Humankind has an urgent requirement for abundant, inexpensive and clean energy. New sources are needed not only to secure energy supplies for the future, but also to reduce impacts of current sources, including global climate change and degradation of water supplies. Cold fusion (now widely referred to as low energy nuclear reaction, LENR) would, if its benefits could be realized, meet human needs for a secure and clean energy source for the foreseeable future.
LENR was announced in March 1989 by Dr. Martin Fleischmann and Dr. Stanley Pons. Although it was rejected by mainstream science within a year, it continued to be pur-sued by many researchers worldwide. But because it is a pariah science, few new scientists have been attracted to the field. Many of the researchers who began their work soon after the announcement are now leaving the field because of retirement or health issues. The large volume of research records developed over the past 30 years is at risk of being lost.
The LENR Research Documentation Initiative (LRDI) is underway to mitigate this potential loss. Its main objective is to help researchers make sure that their records are preserved and kept available for additional analysis and interpretation as the LENR field continues to progress. The LRDI began as a pilot project with Dr. Edmund Storms and now includes 15 participants. Because the records have promise of helping realize the benefits of LENR, they represent a vital asset for humankind.
The LRDI objective is to assist researchers in making sure that their efforts are preserved and to keep the records available for additional analysis and insights as LENR knowledge evolves and improves. The Initiative is set up to avoid significant cost to the researchers. The expenses incurred vary to meet the specific needs of each project and researcher. Fortunately, a generous gift was received from the Anthropocene Institute for financial support of the Initiative.
The LRDI began with a pilot project for Dr. Edmund Storms, who was one of the earliest researchers to follow up on the 1989 announcement. He began his LENR investigations while at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), where he already had a 35-year research career at the time of the LENR announcement. He has conducted investigations and developed explanations for the phenomenon in the 30 years since the announcement. His most prominent publications are his two books, published in 20071 and 20142. More information on the Storms Pilot Project is available here.
One of the objectives of the LRDI is to make the work of LENR investigators better known. The participants as of July 2020 are shown here. The LRDI Project Reports are listed here. More information on the processes used in the Initiative is available here. An rigorous communications effort, shown here, is made to “get the word out on the LRDI. Previous experience in the LENR field is provided here.
1. Storms, E. 2007. The Science of Low Energy Nuclear Reaction: A Comprehensive Compilation of Evidence and Explanations about Cold Fusion, World Scientific Publishing.
2. Storms, E. 2014. The Explanation of Low Energy Nuclear Reaction: An Examination of the Relationship between Observation and Explanation, Infinite Energy Press.
-Most of the content of this website was published in Infinite Energy, Issue 150, March/April 2020.
-This website is under development. Last update: 7/5/2020.
The LRDI is a program of LENRGY, LLC.
Thomas W. Grimshaw, Ph.D., President
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