Fund Manager Invests $39.94 Million in LENR

The United Kingdom’s most respected manager has invested nearly $40 million in low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) research and nobody noticed. Neil Woodford CBE invested £32 million ($39.94 million) of his clients’ money in Industrial Heat’s LENR research efforts, The Financial Times (Britain’s equivalent to The Wall Street Journal) reported.

Woodford is one of the most respected fund managers in the City of London. He placed .24% of his £9.4 billion ($11.73 billion) equity fund and 2.43% of his £761.4 million ($950.42 million) “patient capital fund” in Industrial Heat last year, Financial Times writer Kadhim Shubber noted. Strangely enough nobody in the city or the British media seemed to notice until now.

Industrial Heat is the company headed by Tom Darden that bought some of the rights to Andrea Rossi’s e-cat LENR technology. Industrial Heat and Rossi fell out after the company’s experts were unable to verify his claims. Rossi is now suing Industrial Heat for breach of contract, and Industrial Heat is suing him in federal court in Miami.

Trump Victory will have little or no Effect on Fusion

Donald J. Trump’s upset victory in the U.S. Presidential election will have little or no effect on either hot or cold fusion.

Under the U.S. Constitution the President has little or no influence over science and technology research because he or she does not write the budget. Congress; especially the House of Representatives, writes the budget which means it supplies the money.

President Trump would have the power to issue an executive order halting; or stepping up, low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) or hot fusion research. Yet that order would be a meaningless piece of paper because Congress would supply the money for the actual research and development.

Trump’s party, the Republicans has control over Congress, but Trump actually has very little control over Republican Senators and Representatives. Instead all he can do is suggest legislation to them and sign it – if it ever reaches his desk.

Rossi Plans QuarkX e-cat Demonstration for February

Andrea Rossi is planning some sort of public demonstration of his QuarkX e-cat low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) device early next year. E-Cat world contributor Frank Acland thinks that the test will probably be held in February 2019.

Rossi did not confirm that in posts at his blog but he did make some intriguing remarks including:

  • When Acland asked Rossi if his partner was a manufacturer, the inventor’s reply was yes. Rossi has not revealed the partner’s identity but he and HydroFusion attempted to purchase a factory in Sweden earlier this year.

Is Rossi's latest ecat named for Quark the Star Trek Deep Space Nine character played by Armin Shimerman. ?

  • Rossi is conducting Sigma Five testing on the ecat. Sigma Five is a physics term that means he is highly confident of the QuarkX and its ability.

 

  • In a response to a correspondent named Svein Henrik, Rossi stated that Sigma 5 is related to experimental prototypes.

 

Germans want to Abolish Internal Combustion Engine

Germany might become the first of the major powers to abolish use of the internal combustion engine. The Bundesrat; an upper house of Germany’s parliament that represents state governments recommended that the country get rid of diesel and gasoline-powered vehicles by 2030.

The Bundesrat

The action is not binding but it is surprising and important because Germany is the nation where the internal combustion engine and the automobile were invented. Carl Benz patented a gasoline engine in the country in 1879 and a gas-burning automobile in 1886. The company he founded Benz, still exists as Mercedes Benz, part of Daimler AG, one of Germany’s big three automobile makers.

Autos are big business in Germany; Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW are three of the most important companies in the country. All three are leaders in the drive to put electric-powered cars on the road.

If Germany were to go electric it would certainly provide impetus for other nations like the United States to follow. This move also makes research into next generation power sources like low energy nuclear reaction even more important.

Fleischmann Project Makes an Intriguing Statement

Our friends at the Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project (MFMP) have put an intriguing statement on their Facebook Page. Here it is:

“What if you had a document that…

- Showed nuclear synthesis without harmful radiation

LENR device picture from the MFMP Facebook page.

- had two catalysts, a big and a small one

- could self-sustain

- operated between familiar temperatures

- had demonstrated melt-downs

- works as a fluid

Another LENR experiment at MFMP.

- could be enhanced by other catalysts

Does this mean that the project has actually achieved a sustainable low energy nuclear reaction (LENR)? I don’t know but it is rather fascinating. The project has been reporting some impressive results lately so it might be possible.

New Old LENR Patent?

It might refer to a 1994 patent application for a “Hydride Condensation Process” filed by Richard A. Day and Kenneth A. Rubinson of the University of Cincinnati. Patent WO 1996006434 A1 is for a:

New Pentagon Report on LENR

An agency that advises the commanders of the United States military on future weapons technology issued a report that recommends more research into Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR). The Defense Threat Reduction Agency; or DTRA, issued a report entitled Investigation of Nano-Nuclear Reactions in Condensed Matter.

