Low-Energy Nuclear Reactions Workshop

October 21-22, 2021

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of empirical evidence for LENR that has been reported internationally over the past 30+ years in both published and unpublished materials, as well as multiple books, there still does not exist a widely accepted, on-demand, repeatable LENR experiment nor a sound theoretical basis.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

Tentative workshop agenda (will be updated as details are confirmed):

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 

Leadership 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 

LENR taxonomy and scientific perspectives 

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 

Dr. Fran Tanzella, Brillouin Energy 

Dr. Theresa Benyo, NASA Glenn Research Center 

Mr. Larry Forsley, NASA, Global Energy Corporation 

Dr. Pramod Reddy, Professor, U. Michigan 

Dr. Pam Mosier-Boss, Global Energy Corporation 

2:35 PM 

Break/buffer 

 

2:45 PM 

Lightning round: Technical best practices 

(10+2 each tentative) 

Dr. Robert Ledoux, Program Director, ARPA-E 

Mr. Bertrand Neyhouse, MIT 

Dr. David Fork, Google 

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 

“Call to action” 

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 results 

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 

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 

Ms. Masami Hayashi, Global Strategy Office Manager, Clean Planet 

Mr. Thomas Darden, CEO, Industrial Heat 

Mr. Robert Godes, CTO, Brillouin Energy 

Mr. Steve Katinsky, Director, LENRIA 

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

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 (please contact robert.thompson@hq.doe.gov to request an appointment) 


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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).