Tuesday, May 27, 2014

IAEA -the UN's Nuclear Watchdog

The scope of Vienna's International Atomic Energy Agency goes largely un-noticed in North America. Let's scan the mission statement.
Its major tasks are policing non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and making nuclear science and technology available for peaceful uses. It has not yet taken a position on the prospect of LENR having a favourable impact on many of the nuclear issues IAEA deals with.

In an April 2014 Norway speech, the Agency's Director General, Yukiya Amano, provided an overview of the work of his organization. He stresses that the IAEA is a technical organization working in a highly politized environment.

IAEA does not try to dissuade nations from building their own reactors for peaceful purposes. It promotes safety in operation of a 50-yr-old flawed technology. Absent, so far, is any effort to condition politicans to emerging non-radioactive alternatives.

Perhaps the UN will act following the 2014 release of the 3rd-party test report on the E-Cat. This is the Italian/American device that is being engineered to tackle China's coal-fueled pollution problem and possibly Japan's sudden electricity deficit*, and even Africa's lack of electricity generation and distribution infrastructure.

Populace of Japan's capital city mounts campaign objecting to Big Nuclear's attempt to complete new nuclear reactor:

In June, IAEA's Director General visited Sweden's proposed geological nuclear waste site ...some 400 meters below ground in granite bed rock.

Northern Ontario has deep granite bed rock, but porous and cracked limestone adjacent to Bruce nuclear reactors on Lake Huron's shore is apparently the preferred Canadian site. Ontario Power Corporation might invite Dr. Amano to visit and share his insights -while his agency monitors three developments:
1. The haste to bury nuclear waste as transmutation technology moves into the development stage.
2. The pending release of the latest 3-rd party E-cat test report.
3. Opening of an operating E-cat heating plant by a US company to public viewing later this year.

2nd update
E-Catworld.com has an incisive essay on July 8th, labelled:
UN Panel: Carbon Neutrality Needed by 2050 to Avoid Catastrophy
It concludes with "perhaps before too long...the benefits of LENR will become readily apparent to those who sit on panels like the (UN's) DDPP..."

3rd update
Ever-increasing nuclear radioactivity is alarming according to a report by German doctors. Scan the statistics:

Friday, May 09, 2014

Fission vs. LENR & Waste Treatment vs Internment

Other than news that the chairman of Industrial Heat, LLC attended the opening of Nickel/Hydrogen center in a Chinese Industrial Park, and news that the Swedish energy conglomerate, Vattenfall, has cancelled R&D on carbon capture and storage, it has been a rather quiet week on the energy front.

The big issue (outside of Japan) is still public awareness. And, this is where advocacy blogs and internet forums can serve as significant catalytic agents.

With top political leaders, it's not about ignorance; it's about holding a powerful position until retirement while on the look-out for consensus on hot issues.

If informed and vocal, the populace can influence concensus, which in turn helps change political priorities.

For main-line media it's about keeping big advertisers
(such as automotive, nuclear and petrol) happy -and keeping the populace ignorant about disruptive technology which could benefit them.

With big industrial honchos, it's mostly about protecting profits, which involves adopting latest technology in order to remain competitive.

Recent Londont posts did churn up some e-mail chatter. Summing up, my responses went something like this:

1. Some may insist engineering of the E-cat has await scientific agreement on the underlying theory of LENR, but there are some industrialists in Italy, China, Germany, Japan, South Korea and Sweden who are not so constrained. Theoretical physicists do not want to be distracted from well-funded "fission" research. We will have to await participation of new generation funders and scientists; as Max Planck quipped, "Science advances one funeral at a time."

2. The Asians have had the lowest labour costs and now they are positioning themselves to have the lowest clean energy costs.

3. If in doubt, avoid dogmatic experts and hyper-skeptics. Follow the Big money! Brillouin, Clean Planet, Industrial Heat LLC, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries are all in Asia "harnessing the unknown physics" while western nations fret over theory, drag their feet on patents and try to bury their accumulating nuclear wastes.

