The U.S. Department of Defense has determined that independence from fossil fuels is vital to security in its many bases and outposts. In response, military facilities have successfully incorporated alternative fuels in many operations. These alternatives include solar and wind power, as well as some use of bio-fuels. In fact, many fuel depots have either been dismantled or seriously reduced because of the success of these attempts. This not only helps the military to function independently of established fuel routes, it preserves the lives of soldiers. One recent report stated that one American soldier dies for every 30 fuel convoys escorted.
However, the economic recession in the U.S. is taking its toll on alternative fuels and energy in the military. Congress, concerned about the expense of biofuels and alternative energy, has taken action to block the use of either of these resources.
The U.S. Sentate Armed Services Committee has voted to keep the DOD from spending money on alternative fuels and energy if it will cost more than conventional forms of energy. U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Pannetta is the number one supporter of clean, green energy in the military, and has had success in implementing these resources in most military functions. He has persevered even though the Pentagon has had to deal with smaller and smaller budgets.
However, the Democrat controlled Senate has decided to block any biofuels refineries that may be built by the military. This is bad news for green energy, but not unexpected.
When Americans first heard about the drive to switch the military to alternative energy, the resolution was met with skepticism. It seems that most citizens know what Pannetta does not – that most alternative fuels and green energy sources are much more expensive that fossil fuels.
This may be due to the fact that fossil fuels continue to receive government incentives, while these incentives are limited in clean and green technologies. Or, it could be that neither biofuels or solar and wind power has advanced in technology as much as needed. Whatever the reason for the continued expense of alternative power, this recent restriction placed on the American military may present a ready market for LENR technology. One military concern – the name of which has not been released – is already using a 1 MW E-Cat power plant, and is satisfied with the results. We have no idea if this is a base, but that is the assumption among some. Others speculate that it is being used in arms manufacturing. However, since heat is still the number one energy production of the E-Cat, it’s more likely that the facility is not industrial.
LENR technology promises to be one of the least expensive energy sources in the world. While fossil fuels are far less expensive than solar or wind power, E-Cat technology appears to be the first truly affordable power source since fossil fuels were first used. And, since it has no off-gasses or waste, it will not present a disposal problem.
The U.S. Navy, long a beneficiary of nuclear powered submarines and aircraft carriers, had instituted its own studies into LENR technology. The recently reported success in these studies. Unfortunately, they have abandoned the experiments, some say because of the Senate cut backs.
Let’s hope that Rossi’s work ethic successfully produces a manufacturing and distribution process that will make the E-Cat available to anyone who wants one – whether military, governmental, or personal concerns.