Fleischmann Project Claims to have Achieved LENR
Our friends over at the Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project (MFMP) claim to have achieved a Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) or cold fusion effect. To add icing to the cake they have sent out an email containing what appears to be the formula they used.
Here is the claim they made in the email dated February 23, 2016:
“Around the beginning of the month we saw what appeared to be up to a COP (Coefficient of Power) of 1.2, not earth shattering, but sustained and robust and in line with both observations by others and the Lugano report when adjusted for correct emissivity. Over the next weeks we tried various bookend calibrations which supported this finding.”
“We have said that only two paths would satisfy us:”
- “Statistically significant Isotopic or elemental shifts from Fuel to Ash.”
- “Statistically significant emissions commensurate, correlating, or anti correlating to excess heat.”
“We are happy to tell you that we believe we have satisfied our condition two, yet of course we’d like to replicate ourselves. Actually, though, it goes much further than that.”
Judging from that statement the Project has achieved a limited reaction that produces 1.2 times more energy than is required to run it. Like Andrea Rossi’s formula it apparently utilizes a mixture of nickel and hydrogen.
Interestingly enough the Project’s researchers achieved their results the old-fashioned way by copying the best practices of others. They freely admit to using pressure and baking of nickel (Ni) developed by Alexander G. Parkhomov in Russia and a number of techniques borrowed from Francessco Piantelli and Francesco Celani in Italy. They also admit to utilizing data from Rossi’s Lugano report from last year.
The experiment is important because it shows that LENR is duplicable. It does not show whether it can be developed into an effective power source or not, merely that there is an effect that anybody with time, some funding, the right equipment and a lot of persistence can achieve.
It does appear that the project has created a sustained reaction but they do not to be as far along as Mr. Rossi or our friends at Brillouin. Obviously there could be some serious legal problems here if this formula is similar to Rossi’s. Rossi is extremely paranoid and goes to great lengths to keep his work secret. One has to wonder if the Project will soon be hearing from Tom Darden’s lawyers.
Most intriguingly the Project is an open sourced effort which means the information it has is freely shared with everybody else much like Linux or Google’s Android operating system or Elon Musk’s work on the Hyperloop. That means others will be able to duplicate it, perhaps better funded researchers with greater resources. The Project is an open sourced effort of researchers in the United States, France and other countries that shares LENR data it is funded through small private contributions much like US Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) very successful presidential campaign.
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