Elforsk Announces Creation of The Energy Research Institute [Update from Mats Lewan]

On the Swedish energy research cooperative Elforsk’s website is an announcement of the launch of a new organization: The Energy Research Institute.

UPDATE: Thanks to Mats Lewan for the following important information:

In the document that you and others link to regarding the new entity Energiforsk, the beginning of the text seems to be missing.

Here’s the press release:


which explains that the operations of Elforsk and three other Swedish energy research entities will be merged into the new entity from Jan 1, 2015.

The scope, which according to the press release has been discussed for some years, seems simply to be to broaden the research activities and the ownership from companies in the electric power industry to the whole energy sector in Sweden.

As you noted, Magnus Olofsson remains CEO.

According to the announcement the Energy Research Institute is owned by the Swedish Energy, Swedish District Heating Association, Swedish power grid, Energigas Sweden and Swedegas, and will have 20 employees working in two locations — Stockholm and Malmö. The president and CEO of the Energy Research Institute is Magnus Olofsson, who is also president of Elforsk.

Mr. Oloffson states regarding the purpose of the Energy Research Institute:

“The activities will span the entire energy system with the holistic perspective in focus. It provides opportunities to work with the right questions in the research. Energy Research Institute will bring together players from industry, society and academia. Biogas and new fuels, like electricity important for the future of transport. Gas turbines can be an important complement to the growing wind energy in the energy system.”

Shortly after the publication of Lugano E-Cat report, Mr. Olofsson made a statement published in Ny Teknik magazine which read in part:

“In the current situation we do not know if all this is too amazing to be true. The measurement results indicate that a new way of extracting nuclear power may have been discovered. A small group of Swedish researchers are deeply involved in trying to understand the underlying physics. Sweden has therefore a unique chance to be involved in leading research and development in LENR area.

Elforsk takes now the initiative to build an integrated Swedish research initiative. More knowledge is needed to understand and explain. Let us engage more researchers in searching coat phenomenon and then explain how it works.”

I contacted Mr. Olofsson regarding the formation the Energy Research Institute, and asked if it would be involved in the study of LENR. He responded saying, “We do not have a decision on this specific matter for the time being.”

  • pg

    “We do not have a decision on this specific matter for the time being.”

    Sure you don’t !!!

  • rudyswiss .

    Switzerland just decided an arduous energy strategy till 2050. Of course, LENR does not figure in there. So I sent a comment (in German) to the Swiss Radio/TV News agency, saying that the whole effort will be wasted when LENR appears on the market in the near term. If I get many likes (from you readers) it might get higher attention in CH.

    • bachcole

      I presume that you are Rudolf Meiner of Baar. I gave you an up-click.

      Notice that I don’t mind that other governments become aware of LENR. I just don’t want my own to become aware of LENR. My government is not particularly cruel or tyrannical; it is, however, corrupt to the bone.

      • we want LENR Fusione Fredda

        Organizations easily become corrupt; governments are organizations. http://actoolkit.unprme.org/wp-content/resourcepdf/anand_et_al._ame_2004.pdf
        Organizational Behaviour 101.

        • georgehants

          Remove capitalism and replace with the “best” new system based entirely on production and fair sharing of production and labour.

          • we want LENR Fusione Fredda

            IMHO, all we can do is live by the change we would like to see, and hope that a collective conscience may exist. The names we assign to our social systems will change after the latter have established.

          • psi2u2

            George, did you see Mats’ new video on the destruction of jobs via robotization over the next 50 years? If he is correct in speculating that this is not just another wave of technology as usual, and these jobs are being permanently lost, then reorganization of societies along more cooperative orders — ie more public ownership of the means of production — will be inevitable. Or complete disintegration in class warfare.

          • georgehants

            psi2u2, yes aware, nothing will happen until far more people CARE, and get away from the establishment brainwashing.
            That could mean a very long wait.

          • bachcole

            Someone has to have the money to buy the product. If a robot can make a widget for next to nothing, but no one has any money because the robot made them unemployed, I don’t see the incentive of the manufacturer to make the widget in the first place.

            Whatever happens, I believe that it will be very gradual and I don’t see class warfare. The State of Alaska pays every citizen money because of the wealth gushing up from the ground in the form of oil. The solution could be something like that. Yes, it is inevitable, but it will also be gradual and mostly likely with less conflict, not more. (We already have class warfare.)

          • TomR

            There is large discussion about unconditional guaranteed basic income on vortex. I was surprised that the payments to every citizen in Alaska was not brought up yet.

          • bachcole

            Thank you for that, TomR. I am not crazy about the idea of just giving money to people AND people having no challenges or responsibilities. I do so hope that we can find another solution to the problem of robots doing all of the mindless jobs and some of the not so mindless jobs. I believe that the change will be so gradual that we will be able to figure out a healthy solution.

      • Heath

        Our country happens to have its currency tied to petroleum– the petrodollar. That makes a big difference.

        • bachcole

          What does that have to do with anything?

          • Heath

            I wouldn’t exactly say corrupt to the bone, but certainly uniquely tied into (and influenced by) oil. But I do believe that the US govt role in the LENR story is much different from what we see.

