Fleischmann Project Makes an Intriguing Statement
Our friends at the Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project (MFMP) have put an intriguing statement on their Facebook Page. Here it is:
“What if you had a document that…
- Showed nuclear synthesis without harmful radiation
- had two catalysts, a big and a small one
- could self-sustain
- operated between familiar temperatures
- had demonstrated melt-downs
- works as a fluid
- could be enhanced by other catalysts
Does this mean that the project has actually achieved a sustainable low energy nuclear reaction (LENR)? I don’t know but it is rather fascinating. The project has been reporting some impressive results lately so it might be possible.
New Old LENR Patent?
It might refer to a 1994 patent application for a “Hydride Condensation Process” filed by Richard A. Day and Kenneth A. Rubinson of the University of Cincinnati. Patent WO 1996006434 A1 is for a:
“A process is disclosed for the generation of energy and the conversion of deuterium into tritium. The above effects are achieved when a deuteride source is maintained so as to form an interface in the presence of a positively polarized metal. An electric potential may also be used to drive the reaction.”
I’m no physicist but that sure sounds like LENR to me. The patent application was apparently rejected in 2011 so it is free to use, a post on the MFMP Facebook page claims. Whether this threatens the intellectual property of people like Andrea Rossi, Brillouin and Defakalion is impossible to say.
It might which is very news good for LENR research. That means more open sourced research and potentially development and commercialization. If of course it works, since this has been around since 1994 and nobody has done anything with it, it might be worthless.
LENR Laser Research in Italy
The MFMP also noted that Vittorio Violante of the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA) may have achieved LENR using nickel, hydrogen, plasmons and a laser. That’s interesting because Violante’s name was mentioned in documents that indicate a $550,000 (€400,000) contract between Texas Tech University (TTU) and Violante for research.
MFMP claims Bill Gates funding LENR Work at Texas Tech University
Last week the MFMP published documents it claims indicate that Bill Gates may have donated up to $4 million to fund research into the Anomalous Heat Effect (AHE) another name for LENR at Texas Tech’s Center for Emerging Energy Sciences in Lubbock. It is impossible to say whether the claim is true because name on the documents the Project uncovered was blacked out; Although the donor did live in Seattle, Washington, Bill Gates’ home town.
The Vice President for Research Initiatives at Texas Tech University is Robert Duncan. Duncan formerly oversaw the Sidney Kimmel Institute for Nuclear Renaissance at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Duncan is also a professor of physics at Texas Tech. Michael McKubre of the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) who has done LENR work for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is also listed as a consultant for the effort.
Since Texas Tech is a major research university this is good one. What would be really great is if Bill Gates or somebody like him would start funding the MFMP. LENR and energy research in general need all the money we can throw at them.
Whether these events are related is impossible to say. Yet it is obvious that there’s a lot more LENR research going on than we previously thought.