Pons and Fleishmann vindicated?

The European Union (EU) has released a document that recommends more research be done into Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) and, significantly, the Pons and Fleischmann effect. The document was created by the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation Directorate G Industrial Technologies of European Commission (part of the European Union).

The document called “Forward Looking Workshop on Materials for Emerging Energy Technologies” was edited by Dr. Johan Veiga Benesch. A section of the document deals with LENR in Condensed Matter and asks for “the study of the Fleischmann and Pons Effect through Materials Science Development.”

Although it perhaps falls short of the sort of vindication that many followers of cold fusion feel is justified, the document admits that large amounts of heat that cannot be attributed to chemical reactions are produced during electrochemical loading of palladium cathodes with deuterium. It also says that this can only be ascribed to a nuclear process. Specifically a nuclear reaction between deuterons in palladium, it even goes so far as to call this deuterium-deuterium nuclear fusion process.

The Commission is effectively admitting that Pons and Fleischmann were right and their work should be studied. The document asks for more funding for LENR research, specifically for a Europe wide network of LENR researchers to be organized. It also asks for workshops and more materials research and recognises the need for new theoretical work in the area to explain the effect.

It looks like the Science world is finally beginning to change its mind about LENR and Pons and Fleischmann. The process has been painfully slow but perhaps there is finally some light at the end of the tunnel. Too little, too late for Pons and Fleischmann perhaps.

LENR is Transmutation of Elements

One of the foremost low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) theorists has suggested that LENR is really “A transmutation of elements” and that it could one be used to turn tungsten into gold. Lewis Larsen, one of the authors of the Widom-Larsen theory upon which many LENR experiments are based, has also suggested that the transmutation creates large amounts of heat which could be converted into energy.

Larsen has placed a Power Point Presentation online outlining the theory. One slide indicates that LENR could provide transmutation of stable elements including almost any very valuable element on the periodic table of elements. The cost would be competitive with mining costs. It costs large companies such as Rio Tinto around $350 to mine an ounce of gold so this process may not be that cheap. The slides indicate that LENR transmutation could have many uses including: Extraction of bitumen, heavy Oil Recovery, making oil from shale or possibly coal, the development of cleaner nuclear fission, transmutation of nuclear waste into less dangerous substances and generate more power for the burning of waste. Further uses include production of precious and rare metals such as gold, silver, platinum, rhodium and rare earths.

Larsen contends that such transmutation may have been discovered as early as 1901 by Ernest Rutherford and Frederic Soddy. He also states that many other researchers including Professor Hantaro Nagoaka in Japan conducted transmutation experiments in the first half of the 20th Century. He also states that Pons & Flieschmann rediscovered LENR in 1989 not discovered it.

Larsen goes onto contend that LENR achieves transmutation by traversing the rows of the periodic table. He also puts out a theoretical description of a “nucleosynthetic network for gold.” This would be a network of LENR devices that would theoretically produce gold by applying his theory. He also claims this network would employ a process that could already be occurring in nature.

Larsen also contends that bacteria in hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the ocean could be transmuting tungsten into gold or mercury. He also observes that this process could be duplicated in laboratories.

1MW plant operative “by the end of the year”

E-Cat World recently emailed a list of questions to Andrea Rossi to try and catch up on developments. Some of his answers could be called evasive but he is still confident that the first 1MW non-military E-Cat Plant will be up and working by the end of this year.

He also said that the much-awaited report on the high temperature E-Cats will be published during September and that this report is of great importance to Leonardo Corporation. He was not in a position to answer technical questions but he did agree that the E-Cat has been confirmed as stable in temperatures over 1,000C.

There will be information published in the report concerning the number of kilowatts of output produced per square meter of the external surface area of the reactor but could not comment on matters pertaining to the licensing process because that “does not depend on us”. For that reason he was unable to confirm whether or not domestic e-cats would be for sale by summer 2013.

When asked “Can you say when the first non-military 1 MW plant will be delivered and in operation? When will the public know about it?”, he replied “Within this year.” He did say that he has not been involved in any testing of using E-Cat heat to create electricity. Finally, he was asked “In addition to using steam turbines to create electricity from E-Cat heat, what other technologies that you know of might be viable for converting E-Cat heat to electricity?” He replied that “We are thinking to direct conversion.”

It seems that the report in September will be the next major step forward for Rossi and his E-Cat so followers will have to be patient for just a little while longer, at least.

Aldo Proia warning for critics of E-Cat

Aldo Proia of Prometeon has warned critics of his company or Rossi’s E-Cat that they could face legal action for any slanderous remarks. Proia issued the warning during an interview with the Italian news magazine Il Democratico following the announcement that his company would be the licensee for Leonardo Corporation in Italy and San Marino.

