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.
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 has confirmed that three of his one megawatt ecat low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) units were shipped to the USA in April. In posts on his blog Rossi said that one industrial ecat unit and two experimental ecats were shipped to his unidentified USA partner.
Rossi stated that the units are going by ship and that it will take about 20 days for the units to reach the United States. Rossi gave no indications to the identity of the partner and he declined to say whether it was a company listed on the stock exchange. Rossi also promised that photos of the units will be published at some point.
In another post Rossi stated that the Units to be delivered will include: one low temperature industrial plant capable of generating one megawatt (1MW) of heat. His Leonardo Corporation will also ship one gas fired one megawatt ecat and one hot ecat plant capable of producing temperatures of around 800 degrees Celsius. Those units will be studied for industrialization.
Andrea Rossi wants to build a plant to publicly demonstrate his e-cat low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) in technology this year. In posts on his blog Rossi indicated that his Northern European licensee HydroFusion wants to build a demonstration plant using the ecat technology somewhere near the Swedish capitol of Stockholm.
Rossi also stated that the purpose of this plant would be to generate steam for heating purposes. Many communities in Sweden have public heating systems where a central plant generates heat for an entire neighborhood or town. I imagine Rossi wants to test his technology for such a purpose.
Rossi didn’t state if the plant would be built or tested in conjunction with the Swedish military. The Swedish military has shown some interest in LENR and ecat technology in the past. One possible test for ecat would be to heat a Swedish military base.
Defkalion Green Technologies is planning to unveil an improved version of its low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) technology at the National Instruments NI Week corporate conference in August. The company’s CEO Alex Xanthoulis made that revelation to Pure Energy Systems’ Sterling D. Allan in an interview last week.
Defklaion seems to have made a lot of progress with its Hyperion LENR technology if claims made to Allan by Xanthoulis and his colleague Symeon Tsalikoglou can be believed. The Greek company which has relocated to Vancouver, British Columbia, has also gone much farther in commercializing LENR than any other organization if these assertions are correct.
Xanthoulis said that Defkalion has been approached by 450 different companies interested in licensing its technology. Unfortunately, neither he nor Tsalikoglou named any of these companies. They also claimed that they are working out license agreements with 20 companies but didn’t name any of those organizations either. They did claim that one of these companies is one of the largest auto manufacturers in Europe. That might be FIAT which is based in Italy where Defkalion has a research facility. FIAT currently owns Chrysler one of the Big Three American automakers.
There seems to be little or no help for low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) or cold fusion research in President Obama’s new energy policy proposal. This is surprising in light of all the recent progress in the field. Some of which has even come from a US government agency NASA.
Obama will ask Congress to set aside $2 billion Uncle Sam receives from offshore oil revenues for energy research. On paper this sounds like a good idea but the problem is that the money would be spent on so-called green technology rather than promising fields like LENR or small scale hot fusion. The equivalent of this in 1903 would have been turning Henry Ford down for a loan to use the money to develop an improved horse and buggy.
Another problem and opportunity is that Obama doesn’t have the power to appropriate a cent. Only Congress can do that and there’s no guarantee that Congress will go along. The truth is Congress probably won’t approve the Obama plan because Obama’s fund would be outside of Congressional control. Hopefully Congress will divert some of the money away from the green technology boondoggle and to real research.
A government agency connected with the Swedish military has revealed that it is conducting low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) or cold fusion experiments. The experiments reportedly involve nickel and hydrogen reactions similar to those in Andrea Rossi’s ecat device.
The research is being conducted by the Defense Material Agency or FMW, Sweden’s equivalent to the America DARPA (Defense Advanced Projects Agency). Internet rumors indicate that DARPA is interested in LENR and might be the mysterious purchaser of Rossi’s ecat. Rossi has admitted that the first customer for his device is a military but he hasn’t said which military.
The FMW revelations revealed at the LENR News blog raise some intriguing possibilities. The FMW and not DARPA might be Rossi’s customer. Rossi has some connections to Sweden, the Northern European licensee for ecat Hydro Fusion is based in that country. Rossi has been given favorable coverage in the Swedish media and two prominent Swedish scientists have examined ecat and vouched for it.
The mainstream media or at least tech media has finally picked up on the low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) or cold fusion work being done at NASA and some of its implications. At least three stories about Joseph Zawodndy’s work at the Langley Research Center in Virginia are floating around online.
Phys Org writer Bill Silberg notes this means that average people could have nuclear reactors in their basements. He writes about the possibilities of LENR-powered water heaters, home heating systems, and electric production in the home. Another version of the story at GizMag and Extreme Tech notes that Zawodny’s process means that the fusion dream might be soon achieved.
This media attention indicates that NASA is serious about LENR and might soon be able to produce some sort of credible evidence to back up these claims. Zawodny would not be talking openly to the media if he couldn’t. The Gizmag piece quotes Zawodny’s boss Dennis Bushnell as saying that 1% of the world’s nickel production could meet the world’s energy needs at a quarter of the cost of coal if LENR is perfected. Bushnell wouldn’t be saying that unless he had something he could use against critics.
The latest work from one of our greatest living philosophers, Nassim Nicholas Taleb creator of the Black Swan theory; has some interesting implications for Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) or cold fusion research. It also justifies the work of independent inventors such as Andrea Rossi and those involved in the Martin Fleischman Memorial Project.
In a chapter of his latest book Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder Taleb conclusively demonstrates that many major modern technologies were invented by independent tinkerers with little or no input from established science. He even provides a list of such inventions on page 218 of the book. The list includes: