Fringe Energy No More?
By Bill Moore
30-year CIA veteran analyst Tom Whipple retired from the agency 20 years ago, but his passion for studying global energy trends hasn't slowed down. He continues to track both conventional energy, petroleum in particular, and more controversial forms from LENR to Blacklight Power to Kinetic Thrusters.
If it proves feasible, someday we could have electric cars, and boats and planes and trains, powered by the light of 10,000 suns, generated inside a sphere the size of your fist.
Called a SunCell, a recyclable 'fuel' that is mostly water vapor absorbed out of the air releases a compressed form of hydrogen atom called a hydrino or what physicist call 'dark matter.' So dense is this energy that a single liter of fuel could power an SUV from New York to Los Angeles, while emitting only pure oxygen.
It sounds like a wildly improbable dream, one straight out of the imagination of a science fiction writer -- or madman. It has stirred up its share of controversy among the scientific community, but it is only one of four potential 'black swans' that could disrupt the future of planet earth. At least, that's the view of retired CIA analyst Tom Whipple, who after 30 years with the Agency, has spent the last 20 tracking the energy landscape, from conventional oil and gas to what most consider the fringe fields of Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) and the equally controversial work of Randall Mills and Blacklight Power, the group behind the SunCell depicted in the above illustration.
Tom Whipple is best known, at least to this writer, as the author of the twice-weekly Peak Oil Review, which he co-authors with Steve Andrews for the Association of the Study of Peak Oil USA. Their email newsletter chronicles events, largely in the oil and gas industry, on a global scale: who is producing, who isn't, and why. Rising well before dawn he scans dozens of web sites to glean these nuggets of information that then gets passed on to Andrews and emerges every Monday and Thursday as a succinct review -- like a Presidential briefing -- of events and trends, which probably accounts for his general pessimism over the sorry state of geopolitics, especially in the troubled Middle East and Persian Gulf.
And maybe that's also why he places an undeniable degree of hope and even confidence in the efforts of the likes of Andrea Rossi and E-Cat, as well as Mills and Blacklight Power. Rossi, whom I've interviewed on two occasions, purportedly has his E-Cat system working dependably generated steam from his nickel hydrogen catalyst through a process previously identified as 'cold fusion.'
Mills, on the other hand, is still at the test bench stage of development, but according to both Whipple and the company's most recent video presentation at an event called Emerald Groundhog Day, it is close to achieving a sustained ignition. In the video, Mills explains how a future electric vehicle would be powered by his system. The rapid release of energy, nearly all it in the form of light, is captured by next generation of photovoltaic cells capable to converting the light of 10,000 suns into electric power. Such a device would be extraordinarily compact. Even using today's technology of 1,000 sun PV cells, a box one cubic meter in size could produce 100 megawatts of continuous power.
And then there's kinetic thrusters, perhaps the ultimate 'perpetual motion machine.' He talks about that technology in part two of what turned out to be a nearly hour-long discussion. Part one begins with a discussion of the much lampooned, of late, theory of peak oil, as well as Rossi's most recent activities.
If you're interested in receiving Whipple's twice-weekly newsletter, you can subscribe here.
Video Part 1
Video Part 2
Originally published: 03 Jun 2015
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