The vast deposits of shale oil in the United States have breathed new life into the American oil industry. Through “fracking”, oil companies can liquefy the oil in shale and bring it to the surface. This is a controversial procedure that involves explosions, but the estimate is that there is more shale oil underground in the continental U.S. than there ever was liquid oil to begin with.
If this is the case, and American oil companies are allowed to withdraw this oil from the ground, it could mean another financial boom for the U.S. Our economy is so dependent on the cost of oil that when we have high gas prices, we automatically go into an economic recession.
How does this relate to LENR, and Andrea Rossi’s E-Cat? Heat is the main relationship. The fracking is done by raising the heat of the shale, causing it to fracture into gas, oil, and various solids. According to Steven Karels, a frequent poster to Rossi’s Journal of Nuclear Physics, this occurs at around 500 degrees Centigrade, or 900 degrees Fahrenheit.
This provides a great opportunity for the oil industry to benefit from an alternative source of energy – the Hot Cat. It has been suggested from the beginning that the fossil fuel industry could save a great deal of money by using LENR power in its refineries and plants. By doing so, not only would the cost of operations go down, but they would also have more of their own product to put on the market, since they are not consuming the coal, oil, or gas themselves. Using LENR in the oil fields is just another application for the technology, now made possible by the existence of the Hot Cat.