Grimshaw & Associates (G&A) seeks to provide solutions to problems arising at the energy/environment “nexus”. The primary focus is on emerging energy technologies and resources, particularly cold fusion – a promising but highly controversial new technology for clean, cheap and abundant energy. Cold fusion has the potential to meet a substantial portion of the world’s energy requirements. Now widely referred to as Low Energy Nuclear Reaction, LENR, cold fusion is hypothesized to be a type of nuclear reaction that takes place at much lower temperatures than hot fusion, which occurs in the sun and other stars. Although cold fusion was rejected by the scientific community when it was announced over 25 years ago, research continued in the field worldwide, and a large body of evidence of its reality has accumulated. Dr. Thomas W. Grimshaw, G&A President, has worked on cold fusion policy and related areas for the past 10 years. His major focus is on making a strong case for policy changes toward cold fusion, both for support for its development and for proactive planning to mitigate anticipated adverse secondary impacts. He also supports research efforts to achieve cold fusion and realize its benefits.

Cold Fusion Policy Analysis

Dr. Grimshaw’s work in cold fusion policy began with his professional report (thesis) for the master’s degree at the LBJ School of Public Affairs[1]. He continues to give presentations and prepare papers on various aspects of LENR policy. In 2008, he presented two posters at the 14th International Conference on Cold Fusion (ICCF-14) at Washington, D.C.[2][3] and gave a presentation at the annual meeting of the American Physical Society in New Orleans[4]. From 2008 to 2011, Dr. Grimshaw co-instructed two Policy Research Projects at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, each with about 12 students, on energy policy, with coverage of the promise of cold fusion as a potential energy source[5][6]. In 2012 he supervised a student internship at The University of Texas at Austin[7]. A paper and poster were presented at ICCF-17 at Daejeon, South Korea in 2012[8][9] , followed by a poster at ICCF-18 at Columbia, Missouri in 2013[10]. A presentation was given at the MIT/JET Energy Colloquium in 2014[11], and another paper has been accepted for presentation at ICCF-19 in Padua, Italy in April 2015[12].

LENR Research Support

Dr. Grimshaw is currently working with researchers who were previously with Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to develop a proposal for new LENR investigations. The proposed collaboration includes Dr. Edmund Storms, who is widely regarded as one of the foremost LENR researchers in the world. He recently (2014) published the book, “The Explanation of Low Energy Nuclear Reaction”. He has also authored over 100 technical papers on LENR. A draft proposal is being prepared with complete resumes and a detailed inventory of instruments in three private labs in northern New Mexico. Dr. Grimshaw has obtained a preliminary trademark for the organization, and has prepared a presentation to help secure funding from grantmakers and/or investors when the proposal is approved for release.

Prior to focusing on the collaboration with the New Mexico researchers, Dr. Grimshaw provided close-in support to National Instruments for a variety of LENR activities. This association began with careful documentation of two LENR demonstrations by Dr. Francesco Celani of Italy’s INFN during 2012. Six researchers who were provided samples by Dr. Celani were then contacted to determine if the demonstrations had been verified. The results of this investigation were presented as a poster at ICCF-18 in 2013[13]. Following this work, Dr. Grimshaw assisted with documentation and interpretation of results for three other proposed devices, including a site visit to one of the organizations involved.

Pre-LENR Professional Career

Before becoming involved with cold fusion, Dr. Grimshaw had a diverse career in environmental management, beginning with a Ph.D. dissertation on environmental geology[14]. His projects included environmental baseline studies, mitigation measures for adverse impacts, site investigations of spills and disposal sites, development of cleanup strategies for contaminated sites, and policy analysis input for large-scale energy development in the western U.S. He gained experience with many types of energy facilities, including power plants, refineries, oilfields, pipelines, storage tanks, coal mines, and unconventional oil and gas production. During this period of his career, Dr. Grimshaw worked for several of the most prominent environmental companies in the world as well as a public-sector research organization.

Organization and Project Management

During his environmental career, Dr. Grimshaw held many organization and project management positions in both private sector and academic settings. He held the position of office manager with profit-and-loss responsibility, and he was later director for organization development for companies acquired during a mergers and acquisitions initiative. He was project manager for many types of projects, including multidisciplinary environmental studies, site evaluation and cleanup of contaminated properties, and systems development for a major environmental company.

