Keeping up on developments in the worlds of hot and cold fusion can be difficult because the mainstream media usually ignores those fields. To makes worse some of the bigger players in the field such as Andrea Rossi like to play things close to the vest.
Two major fusion developments in fusion that you probably missed in 2016 were an important step towards workable hot fusion and a fascinating interview with one of Andrea Rossi’s associates. Strangely enough one of the biggest hot fusion stories was ignored because it involved an obscure company in Southern California.
Tri-Alpha Energy managed to hold a globe of plasma that was superheated to 10 million degrees hot together for five milliseconds in August, The Orange County Register reported. That does not sound like much but it is the first time such a sustained fusion reaction has been held together for so long.
There are a few important alternative energy stories out there that the media seems to be ignoring or downplaying. Some of the most interesting recent developments include:
Boeing the giant American aerospace company has a received a US patent for a laser fired fusion-fission turbofan engine that Ars Technica writer Sebastian Anthony described as completely crazy and unrealistic. Basically Boeing’s engine would generate large amounts of heat by using lasers to fuse deuterium and tritium which would cause nuclear fission to create heat to run a turbine.
That sounds a great deal like some of the Low Energy Nuclear Reaction or LENR effects we’ve been hearing about lately. The process is called inertial confinement fusion which sounds like a euphemism for LENR to me. Boeing is apparently looking into the process as a means of powering aircraft but it could easily be adapted to generate electricity in power plants and ships.
Fusion of both the hot and cold varieties is suddenly very hot in the world of technology. Some of the biggest names in the technology businesses are investing big money in various fusion schemes, Fortune reported.
Some of the most noticeable names and investments in fusion include:
It appears that JET Energy Inc. could be laying the groundwork to start marketing Mitchell Swartz’s NANOR low-energy nuclear reaction (LENR) or lattice-assisted nuclear reactions (LANR) technology. Swartz has apparently copyrighted the word NANOR and is now advertising JET Energy NANOR-type LANR Technology at this website.
“NANOR®-type Clean Energy Technology depends upon lattice assisted nuclear reactions (LANR) which use hydrogen-loaded alloys to create heat,” a blog post at the website states. Okay that sounds like LENR to me, but if Mr. Swartz wants to use the term LANR so be it.
For those of you who have not been paying attention, NANOR is the LANR device that Swartz demonstrated and tested in Peter Hagelstein’s laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology or MIT for three months in 2012. It ran continuously every day and produced excess energy much like Andrea Rossi’s ecat.
Swartz Licensing LANR Technology
Andrea Rossi’s Leonardo Corporation has received a United States Patent that could cover his Ecat low energy nuclear reaction (LENR). Interestingly enough the patent US 9,115,913 B1 dated August 25, 2015, does not mention LENR, cold fusion or the words Ecat or energy catalyzer.
Instead it is for a device called a Fluid Heater. Andrea Rossi is listed as the inventor and his company Leonardo Corporation is listed as the assignee or owner. The Fluid Heater is described as:
“An apparatus for heating fluid includes a tank for holding fluid to be heated, and a fuel wafer in fluid communication with the fluid. The fuel wafer includes a fuel mixture including reagents and a catalyst, and an electrical resistor or other heat source in thermal communication with the fuel mixture and the catalyst.”
Chinese government researcher Songsheng Jiang reports achieving a Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) in a hydrogen-loaded nickel wire. In an email to Frank Acland Jiang reported that the reaction lasted for around 80 minutes and generated around 240 watts of heat.
Jiang also reported he and his team – the Ni-H Research Group at the China Institute of Atomic Energy in Beijing – are experimenting with both nickel powder and nickel wire. A PDF of Jiang’s message is available at E-catworld.com.
The Institute is China’s top atomic research organization the People’s Republic’s equivalent of Los Alamos National Laboratory in the United States. The Institute has close connections with the top levels of the Communist Party and the Chinese military.
Last month Mills revealed that Jiang had succeeded in generating temperatures of up to 1000 degrees Celsius with a reaction that lasted for 20 minutes in what looked like an attempt to replicate Rossi’s hot ecat on May 8. One has to wonder what Jiang is planning to do next.
The number of efforts to replicate Andrea Rossi’s e-cat low energy nuclear reaction or LENR process is increasing. One of the most interesting experiments was carried out by a scientist at one of China’s top government research organizations.
A number of websites are reporting that a mysterious individual or organization only called Me356 is trying to replicate Rossi’s hot e-cat device. E-catworld.com compared the efforts to those of Russian physicist Alexander G. Parkohomov who announced that he had replicated the hot e-cat in December. Unfortunately we do not know who or what Me356 is and where the experiment is taking place. Nor do we know where it is located.
My guess is that it might be going on at some sort of university or government laboratory perhaps at an institution where administrators oppose the idea of “cold fusion” research. The researchers are out to verify LENR but they do not want others to know they are until they have some results. They may also be keeping the work secret so they can patent it or sell it and cash in on the device they create.
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.”
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.