Infinite Energy Magazine
The Third Conference on Future Energy (COFE3)
Integrity Research Institute’s Third Conference on Future Energy (COFE3) was held in Washington, D.C. on October 9 and 10, with nearly 100 attendees.
(Photos by Dwight Beckford. Courtesy of Integrity Research Institute.)
Friday evening started with a whirlwind series of presentations. First, David Froning lectured on zeropoint energy propulsion possibilities, followed by a bioelectricity lecture by Dr. James Bare, who holds a patent on Rife-like technology. Then Dr. Ray Sedwick from the University of Maryland Aerospace School presented his work on magnetic core inertial fusion. Moray King presented on water gas electrolyzers.
The bioelectromagnetics panel (left to right): Glen Rein, Wayne
Miller, James Bare, Alan Greenberg and Jackie Panting.
Tom Valone introduces Tom Sedwick.
After the opening lectures, attendees enjoyed a fine reception which provided a great chance to network and share views and current findings. This reception was generously donated by Energy and Propulsion Systems and Lawrenceville Plasma Physics.
During his opening remarks on Saturday morning, COFE organizer Dr. Thomas Valone called the audience’s attention to an article in the Washington Post (September 25, 2009) titled, “New Analysis Brings Dire Forecast of 6.3° Temperature Increase.” The article, by Post staff writer Juliet Eilperin, presented the conclusions of a recent environmental study in stark terms: “Climate researchers now predict the planet will warm by 6.3 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century even if the world’s leaders fulfill their most ambitious climate pledges, a much faster and broader scale of change than forecast just two years ago, according to a report released Thursday by the United Nations Environment Program. The new overview of global warming research, aimed at marshaling political support for a new international climate pact by the end of the year, highlights the extent to which recent scientific assessments have outstripped the predictions issued by the Nobel Prize-winning U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2007.”
The urgent need for a full-scale push for clean, sustainable, non-fossil fuel energy, on the order of the Manhattan Project or the effort in landing a man on the moon, could not have been clearer. Emphasizing that need, while providing a forum for independent researchers dedicated to solving the energy crisis to present their work, was the underlying purpose of the conference.
Valone emphasized that if the predictions of recent climate studies are correct, the Amazon would become a desert and the Arctic would experience a 10° change, with disastrous results for global climate and modern civilization. As he put it, what we need now is nothing short of a global revolution in our use of energy, directly in the form of brand new, disruptive technologies. Implicit in his declaration was the hope that such disruptive new technology would emerge from COFE3.
He mentioned that the alarm about climate change was sounded at the first COFE held in Washington in 1999. As a positive sign, he said that in the past ten years there has been a “future energy surge,” with conferences held in various locations around the world. The latest was the World Future Energy Summit held in Abu Dhabi in January 2009. Apparently the search for future renewable energy has become a global trend. Topics discussed at COFE are apparently ten years ahead of general public awareness.
Valone concluded his welcome and opening remarks by pointing out that the report he edited, Energy Policy Recommendations: Toward a Comprehensive National Energy Initiative, was presented to the Obama administration. Apparently the Obama administration takes the threat of climate change seriously. He received a return letter signed by President Obama thanking him for his suggestions.
Speaking on “Renewable Energy: 2010 Expectations,” Robson Mello, Secretary General of the Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Organization (IREO), urged participants to adopt a global view in their search for energy solutions. He asked everyone to consider the need of villagers in Nepal—who have never seen a radio, let alone a solar panel or hybrid vehicle—when proposing solutions. In other words, proposals for solving the energy crisis need to be practical, down-to-earth, and accessible to everyone.
Mello’s comments served as an introduction to the first panel of the morning session entitled, “Future Renewables: 2020 Landscape.” The panel presented a variety of alternatives to fossil fuels. Chaired by Jim Dunn, the panel included Jerome Glenn (Director, U.N. Millennium Project), Lawrence Ott (President, Geothermal Home), Dave Goldstein (Electric Vehicles Association/DC Chapter), Robson Mello, and myself (Quantum Rabbit).
