Here’s an interesting article titled “How You Can Benefit from a Resilient Community” from the OffTheGridNews.com web site that I hadn’t seen until now (the story was published in July). The site deals with survivalist and self-sufficiency topics such as gardening, alternative energy, hunting, alternative health, etc., and it is the first such site in which I have noticed LENR being mentioned as a possible future source of energy for those who want to live as independently as possible.
The article mentions the Hunt Utilities Group (HUG) in Pine River, Minnesota, who are conducting much of the LENR research that the Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project is pursuing. I didn’t realize that a major goal of HUG, which is located on a 70 acre site, is to create a community that can live independent of fossil fuels. From the article:
The Group has also become involved in research into Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR), AKA cold fusion. Don’t laugh; there’s actually a lot of evidence that the phenomenon exists, and some serious scientists, including Nobel Prize winner Brian Josephson, think it’s for real. HUG has been working with a technology developed by Francesco Celani, a distinguished Italian physicist who has built what he claims is a LENR device.
The group is trying to develop a home power source from the technology. It’s still too early to see if this is real or not, but it’s interesting. If HUG, Italian inventor Andrea Rossi (who also claims to have a working LENR device but presents no evidence of it), and others are right, it might someday be possible for you to generate all the power you need with a device about the size of a furnace.
It doesn’t surprise me at all to find those in the off-grid living culture paying attention to LENR. Local energy production is one of the key goals of many people who want to live as independently as possible. Solar and wind energy systems have been the off-grid power sources of choice for many to this point, but LENR may be a more more attractive solution if it can provide power more consistently, reliably and cheaply than these alternatives.
Of course there’s a long way to go before LENR-powered off-grid living may become a reality, but if news of its potential spreads I think there will be a lot more interest from people and organizations with an interest in self-sufficient living.