Fleischman Project gets More Celani Material

The Martin Fleischman Memorial Project (MFMP) has received more of the the wires that are at the heart of Francesco Celani’s low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) devices. The electrically heated and chemically treated wires form the basis of Celani’s cells.

The MFMP is hoping to detect excess heat in them and achieve a low energy nuclear reaction. This can apparently be detected by gamma ray emissions. The project is using an approach it calls live open science in which it shares all the information it has with everybody in order to achieve more wide spread results. The project has had some setbacks lately dealing with choppy and erroneous data that forced its members to rerun some experiments in France.

Hot Fusion Heats Up

The race to develop hot fusion is also heating up. World Nuclear News reported that the German Wendelstein 7-X reactor passed its first test by producing hot plasma for the first time on February 4, Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel started the experiment by pushing a button. This could be first step to making enough plasma for a sustained fusion reaction.

Energy Prices Collapse, World in Chaos

It will be hard for a lot of people to believe but energy prices around the globe are in freefall. Some types of crude oil are now so worthless that producers in the United States are paying to have them hauled away.

Oil prices are collapsing because the only way that countries like Saudi Arabia, Russia, Venezuela and Iran can pay their bills is to sell off oil at whatever price they can get. This has effectively broken the back of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries or OPEC - the cartel of oil-pumping countries that once had a stranglehold on the world’s economy.

One reason why OPEC has lost its power is that countries outside such as Russia and the United States can now export as much or more oil than it can. Even if OPEC raises the price all America or Russia needs to do to pull the rug out from under it is to turn up the pump and flood the market with cheap oil.

A Couple of Fusion Milestones you probably missed

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.

Artists conception of Tri-Alpha's Fusion reaction.

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.

Rossi: Yes The E-Cat X Produces Electricity Directly

The latest version of Andrea Rossi’s e-cat low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) device could produce electricity without mechanical means. The inventor himself made that claim on his blog on December 26, 2015.

“Here is the big news: yes, the E-Cat X produces directly electric power,” Rossi wrote to a correspondent named James Watt. “We are working to harness and make it work.”

What this means is that the E-Cat X works more like a fuel cell than a generator. Most electricity is made by generators where an engine or a turbine turns a generator that makes the electricity. In fuel cells like the ones now available in cars such as the Toyota Mirai, electricity is produced directly by an electrochemical reaction.

This is exciting news because it could greatly reduce the size, cost and complexity of the devices. Instead of having two devices a reactor to make heat and steam and a turbine to make electricity there would be just one device. That would lower production costs and maintenance costs because there would be less that could go wrong.

Rossi Addresses Italian Senate

Andrea Rossi apparently took his case to the Senate, the upper house of Italy’s parliament on November 24, 2015. The ecat inventor made that revelation in a video interview with Vessela Nikolova that is now available on YouTube.

Rossi made a few important revelations about his low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) technology during the interview which was conducted in Italian. Here are some of them. Don’t worry English subtitles are available unfortunately I do not know how accurate they are. The most interesting revelations include:

  • The test of the one megawatt ecat has been going on for several months and it is ongoing. Rossi has said this would wrap up in February but from what he said on the video he might not be pleased with the results.

 

  • The one megawatt ecat is apparently operating 24 hours a day seven days a week but it requires constant monitoring and adjustment. This sounds as if the ecat might not be a reliable source of heat.

Is Green Energy Bad for the Environment?

Two recent and largely ignored news stores are raising the prospect that so called “green energy” might actually be bad for the environment. To make matters worse policy makers seem to be ignoring the important conclusions these articles point to when they discuss alternatives to windmills and solar such as Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR).

Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System

Both wind mills and some solar energy projects kill large numbers of birds including some endangered species such as eagles, the well-respected American publication High Country News reported. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System which uses mirrors to heat water to run an electric turbine in California’s Mohave Desert literally burned up hundreds of birds.

The birds seeing reflections from the mirrors at the solar plant flew down to them and got fried by concentrated beams of heat or solar flux generated by the mirrors. The birds were flying down to the mirrors because they mistook the reflections for water.

Boeing Patents Laser Fusion

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.

Artist's conception of how Boeing's laser fired fusion-fission engine would work.

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.

Global Warming could Cause Food Shortages

There’s another very good reason to be afraid of global warming it could cause serious food shortages. Reports from NASA and other organizations indicate that rising temperatures created by greenhouse gases could make it a lot harder to grow food in the near future.

Ellen Stofan, NASA Chief Scientist and Climate Expert.

More and more regions of the Earth are simply getting too hot to raise crops in satellite images reveal, NASA’s Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan told Business Insider. Temperatures over 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius)  interfere with photosynthesis – the process by which plants convert carbon dioxide into carbohydrates (food) – according to Stofan.

A NASA analysis of global temperature anomalies from 1880 to 2014 revealed that the number of places in the world where temperatures regularly reach those numbers is growing fast. This includes some heavily populated areas including Southeast Asia, the Himalayas and Southern Africa.

Some of the Biggest Names in Tech are interested in Fusion

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:

The General Fusion reactor Jeff Bezos is putting his money into.

  • Amamzon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos is backing a firm called General Fusion which is trying to create hot fusion with high tech hammers. Fortune reported that General Fusion has raised $94 million.

This is Helion's experiment reactor.

  • Peter Thiel one of the men behind PayPal is betting on Helion Energy which is trying to develop a truck sized hot fusion reactor.

 

  • Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has invested in a company called Tri-Alpha which claims is also working on small scale-hot fusion. Tri Alpha has reportedly raised $140 million for its research.

Paul Allen is betting that this device is the future of hot fusion.

Is Jet Energy preparing to Market its NANOR LENR Device?

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.

Mitchell Swartz test his devices.

“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