Australian Company Not Developing Cold Fusion

Despite some recent internet reports, an Australian Company does not appear to be developing a cold fusion process. The CleanTech blog run by San Francisco lawyer David Niebauer recently listed Star Scientific Limited as one of the companies developing a cold fusion process. This does not appear to be the case.

Work Being Done at Star Scientific's Facility in Australia

Information posted at Star’s website states they are developing something called muon catalyzed fusion. The description on their website makes it sound like a hot fusion process that would generate helium from seawater. It sounds a lot like the process that large government laboratories in the United States and Europe are trying to develop. Star is trying to develop a catalyst which would produce pions that would facilitate a fusion reaction.

The idea is to create a cheaper method of doing this as an alternative to big particle accelerators like the ITER. I do not know enough about the science to describe this method but it does not sound like cold fusion to me. It sounds like hot fusion.

Star Scientific Limited has a very impressive website. The company was founded in 1998 by Andrew Horvath who calls himself Executive Chairman. The company has a testing facility in Australia but it is unclear what they are doing.

Star Scientific Executive Chariman Andrew Horvath

They have a lot of boasts on their website but no promises to do anything concrete like building a generator. They appear to be behind other hot fusion companies like General Fusion and cold fusion developers such as Andrea Rossi and Brillouin Energy Corporation.

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3 Responses to Australian Company Not Developing Cold Fusion

  • I just thought I should make a correction or two to your article. Muon Catalysed Fusion is a well known process first discovered 60 years ago (see papers by Jackson). The process uses the decay product of a negative pion, a negative muon, to replace a electron around a deuterium molecule. Being significantly heavier than the electron the muon moves closer to the deuterium drawing them closer until they fuse. The issue has been the energy cost of producing the pions on mass to have a sustained fusion reaction. Star Scientific’s research has focused on this mass production of pions to produce the muon catalyst. The reference you make to seawater is incorrect, we see seawater as a source of deuterium to fuel the process as do other fusion projects including so called cold fusion processes. Muon catalysed fusion is not cold fusion but has no relation to plasma fusion projects such as ITER or General Fusion. Star Scientific is happy with its prototypes to date and are designing a pilot plant to show how mass energy production from this system will be possible. On one final note of correction I did not start the company on my own, the company has many shareholders globally and I am the currently elected executive chairman. I would urge anyone who wishes to know more to look at http://www.starscientific.com.au.

  • Henry says:

    @ Andrew. Wow, glad you made some corrections. Wrong information can be dangerous.