The man who made the University of Missouri at Columbia a major center for low energy nuclear reaction(LENR) research will leave his job early next year. New Energy Times is reporting that Robert Duncan has accepted a position as vice president for research at Texas Tech University.
Duncan is familiar to LENR fans as the scientist who discussed cold fusion on a famous feature on CBS’s 60 Minutes news magazine. At the University of Missouri Duncan has been a tireless proponent of LENR.
Among other things Duncan organized the Sidney Kimmel Institute for Nuclear Renaissance at the University. That’s the only program at a major American university dedicated to active LENR research. The Institute financed by clothing billionaire Sidney Kimmel has begun research.
Duncan also brought the 18th Annual International Conference on Cold Fusion (ICCF) to Columbia this summer. The Conference was the first on LENR held at a major American college in many years.
Andrea Rossi has detailed the origins of his Rossi effect low energy nuclear reaction phenomenon. The effect is the basis of Rossi’s ecat LENR technology. The Italian-American inventor stated that he invented the effect in Manchester, New Hampshire, in 1996.
Rossi stated that he used a 4 volt battery to melt some nickel and produced an effect that produced a coefficient of power (COP) effect of 3. That means he generated 3 times as much power as he put into the experiment. Rossi also stated that he burned his finger on the hot nickel. Rossi also stated that he had been working on LENR since 1993.
The inventor also admitted that he was living in poverty at the time because of the legal troubles that arose over his former business Petroldragon which was seized by Italian authorities. He said he was living on $100 a day, working in manual labor and sometimes eating just two eggs a day when he began his work on LENR.
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:
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.