December 29, 2021

2021 Year End Review: 

The Future Belongs to Us

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Life as a climate innovator is exciting. In 2021, we've raised awareness of and brought resources to solid state energy, nuclear fission, and electrifying the grid. With COVID still a threat, we've had to take a slight detour. In a campaign to extend the use of personal protection equipment (PPE) for emergency use, we've created the DIYPPE website, and to encourage mask wearing, launched the WearIICare project.

We have been working with some of the brightest students in the US. The Anthropocene Institute is grateful for the opportunity to sponsor and mentor Capstone Teams at Michigan State University during the Spring and Fall semesters. The teams were also winners of the program's design awards.

Nuclear Renaissance

COP26 was a small, but not insignificant, step, towards addressing our climate emergency. While leaders agree to a "phase down" instead of "phase out" in coal energy, the most important discussions occurred on the side. Our friends at TerraPraxis discussed one of the greatest opportunities to draw down carbon emissions at their side event: the role of advanced nuclear in retrofitting the world's fleet of 2000 coal plants with clean power generation. 

The Anthropocene presented their perspectives on advanced nuclear at a roundtable discussion hosted by the Foreign Correspondent's Club of Japan (YouTube link). We were also quoted in the American Society for Engineering Education's PRISM magazine article on the need for nuclear energy to enable a resilient power grid.
Financial support for nuclear energy has received a boost this year with the Nuclear Energy (Financing) Bill being introduced in the UK using a model known as the Regulated Asset Base (RAB), which incentivizes private investment into nuclear projects. Furthermore, the EU is in the final stages of updating their definitions of green financing to include nuclear investments.

It is our pleasure to note that our partners at EcoAmerica released their fourth American Climate Perspectives Survey, which now shows a majority of Americans supporting nuclear energy, regardless of political affiliation.
Our colleagues at Generation Atomic have bravely led the movement in preventing the shut down of the Dresden and Byron nuclear power plants, which provides 30% of Illinois' clean energy. However, the fight goes on in California where the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant is scheduled to be shut down starting in 2024.

We are also excited to announce the debut of the Got Nuclear map that shows nearly one million lives saved by averting air pollution using clean, nuclear power. Congratulations once again to Illinois, which is the state where nuclear has saved the most lives at over 110,000!

Solid State Energy

The field of Solid State Energy (aka Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) or cold fusion) is gaining both acceptance and research funding. Following the Google funded work that was published in Nature in 2019, a flurry of activity has followed around the world. These include US Navy funded research, as well as an ARPA-E organized workshop, which brought constituents from industry, government, and academia to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the field. Furthermore, the European Union has started funding their multimillion dollar HERMES and Clean MHE programs under the Horizon2020 initiative.

The Anthropocene team is proud to announce that we are the host and organizer of the ICCF24 conference, which is co-located with the Solid State Energy Summit. The events will be held July 25-28 in Mountain View, CA at the Computer History Museum.
We have also launched the LENR Discovery website, which hosts LENRaries, an industrial analysis of solid state energy. To date, we have identified key players in the field, as well as student perceptions on studying LENR and being employed in this enterprise.
Scientists in Japan and Canada have also reported the plausibility of nuclear transmutations in the Earth's core, suggesting that a type of solid state energy reaction is occurring in nature.
In a detailed NHK documentary video that came out in Japan, the program described the history of cold fusion in the context of the Pons and Fleischmann announcement of 1989. Several prominent scientists commented on the prospects of enabling clean energy with cold fusion (subtitles in English, French, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean available).

Entering 2022

While the global pandemic still rages on, we can be optimistic that every day brings us closer to the end. We are very excited about what we have in store for 2022 and look forward to your kind engagement.

Mask up and stay safe. The Anthropocene is when Humans control Earth, our only functional spaceship. Next we need to govern ourselves well enough to organize an engineering team to clean up after ourselves! It won't turn out to be as costly as letting pollution get out of control, and letting essential life support systems fall into disrepair. I look forward to being able to trust the professional engineers on Spaceship Earth's Engineering team to make sure our annual Sun Cruise is comfortable and safe.


(arl & the Anthropocene Institute Energy Team
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