Proposal for Development of a LENR Reactor (Lakehead University, Canada)

Thanks to Jed Rothwell for posting about this on the vortex-l mailing list:

A Canadian researcher at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario has written a proposal for the development of a LENR reactor. It’s not exactly clear to me who the proposal is directed towards, but from the information on this site it looks like an appeal for funding and/or assistance.

The interesting thing is that he provides some detailed research background in which he claims the following:

Replicable experiments of low energy nuclear reactions (LENRs) producing helium in several hydrogen loaded metals (palladium, stainless steel, iridium and molybdenum) were successfully performed. A new theory providing explanation of the observed results was developed. The experiments were performed in a vacuum chamber seeking a low probability of unknown contributing factors while using relatively low concentrations of the interacting gases used to generate helium and energy (heat).

It has been found that the chamber gas environment of D2 and H/H2 interacted with the metal samples through their surfaces generating 3He and 4He and that these interactions are based on solid properties. Further observations found:

Mass analysis showed a relatively high amount of 3He;
Mass analysis showed a relatively high amount of 4He/D2 and a relatively significant amount of 4HeH confirming a correspondingly high amount of 4He;
DC plasma spectroscopy showed peaks typical for both 3He and 4He.

The experiments were carried out in two modes – without plasma and with a plasma containing both D and H ions. In the second mode the kinetic energies of both D and H ions were determined and it was found that the amounts of both 3He and 4He increased with increase of these energies.

The full proposal can be read here.