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LENR: A Primer on Carbon-Free Heat Tech

by Greg Daigle | 10:20 – 11:05 in Kansas | View Schedule

Link to a version of this presentation: https://www.theunlitpipe.com/lenr-a-primer

With firms like Toyota, Nissan, Boeing and Mitsubishi engaged in research, and patents filed as recently as February by Google, it is worth finding out how this carbon-free sustainable technology is positioned to fill the gap between renewables and traditional nuclear. 

LENR is an acronym for Low Energy Nuclear Reactions, but is also known as LANR (Lattice Assisted ...), CANR (Chemically Assisted ...) and describes a category of carbon-free generators of heat energy that have been researched for 30 years.  This year one company has said they will introduce IoT-controlled LENR products into the marketplace that could dramatically reduce our reliance upon fuels that emit greenhouse gases. So shouldn’t we learn more about it?

One potential manufacturer states, “Think of it as an energy amplifier, that turns one unit of energy into many units without any toxic waste or dangerous radioactivity.”

Controversial?  You betcha!  Despite over 1,000 peer reviewed papers from research universities and labs showing the generation of heat, financial backing by the Gates Foundation and Google Alphabet and confirmation of heat production by research heavyweights like SRI International, LENR has come a long way since its beginnings when it was called “cold fusion”. 

This will be a primer on the topic, including some of the science, how the field has progressed and how it might be poised to be the biggest provider of heat energy in industry, the home and even in vehicles.

The session will provide links to researchers, organizations, commercial ventures and patents filed by those trying to be first to market with a device that may generate thousands of kilowatts of heat from a core the size of a cigarette that can run for six months on a single charge using the same materials you find in today’s laptop batteries.

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Greg Daigle

A diverse career in user experience design, industrial design and design management for over 150 projects ranging from atoms to bits to smoke.

Atoms includes the industrial design of physical products such as a supercomputer display for Cray, the first-ever 3D fused deposition modeler (aka 3D printer) and Herman Miller furniture designs for the creator of the Aeron chair.

Bits includes leading teams in software development ranging from STEM projects that garnered dozens of national/international awards, e-learning for a co-founder of Macromedia, digital badges under a MacArthur Foundation grant and directing the production and creative staff at an Ad Age 100 interactive agency.

Smoke includes exploring emerging and edgy technologies ranging from editing theoretical physics papers on gravity-like fields, testing the "Never-die" battery by ill-fated Irish engineering firm Steorn — and exploring LENR.

I am a former Associate Professor of Industrial Design at MCAD, Adjunct Professor at the U of M, Principal Investigator, QA Manager, Senior Designer, Research Manager, Director of Customer Success, Director of Production, Executive Director, CTO — and generally a nice guy.

Portfolio at The Unlit Pipe link
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