Overview of LENR research: Critical steps on the pathway to technology

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Michael Charles Harold McKubre, michael.mckubre@sri.com, Energy Research Center, SRI International, PS385, 333 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025
Attention has been directed to low energy nuclear reactions or LENR as the third nuclear option, in addition to conventional fission and hot fusion, with the potential to sustain a virtually unlimited primary energy source for mankind, without the attendant chemical and environmental hazards of fossil fuel combustion. This paper will review presently active research programs worldwide, and their approaches, staffing, funding and objectives. As a tool to assess their likelihood of success, a brief analysis will be performed of the importance in technological (rather than scientific) achievement of critical engineering operational parameters such as: source power density; energy density; operating temperature; reaction rate control; chemical and radiation hazard; and cost.