4. Yes, surface storage of nuclear wastes is at the mercy of human and natural elements, but internment has major long-term risks as well. And, given the emergence of a LENR-based treatment, the rush to bury is unconscionable.

5. The UN and its Vienna agency (International Atomic Energy Agency) don't appear to have LENR on their radar even though it is a potential solution to desalination, desertification, hunger, and of course, treatment of spent fuel rods and other radio-active junk. Their problem could be a diverse membership interested only in protecting markets for fossil fuel resources.

6. True, Britain and China have new nuclear power plants on the drawing boards, but some other jurisdictions, e.g. Ontario and Quebec, have removed them from their energy plan. It is noted that Austria has completed only one nuclear plant, a research reactor -at Zwentendorf- In any case, Britain will likely cancel construction as soon as the Chinese fire up their first LENR heating plant.

7. The ColdFusionNow website makes a strong case for LENR over the existing fission reactors producing much of the world's electricy -along with radio-active waste.

8. As the bombardier said to his pilot, "The fun begins. We must be on target as I'm attracting FLAK."

* In answering sharp questions from a 15-yr old wanna-be scientist, Dr. Bob relays the observation that hot fusion is Plasma Science whereas cold fusion is Condensed Matter Science, and then goes on to give the student some advice on what to study to become a nuclear scientist.


#1. Dateline July 21, 2014 from OilPrice.com

IAEA data reveals:
(a) The top 10 generators of nuclear power are: US,France,Russia, South Korea, Germany, China,Canada, Ukraine,UK and Sweden.
(b) Of the above, only the US,France an the UK recycle nuclear waste, which greatly reduces the half life of the elements involved.
Perhaps the nature of the CANDU reactors prevents recycling in Canada.

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Appeal for LENR e-mail Micro-Targeting Campaign

Micro-targeting Business and Political Leaders ... Suggested D-R-A-F-T

Dear Key Influencer

Micro-targeting was very effective in the last US presidential election. The e-mail strategy to deliver votes can also be used to alert business and political leaders to alarming issues –like 30% hike in energy prices and polluting fossil fuels vs. early prospect of much cheaper and cleaner energy sources.

Consider joining a campaign to bring awareness and urgency of LENR (Low Energy Nuclear Reactions) to voters and policy-makers. As cost of living sky-rockets and manufactured exports tank, take a few minutes to scan recent posts on lack of Canadian interest in LENR research, and the ill-timed rush to bury nuclear wastes. Go to: Londont.blogspot.ca

As the energy revolution gets underway in Asia, and as major elections approach, Canadian leaders need a not-so-gentle nudge.

Plan A
In advocating awareness and action, it’s not necessarily who you know, but who you can reach. Therefore, let’s mobilize as many influencers as possible in the task of holding politicians’ feet to the “new fire.”
Parallel Plan B
Given our federal government’s addiction to dirty oil and radio-active nuclear power, let's set up an organization encouraging private and institutional investment in LENR research and commercialization a la Swiss/UK model. See LENR-cities web site
and E-Catworld forum post and comments.

Full name & postal address of campaigner

A positive 3rd party test report (due in June) will prompt General Electric and Industrial Heat LLC to attempt a LENR Distributed Energy launch in China.
If support for above initiatives coincides with the release of the latest test report, then a new blog post giving further details will appear.

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NOTE added May 5th

A section at the end of the April 5th piece on BlackLight Power, gave the following rationale for activating micro-targeting:

Call to Action

Educating editors, university professors and politicians about the "new fire" is really tough to do via an advocacy blog. Unless that is, astute readers assist with a micro-targeting challenge.
In most readers' networks are a few individuals capable of getting the attention of media moguls, politicos and business honchos.
Helping to target blog content (and those informative embedded links) at infuentials while adding your own viewpoint leads to a more dynamic economy -and could reverse the trajectory of our energy bills.

You invest time in following advances in energy technology, so lend your talents to advance something you obviously believe in. Assist with identifying and engaging potential influencers.

Remember, problem solvers are happier than bystanders and complainers. Put out positive energy and good things come back to you, to your community -and in this case, to your country.

Let's make it happen ...starting today