From E-Cat World we learn that Andrea Rossi was granted a patent for his E-Cat cold fusion mechanism this week by the US Patent Office.  The patent was issued on August 25, 2015. Rossi has been tight lipped about how his E-Cat works but the patent provides some new information such as diagrams of his device and the contents of the “fuel” in Rossi’s reactors: it is a powder of 50% nickel, 20% lithium and 30% lithium aluminum hydride.

Rossi claims that he has developed a tabletop nuclear reactor that produces heat by an as-yet-not-fully-understood low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) process.

He has also said that he and a private firm, Industrial Heat, LLC of Raleigh, North Carolina in the US, have actually installed a working system at an undisclosed commercial customer’s site. According to Rossi the system is producing 1 megawatt continuous net output power, in the form of heat, from a few grams of “fuel” in each of a set of modest-sized reactors in a network. The system has been operating for approximately six months, as part of a one-year acceptance test. Rossi and Industrial Heat are in talks with Chinese firms for large-scale commercial manufacture.

Another private firm in the area of low energy nuclear reactions is Brillouin Energy Corp. of Berkeley, California, where researchers are developing what they term a controlled electron capture reaction (CECR) process. In their experiments, ordinary hydrogen is loaded into a nickel lattice, and then an electronic pulse is passed through the system, using a proprietary control system. They claim that their device converts H-1 (ordinary hydrogen) to H-2 (deuterium), then to H-3 (tritium) and H-4 (quatrium), which then decays to He-4 and releases energy. They report that they have confirmed H-3 production in their process.

Additional technical details are given at the Brillouin Energy website, and in a patent application. Their patent application reads, in part, “Embodiments generate thermal energy by neutron generation, neutron capture, and subsequent transport of excess binding energy as useful heat for any application.”

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