An Exciting Time for LENR

It is a rather interesting and very exciting time for low energy nuclear reaction (LENR). Perhaps the most exciting developments are the attempts to replicate and perhaps improve upon Andrea Rossi’s Lugarno demonstration of his ecat technology.

Jack Cole who is described as a hobbyist reported that he has succeeded in achieving some sort of reaction with a mixture of nickel, hydrogen and a special lime based ceramic powder, the LENR-Coldfusion.com website reported. Cole reported that his experiment created 10.6 watts of excess heat. Cole was hoping to produce LENR without the use of lithium a volatile and potentially flammable substance.

This is supposed to be a picture of Jack Cole's latest low energy nuclear reaction.

Like Alexander Parkhomov Cole was apparently trying to replicate Rossi’s Lugarno experiment. Unfortunately I don’t know that much more about Cole or his efforts.

The Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project is attempting to do much the same thing with their Project Dog Bone. Updates about that effort are regularly posted on the Project’s Facebook page.

The relationship between Francesco Piantelli and the Fleischmann Project might be as close as we were led to believe. Even though Piantelli was willing share some of his data with the Project’s Chief Scientist Mathieu Valat and his sidekick Bob Greenyer, Piantelli’s company NicHEnergy was no so cooperative. The two were allowed to visit NicHEnergy’s laboratories but were told to keep much of what they saw secret.

Some of the equipment at NicHEnergy's facilities in Italy.

This was posted on their Facebook Page on Jan. 23:

“NicHEnergy gave us permission to take these two photos showing some of the high specification equipment they have in the lab for looking at the structure and elemental aspects of their pre and post experiment samples.”

Judging from this post and the pictures of the elaborate lab they posted on line we can infer two things about NicHEnergy and Piantelli:

  1. Pinatelli and NicHEnergy apparently have some serious financial backing from somewhere. I have no idea who that is, but that person must have deep pockets.

 

  1. Piantelli and his team must think that they have a process that is both patentable and easily replicated. They wouldn’t be playing things so close to the vest if they didn’t have something that they didn’t think could be copied. One has to wonder if more patents or a surprise from Sienna isn’t in our future.

Our friends at the Fleischmann Project are asking for help in identifying this device at NicHEnergy's lab.

Despite what some bloggers have claimed, Bill Gates has not yet come out and said whether he is involved in cold fusion research or not. Instead Gates made this cryptic remark in his 2015 annual letter.

“The most dramatic problems caused by climate change are more than 15 years away, but the long-term threat is so serious that the world needs to move much more aggressively — right now — to develop energy sources that are cheaper, can deliver on demand, and emit zero carbon dioxide. The next 15 years are a pivotal time when these energy sources need to be developed so they’ll be ready to deploy before the effects of climate change become severe. Bill is investing time in this work personally (not through our foundation) and will continue to speak out about it.”

No energy sources were listed among the exciting breakthroughs that Gates and his wife Melinda discussed in the letter. Yet it’s obvious that Gates is serious about developing zero carbon energy sources like LENR, so a large scale investment in that that technology by the world’s richest man may not be out of the question.

It’s an exciting time to be alive. There is far more LENR research going on than we thought and more money being spent in this area. One has to wonder what cold fusion surprises are in our future.

2 Responses to An Exciting Time for LENR

  • Zack Iszard says:

    The expensive instruments in the photos are an electron microscope with several attachments (one is surely an x-ray flourescence spectrometer [XRF]) in the first and a powder X-ray diffractometer (XRD) in the second. I have used both instruments. Combine this with an inductively-coupled-plasma mass-spectrometer (ICP-MS), and an inorganic chemist can resolve full isotopic composition of any sample like the fuel or ash from an LENR cell (inorganic powder). Such instruments are relatively common in academia; the only thing surprising about these reports is the presence of this magnitude of funding. Brand new versions of the three instruments I just named would total somewhere between one and two million USD, and would cost about 5-10% of that yearly to maintain and use. The electron microscope by itself is surely north of half a million, probably closer to a whole.

    These guys seem to know what they’re doing!

    • jennifer says:

      Thanks I’m not a scientist. Wow. These guys have some real funding from somewhere. That’s great news. Of course all it would need is one rich person interested in it. To do this. Thanks Zack.