Because LENR is a pariah science, few new scientists have been attracted to the field since the 1989 announcement and rejection. Many of the LENR researchers who began their work soon after the 1989 announcement are now leaving the field because of retirement or health issues. The large volume of research records developed over the past 30-plus years is at risk of being lost.

LENRGY is conducting a program to help mitigate this potential loss. The objective of the LENR Research Documentation Initiative (LRDI) is to help researchers make sure that their records are preserved and kept available for additional analysis and interpretation as the LENR field continues to progress. Because the records may help realize the benefits of LENR, they represent a vital asset for humankind.

Methods

The LRDI procedure is shown in the diagram below. When initial contact is made with a candidate, communications are established, the objectives and procedure are reviewed, participation is encouraged, and arrangements are made for a site visit. When an investigator agrees to participate, a project is set up under the LRDI umbrella.

LRDI Procedure

Projects under the LRDI umbrella include several records categories, in particular the following.

  • Publications and Unpublished Reports
  • Electronic Files
  • Hardcopy Files
  • Experiments and Laboratory Records
  • Photos, Recordings and Other Media
  • LENR Library
  • Interviews

These records are documented during the site visit, normally with a memo for each component. Interviews usually take place during the site visit, although they be accomplished by telephone before or after the visit. The interviews are recorded and transcribed and, like other components, are documented with memos. A timeline of research activities is developed, and a project report is prepared based on what’s recorded in the memos. Arrangements are also made for preserving the records for future access. It is recognized during most projects that all objectives cannot be met, so the report normally includes a section on “future opportunities”. In many projects, more than one site visit is required, and additional interviews may be accomplished onsite or by phone.

Pilot Project

The LRDI began with a pilot project with Dr. Edmund Storms, one of the earliest researchers to follow up on the 1989 announcement.  He began his LENR investigations while at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), where he already had a 35-year research career at the time of the LENR announcement. Dr. Storms has been instrumental in advances in experiments and explanation of LENR.  His most prominent publications are his two books, published in 2007[1] and 2014[2]. Six types of materials were documented in the Storms LENR Research Documentation Project – published and unpublished reports, lab notebooks, electronic data files, hard copy records, and his extensive LENR library.

Dr. Storms’ Electronic Files Were Obtained from Several Types of Media
Early 3.5-Inch Floppies for Data and Document Storage

The project was conducted in three stages – materials collection, organization, and documentation. The methods developed in the pilot project were subsequently applied in projects for other researchers. The project was reported as a poster at ICCF-21 in June 2018 (Shown below.) The reports from the Storms project are listed below the photo.

==========

[1] Storms, E. 2007. The Science of Low Energy Nuclear Reaction: A Comprehensive Compilation of Evidence and Explanations about Cold Fusion, World Scientific Publishing.

[2] Storms, E. 2014. The Explanation of Low Energy Nuclear Reaction: An Examination of the Relationship between Observation and Explanation, Infinite Energy Press.

Poster at 21st International Conference on Cold Fusion (ICCF-21)
Documentation of 29 Years of LENR Research by Dr. Edmund Storms:
Lessons Learned for LENR Investigators

Reports for the Storms Pilot Project

Reports prepared for the pilot project are listed below in descending chronological order.

