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LENR Pioneer Joins Forces with Steam Engine Maker

An alliance that could lead to the development of vehicles and small scale generators powered by low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) has been born. Cyclone Power Technologies the maker of a next generation steam engine has hired Purdue University professor, nuclear physicist and LENR expert Yeong E. Kim as a consultant.

Yeong E. Kim courtesy Pure Energy Systems

Kim’s job at Cyclone is to help the company determine if an LENR powered steam engine is practical and to commercialize such an engine. Dr. Kim has long been an outspoken advocate of LENR or cold fusion. Kim is a theoretical nuclear physicist who is currently serving as a professor of Physics at Purdue. He’s also group leader of the Purdue Nuclear and Many-Body Theory Group and Director of the Center for Sensing Science and Technology.

Kim is part of Cold Fusion Energy Inc., a consortium of scientists working to commercialize LENR. Other members include George H. Miley, Francessco Piantelli, Francesco Celani and MIT Professor Peter L. Hagelstein. No other members of that group appear to be working with Cyclone Power.

“Smoking Gun” of LENR: Fleischmann Project results duplicated in one Day, Celani cell verified as LENR device

TheMartin Fleischmann Memorial Project may have discovered the “smoking gun” of low energy nuclear reaction (LENR). The project’s blog is claiming that French scientist Jean-Paul Biberian independently replicated and confirmed one of its low energy nuclear reactions with less than 24 hours of work.

 

 

Two project researchers Mathieu Valat and Bob Greenyer were able to detect gamma pulses every time they filled a Celani Cell with deuterium and switched it on. Valat and Greenyer are so confident about their discovery that they discussed it on YouTube. They believe this is evidence of LENR, when Jean-Paul Biberian duplicated this experiment he was able to get a similar result.

 

Gamma Ray detection experiment with Celani Cell courtesy Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project

 

“Essentially it means that we have a device that is doing low energy nuclear reactions,” Greenyer said of the Celani Cell. Valat said the device can be turned on and off.

LENR Champion to leave Post at University of Missouri

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.

 

Robert Duncan Speaks at the 2012 NI Week courtesy New Energy Times

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.

Rossi Details Invention of Rossi Effect and ecat R&D

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.

Brillouin Inventor Shares Some Interesting Thoughts 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:

  • Most LENR experimenters and inventors fail because they don’t understand the physics underlying the process. This includes Andrea Rossi.

 

  • Godes thinks Rossi is achieving an LENR effect with his ecat but is unable to control it. Instead Rossi is generating a large amount of heat and the ecat is literally burning up.

 

Why is Media Paying More Attention to Musk’s Hyperloop than LENR?

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.

Artists Conception of Hyperloop Courtesy 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.

ICCF Doesn’t Lead to any Big Surprises

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.

Attendees at the 18th Annual International Conference on Cold Fusion courtesy Cold Fusion Now

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.

Customer Sought for First Commercial LENR Heating Plant

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.

Rossi's 1MW ecat heating unit at his facility in Italy

Rossi: Three Ecat Units on the Way to America

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.

Rossi wants Public Demonstration eCat Plant in Sweden

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.

Stockholm could be home to an Ecat Demonstration Plant

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.