Fleischmann Project Marches On

Our friends over at the Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project haven’t attracted the attention that Andrea Rossi has or major investments but they’ve made some impressive progress in their low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) research lately.

The most impressive thing about the Project is its ability to use limited resources, homemade equipment and improvised technology to achieve impressive results. More importantly its methods are being shared with inventors and scientists around the world in an open sourced experiment so their New Fire will be easily replicated.

The Fleischmann teams at the Hunt Utilities Group in Minnesota and the South of France have cobbled together some pretty impressive devices in recent months. The most interesting devices include:

Some of the Impressive Components being Created for the Next Generation Celani and Mizuno cells

Stainless Steel and Glass Walled Cells these look pretty impressive from the pictures. I imagine they’re new containers for LENR reactors.

Climate Change is already Affecting USA

Climate change caused by air pollution created by the burning of fuels is already having catastrophic effects on the United States a study mandated by the President has found. The National Climate Assessment prepared by a large panel of scientists provides even more reason to speed up investment in new energy technologies such as low energy nuclear reaction (LENR).

The effects caused by climate change include shorter and warmer winters, droughts, torrential rains, massive wildfires, flooding and the melting of glaciers, the Assessment found. Perhaps most troubling the scientists involved predicted that temperatures could rise by 10 degrees in the next century.

Among other things that could cause sea levels to rise by three feet and flood many cities including Miami Beach where ironically enough Andrea Rossi lives. Devastating droughts and heat waves that could kill crops and cause food shortages and higher food prices could also become more common.

Massive fires like this are already becoming more common in the US because of climate change courtesy White House

Rossi admits he may not know how Ecat Works

Andrea Rossi made an extremely interesting and revealing revelation at his Journal of Nuclear Science blog the other day he admitted that he may not know exactly how his ecat low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) technology works.

Regular correspondent Steven N. Karels asked Rossi what temperature was necessary to trigger the low energy nuclear reaction inside the ecat. Rossi’s response was very intriguing. On May Fourth the inventor wrote:

“I cannot explain what happens inside the reactor.”

This is a fascinating response because there are two possible answers to it, both of which could shed a great deal of light on Rossi and his thought processes. The possible answers are:

  • Rossi does not understand how the ecat works. This is entirely possible, observers of technology such as Nicholas Nassim Taleb have pointed out that many inventors have not understood the science underlying their creations. Rossi might have a theory as to how it works but he hasn’t been able to prove it.

First Book about Andrea Rossi and Ecat Published

The first major book about Andrea Rossi and his ecat low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) technology has been published. An Impossible Invention details Swedish journalist Mats Lewan’s investigation into Rossi and his cold fusion claims.

Lewan who has a master’s degree in engineering and physics became convinced of eCat’s authenticity after talking to Giuseppe Levi. Lewan started looking into ecat on behalf of Ny Teknik a Swedish technology newspaper that supposedly has 300,000 readers. That’s an impressive circulation figure for a publication in a country that has just nine million inhabitants – Sweden.

The first chapter of the book republished at this word press blog indicates tht Lewan was very suspicious of Rossi and his first ecat demonstration in October 2011. Lewan is well qualified to look into Rossi’s claims because he speaks Italian and his wife is Italian. He has also lived in the country in the past.

New LENR Process Unveiled

It’s a pretty exciting time in the world of Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) or cold fusion. A new LENR device or process of some sort seems to be unveiled every day as scores of garage inventors get involved in the LENR race.

The latest is a named Justin Church who has unveiled a device he calls the H-Cat Heater. The device has been tested by our good friend Sterling D. Allen of Pure Energy Systems. Pictures on Sterling’s website show the device sitting in an old fashioned wash tub.

Basically the H-Cat works by running highly energized hydrogen gas across nano-platinum and nano-palladium catalytic converters. Just like the ones in your car. Allen reports that it generates a lot of heat, and it sounds a lot like cold fusion. In particular it sides like the process Energetics worked with a few years ago.