In his introductory remarks, Dunn mentioned that modern civilization is tapping only a tiny fraction of the energy available from the sun, calculated in terawatts. There is a huge amount of untapped solar energy available for the planet’s needs. Goldstein presented a convincing argument for electric vehicles. He stated, “Electricity is the currency of the universe,” and “electric motors are six times more efficient than combustion engines.” Goldstein mentioned that the Tesla electric sports car changed the image of electric cars as slow moving and boring, like golf carts. Mello echoed the allure of the Tesla by relating his experience driving one in Los Angeles. He enthusiastically described it as “amazing—faster than a Ferrari.” Everyone laughed.
Goldstein mentioned the new generation of lithium ion batteries used in electric motors is six times longer lasting than the previous generation of lead acid batteries. Some electric hybrids have achieved an astonishing 500 miles per gallon.
My presentation was directed toward the algae fuel project in Western Massachusetts. I stated that algae fuel, or Algoline™ (pronounced al-jo-lean), held great promise for providing a bridge from the current model of energy based on centralized fuel distribution and combustion technology, to future decentralized “post-combustion” technologies. Algae fuel, which leaves no carbon footprint, has the potential to be distributed so consumers produce their own energy through simple home or village fuel production kits. It applies as equally to underdeveloped economies as it does to developed economies. The algae fuel project, known as Berkshire Green Energy, is set to begin in 2010.
The first panel of the afternoon session, moderated by Dr. David Goodwin of the U.S. Department of Energy, was titled, “Fusion Options: Diversification.” I sat on the panel, together with Dr. George Miley (Director, University of Illinois Fusion Lab), Dr. Ray Sedwick (Engineering Professor, University of Maryland), and Dr. Eric Lerner (Director, Lawrenceville Plasma Physics). Miley flew in directly from Rome, where he had attended ICCF15—the fifteenth International Conference on Condensed Matter Nuclear Science.
Fusion panel speakers (left to right) Ray Sedwick, Tom Valone, Ed
Esko, George Miley and panel moderator Dave Goodwin.
Goodwin opened the panel with a rundown of the leading hot fusion research projects being conducted around the world, including magnetic confinement studies at ITER in France, laser fusion research at Livermore, and investigation into heavy ion fusion at Berkeley. Goodwin pointed out that practical results from these studies, the cost of which run in the millions of dollars, are many years away, if they happen at all. He also mentioned that the Department of Energy had $17 million in grant money available for research projects, with the deadline for applying at the end of November (www.science.doe.gov/grants).
Miley took over with a report on cold fusion research, including highlights from ICCF15 in Rome (from which he was understandably jet-lagged). He pointed to the recent “60 Minutes” broadcast in which a previously skeptical observer from the University of Missouri witnessed several cold fusion experiments and developed a healthy respect for this new branch of science. Miley mentioned that some of the best work in this emerging field was taking place outside the U.S., in places like Japan, Israel, and Italy. Miley was happy to report that after many years studying cold fusion, he finally discovered a roadmap to guide him in future research.
I took the podium to present the Quantum Rabbit (QR) PowerPoint describing five low energy nuclear reactions achieved in our New Hampshire vacuum lab and published in Infinite Energy. These transmutations were achieved under conditions of relatively low energy, temperature, and pressure. I stated that the type of fusion we are studying is hotter than that of cold fusion, but much colder than that of hot fusion. I proposed the name “cool fusion” to describe it. The name elicited chuckles from attendees.
Lerner presented a review of the high-energy work, known as Focus Fusion I, being conducted at his New Jersey lab. His work in fusing hydrogen and boron requires extremely high temperatures and magnetic energies and produces X-rays as a byproduct. Lerner mentioned that he had just finished last minute tweaking of the equipment and was now ready to get underway with this research effort.
