Brillouin Energy Corp. is a clean-technology company located in Berkeley California, which is developing ultra-clean, low-cost, renewable energy technologies capable of producing commercially useful amounts of thermal energy (heat). Brillouin’s technologies are based on low energy nuclear reactions (“LENR”), which it generates on a controlled basis in its uniquely designed reactors. There is no (zero) pollution of any kind, generated in Brillouin’s LENR system of outputting its heat.
Brillouin Energy has assembled an experienced team with the scientific, engineering, and business development skills needed to achieve its goal of developing commercial LENR reactors.
In addition to this team, Brillouin Energy operates under a formal Research Agreement with the highly regarded Energy Research Center laboratory at SRI International in Menlo Park, California, under which the Company and SRI scientists with long experience in the LENR field work together to advance its commercial reactor technologies.
The question of whether the phenomenon known as ‘cold fusion’ has been proven has captivated scientists ever since claims made by Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons at the University of Utah in 1989. Their observation of heat effects in electro-chemically driven palladium–deuterium experiments were consistent with nuclear but not chemical or stored energy sources. The importance of their discovery cannot be understated when the need for energy innovation has never been greater.
A growing number of scientists and engineers worldwide today have worked on various approaches to achieving heat effects that are consistent with low energy nuclear reactions (LENR). Most however, have not been able to achieve the combination of reproducibility, controllability, continuity of operation, integrity of the materials involved and net energy output that Brillouin has achieved.
Brillouin Energy’s Q-Pulse™ can stimulate a Controlled Electron Capture Reaction (CECR) to create a safe, controllable, and continuous thermal energy source, leading to the potential unattended operation of low and high temperature boiler system devices capable of producing an inexhaustible supply of safe, reliable clean energy. The CECR reaction consumes hydrogen in a solid nickel reactor core producing a large amount of heat and a negligible amount of harmless helium. The amount of hydrogen used in BEC’s reactor is very small, relative to the final heat output, and for all practical purposes, the supply is inexhaustible.
Brillouin Energy’s technology is based on Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (“LENR”), which it generates in its uniquely designed reactor core unit that converts ordinary hydrogen into helium through a sequence of continuous and controlled nuclear reactions. The mass of helium is slightly less than the mass of the four hydrogen nuclei that are consumed; that mass difference is converted into a relatively large amount of thermal energy in accordance with Einstein’s famous formula: E = mc2.
In essence, hydrogen is the “fuel” for the reactions and no hydrocarbon energy sources are required for continuous operation of the system.
Brillouin Energy has developed and engineered two prototype reactor systems:
- A low temperature system operating at up to 150ºC based on an electrolytic (wet) process. Brillouin Energy’s WET™ Boiler systems can supply low temperature thermal energy for space and water heating, and other common low temperature industrial purposes such as for food processing or healthcare applications.
- A high temperature system operating at 500ºC to 700ºC based on applying high-pressure hydrogen gas to the core. Brillouin Energy’s HYDROGEN HOT TUBE (HHT™) Boiler systems can supply high temperature process heat and can also be used to generate electricity in much the same way as fossil or nuclear fuels generate electricity.
The ability to turn the reactions on and off at will is a critical advantage of Brillouin Energy’s proprietary CECR process technologies and one that is essential for a commercial reactor. In addition, Brillouin Energy’s approach has the advantage that it minimizes transmutations within the structural materials making up the core and thereby eliminates the production of any hazardous wastes.
Ever since the claims made by Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons in 1989, there have been many reliable observations of LENR reactions. But no one system has been able to achieve the combination of reproducibility, controllability, continuity of operation, integrity of the materials involved and net energy output that Brillouin Energy’s proprietary CECR process technologies have achieved. To date, Brillouin Energy has demonstrated:
- Ratios of thermal energy out to electromagnetic pulse power energy in of greater than 4:1
- Continuous reactor operation for weeks at a time
- Power output for a single reactor core up into the hundreds of watts
In simple terms, the amount of hydrogen in an average glass of water contains enough energy density, when applied to Brillouin Energy’s unique boiler systems, to power 30,000 homes for a year.
Brillouin Energy has been able to demonstrate that it can reliably initiate LENR in its reactors by applying electronic pulses to the metal rod and stopped by ceasing the pulsing and achieve net energy output ratios exceeding four (“4X” or ‘four times excess heat’).
Brillouin Energy is not aware of any other group that has been able to achieve the combination of the level of reproducibility, continuity of operations, control of reactions, and a net energy output ratio significantly exceeding 1X, which has been achieved by Brillouin Energy. Coupled with the tritium tests – which confirmed that the excess heat generation can confidently be ascribed to nuclear reactions – Brillouin Energy’s research results demonstrate that LENR can realistically be considered a potential future energy source.
Brillouin Energy is engaged with leading scientists and national labs, including Drs. Michael McKubre and Francis Tanzella from SRI International, to help in its efforts to advance the development of CECR heat generation process technologies, systems and industrial prototypes.
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