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Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Boston’s Logan International Airport Jan. 14, 2013 (Photo: Brian Snyder, Reuters)

Jan. 17, 2013 – By Steven B. Krivit –

Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliners use high-capacity lithium-ion batteries. These batteries have materials similar to those used in the most common type of low-energy nuclear reaction experiment. Boeing is considering LENRs for future aerospace applications. On June 22 and 23, 2011, Boeing representatives met with NASA and the Federal Aviation Authority to discuss such applications. Will they meet again to consider the possible relationship between the battery fires and LENRs?

The Federal Aviation Administration grounded all U.S.-operated Boeing 787 Dreamliners on Wednesday as a result of unexplained lithium-ion aircraft battery fires. Two Boeing 787s have experienced battery fires in nine days. A battery fire occurred last week at Boston’s Logan International Airport, and another fire took place as an All Nippon Airways 787 flew over Japan this week.

What is a lithium-ion battery? It is an electrolytic device with a cathode, an anode, and an electrolyte comprising a lithium salt and materials that provide sources of hydrogen.

What is the most common type of low-energy nuclear reaction experiment? It is an electrolytic device with a cathode, an anode, and an electrolyte comprising a lithium salt and materials that provide sources of hydrogen.

LENRs are weak interactions and neutron-capture processes that occur in nanometer-to-micron-scale regions on surfaces in condensed matter at room temperature. Some researchers believe these reactions are caused by a “cold fusion” process; however, the reactions can be explained by conventional, though unexpected, nuclear physics.

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