Obama Issues Executive Order on Combined Heat and Power in Industry

I thought this was an interesting executive order issued this week by President Obama in the light of things we have been discussing here. Combined heat and power, or cogeneration, is the process of generating both heat and electricity from a heat source like a boiler — and it is something that E-Cat technology would certainly seem suited for. The intent of the Executive Order is to increase fuel efficiency and make US manufacturing more competitive by encouraging the use of waste heat to be used to create electricity.

Here’s a link to the full text of the order, followed by some some excerpts.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/08/30/executive-order-accelerating-investment-industrial-energy-efficiency

” While our manufacturing facilities have made progress in becoming more energy efficient over the past several decades, there is an opportunity to accelerate and expand these efforts with investments to reduce energy use through more efficient manufacturing processes and facilities and the expanded use of combined heat and power (CHP). Instead of burning fuel in an on site boiler to produce thermal energy and also purchasing electricity from the grid, a manufacturing facility can use a CHP system to provide both types of energy in one energy efficient step. Accelerating these investments in our Nation’s factories can improve the competitiveness of United States manufacturing, lower energy costs, free up future capital for businesses to invest, reduce air pollution, and create jobs. . .

“The Departments of Energy, Commerce, and Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency, in coordination with the National Economic Council, the Domestic Policy Council, the Council on Environmental Quality, and the Office of Science and Technology Policy, shall coordinate policies to encourage investment in industrial efficiency in order to reduce costs for industrial users, improve U.S. competitiveness, create jobs, and reduce harmful air pollution. In doing so, they shall engage States, industrial companies, utility companies, and other stakeholders to accelerate this investment.”

While I am sure that this order was not issued with E-Cat of LENR in mind, but it may make the climate more favorable for the implementation of E-Cats, or other LENR systems in industrial settings. More discussion on this executive order can be found here.

  • qc_jym

    A representative of the white house gave a
    conference on the 3rd keynote day of NI Week.
    It was pretty much in the same direction.
    Video is on youtube, will try to find it
    and post link!

    jym

  • Actually CHP does not use waste heat to generate electrical power, it passes the thermal energy through a turbine first to generate electric power and the lower temperature gases coming out of that process are then used as process heat. If you are using natural gas for process heat, the flame temperatures of the combustion process may be as high as 2500 C which is high quality heat. There is little sense of simply diluting the combustion gas stream down to give a process heat of let’s say 300 C when you can reach that temperature by first passing it through a power turbine and generating valuable electricity.

    • Mannstein

      Actually a Combined Cycle plant is about as efficient as it gets if the waste heat is used for industrial process purposes. Combined cycle alone will provide an efficiency of over 60%. Siemens has such a plant already in operation since July 2011. Using waste heat from such a plant could increase it well over 70% depending on the process requirements.

  • georgehants

    “In school you probably learned that the decay rate of radioactive matter is solely determined by the halftime specific to the element. There is no environmental factor that can somehow tweak this process. At least there shouldn’t be. Now a second study confirmed previous findings that the decay rate of some elements seems to be under the subtle and mysterious influence of the sun. As of now there is no theoretical explanation for this strange effect buried in the decay rate data.”From the Annals of the Impossible (Experimental Physics)
    —-
    Photons only slowly emerge from the Sun’s core. Neutrinos just pass through once produced.
    Radioactive decay is supposed to be the ultimate random process, immutably governed by an element’s half time and nothing else. There is no way to determine when a single radioactive atom will decay, nor any way to speed-up or slow down the process. This iron clad certainty has always been the best argument of opponents to conventional nuclear fission power generation, as it means that the inevitable nuclear waste will have to be kept isolated from the biosphere for million of years (notwithstanding recent research attempts at stimulated transmutation of some of the longer lasting waste products.)
    Read at —-
    http://wavewatching.net/2012/09/01/from-the-annals-of-the-impossible-experimental-physics-edition/

  • JamesA

    Romney says we should drill more oil to become independent, that’s one of the main reasons I moved away from the party, their unrelenting support of Big Oil at any cost, screw the citizens and more tax breaks for big oil, I can not in good conscience vote republican till they get the oil and the “foreign” policy back in order.

    • Kim

      I would like to vote, but there is no one
      to vote for.

      Spiritual Science and Moral behavior is
      Lacking.

      We are becoming Quantum, yet we are still
      using the old amoral science pathways.

      Money is King, bottom Line.

      No respect for the colony.

      Like the Bee’s we are experiencing our own form
      of Colony Collapse Syndrome.

      I keep looking for the hope of the mindset shifting

      Andrea Rossi is our best shot at this time.

      Respect
      Kim

      • john E

        Kim
        are you a beekeeper?

    • Mannstein

      Romney wants to get energy independent with Canadian oil sands and Mexican crude.

  • Ivan_cev

    Any one have more news about the NANOR?

    • john E

      Nice catch. Thank you for posting this.

    • Barry

      Hi Ivan, The NANOR is no longer at MIT. Mitchell Swarts wrote-“…we moved it to a third location for some exciting new research.”
      He wrote a report on the NANOR which, as far as I know, was available at ICCF-17, but it is yet to be posted on his site- Cold Fusion Times. But there is a curious title there (with no story) that reads- “COMING ATTRACTION in 2013: THE “NANOR EXPLORER” ™” ???

      I wonder if MIT is going to have another CF class this January with the “NANOR EXPLORER” as a demo.

      • where came your reference … big news!

        • Barry

          Mitchell Swartz sent me an email. I actually got to see the report, but he asked if I would not post it. I’m afraid I don’t understand all of the ramifications of it. Hopefully it will come up for discussion soon. My guess is he will post it in the next update of Cold Fusion Times.