The mission of LENRGY is to perform services to help realize the potential benefits of LENR and to prepare proactively to mitigate its expected adverse impacts. This mission is accomplished in four principal ways – policy analysis, support of investigators, research documentation, and outreach and communications.
LENR policies are formulated for both supporting its development and dealing with its adverse impacts. LENRGY utilizes the principles of evidence-based policymaking to promote policies for realizing the benefits of LENR. The methods of technology assessment are used for developing policies for dealing with the consequences of LENR as a disruptive new energy technology.
Public policies toward LENR generally followed the 1989 rejection and are mostly negative — very little public funding is provided for LENR R&D. Policy changes are needed both for LENR support to realize its benefits and for preparing to address proactively its potential adverse secondary impacts as a highly disruptive technology. LENRGY utilizes evidence-based policymaking as the foundation for policy analyses for LENR support and realization. LENRGY uses technology assessment methodologies For secondary impact analysis and mitigation planning. Click here for more information on LENR Policy Analysis.
Support of Investigators
One way that LENRGY provides support to researchers is by preparing proposals for LENR laboratories. For example, proposals have been developed for a LENR laboratory in Santa Fe, New Mexico in collaboration with Dr. Edmund Storms, Dr. Tom Claytor, and Dr. Malcolm Fowler, all of whom are retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory.
LENRGY also assists with assessments of proposed LENR methods and technologies. In conjunction with National Instruments, for example, an evaluation was made of a LENR device by Francesco Celani of Italy’s National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN). Click here for more information on LENRGY support of researchers.
Because LENR is a pariah science, few new scientists have been attracted to the field since the 1989 announcement. Many of the researchers who began their work soon after the announcement are now leaving the field because of retirement or health issues. The large volume of research records developed over the past 30 years is at risk of being lost.
LENRGY is conducting an initiative to mitigate this potential loss. The objective 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 have promise of helping realize the benefits of LENR, they represent a vital asset for humankind. A more complete description is on the dedicated LRDI website. Click here for more information on the LRDI.
Outreach and Communications
LENRGY’s outreach efforts are designed to increase understanding of LENR to enhance support for its development. One example is a presentation that was given to a major US power generation company on the methods of LENR investigation and the improved prospects for realizing it’s benefits. In another example, a presentation was provided at a conference of LENR researchers on the role of policy analysis in achieving R&D support. Click here for more information on LENRGY outreach services.
LENRGY services are provided based on a foundation of Dr. Grimshaw’s previous position as Research Affiliate at the Energy Institute of The University of Texas at Austin. The Energy Institute leverages the experience and expertise of University researchers to study critical energy policy questions.