Monthly Archives: August 2012

LENR for Aircraft

Though the Swiss effort to power vehicles through applying LENR technology (see blog “First Research for Powering Vehicles with LENR” on July 14) was impressive in it’s aggressive timeline approach, other researchers are intent on studying the long-range application of LENR to aircraft.

There is a May 2012 NASA study (NASA/CR-2012-217556) entitled “Subsonic Ultra Green Aircraft Research, PhaseII: N+4 Advanced Concept Development” which looks to LENR as a potential ultra-green power source for subsonic aircraft. Not gravity vehicles, but a step toward validating LENR as a power source for flying craft.

In the Boeing Subsonic Ultra Green Aircraft Research (SUGAR) Phase I study, Boeing identified and analyzed advanced concepts and technologies for aircraft that would fly in the 2030-2035 timeframe. One of the recommendations from that study was to conduct a follow-on study to consider the synergistic benefits of methane and/or hydrogen fuel.

This Phase II study covers advanced technology potentials in the 2040 – 2050 timeframe and includes consideration of LENR technology. In this study the SUGAR Team has assumed, for the purposes of technology planning and establishing system requirements, that the LENR technology will work. They have not conducted an independent technology feasibility assessment on LENR, but the technology plan contained identifies the steps that would need to take place to develop a propulsion system for aviation that utilizes LENR technology.

The group identified that the LENR concept could have tremendous benefits, though the technical risks are extremely high. All of the conceptual power alternatives were ranked on the basis of energy output, global emissions, LTO emissions, noise, cost and technology maturity risk. The final score of LENR, including technology risk, had the highest payoff, but also an associated high risk.

The study forecast that traditional fuel burn and emissions will be reduced or eliminated by using LENR energy. Also, noise may be reduced by using LENR heat instead of combustion in the engines.

The primary conversion of LENR-produced heat to power is suggested to be turbine fans and alternate heat engines such as those employing Sterling, Diesel, Wankel, Otto, and Brayton cycles. They do not consider the use of direct conversion to electrical energy using thermoelectric converters as has the Swiss automotive team.

Here is a paper on some of the issues surrounding the efficiency of thermoelectric conversion of LENR heat to electricity:

Selected slides from J. Hauser

Prof. J. Hauser has made available on his site a comprehensive lecture series on the
”Introduction to the Physics of Gravity-like Fields” which contains a set of 120 color slides. It is available here 
in pdf format and may be purchased at a price of $ 40 or 35 Euros.

As mentioned on July 14 in this blog, on June 19 of this year, Prof. J. Hauser gave an invited lecture at the Technical Univ. of Braunschweig entitled, “Emerging Physics of Space Propulsion and Energy Generation.” A shortened version of his presentation materials can be downloaded for free here.

In the Braunschweig slide materials Prof. Hauser thanks me for a copy of my March 2011 book Gravity 2.0. Actually it is I who should be thanking Prof. Hauser (and did so in my book’s dedication) for his participation in reviewing my book for accuracy, as did Prof. M. Tajmar.

In the aforementioned slides Prof. Hauser refers to me as Professor Gregory Daigle, University of Minnesota. Just for the record, I am currently adjunct faculty in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota, but was formerly an Associate Professor at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Hence the design focus of my book.

Steorn In €50 Million A Year HephaHeat Bonanza

On July 20 I mentioned in this blog that physicist Brian Ahern had proposed asymmetric magnetism as the basis for LENR. Steorn, an engineering firm in Dublin, had previously claimed that its Orbo power generation technology operated through the application of asymmetric magnetism. The Sunday Times Ireland’s business section recently contained a surprising new article on intellectual property development firm Steorn.

As reported in, “Their HephaHeat hot water boiling technology looks certain to reinvigorate the company’s finances with two multinational companies seeking to incorporate HephaHeat into consumer and commercial products netting Steorn royalties of around €50 Million per annum by 2017.”
 Sunday Times Ireland reported…

“The Dublin technology company that claimed it could produce energy from nothing says that it has signed collaboration agreements with two large multinational manufacturers writes Tim Madigan.”

The agreements cover the design work  required to incorporate Steorn’s HephaHeat technology into products that use steam and hot water.
This development marks the first time consumer product manufacturers have considered using HephaHeat in their designs.
Steorn courted controversy by placing an advert in the Economist in 2006 inviting scientists to inspect its Orbo technology, which it claimed produced “free, clean and constant energy”.
A two-year verification process overseen by a scientific jury concluded that Steorn has “not shown any evidence of energy production”.
The manufacturers, more convinced of the technology’s potential, are keen to enter into a design phase with the company.
HephaHeat is the tradename for Orbo in heating applications.
Steorn has raised 19 million Euros from investors to date according to Sean McCarthy, Steorn’s chief executive.  Recently filed accounts show accumulated losses had reached 17.2m by the end of 2010.
If manufacturers include HephaHeat in their products, a license agreement is envisaged which would provide a royalty fee for each product sold.
HephaHeat technology is designed for electric water-heating products aimed at the domestic and commercial water-heating industry.
McCarthy claims that royalty fees from these agreements could be bringing in up to 50 million a year by 2017 if these deals progress beyond the design stage.”

Steorn will provide E-Cat, Defkalion and other LENR manufacturing firms with competition from their technology which may also employ LENR, but by another name.