in the mix by 2030. A dramatic increase from today.

  • When technologies go through fast and exponential changes you CANNOT use history to judge the same technology.

    Like concluding on Wind power or Solar power using examples from 2005 og 2012 like in the movie.


    Exactly. Or like railroads in the 1860 to 1890. Or microcomputers in the early 1980s. In addition to "fast and exponential growth" you need a large and continuous reduction in cost. It does not have to be exponential. As long as it is substantial, year after year, it can be roughly the same percentage. I think the cost of railroad transportation fell at a stable rate during the boom years of rail construction. Cost reductions have been exponential in some cases, such as with the cost of illumination, computing, and computer storage. See the graphs on p. 11:


    https://www.lenr-canr.org/acrobat/RothwellJcoldfusionb.pdf

  • The same is true of societies- look at the social/cultural revolution caused by the pandemic. We might have predicted it was inevitable, who who predicted it would mean the beginning of the end for the daily commute to the office? One of my friends in Tokyo is being paid by his employer to organise a live VR version of their factory to reduce the need for contact on the production floor. And they are prepared to throw millions at the project despite being told it may not be possible or practical, but they are confident that if it can be made to work effectively they will get their money back by licensing it to others.