We’ve been at the International Conference on Condensed Matter Nuclear Science ICCF-25 this week in Poland.
The aim of the ICCF-25 was to increase cross-disciplinary discussion and exploration in the field of low-energy nuclear reactions (LENR). It was a great opportunity to enhance international collaboration in solid-state fusion research through the presentation of new scientific results, developments and the applications that are needed to make clean energy production become an everyday reality.
During the conference, we met with some of the main investors and technicians in LENR organisations. It was interesting to learn from them that ENG8 appears to be leading not just the hot fusion but also the “cold fusion” / LENR companies in five key areas.
- Direct electricity generation, no other organisations are doing that. ENG8 has two EnergiCell designs that produce electricity directly ranging from micro-EnergiCells capable of powering electronic devices like phones, laptops, and e-bikes, to larger ones powering hybrid cars and homes. Within this range of applications, ENG8 could provide more than 50% of all the energy required by humanity, cleanly, 24/7.
- In terms of total power and range, ENG8’s EnergiCells power outputs currently range from under 1 Watt to 50,000 Watts (50 kilowatts) (50,000 times scaling difference). To scale to industrial power generation sizes in megawatts, the scaling challenge is a factor of 20 to 200 far lower than the 50,000 already achieved. The LENR competition are currently in the sub-kilowatt to 2-kilowatt range and only produce heat.
- Fuel cost and availability. ENG8 uses water to provide the hydrogen, eliminating the need for expensive hydrogen and its much more expensive and rare isotopes that other LENR and hot fusion companies require. EnergiCells require catalysts from common low-cost materials, not rare earth or complex crystal lattice catalytic systems as other LENR companies use.
- Time to market; ENG8 will be making commercial energy sales starting in Q2 2024, while other LENR companies, like the hot fusion companies, are looking at possible commercial operations by the end of the decade.
- During the conference we received the latest independent validation report from IEP.pt that states we have a Q factor of 6 thermal from an EnergiCell, which means we achieve 6 times more energy out than in. That means we can convert the thermal energy into mechanical and electrical energy to power the EnergiCells with surplus thermal, mechanical and electrical energy to sell.
We also received data from our laboratory testing to show that we have a Q factor of 5 electrical from an EnergiCell, which means we achieve 5 times more electrical energy out than in, and that means we can use the electricity to power the EnergiCells with electrical energy to sell.
Other LENR companies have achieved a maximum of COP 3 thermal, and the heat appears to be of a low energy density so it cannot be used to generate their own power. Whilst the hot fusion industry is struggling to attain, let alone sustain a Q1.
The ENG8 technical and commercial teams appear to be the largest, most experienced, and certainly the most technically successful catalysed fusion team on the planet.