Low-Energy Nuclear Reactions Workshop

October 21-22, 2021

The objective of this workshop was 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of empirical evidence for LENR that has been reported internationally over the past 30+ years in both published and unpublished materials, as well as multiple books, there still does not exist a widely accepted, on-demand, repeatable LENR experiment nor a sound theoretical basis.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. 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. 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.

Thursday, October 21, 2021 (All Times Eastern)

Start Time 

Event 

Speaker(s) 

11:00 AM 

Meeting logistics 

Dr. Robert Thompson, Booz Allen Hamilton, Support Contractor to ARPA-E 

11:05 AM 

Welcome!

Dr. Jennifer Gerbi, Deputy Director for Technology and Acting Director, ARPA-E

Setting the stage 

11:10 AM 

Workshop goals 

Dr. Scott Hsu, Program Director, ARPA-E (15+5) 

11:30 AM 

Summary of LENR research in Japan 

Dr. Shinya Narita, Professor, Iwate University (25+5) 

12:00 PM 

Summary of the 1989 and 2004 DOE reviews 

Dr. Katharine Greco, Fellow, ARPA-E (15+5) 

12:20 PM 

Experimental status of LENR 

Dr. David Nagel, Research Professor, George Washington University (25+5) 

12:50 PM 

Break/buffer 

 

Moving forward 

1:00 PM 

Toward a LENR reference experiment

Dr. Florian Metzler, Research Scientist, MIT (15+5)

1:20 PM 

Lightning round: LENR experiments 

(10+2)-minute presentations + open Q&A/discussion, 5 speakers 

Brillouin's LENR Reactor and System Identification
Dr. Fran Tanzella, Brillouin Energy 

Lattice Confinement Fusion Gas Cycling Experiments
Dr. Theresa Benyo, NASA Glenn Research Center

Condensed Matter Nuclear Reactions in Nano-Materials
Mr. Larry Forsley, NASA, Global Energy Corporation 

High-Resolution Calorimetry for Probing Reactions of Nanopowders with D_2
Dr. Pramod Reddy, Professor, U. Michigan 

Pd/D Co-Deposition
Dr. Pam Mosier-Boss, Global Energy Corporation 

2:35 PM 

Break/buffer 

 

2:45 PM 

Lightning round: Technical best practices 

(10+2 each tentative) 

Particle Detector Systems for LENR – Low Count Rate Particle Measurements
Dr. Robert Ledoux, Program Director, ARPA-E

Low-Energy Nuclear Reactions: An Electrochemical Engineering Perspective
Mr. Bertrand Neyhouse, MIT

Calorimetry for LENR
Dr. David Fork, Google 

New Technology for Accurate LENR Measurements and Materials
Dr. Robert Duncan, Professor, Texas Tech 

3:45 PM 

Introduction to breakout discussion #1 

Dr. Scott Hsu, Program Director, ARPA-E 

3:50 PM 

Break/buffer 

 

4:00 PM 

Breakout discussion #1 

All (Technical R&D oriented discussion topics) 

Group 1: Quantitative Technical Metrics for a LENR Program 

Group 2: Expected Standards for Experimental Protocols & Measurements 

Group 3: Needed Improvements in LENR Experiments and Measurements 

Group 4: Desired Program-Wide Shared Resources (diagnostics, facilities, modeling, etc.) 

NOTE: All registered participants have been assigned to breakout groups based on the preferences selected during registration. 

4:55 PM 

Our Quest for a Reference Experiment

Dr. Michael McKubre (retired), SRI International (25+5) 

5:25 PM 

Day-1 closing remarks, followed by optional virtual social (on Gatherly) 

All 


Friday, October 22, 2021 (All Times Eastern)

Start Time 

Event 

Speaker(s) 

11:00 AM 

Welcome to day 2 

Dr. Scott Hsu, Program Director, ARPA-E 

11:05 AM 

HIVER Electrochemistry Energy Project Update

Dr. Oliver Barham, Mechanical Engineer and Project Manager, Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head (25+5) 

11:35 AM 

Lessons learned from Project Charleston 

Mr. Matt Trevithick, Senior Program Manager, Google Research (20+5) 

Technology-to-Market and Partnerships 

12:00 PM 

Technology-to-Market (T2M) for LENR 

Mr. Sam Wurzel,  T2M Advisor, ARPA-E (15+5) 

12:20 PM 

Lightning round: Government-agency perspectives 

Lt. Col. Dr. Charlton “David” Lewis, Program Manager, DARPA DSO 

Lattice Confinement Fusion
Mr. Leonard Dudzinski, Chief Technologist, Planetary Science Division, NASA 

Dr. Lali Chatterjee, Program Manager, DOE Office of Science, High Energy Physics (5 each followed by Q&A/discussion) 

12:40 PM 

Break/buffer 

 

12:50 PM 

Lightning round: Private-sector partnerships and perspectives 

Clean Planet’s path and plans
Ms. Masami Hayashi, Global Strategy Office Manager, Clean Planet 

Mr. Thomas Darden, CEO, Industrial Heat 

Brillouin Energy Corporation (video/external link)
Mr. Robert Godes, CTO, Brillouin Energy

LENRIA as a partner in LENR development and commercialization
Mr. Steve Katinsky, Director, LENRIA 

Limitless Space Institute Overview
Dr. Harold “Sonny” White, Director, Advanced R&D, Limitless Space Institute 

Solid State Fusion Prize
Mr. Carl Page, President, Anthropocene Institute 

(5 each followed by Q&A/discussion) 

1:45 PM 

Introduction to breakout discussion #2 

Mr. Sam Wurzel, T2M Advisor, ARPA-E 

1:50 PM 

Break/Buffer 

 

1:55PM 

Breakout discussion #2 

All (T2M-oriented discussion topics) 

Group 1: LENR Development Path Barriers (Technical & Commercialization) 

Group 2: Potential LENR Markets and Techno-Economic Targets 

Group 3: Partnership with Government, NGOs, and Private Sector/Investors 

Group 4: Improving Public and Scientific Perceptions of LENR 

NOTE: All registered participants have been assigned to breakout groups based on the preferences selected during registration. 

2:45 PM 

Closing remarks 

All, followed by Dr. Scott Hsu, Program Director, ARPA-E 

3:00 to 5:00 PM 

One-on-one meetings 

10-minute one-on-one meetings between workshop registrants and ARPA-E team


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[1] For the purposes of this workshop, LENR is defined as a not-yet-understood process (or class of processes) characterized by system energy outputs characteristic of nuclear physics (typically >> 1 keV/amu/reaction) and energy inputs characteristic of chemistry (~eV/atom).