Proia says that he will initially be involved in selling to industries in Italy and that “a product is already available to order in Italy, which is the 1 MW thermal E-Cat”. He added that the price of the E-Cat is based ‘in part’ on the savings the customer will realise compared to using other energy sources. He did not want to go into too much technical detail, preferring to leave that side of it to Rossi, other than to mention that the thermal plants operates with heat output of around 120 C.

As far as the likely impact that E-Cat technology will have on the current energy industry, Proia is very optimistic for the future.He says that “The various actors on the energy market shall have to come to terms with the existence of a sharply cheaper and cleaner way of producing thermal energy and, in a near future, also electric. A wise stance, if I were an electric company, would be to cooperate with who holds the know how or, alternatively, conduct basic research in the field. Many companies are springing up in the world concerned with LENR, the reactions which the E-Cat’s operation is due to, and a number of multinationals, having consulted the world’s leading LENR experts, are stepping into the field to avoid getting left out of the game. But when a product exists already on the market, what’s the point of taking the longer route?”

Sterling Allan Quits over Examiner “Smut”

Sterling Allan of PESN has quit from his regular column as Breakthrough Energy correspondent at Examiner.com over their increasing use of “lascivious” imagery. He has contributed to the site since 2009 but found himself unable to continue unless they changed their policy to the sort of images that accompanied their site and subscription emails.

Allan was seemingly outraged by images of a model that accompanied the subscription email to fellow reporter Fred Burks’ feed (US Intelligence). Allan said that “Yes, sex sells, but not for reasons that bring good karma. It is not good to encourage men to gawk at other women, jeopardising their marriages and family, and putting children at risk of being exposed to inappropriate content and behaviour.”

He goes on to say that this gradual increase in borderline pornographic imagery has been increasingly disturbing and some it was beyond PG-13. When he lodged a complaint to the Examiner, calling the images “soft porn” and “smut”. He did not receive a direct response and his next subscription email again included imagery that he would prefer to avoid.

He then used their online form to register his complaint and Examiner.com swiftly accepted his resignation, stating that “Examiner.com has no plans to revise its editorial policy.” Allan has now started an online poll asking for support in his stance against “smut”. Not being a subscriber, I cannot comment on the images that have offended Allan but presume it is the standard news/celebrity style feed that seems to infiltrate almost every site these days. Go to your internet provider’s main page and it is likely that you will be greeted by news of who wore the most revealing dress to the oscar ceremony or which soap star stripped off on the beach. Sadly, advertising rules the internet and sites have to pay their way. It is some way short of a pact with the devil but you have to admire Allan’s moral stance.

E-Cat Australia ad on YouTube

The first advertisement for E-Cat technology has appeared on YouTube. It has been produced by E-Cat Australia, licensee for Leonardo products in Australasia, South East Asia, and the Pacific island. The advert looks like something that a school child might produce for homework rather than the first step in the global release of the world’s future energy source. That being said, at least it is an attempt to increase public awareness.

Basically, the advert attempts to put the point across that the E-Cat is a cheap alternative to traditional fuels. E-Cat World has pointed out that in one section of the advertisement, they indicate that ‘Tim’ was powering his E-Cat with the Australian sun. This indicates that at least some of the power for the electrical drive would be generated by solar cells.

However, the advert should have pointed out that domestic E-Cats are not even being manufactured yet, and are certainly not available for public purchase. Their first attempt at a slogan is ‘Tomorrow’s Energy Today’ – not quite! I suppose we should give them some marks for effort but surely must do better?

Watch the advert E-Cat Australia

Defkalion to pull out of Greece?

E-Cat World is reporting that a post on the LENR Forum site in Greek appears to be an announcement from Defkalion Green Technologies that they are leaving Greece. Their destination country to continue operations is not yet known and this report is still to be verified.

A translation of the text reads that “Defkalion Green Technologies has been working hard and continuously for two years to achieve a huge usability problem of cold fusion (LENR) that has the potential to positively change the global energy environment, putting Greece at the center and giving our country a new dynamic economic growth. Similar noteworthy research efforts go on around the world, creating a race where Defkalion seem to lead.”

That all sounds plausible as Defkalion promotional speak. The post goes on to say that the company is
Now “located at the gates of the most critical decision so far.” If they are indeed pulling out of Greece, it is a very difficult decision for the company to make.

“Having spent our own resources, having created a group of believers in the Greek project professionals (engineers, scientists, professors, economists, etc.), while it received no state support of our efforts, so far as our vision was Greece first.

Many claimed that cold fusion (LENR) is something impossible, let alone achieved by a Greek company. The reality has shown otherwise. Organizations such as the European Union (European Commission and European Parliament), NASA, US Navy, publicly traded companies from America, Canada, Germany and England and universities abroad have visited us and have turned their attention to our achievements. We believed that we will succeed and ultimately be vindicated.

