New Patent Application for High Efficiency Electricity Generation from LENR Systems using Thermionic Conversion

A new patent application has recently been filed by two US-based engineers that claims high efficiency electricity generation from ‘low energy thermal heat generation systems’, also referred to as LENR systems. The title is: “METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR HIGH EFFICIENCY ELECTRICITY GENERATION USING LOW ENERGY THERMAL HEAT GENERATION AND THERMIONIC DEVICES”; the inventors are Rodney T. Cox and Hans Walitzki.

Link to the patent application is here

Here’s the abstract:

A system and method are provided for generating electric power from relatively low temperature energy sources at efficiency levels not previously available. The present system and method employ recent advances in low energy nuclear reaction technology and thermionic/thermotunneling device technology first to generate heat and then to convert a substantial portion of the heat generated to usable electrical power. Heat may be generated by a LENR system employing nuclear reactions that occur in readily available materials at ambient temperatures without a high energy input requirement and do not produce radioactive byproducts. The heat generated by the LENR system may be transferred through one or more thermionic converter devices in heat transfer relationship with the LENR system to generate electric power.

The patent applications references LENR as a means of heat generation, specifically mentioning the work of Andrea Rossi and George Miley. I would expect that as LENR become more widely recognized as a genuinely new system of heat/energy production, there will be many patents filed in a similar vein, claiming new ways to exploit LENR.

  • roseland67

    Hopefully it works as stated, but I suspect a group of Patent Trolls at works here

  • georgehants

    “A system and method are provided for generating electric power from
    relatively low temperature energy sources at efficiency levels not
    previously available.”
    If this is True then MFMP etc. should be able to replicate the effect within the week, Wonderful.

    • Pixel Cube

      Wasn’t their transmutation demo scheduled for the end of August?

  • GiveADogABone

    They are not exactly rushing the product to market :-
    Source: Avto Metals pIc November 18,2013 02:00 Power Chips pic and Cool Chips pic Confirm the Ability to Enhance Electron Emissions Using Avto Metals Technology

    ‘More than 40 issued patents cover both the basic technology and rmny applications.’

    What happened in the last four years?
    The competition seems to be

    • greggoble

      This seems along the same ‘line of country’ as ‘the competition’…
      Under the radar for the present time.
      Liviu Popa Simil – LENR – Nuclear Battery Roadmap

      ‘One’s Line of Country’
      A subject in which one is skilled or knowledgeable.
      Anglo-American Proverbs & Proverbial Phrases

  • AdrianAshfield

    Buried in 9 pages of waffle it seems that Figs 1 & 2 show the essence of the device. It seems fairly obvious and does not look very novel to me. No experimental proof of the claim for efficiency is presented.

  • voodooboogaloo

    Patterned surface features for enhanced thermal or electron emission present an upper temperature operational limit, due to a materials flow stability at elevated temperatures. The features tend to “iron out” if pushed too hard. Maybe works within waste heat temperature range?

  • greggoble

    Nice to see these folks are still in the picture… visited them a number of years ago. A related article, Cold Fusion Now – May 15, 2014.

    Another clue to the ‘cold fusion puzzle’…

    Ancient cultures around the Mediterranean knew that certain objects, such as rods of amber, could be rubbed with cat’s fur to create static electricity. In 1600, the English scientist William Gilbert coined the New Latin word electricus (“of amber” or “like amber,” from ήλεκτρον [elektron], the Greek word for “amber”). This association gave rise to the English words “electric” and “electricity,” which made their first appearance in print in Thomas Browne’s Pseudodoxia Epidemica of 1646.

    “Industrial electricity production at present is done primarily with gas and steam turbine technology. Absolute conversion efficiencies with these technologies are in the range of 30%-40%…” see pg. 9 of ’Thermal to Electric Energy Conversion‘, by Dr Peter Hagelstein of MIT.

    In light of this, one could venture to say that the Borealis proposal to the LENR energy community, at an impressive 50% to 80% thermal electric conversion, is like a precious energetic gem of amber (elektron).

    Borealis LENR Patent – Elektron is the Greek Word for Amber

    The Borealis family of companies can convert popular cold fusion (LENR thermal) energy to desired electrical current at over 50% Carnot efficiency with their Power Chips. This matches, and may nearly double, known industrial electricity production efficiencies.

    Then with their Chorus group of advanced polyphase induction motors they can provide every range of torque needed; more efficiently, with decreased size and weight, and with an increase in reliability in both low rpm and high temperature conditions.

    Take into account LENR thermal energy at 1000X greater than chemical, plus the thermal/electrical conversion at an amazing 50% to 80%, and then figure in the “harmonic 12 phase” motors with up to 30% improvements in size, efficiency, and safety. Sum it all up however you want and you will see that the Borealis affiliates are roaring and ready to join LENR energy engineers as they race to market a new energy era.

  • I opened up discussion on this patent over at Vortex and would have liked to do so here, but opening threads is a restricted activity here at ECW. Even LENR-Forum isn’t as restrictive.[email protected]/msg115048.html