Brillouin Energy Corp of Berkeley, California, USA (BEC) announced performance breakthroughs – net-positive power out-of-the-wall, steady-state operation, and heating water – for its first transportable Hydrogen Hot Tube™ (HHT™) Test System, which was demonstrated at the ICCF24 Solid-State Energy Summit during the last week of July 2022.
The company’s first transportable HHT test system demonstrated production of over 250 watts of heat in water at a 1.25 times excess heat ratio from power out-of-the-wall, steady-state, while running a small Stirling engine. The implicit excess heat ratio was over three times at the internal catalyst rod level.
“These significant performance achievements represent a major step forward on the pathway to commercializing our innovative LENR technologies for a wide range of product manufacturers that will benefit from a better heat source,” says David Firshein, chief financial officer, Brillouin Energy.
Brillouin Energy is a clean technology company that is set to revolutionize the global power industry. The company’s small scale Hydrogen Hot TubeTM (HHTTM) reactor system safely extracts the nuclear energy potential in hydrogen atoms to create an incredibly low-cost, highly scalable, completely non-polluting, non-hazardous source of heat. The process in which this heat is generated is most commonly referred to in scientific terms as a “low energy nuclear reaction” (LENR).
Unlike all other nuclear technologies, Brillouin’s unique and patented form of LENR technology generates absolutely no (ZERO) radioactive waste. There are no harmful emissions of any kind – including no CO2 and no penetrating radiation – emanating from this reaction. As a result, the HHT offers a potentially paradigm-shifting breakthrough in clean technology that can supplant the fossil-fuel based systems of the present with very low-cost, clean unlimited energy.
“We are on the cusp of a new era of cheap, abundant and reliable power from LENR based systems, at a time when the United States and many other countries are reexamining their approaches for supporting clean energy technologies,” says Robert W. George, chief executive officer, Brillouin Energy.
The only inputs to Brillouin’s HHT system are electricity and tiny amounts of hydrogen. The only outputs are heat and microscopic amounts of harmless, inert helium. In fact, the solid-state design of the HHT’s heat generation system is so safe, that it is safer than natural gas delivered to a home or commercial facility.
Test results to date have been independently validated at SRI International and with other experts, and have been proven to be controllable, predictable and replicable at lab-scale.
With nearly $5 billion invested in hot fusion over the last 12 months, enthusiasm for the practical alternative of solid-state fusion energy technologies is gaining traction. A new generation of scientists, engineers, investors and corporate executives is investigating, developing and investing in new solid-state fusion energy devices.
Brillouin Energy is a frontrunner in the field, with its proven HHT systems. In July, the company’s HHT test systems consistently demonstrated the key performance trifecta of net positive power out-of-the-wall, steady-state operation, as measured by heating water. This key combination serves as commercial proof of concept.
Currently, Brillouin has raised over $22.6 million in total funding to date, including $1.3 million of early-stage licensing revenue. This has advanced its technology to the beginning of its commercialization process. Based on already verified engineering work, BEC has now explicitly mapped out its remaining critical capital needs to equal the next $4 million. The Use of Proceeds from this next stage of funding will complete next-level milestone demonstrations, plus data reports of BEC’s already growing evidence of commercial proof, in less than 12 months.
The company’s advancing commercial proof milestone is a huge turning point, which will ensure that a larger dollar amount of pending strategic licensing revenue is fully launched with well-known Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customers, with a corresponding dramatic increase in the company’s valuation and growth prospects. This in turn will enable the full funding and scale-up of BEC’s first prototype manufacturing facility, able to supply commercial heat generation products to such OEMs, from which all stakeholders will highly benefit. Even more importantly, such achievements will accelerate the exciting potential of BEC’s technology to make a huge difference worldwide at a time when it is needed most.
In prior years, Brillouin worked with leading LENR scientists from SRI International, which led to the company’s current status. BEC is the only company in the field today that has clearly developed an actual control switch that works, which allows it to turn the LENR heat generation reaction ON, UP, DOWN and OFF, on command, 100 percent of the time – something which SRI scientists originally validated independently.
The company’s “water flow calorimetry” achievement is the simplest, yet most definitive, test measure of proving the LENR excess heat reaction in operation.
The HHT’s performance will continue to improve with further investment in its engineering and manufacturing processes. Brillouin Energy’s HHT is optimally designed for successful commercialization. The company’s patented Q-Pulse technology is used to control the HHT thermal output, which is important for scaling multiple commercial product applications. Brillouin continues to partner and work with reputable experts at prestigious U.S. academic institutions, laboratories and corporations to further prove the generation of ultra-cold, ultra-slow neutrons, which are completely non-hazardous. Brillouin is highly confident that its ongoing commitment to generating and documenting definitive scientific evidence of LENR will continue to advance its commercial proof of concept.
“Solid-state fusion energy is abundant, low-cost, clean, safe, and flexible in scale to meet demand,” says Robert Godes, Brillouin Energy’s founder and chief technology officer.
This zero pollution, low-cost, renewable energy technology is capable of producing thermal energy for multiple commercial product applications.
The question of whether the phenomenon originally known as “cold fusion” has been proven has captivated scientists ever since the claims made by Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons at the University of Utah in 1989. Their observation of heat effects in electro-chemically driven palladium-deuterium experiments were consistent with nuclear but not chemical or stored energy sources. The importance of their discovery cannot be understated as the need for energy innovation has never been greater.
Brillouin Energy is a clean-technology company based in Berkeley, California. The company is developing its unique, patented HHT technology in collaboration with former senior scientists from SRI International.
For further information about Brillouin Energy, its current Series C round capital raise for accredited investors, commercial licensing opportunities or any of its recent news releases, contact David Firshein, chief financial officer at (415) 419-6429 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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