Dr. George Miley, affiliate professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, recently gave a presentation about his research in the LENR field at the Nuclear and Emerging Technology for Space conference at the Woodlands, Texas. Talks entitled Advanced Propulsion Physics: Harnessing the Quantum Vacuum by Harry “Sonny” White and Project Icarus: Antimatter Catalyzed Fusion Propulsion for Interstellar Missions by R. K. Obousy. Dr Miley was there to speak on “A Game-Changing Power Source for Spacecraft”, a talk outlining a LENR-based General Purpose Heating Source to replace the plutonium currently used in today’s Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators RTGs that provide heat and electricity to power science instruments on spacecraft.
Ruby Carat from Cold Fusion Now web site was present at the meeting and published a full report about his presentation and theoretical work. She also provided a transcript of a conversation she had with Dr Miley prior to his appearance at Woodlands. Miley has developed a fairly sophisticated model for what he thinks is going on in LENR reactions, and the articles provide quite an informative account of his view of the progress in this field.
Miley’s involvement in the field of LENR goes right back to the early days of “Cold Fusion” when he was involved with Martin Fleischmann, Stanley Pons and Steven Jones. He laments the prevailing anti-cold fusion sentiment in the United States, and believes it is likely that commercial development of LENR may first gain a foothold outside the US. He identifies Andrea Rossi (who actually is operating in the US), Defkalion GT, or Japan as possible sources of early commercial LENR success.
Miley is starting a small company called LENUCO which is based in the research park at University of Illinois. He is quoted as saying that, “I don’t want to fool anyone, this is a tremendous challenge. I mean, this thing may go belly up, or it may be a great success, I don’t know. It’s going to be one or the other.” Ruby Carat’s article is a very interesting piece and well worth a visit – http://coldfusionnow.org/?p=15470