California Company working on Small Scale Hot Fusion for US Department of Defense
A company called Impulse Devices Inc. has received a US Department of Defense (DOD) grant to fund research to see if hot fusion could be produced by a process called cavitation. Impulse apparently met all the requirements of a DOD program called Advanced Cavitation Power Technology. This program set aside $35 million to fund real alternative energy research it is unclear how much money from the program Impulse received.
This research is similar to that being done by Nanospire. Like Nanospire the researchers at Impulse believe that they could be able to create small scale hot fusion. This would allow for smaller cheaper hot fusion reactors. This would be cheaper and easier to implement than the large scale tokamak reactor that the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) is working on in France.
The idea behind cavitation is a fairly simple one: bubbles could be used to pressures capable of producing conditions under which hot fusion could occur. This could be used to make steam for electronic power generation much like low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) could. The steam could also be used to power vehicles and run industrial processes. If small enough it could even be used for home heating and cooling or small-scale electricity generation in the home.
This means that LENR is not the only kind of small scale fusion that might be possible. A big advantage to cavitation is that it could be used for trash disposal. We could see fusion incinerators like those shown in the classic Back to the Future movies in our cities one day. It could also be used in a number of other applications including:
- The Pharmaceutical (drug) industry
- Crystallization which means it could be used in the production of glass, ceramics and electronic components.
- Food processing
- Water Treatment
- The chemical industry
- Oil refineries
- The processing of oil from algae
- Cement making
The experts at Impulse think that cavitation could one day be used in a wide variety of industrial processes. Unfortunately they don’t seem to have built any sort of working fusion reactor based on it so this is basically a theoretical technology. If Impulse could get it to work cativation could be as revolutionary as cold fusion.
Most of the people behind Impulse, which is based in Grass Valley, California, are not revealed but its Chief Scientist was identified as Dr. Felipe Gaitan on its website.
Brillouin has posted some video of some of its low energy nuclear reaction experiments online. The video shows a beaker of water being heated by electrodes. Even the person who posted it admits that the video is about as exciting watching paint dry. Still it’s interesting even if I don’t think anything of value can be learned from it.
Personally I’d rather see video of steam from an LENR unit actually operating a turbine or better yet a generator. I imagine it’s coming someday but it doesn’t seem to be available yet.
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