The next panel was on the topic “Bioelectromagnetics Developments.” An array of presenters described the work they are doing in developing medical applications based on energy. They described success in relieving a variety of medical conditions through energy medicine. One application, known as the Wonderwand, involved using various light frequencies to stimulate the body’s acupuncture points. Having studied macrobiotics and Oriental medicine for over 30 years, I found this new application to be fascinating. The panel consisted of moderator Wayne Miller (AIFA, Denali Fiduciary Management), Dr. Glen Rein (consultant), Dr. James Bare (Rife Technology), Dr. Jacqueline Panting (IRI Bioenergy), and Dr. Robert Wagner (ProloTherapy).
The final panel of the day was titled “Advanced Energy: Future Concepts” and was led by Tom Valone. Panel members included Hagen Ruff (Chava Energy), Dr. Thorsten Ludwig (Director, GASE, Berlin), David Froning (Space Propulsion Australia), Moray King (engineer/physicist), and Dr. Jordan Maclay (Quantum Fields Lab). The panel presented a fascinating array of studies, any of which could lead to breakthroughs in our understanding and use of energy.
Closing the two-day event was a banquet where IRI President Valone gave out awards. The recipient of the 2009 “Integrity in Research Award” was Dr. Eric Lerner “for his groundbreaking work on focus fusion and successful million dollar funding.” The 2009 “Integrity in Physics Award” was given to Joe Firmage for his 15 year work on emerging propulsion research, most specifically inertial propulsion. The new “Sharon Maynard Humanity Service Award” was given to Ivan Kruglak for his “tireless support of emerging energy technologies.” Valone notes, “This new IRI award was named after the late Sharon Maynard, who was a tireless supporter of emerging and eco-friendly technologies. In recognition of her life’s work, this new award will be given to those who share Sharon’s ideals of helping further these technologies.” Sharon’s husband, Dr. Elliot Maynard, spoke about Sharon and her life.
Eric Lerner received the Integrity in Research Award.
Joe Firmage received the Integrity in Physics Award.
IRI President Tom Valone presents Ivan Kruglak with the Sharon Maynard
After presentation of awards, emerging energy researcher and co-founder of the Carl Sagan Foundation, Joe Firmage, lectured on “Revolution in Physics” and presented his new book on the topic for the first time. Firmage, also of ManyOne Networks, stated his belief that because of civilization’s destructive relationship with nature, the time for solving the energy crisis was running short. He expressed his hope that participants in COFE3 would be among those leading the way toward a brighter future for humanity.
IRI also raffled an original artwork piece donated by Ann Kruglak, of Mystic Dreamer Art, who uses only eco-friendly materials and donates all proceeds to The World Land Trust. The lucky winner was Robson Mello.
IRI Executive Director Jackie Panting presents raffle winner Robson
Mello with artwork created by Ann Kruglak.
Not only were the presentations at COFE timely and relevant, the event itself offered many opportunities for one-on-one discussions and networking. I had a productive discussion with Wayne Miller of Denali Fiduciary Management. Wayne delivered a keynote address on “Integrative Biophysics: Healthcare from a Fiduciary and Financial Landscape,” and served as moderator for the bioelectromagnetics panel. He mentioned that Honda was one of his corporate clients. I told him I had several original formulas for production of neodymium (Nd) through the process of low energy transmutation. Neodymium, one of the rare earth metals, is a crucial component of the magnets in electric hybrid motors. (A Toyota Prius, for example, has about a kilo of neodymium in its motor.) According to recent press, hybrid manufacturers such as Honda might face problems in the future with their supply of this rare metal. Obviously, it would be to Honda’s advantage to develop an entirely new, environmentally sustainable, and potentially low-cost method for producing this metal. Wayne was fascinated by my explanation and asked me to send a brief summary of our proposal, which he would forward to Honda. A very productive exchange!
All in all, I found the conference highly interesting and productive. COFE is helping to blaze a new trail toward a sustainable future for humanity on this planet.
A DVD set with the COFE3 panels and speakers is available from Integrity Research Institute, as is a printed version of the proceedings. For more information:
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