US Dept. of Energy’s ARPA-E to hold LENR Workshop Seeking ‘On-demand, Repeatable Experiment’

Thanks to Curbina for posting about this. The U.S. Department of Energy’s  Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) is holding a workshop next week on LENR.

ARPA-E’s website explains the mission of the agency:

“The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) advances high-potential, high-impact energy technologies that are too early for private-sector investment. ARPA-E awardees are unique because they are developing entirely new ways to generate, store, and use energy.”

Low-Energy Nuclear Reactions Workshop

October 21-22, 2021
The objective of this workshop is to explore compelling R&D opportunities in Low-Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR) [1], in support of developing metrics for a potential ARPA-E R&D program in LENR. Despite a large body of empirical evidence for LENR that has been reported internationally over the past 30+ years in both published and unpublished materials, as well as multiple books, there still does not exist a widely accepted, on-demand, repeatable LENR experiment nor a sound theoretical basis. This has led to a stalemate where adequate funding is not accessible to establish irrefutable evidence and understanding of LENR, and lack of the latter precludes the field from accessing adequate funding. Building on and leveraging the most promising recent developments in LENR research, ARPA-E envisions a potential two-phase approach toward breaking this stalemate:

1. Support targeted R&D toward establishing at least one on-demand, repeatable LENR experiment with diagnostic evidence that is convincing to the wider scientific community (focus of this workshop);
2. If phase 1 above is successful (metrics to be determined), support a broader range of R&D activities (to be defined later) toward better understanding of LENR and its potential for scale-up toward disruptive energy applications, thus setting up LENR for broader and more systematic support by both the public and private sectors.

The schedule of the workshop is posted at the link. Presenters listed are:

Dr. Scott Hsu, Program Director, ARPA-E
Dr. Florian Metzler, Research Scientist, MIT
Dr. Oliver Barham, Mechanical Engineer and Project Manager, Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head
Dr. Robert Duncan, Professor, Texas Tech
Mr. Sam Wurzel, Technology-to-Market Advisor, ARPA-E
Dr. David Fork, Google
Lt. Col. Dr. Charlton “David” Lewis, Program Manager, DARPA DSO
Dr. Matt Trevithick, Senior Program Manager, Google Research
Dr. Lali Chatterjee, Program Manager, DOE Office of Science, High Energy Physics
Dr. Michael McKubre (retired), SRI International

Representatives of these companies and organizations will be presenting also:

Clean Planet
Industrial Heat
Brillouin Energy
Limitless Space Institute
Anthropocene Institute