  • bachcole

    So, what is “coat phenomena”?

    And I thought that Elforsk was already what this proposed institute is supposed to be.

    It sounds like Mr. Olofsson is being gutless on the LENR matter.

    • Pekka Janhunen

      It means “to cover [or conquer] the phenomena”. The change is that Elforsk was only an electricity research institute, but now it merges with others to make an energy research institute. I.e., Mr. Olofsson gets one number bigger boots. If he supports LENR, in his new position he likely has more resources to do so.

      • georgehants

        Mr. Rossi seems to think they will be looking at Cold Fusion.
        ing. Michelangelo De Meo
        December 9th, 2014 at 5:08 PM
        Dear Dr. Rossi,
        Here is another great news, the birth of a Research Institute Energie ” Energiforsk ” announced by Elforsk .
        Magnus Olofson after the publication of Lugano E-cat test report have
        said that there was now a good reason to launch research efforts around
        Andrea Rossi
        December 9th, 2014 at 6:37 PM
        Ing. Michelangelo De Meo:
        Another giant enters in the LENR R&D. Thank you for the information.
        Warm Regards,

      • psi2u2

        Thanks for that explanation. I wondered that also.

  • Freethinker

    I think only a few, if any, of those 20 people working there will be very much involved actively in the R&D.

    Likely it will about having oversight, building groups within the network, get funding, lobby etc. The real work will likely be done in the network of the 1200 professionals that the involved companies and organizations can field, likely also involving the universities and other research organizations, maybe not only in Sweden, but internationally as well.

    The key thing – as always – is funding. If there is only research money, there are professionals able and willing. Hopefully some fraction of it all will be steered into LENR research. It likely will, as ELFORSK would not be stopped simply by the publicly perceived “stigma” of the field, as they since long has shown both their face and intentions. Give them just some space and time, and the benefit of the doubt.

  • GreenWin

    This looks to be a strong group of potential stakeholders in pilot LENR projects. The collective owners of this new company include the Swedish District Heating Association:

    “Today the organization consists of approximately 140 companies. They account for 98 percent of the delivered district heating in Sweden. Most member companies are municipally owned, but there are also some that are not Vattenfall, E.ON and Fortum and some other companies.

    The organization is also some 60 other companies associated, including contractors and consultants active in the district heating sector. The industry has a turnover of around 33 billion per year (one per cent of GDP) and invests approximately seven billion [7B SEK = $1B.]”
    District heat, cooling, and cogeneration is the primary product. IF there was a pilot project for a 1MW E-Cat, this is a group that would be very interested. 1MW E-Cat @ about 120C, could be an ideal match for a small cogeneration cooling and heating system. Industrial Heat.

  • Gerrit

    A research effort is launched two months after the TIP report. That is pretty fast action.
    Even if there is no official wording regarding LENR in the announcement. It seems obvious that LENR, and its influence on energy distribution, will be the main focus of their investigations.

    • Omega Z

      This has probably been under discussion since the 1st TIP test.
      The data from the second TIP was needed to make a final decision whether to go with it or not.

      Note also, they had the test data much longer then 2 months for analysis.

      PS, I wonder if any of those involved with the TIP will be included in this R&D endeavor.

  • kdk

    Well, the good news is that it’s too late to stop LENR, and it’s been a long time in the works, if not so much as we could’ve hoped. Life for all people will be better… akin to moving to running water and sewage systems; a win for all. Assuming we make it past the political power plays, which it seems enough people are on board for.

  • Gerard McEk

    I am sure the sole purpose of this newly formed lab is to focus on LENR and to bring it to the market. I do not think we will hear much from them the coming years untlil they have got someting significant. I am sure the test on the Hot cat revealed more for Elforsk than is published and that they now are pretty sure they will succeed. Perhaps they hope that with sufficient money and resources they can bring this sooner to fruitation than Rossi and IH. As long as IH’s patent is not in force the may have a chance.

    • Pekka Janhunen

      As I understood it, it’s not a new lab, but a merging (fusion:-) of existing organisations. No new resources, just a rearrangement of existing ones. That it would have something to do with LENR is speculation. The only thing is that the the organisation will be headed by the same Magnus Olofsson who in his previous position as Elforsk’s chief funded the third party tests and gave open-minded and supportive statements about LENR in general.

      • psi2u2

        I would say the circumstances suggest that the lab has been organized by the stimulus of LENR but that they prefer for rather obvious reasons to minimize this influence in public statements. They are being cautious.

        • Pekka Janhunen

          The elforsk.se press release sentence “Bildandet av Energiforsk har föregåtts av flera års diskussioner” / “The formation of Energiforsk was preceded by several years of discussions” in my opinion speaks against the LENR interpretation. It rather looks like a completely independent thing which has been in the process for years. (To discuss something at length is not untypical to Sweden, might I remark.) Of course, it might well be that Olofsson has plans to study also LENR in the new organisation. But there are no direct hints at that in what they have thus far publicly said.