  1. Grimshaw, T., 2021, Mitigating the Loss of Irreplaceable LENR Research Records: Initiative Update. Virtual Poster Presentation at 23rd International Conference on Cold Fusion (ICCF-23), Xiamen, China, June. Online.
  2. Grimshaw, T., 2021. Dr. Mahadeva Srinivasan: Research Pioneer in the LENR Field. Presentation at Workshop in Memory of Dr. M. Srinivasan. January. Online.
  3. Grimshaw, T., 2020, Low Energy Nuclear Reactions Research Documentation Initiative, in The Future of Energy: Challenges, Perspectives, and Solutions. T. Valone, ed., Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, NY, p. 151-165.
  4. Grimshaw, T., and D. Nagel, 2020. Peter Gluck’s Ego Out Blogsite: Preservation of a Major Resource for the LENR Field. Infinite Energy, Issue 151/152, May-August.
  5. Grimshaw, T., 2020. Documenting Cold Fusion Research: Preserving a Vital Asset for Humankind. Infinite Energy, Issue 150, March/April.
  6. Grimshaw, T., 2019. LENR Research Documentation Initiative: Progress in Methods and Participants. Presentation and Poster at 22nd International Conference on Cold Fusion, Assisi, Italy. September.
  7. Grimshaw, T., 2019. LENR Research Documentation Initiative: Objectives, Procedure, Participants, Future Opportunities. Presentation and Poster at MIT CF/LANR Colloquium. March.
  8. Grimshaw, T., and E. Storms. 2018. Documentation of Dr. Ed Storms’ 29-Year LENR Research Career. Poster at 21st International Conference on Cold Fusion, Fort Collins, Colorado. June.

LRDI Participants and Projects

Since the pilot with Dr. Storms, several projects have been performed for several more LENR researchers. Approximately 27 individuals are now participating. They are listed in the table below with their project titles and approximate start dates. More than 40 site visits have been made. Dr. Fran Tanzella, LENR researcher retired from SRI International has agreed to serve as advisor to the LRDI. Thanks go the LRDI participants for their willingness to make their records available and their efforts in support of their projects.

ParticipantsProject Start
Frazier, Christy
McElroy, Ashley
Documentation of “Fusion Facts”, an Early Cold Fusion Newsletter by Hal Fox8/2021
Carat, Ruby
Miles, Mel
Dr. Mel Miles’ Research Career – Interviews and Annotations: A Resource for a LENR Research Biography7/2021
Tanzella, FranDocumentation of Cold Fusion Research at SRI International5/2021
Lomax, AbdDocumentation of Contributions to the Cold Fusion Field by Abd Lomax1/2021
Kowalski, LudwikDocumentation of Ludwik Kowalski’s Contributions to the LENR Field8/2020
Carat, Ruby
Storms, Edmund
Dr. Edmund Storms’ Research Career – Interviews and Annotations: A Resource for a LENR Research Biography7/2020
Gordon, Frank
Mosier-Boss, Pam
Miles, Mel
“Chemical Aspects of the Pd/H – H2O System in Its Nuclear Active State” by Dr. Stanislaw Szpak, with Dr. Frank Gordon (Version for LENR Community)6/2020
Beaudette, CharlesDescription of Dr. Charles Beaudette’s Contributions to the LENR Field5/2020
Gluck, PeterDocumentation of Dr. Peter Gluck’s Ego Out Blogpost3/2020
Forsley, LarryDocumentation of Larry Forsley’s LENR Research with SPAWAR and Other Organizations2/2020
Passell, TomDocumentation of Dr. Tom Passell’s LENR Research at the Electric Power Research Institute and Beyond2/2020
Little, Scott
Little, Marissa
Scott Little’s and Marissa Little’s LENR Research at EarthTech International1/2020
Nagel, David
Hubler, Graham
Imam, Ashraf
Documentation of LENR Research at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory10/2019
Tanzella, FranLENR Investigations by Fran Tanzella at SRI International10/2019
Biberian, J-PDocumentation of Jean-Paul Biberian’s LENR Research Contributions9/2019
Miley, GeorgeLENR Investigations by George Miley at the University of Illinois8/2019
Miles, MelvinDocumentation of LENR Investigations by Melvin Miles at the U.S. Naval Air Weapons Station – China Lake and Beyond5/2019
Letts, DennisDocumentation of LENR Investigations by Dennis Letts2/2019
Srinivasan, MahadevaDocumentation of Dr. Mahadeva Srinivasan’s Cold Fusion Research10/2018
Nagel, DavidLow Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR): Science, Engineering, and Business: Documentation of the LENR Career of David J. Nagel9/2018
Pease, Dennis
El-Boher, Arik
Hubler, Graham
Documentation of Cold Fusion Research at the Sidney Kimmel Institute for Nuclear Renaissance (SKINR)8/2018
Claytor, Tom
Fowler, Malcolm
LENR Investigations by Tom Claytor and Malcolm Fowler at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Beyond4/2016
Storms, EdmundCold Fusion Experiments and Theory Development: Documentation of Dr. Edmund Storms’ LENR Research Career (Pilot Project)  8/2015