Rossi Third Independent Ecat Test Underway

Andrea Rossi has revealed that a third independent test of his ecat low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) device is underway. Like year’s test this round of testing is being carried out by unidentified “college professors.”

A picture from last year's hot ecat test

The professors will be using their own equipment and measuring the Hot Ecat, Rossi revealed in a post on his blog. The Third Independent Test is apparently taking place right now and will take around a month. Rossi, admitted he doesn’t know how long the test will take which indicates that he probably is not involved in it. Rossi admitted that he has signed a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) which prevents him from publicizing any results before the test takes place.

Guiseppe Levi

Even though the identity of the professors is not known, we know that Guiseppe Levi of the University of Bologna, Hanno Essen of Sweden’s Royal Institute of Technology and a group of professors from Sweden’s Uppsala University were involved year’s tests. It isn’t clear if any of these people are involved in the current round of testing.

Is the Cold Fusion Revolution Here?

There seems to be a lot happening in the world of cold fusion/low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) right now. So we can now rightly say that a cold fusion revolution could be beginning.

Some of the most important developments include:


  • Peter Hagelstein and Mitchell Swartz’s 2014 Cold Fusion Independent Activities Period (IAP) Course at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in January. Jerry Rys the Alien Scientist blogger attended the course and created a great video about it which does an excellent job of describing cold fusion what cold fusion is and laying out its early history. In particular Rys does a tremendous job of describing the science in such a way that even a history major like me could understand.


He doesn’t seem to be up on recent developments but hopefully that will change. The video is worth watching and showing to cold fusion skeptics. He also makes one important point:

Mitchell Swartz at work

Regulation Crowdfunding could Jump Start LENR Industry

A new kind of financing called Regulation Crowdfunding could provide an important new source of money for low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) research and development. Regulation crowdfunding could also make it far easier for average people to invest in LENR and profit from it.

Crowdfunding is the use of the internet to raise small sums of money from large numbers of investors. Current US law allows organizations such as the Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project to raise funds through crowdfunding but it doesn’t allow them offer to offer equity (stock or ownership) to those who put up money.

The JOBS Act passed by Congress in 2012 allows a company to raise up to $1 million in a year by selling equities to the public through Regulation Crowdfunding. That would allow companies such as LENUCO, NANORTech and Brillouin to offer average people equity in a cold fusion venture in exchange for funding. It could help an inventor raise the money he needs to build an LENR prototype.

Major LENR Demonstrations Held

There were two major demonstrations of little known low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) devices in the last week of January. These demonstrations spotlight lesser known companies that are fast becoming major players.

A NANOR device on display at MIT courtesy Sterling D. Allen and Pure Energy Systems

Mitchell Swartz of Jet Energy again demonstrated and lectured about his NANOR and Phusor cold fusion devices at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT on Jan. 27. The lecture was part of Peter Hagelstein’s well known Cold Fusion 101 short course which is held every year at the end of January. Videos of all the lectures and demonstrations have been posted at several websites.

Swartz has achieved some impressive results with his NANOR according to the lecture. His lecture indicates that the NANOR device is a serious rival to Andrea Rossi’s ecat and Brillouin’s hot tube. The E-Cat World blog listed some impressive accomplishments for NANOR and PHUSOR including:

It’s Official US Startup Admits to Purchasing Rossi’s E-cat LENR Technology


A North Carolina based company called Industrial Heat LLC has come out and admitted that it now owns Andrea Rossi’s ecat low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) technology. Industrial Heat has put out a press release in which it confirmed rumors that it had spent $11 million to purchase Rossi’s device.

The New Home of the Ecat an aerial view of North Carolina's Research Triangle

The press release also confirmed speculation that Tom Darden of Cherokee Investment Partners a North Carolina equity fund is a principal investor in Industrial heat. It stated that one of Darden’s associates J.T. Vaughn is the manager of Industrial Heat LLC. Industrial Heat LLC is based in the Research Triangle region around Raleigh, North Carolina where many technology companies have operations. Cherokee’s website describes Vaughn as a Senior Analyst at the firm.

Tom Darden of Cherokee Investment Partners LLC, courtesy Bizjournals