Experiments

Tom Darden Reveals why he Backed Rossi

Cherokee Partners’ CEO Tom Darden’s funding of low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) research is more extensive than previously revealed. Darden is the man behind Industrial Heat which purchased Andrea Rossi’s ecat technology last year. Unfortunately Darden would not reveal what other researchers he is backing in an interview with Marianne Macy in April 16, 2015 issue of Infinite Energy Magazine.

Macy interviewed Darden after his provocative speech during the opening ceremoniesof the 19th Annual International Conference on Cold Fusion in Padua, Italy, on April 13, 2015. Darden surprised a lot of people with his public commitment to LENR and his willingness to put money into the field.

Darden also revealed some of his thinking on LENR in the interview which is well worth reading. Some of the high lights include what convinced him to back Rossi:

“We’ve seen a number of tests and we’ve had a lot of people looking at tests,” Darden said. “Of course outsiders have looked  at tests. I think particularly the transmutation data is very compelling. I felt very good about that, better than any outlet of test data I’d seen.”

LENR could help end California Water Crisis

California is in the midst of a catastrophic drought that could affect food prices all over world. What’s truly interesting is that something like low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) or cold fusion could be the solution to this crisis.

If the drought continues California only has about one year’s supply of fresh water left, NASA scientist Jay Famiglietti wrote in a recent Los Angeles Times op-ed. Familgletti a hydrologist looked at satellite data and made the alarming discovery that the Golden State has just enough fresh water left in reservoirs and underground aquifers for one year of use at current consumption levels.

What is truly disturbing is that California is not alone in an article for National Geographic last year, Famiglietti warned that aquifers all over the world and throughout the American West were being pumped dry. He predicted massive water shortages in the US, China, the Middle East and elsewhere if nothing is done.

More Details of Russian e-cat Replication Available

Many more details of Russian scientist Dr. Alexander Parkhomov’s efforts to replicate Andrea Rossi’s hot e-cat low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) technology are available courtesy of our friends at the Martin Flesichmann Memorial Project.

Some of the instruments in Alexander Parkhomov’s laboratory at Moscow's People's Friendship University

Project representative Bob Greenyer visited Parkhomov’s laboratory at the People’s Friendship University in Moscow to examine his reactor. Greenyer posted some intriguing data about the device on the Project’s Facebook page including a number of fascinating pictures.

Some of the most interesting data about Parkhomov’s work Greenyer reported includes:

  • The device reached a temperature of around 1290 degrees Celsius around 2354 degrees Fahrenheit for my fellow Americans.

 

  • The device might be able to reach temperatures as high as 1400 degrees Celsius or 2552 degrees Fahrenheit.

Parkohomov's LENR reactor in action.

  • Parkohomov has achieved results similar to those that Rossi’s team achieved in their test at Lugano, Switzerland in October, 2014.

 

A few Important Energy Stories that You Need to See

There have been a few important developments in the world of energy that everybody needs to be aware of. The energy industry has become more unstable than ever even without the appearance of disruptive technologies like low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) and it looks like it is about to get worse.

Construction of Elon Musk's Gigafactory is well under way.

The biggest story is that the collapse in oil prices is destabilizing many countries including Russia and Venezuela. News stories indicate that super market shelves in Venezuela are empty because the government cannot pay for food imports and that nation’s president is frantically traveling around the world begging for loans and foreign aid to keep his country’s economy functioning. Venezuela’s economy is totally dependent on oil exports, take away the oil exports and the result is depression.

An Exciting Time for LENR

It is a rather interesting and very exciting time for low energy nuclear reaction (LENR). Perhaps the most exciting developments are the attempts to replicate and perhaps improve upon Andrea Rossi’s Lugarno demonstration of his ecat technology.

Jack Cole who is described as a hobbyist reported that he has succeeded in achieving some sort of reaction with a mixture of nickel, hydrogen and a special lime based ceramic powder, the LENR-Coldfusion.com website reported. Cole reported that his experiment created 10.6 watts of excess heat. Cole was hoping to produce LENR without the use of lithium a volatile and potentially flammable substance.

This is supposed to be a picture of Jack Cole's latest low energy nuclear reaction.

Like Alexander Parkhomov Cole was apparently trying to replicate Rossi’s Lugarno experiment. Unfortunately I don’t know that much more about Cole or his efforts.

The Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project is attempting to do much the same thing with their Project Dog Bone. Updates about that effort are regularly posted on the Project’s Facebook page.

How a Technology Develops

The best way to predict how the commercialization and adoption of low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) could occur is to examine how other technologies were adopted in the past. Then to identify the patterns by which they were adopted it. In other words we need to take a look at history.

Thomas Edison an inventor who changed history.

History does not exactly repeat itself but it often operates in similar patterns. These patterns sometimes produce different results but they are similar. A pattern for technological development, commercialization and adoption based on past technological progress can be discerned. Here are the highlights of such a pattern:

2014: The Year in Cold Fusion

2014 turned out to be a really exciting year in low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) or cold fusion even if we didn’t get the breakthrough we wanted. The field made progress and took some surprising twists and turns.

The biggest and most important LENR story of the year had to be the entry of the American private equity firm Cherokee Partners into the cold fusion area. Cherokee purchased the rights to Andrea Rossi’s e-cat LENR device for $11 million and set up a company called Industrial Heat LLC to manage it.

This story is important because it shows that serious investors are interested in LENR and willing to put money into it. Hopefully many other investors will follow Cherokee’s Tom Darden into the field.

So far Industrial Heat has not unveiled a practical LENR device yet but it does seem to be laying a good ground work for commercialization. Hopefully they’ll unveil something in 2015.

Energy Glut is changing the World

The world is facing something that most of us would have thought impossible just a few years ago – an energy glut. That will have big implications for cutting edge power sources such as Low Energy Nuclear Reaction or LENR as well as the established energy conglomerates.

One impact you’re probably already seeing is at your local gas station. Various sources are reporting that regular unleaded gasoline is now selling for under $2 a gallon around or around 66¢ a liter in some parts of the American Midwest. This is driving up US retail sales, the wholesale club Costco, now America’s second largest retailer; reported that its sales increased by 7% in November.

This is sure to fuel economic growth in the United States and countries that sell to the USA such as China. It’s also sure to hurt countries that depend on oil imports such as Russia where the Ruble is collapsing and Venezuela. One side effect of falling oil prices is that Venezuela can no longer afford to support the Castro brothers’ revolutionary fantasy in Cuba. The Venezuelans were propping up Cuba with their oil money but now they are broke.

A Few Energy News Stories You Probably Missed

There’s a lot of energy news going on out there much of which is not being covered by the mainstream media. Low energy nuclear reaction or LENR is simply the tip of the iceberg when it comes to big energy news going on these days.

Some huge energy stories you have probably missed include:

  • Bill Gates the world’s richest guy and the man behind Microsoft is interested in LENR or cold fusion. Press releases and news stories indicate that Mr. Gates visited the Italian Agency for New Technologies or ENEA in Frascati, Italy, examine LENR experiments being conducted there.

The Toyota Mirai, fuel cell cars are almost in your driveway.

  • Both Toyota and Honda are playing to market fuel cell powered cars in the United States and Japan. Honda’s FCX clarity fuel cell car will reportedly generate enough electricity to power your house for a week. Toyota’s Mirai will reportedly have similar capabilities. The Honda version will even be marketed with a power exporter device designed to power homes or businesses. Both vehicles are powered by electricity created with a hydrogen powered fuel cell and the emissions they put out is a thin cloud of water vapor.

Industrial Heat Plans Commercial Ecat Test Natural Gas Fired Ecat Explained

Industrial Heat LLC is conducting a one year test of Andrea Rossi’s ecat low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) technology. The test is apparently designed to test ecat’s utility as a commercially viable energy source.

Natural Gas could be the energy source for Ecat

North Carolina based Industrial Heat is the Cherokee Partners Funded venture that paid $11 million for the rights to ecat in January 2014. If successful the test could be the most important demonstration of LENR yet. Unfortunately Rossi gave no verification of these claims. Rossi announced the test on his blog in the following post:

Andrea Rossi

November 16th, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Dr Joseph Fine:

We will publish a report of the 1 MW plant used by the Customer of IH for his industrial purposes after 1 year of regular operation, when we will be able to give evidence ( if so) of the real profitability of the technology, Beyond the laboratory tests: this is the obvious next step of our evolution.