From “Synopsis” of Summary Report:
Dr. Edmund Storms was one of the first researchers to follow up on the cold fusion claims of Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons in March 1989. He has continued his cold fusion (now widely referred to as low-energy nuclear reactions, LENR) research in the years since, first in his position at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and then in his home laboratory in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His work has included both laboratory experiments and development of explanations of the LENR phenomenon. During his 29 years of investigations, he has developed one of the most extensive LENR research records in existence. Much of this work is available in the public realm through his publication of papers and presentations at conferences. There is in addition an extensive body of research results that are in his private files. A project, termed the “Storms LENR Research Development Project”, has been undertaken to compile the publicly-available documents and to capture, organize, store, and document the private records.
Dr. Storms had enjoyed a 35-year career at LANL, primarily in advanced materials research, when LENR was announced. His pre-LENR investigations were mostly in refractory materials, such as the carbides and nitrides, for high-temperature nuclear energy applications (nuclear rocket, nuclear and power source for space). This highly relevant foundation enabled him to quickly become established as a premier investigator in the LENR field. He has conducted many types of LENR experiments, utilizing most of the methods for achieving the effect, including the Fleishman-Pons approach (electrolytic cells) and the gas discharge and gas loading methods. He has also designed and constructed many kinds of calorimeters for measuring excess heat.
Dr. Storms’ LENR research career took place in several phases, which may be defined by the type of investigative approach and the entities he was working with or whom he was receiving financial support. These phases are as follows, with the primary collaborator or sponsor shown in parentheses: LANL (Carol Talcott), ENECO (Charles Becker), Lattice Energy (Lewis Larsen), and KivaLabs (Brian Scanlan). These phases are separated by periods of independent investigation by Dr. Storms.
As a consequence of his many years of LENR research, Dr. Storms has developed a large body of experimental data along with many publications and unpublished reports. The records collected for the Project have been organized into the Components based primarily on the source of information: publications, unpublished progress reports, work history (lab notebook entries), electronic files, hard-copy materials, LENR library holdings, and interviews of Dr. Storms.
The principal objectives of the LENR Research Documentation Project are to secure and archive the public and private collection of hard-copy and electronic LENR files and to make the materials more accessible for Dr. Storms and others who are interested in the LENR field to conduct more enhanced review for additional insights. The Project scope is from March 1989 through December 2015, the date selected for cut off. It began in August 2015, when Dr. Grimshaw made his first visit. Eleven more trips were made to collect information, interview Dr. Storms, and prepare documents.
An incremental approach was used to collect information because the full scope of the research materials was not known in advance. The first steps were to prepare memos describing each element as it was found. The Project was conducted in three stages – information collection, organization, and documentation. Reports were prepared for each stage. The Stage 1 report documented the information obtained. The Stage 2 objective was to organize the Stage 1 information. The organization was accomplished by developing timelines for each Component. The Stage 3 (Final) report includes appendices with timelines for each Component as well as copies of the publications and progress reports (as separate report annexes). Annexes with Dr. Storms’ interviews and copies of the memos prepared for the Project are also included.
There are a number of opportunities for additional development and analysis of Dr. Storms‘ LENR research record. Almost all of the Project Components could be documented in greater detail, and the associated timelines could be further refined, leading to a more complete Integrated Timeline. In particular, the relationship among the Components could be further analyzed and a more complete picture of the research and results developed. Since the cutoff date for the Project is December 31, 2015, the effort could also be extended for 2016 and 2017. Technical analysis and interpretation could be another fruitful area for further development. Dr. Storms is currently conducting additional review and analysis for new insights or discoveries. A permanent location for the hard-copy and electronic records will be advisable, such as a repository at a qualified and interested university.
Dr. Storms took an early interest in LENR research and has worked diligently in the field since its announcement. He has made many contributions with both sophisticated experiments and advanced explanations of the LENR phenomenon. He has developed a sophisticated home laboratory in which he has conducted experiments employing all the methods known to produce LENR using its various signatures, including excess heat, radiation, tritium production, and elemental transmutation. His novel explanations, such as the nanocrack and hydroton idea for nuclear reaction, conform generally to current scientific understanding but also push into the frontiers of new knowledge. Dr. Storms has served as a vital member of the LENR research community from the very beginning. He has provided intellectual and other support to other investigators, and he has been willing to share his expertise and insight freely.