Technical Education and Background

Dr. Grimshaw’s career shift to energy policy – with emphasis on cold fusion – is based on a solid technical foundation. He has both a Master of Public Affairs degree for public policy and a Ph.D. degree in geology. He has authored many technical reports on such diverse topics as energy policy, environmental baseline and cleanup, and systems development. He has also given many presentations on a variety of technical areas, ranging from environmental studies and systems development to project management, unconventional natural gas and oil resources, and cold fusion policy.

Conclusion

The world has a great need for low-cost, abundant, clean, and versatile new sources of energy. The case of cold fusion would perhaps be of only marginal interest if the stakes weren’t so high. Grimshaw & Associates seeks to do whatever possible to help achieve cold fusion as a major new energy source.

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  1. Grimshaw, T. W., 2008. Evidence-Based Public Policy toward Cold Fusion: Rational Choices for a Potential Alternative Energy Source. Austin, TX. Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. Unpublished Professional Report. December.
  2. Grimshaw, T.W., 2008. Public Interest Arguments for Cold Fusion Policy Change: Opportunities for the CMNS Research Community. Poster Presented at 14th International Conference on Cold Fusion, Washington, D.C. August.
  3. Grimshaw, T.W., 2008. Open Source Science Applied to CMNS Research: A Paradigm for Enhancing Cold Fusion Prospects and the Public Interest. Community. Poster Presented at 14th International Conference on Cold Fusion, Washington, D.C. August.
  4. Grimshaw, T.W., 2008. Public Interest and Level-of-Evidence Considerations in Cold Fusion Public Policy. Presentation at American Physical Society Annual Meeting, March.
  5. Groat, C.G., and T.W. Grimshaw, 2009. Shaping the Energy Technology Transition: Moving to a Low-Carbon, Renewable-Energy Economy. Policy Research Project Report 167. LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin.
  6. Groat, C.G., and T.W. Grimshaw, 2011. Building the Bridge to an Energy Secure Future: Energy Policies for the 21st Century. Policy Research Project Report 172. LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin.
  7. Grimshaw, T.W., 2012. Public Policy Planning for Broad Deployment of Cold Fusion for Energy Production in the U.S. Supervisor, Student Internship at Center for International Energy & Environmental Policy, The University of Texas at Austin.
  8. Grimshaw, T.W, 2012. Public Policy Planning for Broad Deployment of Cold Fusion (LENR) for Energy Production. Paper FrM1-1, 17th International Conference on Cold Fusion, Daejeon, South Korea. August.
  9. Grimshaw, T., 2012. Evidence-Based Public Policy for Support of Cold Fusion (LENR) Development. Poster Presented at 17th International Conference on Cold Fusion, Daejeon, South Korea. August.
  10. Grimshaw, T.W., S. Concezzi, L. Wenzel, and B. Glass, 2013. Verifications of LENR Observations in Nickel-Copper Alloy (Constantan) and Hydrogen Experiments. Poster Presented at 18th International Conference on Cold Fusion, Columbia, S.C. July.
  11. Grimshaw, T.W., 2014. Cold Fusion Public Policy: Rational – and Urgent – Need for Change. Presentation at 2014 Cold “Fusion/LANR Colloquium at MIT. Cambridge, MA. March.
  12. Grimshaw, T.W., 2015. Integrated Policymaking for Realizing Benefits and Mitigating Impacts of LENR. Paper Accepted for Presentation at 19th International Conference on Cold Fusion, Padua, Italy. April.
  13. Grimshaw, T.W., S. Concezzi, L. Wenzel, and B. Glass, 2013. Verifications of LENR Observations in Nickel-Copper Alloy (Constantan) and Hydrogen Experiments. Poster Presented at 18th International Conference on Cold Fusion, Columbia, S.C. July.
  14. Grimshaw, T.W., 1976. Environmental Geology of Urban and Urbanizing Areas: a Case Study from the San Marcos Area, Texas. Dissertation Submitted to The University of Texas at Austin. August.