Communicating Progress

Progress in the LRDI is communicated in several ways. A principal objective is to “recruit” more participants in the initiative. Presentations and papers for the LRDI are listed below. Two of the LRDI posters are shown after the list.

  1. Progress in the LRDI is communicated in several ways. A principal objective is to “recruit” more participants in the initiative. Presentations and papers for the LRDI are listed below. Two of the LRDI posters are shown after the list.
  2. Grimshaw, T., 2021, Mitigating the Loss of Irreplaceable LENR Research Records: Initiative Update. Virtual Poster Presentation at 23rd International Conference on Cold Fusion (ICCF-23), Xiamen, China, June. Online.
  3. Grimshaw, T., 2021. Dr. Mahadeva Srinivasan: Research Pioneer in the LENR Field. Presentation at Workshop in Memory of Dr. M. Srinivasan. January. Online.
  4. Grimshaw, T., 2020, Low Energy Nuclear Reactions Research Documentation Initiative, in The Future of Energy: Challenges, Perspectives, and Solutions. T. Valone, ed., Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, NY, p. 151-165.
  5. Grimshaw, T., and D. Nagel, 2020. Peter Gluck’s Ego Out Blogsite: Preservation of a Major Resource for the LENR Field. Infinite Energy, Issue 151/152, May-August.
  6. Grimshaw, T., 2020. Documenting Cold Fusion Research: Preserving a Vital Asset for Humankind. Infinite Energy, Issue 150, March/April.
  7. Grimshaw, T., 2019. LENR Research Documentation Initiative: Progress in Methods and Participants. Presentation and Poster at 22nd International Conference on Cold Fusion, Assisi, Italy. September.
  8. Grimshaw, T., 2019. LENR Research Documentation Initiative: Objectives, Procedure, Participants, Future Opportunities. Presentation and Poster at MIT CF/LANR Colloquium. March.
  9. Grimshaw, T., and E. Storms. 2018. Documentation of Dr. Ed Storms’ 29-Year LENR Research Career. Poster at 21st International Conference on Cold Fusion, Fort Collins, Colorado. June.

CF/LANR Symposium, March 2019: LENR Research Documentation Initiative

ICCF-22 Poster, September 2019, : LENR Research Documentation Initiative – Progress in Methods and Participants

LRDI Reports

Approximately 15 project reports have been prepared for the LRDI thus far. They are listed below. Many of the projects include more than one participant. Because of confidentiality provisions of some of the projects, most of these reports are not publicly available. However, Dr. Storms has given permission to make the pilot project reports available.

