Next Generation Energy - LENR/Cold Fusion/"Free Energy", Fact vs Fiction
The quest, the goal, the holy grail... a source of energy to power modern society which is cheap, clean and inexhaustible. We know a great deal about the sources we have, and why they aren't good enough. Fossil fuel, the sun, geothermal, nuclear, biomass, wind, oceans, etc. And mankind looks farther:
In the realm of "known" or "generally accepted" science, we look for breakthroughs, either to improve on existing sources, or to make practical concepts we know about but can't yet implement, i.e. fusion.
In the realm of "not accepted" science, a perhaps surprisingly large number of people are hard at work to uncover phenomena that are "known" to be impossible. They are scorned, dismissed, ignored and banished by mainstream science, and with a couple of notable exceptions (e.g. cold fusion), completely ignored by the popular and science press.
New Nuclear Fission
A quick survey: small modular reactors (SMR), alternate reactor concepts and fuel cycles.
-- the mainstream programs with huge devices (ITER, NEF) unlikely to deliver, ever.
-- alternate approaches - smaller systems may have a chance--some are venture backed
-- aneutronic. uses different "fuels". much less radiation, but much harder to do (higher energy)
"Not Accepted Science"
•"Free Energy" • "Over unity" • "vacuum energy" • "Magnetic motors" Most of it can be dismissed, but perhaps not all. More than a few established and well trained scientists take these things quite seriously, in spite of career risks. Including, by the way, "cold fusion", aka LENR (low energy nuclear reactions).. What will we know in 50 years that we don't know now? Imagine someone describing a nuclear power plant in 1930)