This one has been around before. From 2012 What makes it interesting is the folks who are saying “confirmed”. Toyota. Mitsubishi. This are not small outfits prone to excess of zeal.
Mr. Krivit also notes on his blog that Toyota has replicated the work of Mitsubishi demonstrating transmutations utilizing Iwamura’s method.
The physicist, Yasuhiro Iwamura, told the ANS audience that the Toyota researchers confirmed that nuclear changes from one element to another took place without the use of high-energy nuclear physics. Most scientists who have not followed this field closely consider such profound claims inconceivable. Toyota used a LENR deuterium-permeation transmutation method that Iwamura invented.
The video demonstrates some of the best evidence to date for the existing of LENR. Whereas excess heat results may be debatable, the formation of new elements of atypical isotopes is very convincing that the LENR effect is real.
Then there is this more recent one that claims to find isotope shifts in CFLs in normal operation:
Lattice Energy LLC-Are LENRs Occurring in Compact Fluorescent Lights-March 7 2013
by Lewis Larsen on Mar 07, 2013
Peer-reviewed paper by Mead et al. just published in February (Environmental Science & Technology) contains amazing new experimental data on anomalous shifts in abundances of Mercury isotopes found in compact fluorescent lights (CFL) used in homes and businesses. When viewed through the conceptual lens of the Widom-Larsen theory, their carefully collected Hg isotope data suggests that low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) transmutations may actually be occurring at extremely low rates in CFLs during normal operation. We discuss their paper and its implications in a new 102-slide Lattice PowerPoint presentation dated March 7, 2013. Therein, we conclude that if the intriguing possibility about LENRs in CFLs unveiled in this data is substantiated by further experimentation, it provides yet more proof that LENRs are likely to be a truly ‘green’ nuclear technology that has great promise for use in CO2-free power generation, providing LENR device heat outputs and operational longevity can be scaled dramatically upwards by applying and adapting recently acquired technical knowledge found in nanotech, plasmonics, and advanced materials science.
Not sure I like the idea of my CFLs fusing…
While Japan discovers that shutting down low cost nuclear power and sucking up fossil fuels by the megaship load is not so good for the economy.
Japan’s Economic Troubles Spur a Return to Nuclear
Some of the nuclear power plants shut down after the Fukushima disaster could restart soon.
By Kevin Bullis on March 8, 2013
As the second anniversary of the nuclear disaster at Fukushima nears, Japan is considering restarting nuclear reactors across the country in an effort to ease a recession that began at the end of 2012 after years of economic stagnation.
But shutting down the reactors has strained the country’s electricity supplies, making it necessary to import large amounts of fossil fuels to make up the difference.
In Japan, natural-gas power plants can cost several times as much to operate as nuclear power plants, says Paul Joskow, the president of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and formerly a professor economics at MIT.
The report said that the shutdown of reactors in Japan, and the ensuing increase in fossil-fuel consumption, has hurt the balance of trade and increased electricity prices by 15 to 20 percent. It has also led to the loss of about 420,000 jobs as manufacturing is transferred out of the country, the report said.
So looks like if you want jobs, nuclear helps. If you get rid of cheap electricity, jobs leave too. Perhaps we can get someone in the US Government to see this… (I have given up hoping someone in California government can ‘get it’).
Note to politicians: Folks do not like being unemployed, cold, and hungry.
The economic problems seem to be shifting public opinion in Japan. Last September, the ruling party issued a plan to permanently phase out nuclear power (see “Japan Approves Nuclear Phase-Out by 2040”). But it quickly softened its stance (see “Japan Isn’t Going Nuclear Free After All”). In December, the government lost power to Prime Minister Abe’s party, which promised to improve the economy and is emphasizing the need for nuclear power.
It also looks like we can cut the costs of nuclear facilities even more:
Safer Nuclear Power, at Half the Price
Transatomic is developing a new kind of molten-salt reactor designed to overcome the major barriers to nuclear power.
By Kevin Bullis on March 12, 2013
Why It Matters
Nuclear energy is a potential source of low-carbon baseload power, but it needs cheaper, safer technology to take off.
Transatomic Power, an MIT spinoff, is developing a nuclear reactor that it estimates will cut the overall cost of a nuclear power plant in half. It’s an updated molten-salt reactor, a type that’s highly resistant to meltdowns. Molten-salt reactors were demonstrated in the 1960s at Oak Ridge National Lab, where one test reactor ran for six years, but the technology hasn’t been used commercially.
MIT tends to be folks who know what they are doing.
The new reactor design, which so far exists only on paper, produces 20 times as much power for its size as Oak Ridge’s technology. That means relatively small, yet powerful, reactors could be built less expensively in factories and shipped by rail instead of being built on site like conventional ones. Transatomic also modified the original molten-salt design to allow it to run on nuclear waste.
Transatomic says it can split the difference, building a 500-megawatt power plant that achieves some of the cost savings associated with the smaller reactor designs. It estimates that it can build a plant based on such a reactor for $1.7 billion, roughly half the cost per megawatt of current plants. The company has raised $1 million in seed funding, including some from Ray Rothrock, a partner at the VC firm Venrock. Although its cofounders, Mark Massie and Leslie Dewan, are still PhD candidates at MIT, the design has attracted some top advisors, including Regis Matzie, the former CTO of the major nuclear power plant supplier Westinghouse Electric, and Richard Lester, the head of the nuclear engineering department at MIT.
Half the cost, modular design, factory produced. Good line up of people too. I think they have a shot at it. Maybe they can talk to the folks in Japan…
Now if they can just find a way to turn all that tungsten from all those old light bulbs into bits of gold and platinum…
Wonder what the world supply of tungsten is like…