Dr. Thomas Grimshaw, LENRGY President, has been working in the LENR field for over 10 years. His work in the area goes back to 2006, when he undertook a conference course on LENR policy while a masters student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. He has conducted a number of projects and has authored many papers and reports on the LENR topic. He has also given a number of presentations on the subject. Before deciding to pursue LENR, Dr. Grimshaw had a lengthy career working as a geologist and manager in the environmental field.
Documentation of Dr. Edmund Storms’ 29 Years of CF Research
Dr. Edmund Storms was one of the first researchers to follow up on the cold fusion claims of Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons in March 1989. He has continued his cold fusion (now widely referred to as low-energy nuclear reactions, LENR) research in the years since, first in his position at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and then in his home laboratory in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His work has included both laboratory experiments and development of explanations of the LENR phenomenon. During his 29 years of investigations, he has developed one of the most extensive LENR research records in existence. Much of this work is available in the public realm through his publication of papers and presentations at conferences. There is in addition an extensive body of research results that are in his private files. A project, termed the “Storms LENR Research Development Project”, has been undertaken to compile the publicly-available documents and to capture, organize, store, and document the private records.
US Government Agency Responsibilities for Emerging Energy Technologies
Many US Government agencies have energy-related missions and policymaking responsibilities. No fewer than 20 agencies address energy topics in their jurisdictions, missions, visions, strategic plans, and similar high-level guidance. Development of emerging energy technologies in particular is important to many agencies in accomplishing their objectives.
Agencies and other entities in the Legislative and Executive branches of the US Government have been investigated for CF opportunities. The analysis found that the agencies could benefit substantially from supporting CF to accomplish their missions. The analysis also shows that the agencies may have an obligation to pursue CF to realize its humanitarian and other benefits as well as deal proactively with anticipated adverse secondary impacts.
A White Paper was prepared to serve as a foundation for a paper prepared with Dr. David Nagel of George Washington University, Washington, DC. Presentation of the paper, “Responsibilities of US Government Agencies for Support of Low-Energy Nuclear Reactions”, took place at ICCF-20, which was held in Sendai, Japan in October 2016.
Santa Fe LENR Laboratory Collaboration
Three retirees from Los Alamos National Laboratory – Drs. Tom Claytor, Ed Storms, and Malcolm Fowler, continue to do CF and related research at their private labs in northern New Mexico. Dr. Grimshaw worked with these scientists to develop a proposal for a new CF research lab to be located in Santa Fe. The proposal effort included preparation of custom resumes, detailed descriptions of facilities and instruments at three private research labs, and preparation of required proposal and presentation documents. The experimental basis of the new lab was a book, The Explanation of Low-Energy Nuclear Reaction, which was published by Dr. Storms in 2014. Funding for this laboratory has not yet been received.
Energy Institute Research Affiliation
The Energy Institute leverages the experience and expertise of researchers at the University of Texas at Austin to study critical policy questions. The Institute seeks to create a community of scholars to address energy issues that are important to Texas, the nation, and the world. It fosters interdisciplinary interactions across the campus and serves as a portal for information on energy research at the University.
National Instruments LENR Consultation
Dr. Grimshaw worked closely with National Instruments (NI) in evaluating various cold fusion (CF) technologies and investigators for potential research support. His work with NI included evaluations of about 12 independent cold fusion organizations and entities. He also led an effort to fully document a cold fusion demonstration that was performed at NI’s annual conference, NI Week, in 2012.
Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy (CIEEP)
CIEEP was a research entity at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Grimshaw worked with the CIEEP Director to develop an initiative to address CF policy issues. A plan was developed for the Initiative, and promotional documents and presentations were prepared. A student internship was undertaken to delineate secondary impacts of CF, identify a methodology to address the impacts, and develop a step-by-step procedure to apply the methodology to the CF case. Technology Assessment was selected as an effective method of dealing with direct and indirect secondary impacts of broad deployment of CF as a new source of energy. The results of this student internship were presented at ICCF-17 in Daejeon, South Korea in 2013. The CIEEP CF Initiative was subsequently transferred to the Energy Institute.
Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Grimshaw pursued a second-career Master of Public Affairs degree at the LBJ School as a follow-on to his environmental career. He became interested in CF and wrote his Professional Report (Thesis) on the topic – Evidence-Based Public Policy toward Cold Fusion: Rational Choices for a Potential Alternative Energy Source. He also co-sponsored two policy research projects with about 12 students in each. Both were broad-based energy policy studies with significant LENR coverage. And both were supported by the New Energy Foundation, one of the principal entities of the LENR field.
Dr. Grimshaw also gave several lectures in various venues on the potential need for CF policy changes. He received the Masters degree (mid-career option) – and served as adjunct faculty – at UT’s LBJ School of Public Affairs. His professional report was on evidence-based public policy toward CF as a major (but controversial) potential source of energy. As adjunct faculty he was co-instructor for two policy research projects, both of which focused on energy policy and emerging technologies, including cold fusion. He was also instructor for a course on environmental policy.
Dr. Grimshaw became a member of the Adjunct Faculty after completing his Master of Public Affairs degree (Mid-Career Option). He served as co-instructor on two Policy Research Projects (PRPs): 1) “Shaping the Energy Technology Transition”, which addressed policy issues related to alternative energy technologies and movement to a low-carbon, renewable-energy based energy economy; and 2) “Building the Bridge to an Energy Secure Future”, which used five criteria (technology, economics, regulations, environment, and politics) to evaluate established and emerging energy technologies within a framework of energy security. Both PRPs included coverage of cold fusion as a potential future energy source. Earlier, Dr. Grimshaw was instructor for a course on Environmental Policymaking at the LBJ School, which covered both US and international framework for policy development and implementation. He also taught two courses on Environmental Geology at Austin Community College while working on M.P.Aff. degree.
Other LENR Experience
Dr. Grimshaw has had a variety of additional experience in his 10 years of working in the LENR field.
Digital Conversion of Principal LENR Book
Most recently Dr. Grimshaw assisted Jed Rothwell, author of the LENR-CANR website (one of the foremost online LENR resources), in converting a book that was published in hard copy into electronic form. Charles Beaudette’s “Excess Heat: Why Cold Fusion Revealed” has been a principal resource for the LENR field since it was first published in 2000. During the conversion to digital form, Dr. Grimshaw reviewed several chapters for accuracy, created new tables for those that did not convert well, and formatted references cited in each chapter. Recognition for this work was received from Jed Rothwell in March 2017, where he noted that the “job calls for a combination of tedious, rote secretarial labor, and extensive knowledge of cold fusion.”
Pre-LENR Geology and Environmental Career
Prior to his involvement with LENR, Dr. Grimshaw had an extensive career in environmental management and consulting. He began his career with post-graduate degrees in geology and worked for several of the most prominent environmental companies in the world and for The University of Texas at Austin.
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