Miley Trying to Commercialize his Cold Fusion Process
George H. Miley is planning to organize a company to commercialize his low energy nuclear reaction process. Miley a professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and an expert in plasma physics is trying to developing an LENR device that would replace plutonium powered nuclear reactors in NASA’s space probes.
Miley told Ruby Carat of the Cold Fusion Now blog that he will organize a company to commercialize his process. The small company called LENUCO will be based at the University of Illinois’s research park. This would presumably be at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in Southern Illinois where Miley used to teach. It will try to develop commercial applications of Miley’s cold fusion process that will go far beyond powering spacecraft.
“There’s so many different applications,” Miley told Carat. “We can put them in homes, we can put them into space, you can do all sorts of things, it’s quite revolutionary.”
Miley didn’t say whether he had any funding for his company or not. He apparently has some grad students and others who work with him. A Google search revealed that there is no website for LENUCO or listing. Neither Miley nor Carat revealed what LENUCO stands for. Nor did Miley say whether he had a relationship with the University the way Energetics does with the University of Missouri at Columbia.
Miley was previously conducting experiments in an attempt to create an LENR power cell at the University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana. He ceased the research after the funding ran out.
Miley is part of Cold Fusion Energy Inc. a consortium of scientists working to commercialize LENR that includes Francesco Piantelli and Peter L. Hagelstein. There is no indication that CFEI is involved with Miley’s current efforts or Piantelli’s Nichenergy company in Italy.
Miley spoke to Carat at the Nuclear and Emerging Technologies for Space Conference held on March 21 to 23 at the Woodlands, Texas. Miley gave a presentation on using his process as a power source for space probes at the same conference.
Carat stated that Miley has been able to achieve excess heat and transmutation of elements with his work. Miley has worked with the US Department of Energy in the past and served as editor of the American Nuclear Society’s Journal Fusion Science and Technology.
Miley’s process uses cells composed of super thin layers of palladium and nickel on a metal substrate. This is immersed in a heavy water solution. Miley uses cycles of loading and unloading to create clusters of hydrogen that eventually create fusion. He told Carat that his cell creates what he calls a Nuclear Active Environment.
The current research is aimed at creating a gas loaded cell that uses multilayered thin film nano-particles that increase the number of places where hydrogen clusters can form. This apparently increases the possibility of fusion occurring.
Miley has been interested in cold fusion since he heard about Pons and Fleischman’s work 23 years ago. He has worked with a number of grad students on LENR projects at Champagne Urbana. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign also has a George H. Miley LENR Undergraduate Scholarship for students interested in LENR. Miley set this up to encourage students to get into the field. It looks like some interesting things could be happening at that school.
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