The following post has been submitted by Albert D. Kallal
The promise of LENR and the delivery of low cost energy is not only the holy grail of physics, but a story that has the potential to change the world as we know it.
Energy = high potential standard of living. The instant mankind replaced muscle power with chemical power was the instant we became freed from our limitations. The result was the rise from near slavery conditions to grow our food and provide the resources to that of a high standard of living. At least for those that have energy.
Today, even high population of counties like China are able to feed their large population. In fact we even see some of those areas now exporting rice and other food stuffs. A quick glance on the grocery shelfs and was surprised at the variety of foods coming all the way from China to be sold in my native country of Canada. All this food is the result of energy.
It is without question that adoption of energy is what feeds us, clothes us, and keeps us warm. Our use of energy is a significant part in near everything we consume.
There are three areas that I see as booming and benefiting from LENR.
First up will be the ability to grow food indoors. Even today we see an “active” market rising in indoor growing, and controlled climate production of food.
In rather hot climates, such energy can control the climate, and of course provide the needed water (from sources like the ocean). So as part of this indoor growing revolution, I include the ability of LENR to provide clean drinking water from the ocean.
And in cold climates, again LENR can provide the energy to grow food year round. In my local market, local grown cucumbers of excellent quality grown in greenhouses year round are about $1.60. This occurs without pesticides and even use of soil. (And sure, they are about 45 cents more than other products, but they are local grown, and their quality is beyond outstanding.
Each cucumber is in perfect condition – they are grown in perfect controlled conditions.
In the winter time due to increased heating costs, the same product almost doubles in price. So this area of the economy will boom with low cost energy inputs.
So with low cost energy, the ability to grow food just about ANYWHERE on the planet will the result of such an energy revolution. And such food grown this way is achieved without soil, and without pesticides and without soil stress (you really don’t need soil). Who needs to plow a field to grow such food when you have greenhouses? And automation is FAR more possible with a control environment then that of traditional farming.
The other revolution of course would be transportation. Transportation and movement of goods is mostly driven by chemical (fossil) fuels. LENR can transform this area.
And speaking of automation?
While I feel the above two areas benefit the most from LENR, the largest impact in our lives will be that of Robots.
I don’t mean the factory robots, but autonomous ones – ones that can run around and deliver things, and help handicapped people at home.
The “major” limitation for such robots is of course the power source. Unless some amazing battery technology breakthrough occurs, then such robots will require a power source.
Imagine a “swarm” of small drone travelling into a forest. With intelligent software and vision ability (like a typical smartphone), such small drones could spend their whole day and night hunting for pine beetles, and zap them with a low power laser. Thus you can eliminate pests without pesticides.
Once again, battery technology not up to the task, but a LENR power pack is.
Even better is robots to help humans.
Here is an excellent video that explains outlines where robots are going. We are VERY close to such robots resulting in a practical and significant contribution to society – but such a revolution cannot occur unless we find a new power source like LENR.
Boston Dynamics: The Coming Robot Revolution – Marc Raibert
The above is a great video – since it gives hints of how far robotics has progressed in the last few years, and what is in store for us. However without LENR, I can’t see how such machines will be powered.
Albert D. Kallal
Edmonton, Alberta Canada