“The Pd/D co-deposition process has been shown to provide a reproducible means of manufacturing Pd-D nano-alloys that induce low energy nuclear reactions (LENRs),” the report states. Pd stands for palladium, a metal widely used in some LENR processes.

“We believe the two phenomena, LENR and high Tc (critical temperatures) superconductivity, are related and that both need to be investigated in order to gain an understanding of the processes occurring inside the Pd lattice,” the reported concluded.


DTRA’s purpose is to defend the United States from weapons of mass destruction. One of its major purposes is to eliminate nuclear weaponry. Another is to keep chemical, biological and nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists. DTRA does basic research at Fort Belvoir in Virginia near the Pentagon.

Fleischmann Project Working with Danish University

The Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project (MFMP) has achieved an important milestone. The open-sourced research effort has entered into a joint venture with the Center for Nanotechnology at Aarhus University in Denmark to study low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) technology, a post on the project’s Facebook page indicates.

The Center is a serious effort operated in conjunction with the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center. That organization collaborates with researchers at Harvard, North Carolina State University –Raleigh and Arizona State University in the United States. Note there’s no indication those institutions will be involved with the LENR research.

A building at Aarhus University

This step is important because it means that MFMP’s research will be studied by researchers and students at a modern, well-funded research university. The work with the Fleischmann Project is part of Aarhus’s Live Open Science initiative.

Among other things it means that the MFMP will share data with Aarhus researchers and the project will receive some funding from Aarhus starting in September. Aarhus is regarded as a leading center for nanotechnology research.

Industrial Heat Charges Ecat Does Not Work

Tom Darden, J.T. Vaughn, Industrial Heat and Cherokee Investment Partners are again alleging that Andrea Rossi’s e-cat low energy nuclear reaction technology does not work. In an answer and additional defenses to Rossi’s lawsuit the defendants made the following allegations.

  • “Defendants deny that the energy catalyzer (“E-Cat”) technology “generates a low energy nuclear reaction resulting in an exothermic release of energy” along the lines claimed by Plaintiffs – which is that a reactor using the E-Cat technology produces more than 50 times the energy it consumes.”

 

  • “Such claims are not scientifically verifiable or reproducible.”

 

  • “In addition, the procedures and mechanisms which Plaintiffs have used in their experiments and testing of the E-Cat technology are flawed and unreliable in many respects.”

  • “Lastly, the E-Cat technology has never been independently validated by a scientifically reliable methodology to produce the energy levels Plaintiffs now claim, and has failed to produce any commercially viable product.”

 

Some of Rossi’s Claims against Industrial Heat Dismissed

A federal judge in Miami has dismissed four of the claims in Andrea Rossi’s lawsuit against Industrial Heat on July 19, 2016. Four other claims were left intact so the suit is moving forward.

United States District Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga took the action; when she reviewed Industrial Heat’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit. The four claims Altonaga dismissed were:

  • Count II: Breach of Contract for Exceeding the Scope of the License. Altonaga found that Industrial Heat did not violate a license agreement by trying to get a European patent for Rossi’s ecat low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) technology. Instead she found that Industrial Heat may have infringed upon his patents.

 

  • Count V: Civil Conspiracy. The judge found there was no conspiracy to misappropriate Rossi’s intellectual property. Although she did find that Rossi’s claims that Industrial Heat owner Tom Darden; and his partners, misappropriated his intellectual property were valid.

  • Count VII Constructive and Equitable Fraud. The judge found that Darden and company did abuse their confidential relationship with Rossi.

Electric Cars Coming Faster than we Thought

The age of the electric car is now here thanks to Elon Musk and Tesla. That will mean greater demand for electricity than ever before and more need of new methods of generating power like Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR).

 

Tesla has installed hundreds of its superchargers; or filling stations for electric cars, throughout the United States and Canada. The chargers are found in almost all the big cities, and some pretty remote locations such as Blanding, Utah, Perry Oklahoma, Sulphur Springs, Texas, Red Deer, Alberta, Sheridan, Wyoming, Ritzville, Washington, and Farmington New Mexico.

The idea behind the chargers is to allow people to drive across the US or Canada in an electric car. Another reason for the chargers is to dispel one of the major objections to electric vehicles; the inability to drive long distances, which is one of the reasons for owning a car in the first place.