  1. Passell, T., and T. Grimshaw, 2022. Documentation of Dr. Tom Passell’s LENR Contributions at the Electric Power Research Institute and Beyond. Draft Report. LENRGY, LLC, Austin, Texas. January.
  2. Lomax, A., and T. Grimshaw, 2021. Documentation of Contributions to the Cold Fusion Field by Abd Lomax. Second Draft Report. LENRGY, LLC, Austin, Texas. November.
  3. Grimshaw, T., 2021. Dr. Mahadeva Srinivasan: Research Pioneer in the LENR Field. Presentation at the Low Energy Nuclear Reactions Workshop in Memory of Dr. M. Srinivasan. Organized by Rajeev, K., et al., Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. January.
  4. Kowalski, L., and T. Grimshaw, 2020. Documentation of Ludwik Kowalski’s Contributions to the LENR Field. Second Draft Report. LENRGY, LLC, Austin, Texas. September.
  5. Letts, D., and T. Grimshaw, 2020. Documentation of LENR Investigations by Dennis Letts. Draft Report. LENRGY, LLC. July.
  6. Gordon, F., P. Mosier-Boss, M. Miles, and T. Grimshaw, 2020. “Chemical Aspects of the Pd/H – H2O System in Its Nuclear Active State” by Dr. Stanislaw Szpak, with Dr. Frank Gordon, October 2011. Public Release Report. July.
  7. Grimshaw, T., and D. Nagel, 2020. Documentation of Dr. Peter Gluck’s Ego Out Blogpost. Third Draft Report. LENRGY LLC, Austin, Texas. May.
  8. Srinivasan, M., and T. Grimshaw, 2020. Documentation of Dr. Mahadeva Srinivasan’s Cold Fusion Research. Volume 1, Third Draft Report, June. Volume 2, Collection of Papers and Related Documents, November 2018.
  9. Miles, M., and T. Grimshaw, 2020. Documentation of LENR Investigations by Melvin Miles at the U.S. Naval Air Weapons Station – China Lake and Beyond. Volume 1, Third Draft Report, and Volume 2, Appendices. LENRGY, LLC, Austin, Texas. June.
  10. Little, S., and T. Grimshaw, 2020. Scott Little’s and Marissa Little’s LENR Research at EarthTech International, Austin, Texas. Third Draft Report. LENRGY, LLC, Austin, Texas. June.
  11. Miley, G., and T. Grimshaw, 2020. LENR Investigations by George Miley at the University of Illinois. Draft Report. LENRGY, LLC, Austin, Texas. April.
  12. Tanzella, F., and T. Grimshaw, 2020. LENR Investigations by Fran Tanzella at SRI International. Draft Report. LENRGY, LLC, Austin, Texas. April.
  13. Nagel, D., and T. Grimshaw, 2018. Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR): Science, Engineering, and Business: Documentation of the LENR Career of David J. Nagel. Second Draft Report, Energy Institute, The University of Texas at Austin. October.
  14. Pease, D, A. El-Boher, G. Hubler, and T. Grimshaw, 2020. Documentation of Cold Fusion Research at the Sidney Kimmel Institute for Nuclear Renaissance (SKINR). Second Draft Report, Volume 1 of 2. LENRGY LLC, Austin, Texas. March.
  15. Grimshaw T., 2019. LENR Investigations by Tom Claytor and Malcolm Fowler at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Beyond. Project Report, Third Draft. Energy Institute, The University of Texas at Austin. November.
  16. Grimshaw, T. and E. Storms, 2018, Documentation of Dr. Edmund Storms’ 29 Years of Cold Fusion Research – Experiments, Explanations, and Related Scientific Contributions: Draft Summary Report. Energy Institute, The University of Texas at Austin. May.

Photos of LRDI Participants

Photos have been taken of LRDI participants during site visits or on other occasions, such as at ICCF meetings. Several examples are shown below.

Dr. Ed Storms and Dr. Grimshaw at ICCF-18, Columbia MO, July 2013.

Dr. George Miley and Dr. Grimshaw at the University of Illinois. Taken During a Site Visit, December 2019.

Dr. Melvin Miles and Dr. Grimshaw, Taken at Dr. Miles’ Home, St. George, UT, August 2021

Dr. Fran Tanzella and Dr. Grimshaw, Taken at Dr. Tanzella’s Home, San Carlos, CA, August 2021

Dr. Tom Passell and Dr. Grimshaw near Dr. Passel’s Laboratory during a Site Visit, Mountain View, CA, August 2021

Dennis Letts, Taken at His Home Lab (LettsLab), Austin, TX, March 2019

Dr. Charles Beaudette and Dr. Grimshaw at ICCF-18, Columbia MO, July 2013.

Dr. Mahadeva Srinivasan at ICCF-22, Assisi, Italy, September 2019

Scott Little, Taken at His Home, Dale, TX, January 2021