ICCF Doesn’t Lead to any Big Surprises
The 18th annual International Conference on Cold Fusion (ICCF) held last week at the University of Missouri didn’t reveal any big surprises like Celani’s demonstrations of a working low energy nuclear reaction device in public last year. The most interesting and controversial demonstration was Defkalion’s presentation of its tests in Milan, Italy.
We did get our first peak inside the Sidney Kimmel Institute for Nuclear Renaissance or SKINIR at the University. This facility is the first dedicated to such studies at a major US university and it is financed by billionaire fashion entrepreneur Sidney Kimmel. The idea there is to do pure scientific research on low energy nuclear reaction.
The lab is headed up by Mark Prelas who has been involved in LENR research since 1991. Prelas might be the scientist shown in YouTube videos of the lab. He is apparently taking reporters and others on a tour of the facility.
Three videos of the laboratory which appears to be an impressive and modern operation are posted on YouTube and here. The videos show what is described glowing hydrogen and operations similar to those at Andrea Rossi’s Leonardo Corp and Defkalion. There’s little explanation on the videos but the operation is impressive. The university’s vice chancellor Dr. Robert Duncan is to be congratulated for setting this up.
An unidentified scientist (possibly Prelas) shown in the video said several experiments are up and running there. He mentioned two N-cells originally developed from palladium. He mentioned that they generated 250 watts of energy perhaps heat. He also explained a simple palladium cathode. This sounds like a process similar to that developed by Francesco Piantelli and the late Sergio Focardi.
That process is the basis of the work being done by Andrea Rossi, Celani and Defkalion. It looks like serious work to duplicate their work is being done at a major American university. LENR devices have been demonstrated and tested by Peter Hagelstein at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) but there is no lab dedicated to low energy nuclear reaction research there.
So we did get some interesting stuff out of ICCF 18 even if there were no fireworks.
It might be worth watching National Instrument’s NIWeek Conference which starts tomorrow Aug. 5, 2013, in Austin, Texas. The E-Cat World blog is reporting that somebody named Dennis Cravens claims that he will demonstrate an LENR device there. I don’t know who this guy is or if he’s for real but it sounds like he’s serious if he’s going to show up at NIWeek and let serious technicians examine his device.
Last year, Francessco Celani unveiled and demonstrated his LENR cell at NIWeek. That event inspired the creation of the Martin Fleischman Memorial Project which has duplicated Celani’s results in several countries around the world.
- Dijkhuis fusion