In mid January 2011, I was made aware of a technological breakthrough in the area of cold fusion, or low energy nuclear reactions. Andrea Rossi, an Italian engineer, successfully demonstrated a device called the E-cat, or energy catalyzer, which is able to produce energy (heat) using a combination of powdered nickel and hydrogen as fuel, resulting in a LENR (low energy nuclear reaction). The process may be cold-fusion.
The reaction admits no CO2 emissions or radioactive waste into the environment.
A 1 MW energy plant implementing this process would operate at one tenth of the cost of a conventional coal fired power plant.
The first 1MW plant is currently being constructed in Greece and is scheduled to open October 2011!
This discovery can be a serious component of the renewable energy revolution and could spawn all manner of useful applications far beyond the prototype model.
A third of the year has passed now, without acknowledgement by any major media source.
The E-cat is the subject of ongoing study at the University of Bologna, Italy. To my knowledge, the device uses no radioactive fuel component to produce heat, thus producing no radioactive waste material. The nickel/hydrogen fusion process produces copper and iron!
It seems that the world is at a crucial point in our history, where man-induced events, both scientific and geopolitical, have tipped the balance of nature against our survival. No more Fukushimas!