The man behind Brillouin’s low energy nuclear reaction technology shared some interesting thoughts on the nature of cold fusion and the science behind it. Robert Godes the President and Chief Technology Officer of Brillouin Energy Corporation broke his long standing silence and voiced some interesting opinions on Gary Hendershot’s Smart Scarecrow Show on Sept. 13.
The interview in which Brillouin’s CEO Bob George also participated is well worth watching. Godes revealed something of his sciences and thoughts. He also discussed his rivals Andrea Rossi and Defkalion and their LENR efforts.
Some of the most important points made by Godes included:
Andrea Rossi stated that a new long term test of his ecat low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) technology is underway in a U.S factory on his blog. The inventor stated that the ecats being tested in the factory were manufactured in the USA.
The test is being conducted by an independent committee and will last longer than six months. Rossi described these efforts as a validation test which indicates it is intended to verify his claims about the technology. Rossi didn’t’ say whether these tests had anything to do with the three ecat units supposedly shipped to the U.S. in the spring.
The validation will be conducted by an institution completely independent of Rossi and his Leonardo Group. This could be the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) which has been connected to Ross in the past, or a large university.
It is easy to see why those interested in low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) are so dismissive of mainstream media reporting. The media is currently paying a fast amount of attention to something called the Hyperloop a super-fast transportation system being promoted by Tesla Motors and Space X founder Elon Musk.
Okay, Musk is something of a genius and he is to be commended for giving America a working space capsule and building a real electric car. Yet he doesn’t have a working example of his Hyperloop only some cool drawings of it that look like they came out of a back issue of Popular Science.
The Hyperloop would basically be a giant pneumatic tube that would use air to push metal pods containing people or cargo along. Musk has unveiled it as an alternative to California’s conventional high speed rail system which he dislikes. Some critics have noted that Hyperloop might be a publicity stunt designed to make the rail system look bad.
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.
The Italian news source 22passi.blogspot.com is reporting that video of low energy nuclear reaction experiments at Defkalion’s laboratories in Milan, Italy, will be broadcast live on Monday July 22, 2013, at this website. I cannot find proof of this there but it might be worth checking out.
Defkalion does have a facility in Milan. The usually close lipped company has stated that it will unveil a new LENR device in August presumably at ICCF. The company has stated it will unveil an LENR device at National Instruments’ NI Week Conference in Austin, Texas. This year’s NI Week is scheduled for Aug. 5-8 at the Austin Convention Center.
Particularly since veteran LENR researcher Yeong E. Kim has stated he saw what he calls positive results from a Defkalion experiment in Vancouver, British Columbia. Unfortunately there has been no confirmation of Kim’s claims. I have to wonder if this is the device that Defkalion has promised to demonstrate at the 18th Annual International Conference on Cold Fusion scheduled for the University of Missouri at Columbia, Mo., this week and NIWeek.
The ever popular online rumor mill is claiming that one of Andrea Rossi’s e-cat low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) devices is up and running somewhere in the USA. Several online sources claim that the plant was shipped to a “civilian” customer somewhere in the US about two months ago and is now in operation. Note: since we don’t know who the customer is how do we know the customer is a civilian one or not?
Earlier reports said that three ecat units were shipped to the USA in April. Even if those reports are true it seems a little too early for the units to be up and running.
Andrea Rossi relayed some really tragic news via his blog. One of the true pioneers of low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) Sergio Focardi died on June 22 of an undisclosed illness.
A number of LENR devices including those of Andrea Rossi, Defkalion, and Francesco Celani are based on nickel-hydrogen reactor experiments that Focardi, Francesco Piantelli did at the University of Bologna in the early 1990s. For the past seven years Focardi had been working with Andrea Rossi on the ecat.
In another post Rossi revealed that Forcardi’s contribution to the ecat project was great. The inventor stated that Focardi taught him much of the physics he used. That would indicate ecat is based on Focardi’s theories. Rossi also stated that Focardi made thousands of measurements on the ecat between 2007 and 2010. He also stated that Focardi worked heavily on the safety issues.
Swedish/British startup Hydro Fusion and Andrea Rossi’s Leonardo Corporation are looking for a utility to serve as the customer for the first commercial low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) heating plant. A press release on Hydro Fusion’s website states that the two companies want to have the first central-heating plant using Rossi’s ecat LENR technology up and running by this fall.
The plant would presumably produce heat to be used in one of the community systems used in Sweden. Many Swedish communities have a central heating plant that produces steam heat for large numbers of building at once.
Hydro Fusion’s press release states that the plan would generate one megawatt of heat and is capable of generating temperatures of up to 120 degrees Celsius. That means it could produce water or low pressure steam for heating purposes but not generate electricity.
Andrea Rossi’s posting of the results from the independent test of his ecat Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) device at a forum for scientific papers has attracted a lot of attention. The attention has ranged from the curious to the favorable to the hostile.
Over at Forbes.com Mark Gibbs who has been very critical of Rossi in the past did a pretty good job of showing that the authors of the paper are real scientists. He also identified three of the paper authors I hadn’t heard of before they are:
The need for more investment in real alternative energy technologies such as low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) is greater than ever because of the growing threat of global warming. A recent study confirmed that 97% of the scientific studies verify the fact the fact that human activity is causing global warming.
We need new energy sources like LENR and small scale hot fusion that do not generate gases like carbon dioxide now because recent testing showed that carbon dioxide levels are approaching a threshold not seen in 3 million years. The dioxide levels were not at 400 parts million as some reports indicated yet they were very close. The actual reading was 399.89 parts per million which is no measure for comfort.
Global warming is real, it’s here and we need to do something about it. Ignoring the problem will not make it go away. Nor will relying on horse and buggy technologies like windmills. We need new technologies capable of generating large amounts of heat without putting greenhouse gases.