Trying to ensure that the international prestige in Greece for innovative technology, the last three months communicating with investors with “We Live in Greece.” Unfortunately the difficult and unpleasant situation that our country is undergoing finds investors negative. There follows the most critical in our decision there. To have to leave our country so that benefit another country of the world first discovered us.”

The post ends by suggesting that they have received favourable proposals from Austria, Switzerland and Canada for the continuation of their work. If this is indeed a true account, it is easy to understand the difficulties facing any business trying to start up in Greece at the moment. There is continued speculation that Greece may eventually leave the Euro and go back to the Drachma, an event that could cause a huge devaluation of Greek currency. The three alternative countries mentioned are all outside the Eurozone and are doing relatively well economically.

Defkalion are scheduled to present at the ICCF 17 Conference in South Korea in August and it would not be right to delve too deeply into this report until it is verified. If true, it would probably benefit them in the long term but would be another setback for those expecting the promised good news from Defkalion.

CNBC feature Cold Fusion

 

On 17th July US financial cable network CNBC included a segment about cold fusion during their program entitled “Scientific Breakthroughs”. The program was aired at 9pm and repeated at midnight but no live streaming was available on the internet for avid cold fusion followers.

The fact that cold fusion was to be featured during the show was encouraging, particularly on a financial network. This would appear to show that people in influential positions in finance and the media are beginning to sit up and take notice of developments in cold fusion and LENR. Unfortunately, those who were able to watch the show have reported that it was basically a re-run of a segment first broadcast in 2009.

The section on cold fusion was essentially a replay with a short introduction added at the start and the end. Interesting for anyone who missed the original broadcast but very disappointing for those expecting a thorough update on the last three years! There was no update about Ni+H and no reference to the endeavours of Rossi, Defkalion et al. Basically the station dragged out an old video, tagged a bit on at the start and the finish and pushed it out as new material.

The concluding part mentioned Dr. Duncan’s expanded research at University Missouri “with 8 or 9 scientists,” and added that Mike McKubre “continues his research.” There was no mention of the NASA videos or any of the news stories relating to LENR in recent months. We can only hope that this token gesture might strike a chord somewhere so that another station can pick up the story and provide us with a genuine update.

Ahern – Ni-H reaction is product of Asymmetric Magnetism

Brian Ahern is set to announce that ‘Nanonickel Breakthrough’ is a product of ‘Asymmetric Magnetism’.

E-Cat World are reporting this short comment by Brian Ahern, CTO of Vibronic Energy, as having been posted on Peter Gluck’s Ergo Out site. Ahern states that he is “announcing the nanonickel breakthrough at the New Energy Symposium in NYC on Wednesday. I am saying the energy is real, repeatable and of useful output. I will also state that it is not of nuclear origin. I will say that it is a manifestation of asymmetric magnetism.”

He goes on to say that this explains the lack of radiation accompanying the 21 watts of thermal excess power and says that Defkalion is getting even better results. He also extends this to other inventors/companies around the world. He concludes that “The energy landscape is going to change in a viral manner.”

The New Energy Symposium is being held at 7 World Trade Center from July 17-19th, and Virbonic Energy Technologies is listed as one of the presenters there. Ahern has been working in the nickel-hydrogen reaction field for quite a while, but this seems to be the first time that any researcher has indicated that the Ni-H reaction is a product of ‘asymmetric magnetism’.

Blow to domestic E-Cat running costs

 

Andrea Rossi has revealed that, as part of the certification requirements, the domestic E-Cat can only have a fuel change carried out by an approved contractor. This is a setback in terms of cost as purchasers will have to factor in the call-out fees for a contractor twice a year.

Rossi had previously been tight-lipped about the certification process but responded to a question posed on his Journal of Nuclear Physics site. He was asked about a recent interview with Free Energy Systems during which he mentioned that the recharging of the fuel for the domestic E-Cat would be done by an approved contractor. He had previously maintained that the consumer could replace their own fuel cartridges. The recharge process had been describes as fairly simple, basically just changing the refill in a pen and unlikely to be a problem for most users.

Rossi replied by saying that “the certificator demands that the refuel is made by a certified operator.” This does at least shed some light on the requirements of the certificator and the problems facing Rossi as he attempts to move forward with his domestic E-cat. The service charge for the device will now exceed the cost of the fuel involved. Presumably the concern of the certifiers is the possible exposure to toxic nickel powder, which seems rather overly cautious since the cartridge is almost certainly tightly sealed until it is inserted into the E-Cat reactor.

Rossi has no real option other than to submit to the demands of the certifying authorities. He is desperate to get these units to the market place and will have to abide by whatever decisions they reach. It may be a blow to customers who have so far pre-ordered around 600,000 domestic units. This requirement will mean the cost of E-Cat power in the home will be greater than many had expected.