21st Century Careers

When I was a young adult the message was clear, “go into computers, that’s where the money is”.   Turns out, that’s where my desire and talent was, so that’s what I did.  But when Rossi’s energy catalyzer is discovered by the world, what careers will blossom?  I can think of two.

The first is the mechanical engineer.  Thermodynamics, of course, is going to be big.  There will be a lot of engineering around heat to motion and heat to electricity conversion.  But the secondary spin-offs in mechanical engineering will be huge as well.  Of course cars and planes will have to be re-engineered.  So will lawn mowers, home power systems, portable generators, outboard motors, and on and on.  The industrial applications will be just as huge.  But the third wave will be the stuff that just doesn’t make sense in our energy-expensive world.  Will flying cars be possible?  Will hovercrafts take off?   What of robots?  Its hard to say what will change, but a lot of it will require mechanical engineering.

The second is physics.  This technology is going to create a buzz in the physics world.  How does it work?   But the whole world of low energy nuclear reactions will be experimented with every which way.  Is there a more effective model than nickel + hydrogen?  Is there an LENR model that produces electricity directly?  Can a smaller LENR be produced allowing smaller devices to be directly powered.  And what about all of the other phenomena that have been rejected as a knee-jerk like LENR has been?  Is there a possibility that there is something to any of these things.  There will be a period of time when the world of physics will be more willing to listen than they are now.  However, that window will close, and not long after there is a dry spell where no new discoveries pop up.

I am interested in hearing if there are more careers that will blossom in response to the Rossi.  I am also interested in thoughts you may have about the two careers discussed here.

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17 Responses to “21st Century Careers”

  1. Mirco Romanato Says:

    The point of scientific and technological research is to feed the need of capitalists to compete against each other. And the capitalism is the only economic arrangement able to feed the wholesome research of science and technology. Who would compile the complete data about the energy content of all hydrocarbons and how they burn? This was done after the internal combustion engine was invented. Why? Because it was needed to build better engines and was needed to refine the right blend of hydrocarbons to feed these engines.

    We can not know what will be really requested by the market. But we can know that they will request MEST (with emphasis on Maths) based jobs.
    The effective request is impossible to know because it depend on the priorities of billions of people combined together.

  2. brucefast Says:

    What is “MEST”? Google didn’t give me a clear answer.

  3. Mirco Romanato Says:

    MEST (math, engineering, science, technology) STEM

  4. Anthony Scalzi Says:

    I’m fairly certain that nickel + hydrogen is not the most effective reaction using this mechanism, should Rossi’s device turn out to be ‘for real’. After all, nickel is near the bottom of the binding energy curve. I think that any metal that can form an oxide with catalytic properties similar to the nickel-oxide that some of the folks at the polywell forum think Rossi might be using would also work. In particular, I think aluminum and titanium would be excellent candidates because of their oxides and because they are further up the binding energy curve.

    Of course, this is moot if the e-cat does not work as advertised or if the structure of nickel oxide is not the key to the e-cats’ function.

  5. Mirco Romanato Says:

    I think the selection of Nickel and Hydrogen is due to the lucky fact they don’t produce neutrons when reacting. Neutron production is to be avoided, if possible.

    • Billybob Says:

      why are neutrons bad in LENR? Do they increase binding energy? Do they ward off other particles that want to interact with the nucleus of an atom?

      • Anthony Scalzi Says:

        Neutrons are bad because, paradoxically, they are very good at fusing with other nuclei. They are also indiscriminate with what they fuse with, so they will also fuse with the materials of the reactor wall. This makes the reactor very radioactive and correspondingly more difficult to operate.

  6. Mirco Romanato Says:

    With neutrons you need large shields to stop them, because they don’t interact easily with the other atoms. But, as Anthony wrote, when they interact, they form new isotopes that are radioactive. This imply that the vessel of the reactor and all the matter around would become increasingly radioactive and would emit radiations even after the reactor is switched off. And we would have the same disposal problem we have with the vessel of the current nuclear reactors.

  7. BB Says:

    Thermodynamics won’t necessarily be big, the E-Cat produces heat yes, and that heat needs to be transformed into electricity using turbines yes. But the same counts for nuclear fission, oil and gas: We have always used turbines to produce the majority of our electricity.

    Now, things may change if you argue that we will now locally be producing electricity. This is something that is possible today, using gas, if you wanted too. But generally people find it too difficult and efficiency is a problem too at these smaller scales.

    Still there are a few scenarios where one could imagine a preference for local production:

    1) If the ‘big’ guys don’t pick up the new technology and the small guys are selling portable E-Cat units to consumers for years before it is noticed as a useful and real technology. Then maybe the grid becomes obsolete and small turbines or Stirling engines become of interest.

    2) If we have now so much energy that we don’t care about the inefficiency of producing locally. Strong one, buts still the thing is going to be noisy and difficult: I don’t know about E-Cat’s but turbines do need maintenance.

    3) Now that LENR reactions exist, we may want to look around what else is possible. Maybe we find a way to produce electricity directly from some LENR reaction. Also there are reports (fake or not) that claim to produce hydrogen from a LENR reaction. Hydrogen can produce electricity through a fuel cell, which makes the whole thing free of moving parts, reducing the maintenance needs.

  8. quax Says:

    A Vancouver based start-up develops an intriguing thermo-acoustic power generator. Superior maintenance free alternative to the Stirling generator. They are well positioned to benefit if e-cat turns out to be real. Wished they were publicly traded.

    http://www.etalim.com/technology.php

    • Bob Norman Says:

      The thermo-acoustic is most interesting. Here is a link to another device, but its made to be bigger (50K or more)

      http://www.prismnet.com/~frg/

      To run TA devices you have to run them pretty hot. The Etalim device mentioned 1000 C, which is way out of the range for a Rossi. It looks like you could get 30% at 300 C with this one.

      Very interesting concepts, I think they use this on satalites. I wonder how noisy they are.

  9. brucefast Says:

    Quax, thanks for the link. Etalim looks interesting, but it isn’t terribly clear what they are up to. Certainly, however, their technology will have a lot of market when Rossi’s technology gets heard above the noise.

  10. Bob Norman Says:

    The Ecat isn’t supposed to emit Neutrons, but in Rossi’s patent he calls out a layer of Boron. Does anyone understand why the Boron is needed?
    There are some great Plastic resins that replace lead as well as some Tungsten material. The lead problem I think can be designed out.

  11. Jim Anderson Says:

    There is a Ukrainian scientist that claims to produce electricity from a LENR device. His name is Waldemar Mordkovitch. He use zirconium not nickel. A link to one article is below. An Internet search for lenr and zirconium produces a number of links.

    http://newenergyandfuel.com/http:/newenergyandfuel/com/2011/04/13/the-newest-cold-fusion-breaks-out/

  12. Jim Anderson Says:

    My previous post was incorrect the Ukrainian scientist is named Boris Bolotov his Polish engineer is Waldemar Mordkovitch.

  13. brucefast Says:

    Jim, I read about this guy, on PhysOrg.com I think, about a year ago. His technology is interesting. A COP of 40 is darn impressive. Producing electricity rather than heat is highly intriguing. A COP of 40 + electricity rather than heat is equivelant to a COP of 120. The device also may be particularly attractive for smaller applications where a steam engine in the mix is inconceivable.

    I haven’t yet found a way to feel connected to his work, however. If you can find more news about this technology, I would be very interested in hearing it. It may be worthy of its own thread.

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