          • psi2u2

            Hi Pekka,

            I think it was said in earlier remarks by Olofson in the Company’s glossy magazine that ELFORSK would be initiating serious LENR research in response to the Lugano report. I was unable to find the link to this, but it was earlier reported on e-cat world. Perhaps someone else can turn up the link. That being the case, the more cautious stance in this report could mean that Olofson is now less keen on LENR than a few weeks ago, or — more likely, it seems to me — he is just being more careful and fully intends to pursue LENR along with other advanced energy initiatives under this new program.

            Your point about the long time frame for the present reorganization is important, but I don’t think it is the whole story. Both things could be true. See what you think after you have read Olofson’s previous comments.

          • bitplayer

            “he is being more careful”

            We have seen several instances of a visionary leader getting out ahead of the consortium/organization/fan club that they lead, e.g. Rossi, Robert Duncan, the guy at ENEA.

            Seems like there are plenty of “new energy” avenues for this new organization to pursue, in generation, storage, distribution and service. And that the consortium members would all have separate interest spread across that spectrum.

            So the law of the funding jungle applies once more.

            My guess, though, is that they will include LENR in the mix.

          • bachcole

            But it is still only a guess, or speculation as someone else just said.

          • bachcole

            I think that we have reasonably connected the dots that show that this lab is probably going to do LENR research. However, before I get excited and run into my son’s room and tell him, before I email all of my contacts, I have to have Elforsk connect the dots with a written statement.

          • Omega Z

            The 1st mention of Energiforsk that I’m aware of was in 2013 after the 1st TIP.

            I notice it also says something to the effect that only 20 people will be involved & will be divided into 2 locations. Sounds a lot like R&D of a very narrow field. Not Multiple fields.

            Olofsson was also obscure in his response to Frank. There is also serious interest in LENR by Norway. I could be wrong, but I think LENR is the primary subject & Olofsson is just being cautious about what is disclosed at this time.

          • bachcole

            I agree 100%, but I still prefer to hear it from Olofsson.

      • Gerard McEk

        For me it is a too much of a coincidence that Elforsk first says that they will will establish a lab to investigate LENR and then after a few month announce the establshment of a lab that would not do just that. Question is why they do not simply admit that LENR will be included. It could be a strategy to avoid that the rest of the world will do the same. Another reason could be that they now have to work with other companies so they cannot solely decide what the main focus will be anymore. We’ll wait and see.

        • Pekka Janhunen

          Wait a minute… where did they say in the past that they will establish a lab to investigate LENR? And where do they say that now that they are establishing “a lab”? It looks more like a small funding agency to me.

          • Gerard McEk

            I was referring to this: http://www.e-catworld.com/2014/11/05/elforsk-publishes-article-isotop-changes-indicate-cold-nuclear-reaction/
            In this Elforsk clearly indicates their wish to start LENR research jointly with other companies in Sweden. I have understood that Elforsk is a research group of the Swedish electrical companies, like Kema in the Netherlands.
            I agree that they will probably not establish a new lab as such, but they may form a group of scientists to investigate LENR, possibly within the labs of Elforsk. (That is at least my hope, but I am sure you know the Swedish better than I do).

        • bachcole

          It is unlikely that a “community” like Elforsk in a country of socialist-hearted people (just what georgehants is looking for I would suppose; perhaps he should move there) would do something that would be the very worst of capitalism, which is to hide an advancement that would help all humanity. But I will agree with the second point: they may be wanting or even needing to protect the member companies.

  • US_Citizen71

    The Google translation of the below article is hard to follow. Can anyone identify the guy holding what appears to be a hot cat.


    • Giuliano Bettini

      “The guy” is Daniele Passerini (22Passi.blogspot.com).

  • psi2u2

    I agree this seems relevant.

  • Freethinker

    LENR research could very well be done in Lund, albeit this is the first time I hear about it. If you find any more information and references, please inform.

    Regarding what Mats Lewan has said on more tests being done, I only say that the source is Gary Wright, and I would not trust that information longer than I can throw Gary Wright. I can find no reference to this at Mats’es own blogs, but if you have a credible link to some new information about this, please share.

    • psi2u2

      Yes, Gary Wright is an extremely unreliable source, imho. This is the guy who complained to the Florida Bureau of radiation standards about Rossi.

    • bachcole

      If the name ends with an ‘s’, then the possessive form is just an apostrophe. Mats becomes Mats’; Charles becomes Charles’. As in “Mats’ and Charles’ boat runs on that new energy source called the E-Cat.”

      I know that it is complicated, but I didn’t invent the English language. (:->) It’s not my fault.

      • ecatworld

        You can also correctly write: Mats’s or Charles’s — as in Charles’s Law. It’s a point of debate in grammar.

  • GreenWin

    Considering the remarkable results from both TIP1 and Lugano, and the positive response from Mr. Olofsson, expanding LENR research and development is a reasoned action. What is most interesting about this new organization is the inclusion of Swedish District Heating – a company focused on distributed heating and cogeneration. Let’s remember, Industrial Heat owns the E-Cat.

  • GreenWin

    catman, we all would appreciate your passing on news of Energyforsk. Especially in applications for district heating. A 1MW plant could provide heat and hot water to 1 or more apartment buildings. This would be an excellent demonstration of LENR in service to the community.