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.
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.
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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