Tom Whipple in the Falls Church News Press writes about the current state of cold fusion or what some are now calling low energy nuclear reactions (LENR).

For the last 20 years a small band of ill-funded scientists have been laboring away at combining either palladium or nickel with hydrogen in an effort to produce heat. After hundreds of experiments, each varying some parameter or other, a number of scientists say they can produce heat in reproducible experiments.

For 20 years the matter rested with slow progress and no accepted theory as to just what phenomenon was producing the anomalous heat and more importantly no theoretical basis for scaling-up laboratory experiments into a useful technology. Earlier this year, however, an entrepreneur in Italy reported that after several years of experiments, which in turn were based on earlier experiments by Italian scientists, he was now able to produce commercial quantities of heat by reacting nickel and hydrogen.

Now this was all very nice, accept that at first few believed his claim. Andrea Rossi is a businessman, not an academic – he wants to make some money from his purported discovery as did Thomas Edison from the light bulb. Moreover, as he was been unable to adequately patent his device, for the time being he says he is not about to share the details of his discovery with the world…The shouts of “fraud” were deafening and to this day still ricochet across the Internet as most of the mainstream media are afraid to get involved in the dispute.

The current status of the story is that despite a considerable amount of circumstantial evidence that under the proper conditions nickel and hydrogen in the presence of a catalyst will react to produce heat, there is still no definitive proof verified by reliable outside experimenters that the phenomenon is for real.

There are now rumours that Rossi sold his first “E-Cat”, as Rossi calls his black box, to the American Defence Department.  If true, one would surmise that “the best U.S. scientists that money can buy” are working overtime to figure out what is causing the reaction.

The fact that Rossi and others are not getting the traditional side effects of nuclear reactions (deadly gamma rays, certain isotopes) is leading some to wonder if we have stumbled upon an entirely new kind of nuclear reaction.

Then last week, in response to a Freedom of Information Request, we find that NASA has been studying LENR for some time now and how it might assist space travel.

…NASA’s Joseph Zawodny concludes that LENR is indeed a form of nuclear power, but not what is commonly thought of as “cold fusion.” Zawodny believes that the transformation of one element into another is consistent with neutron absorption as other scientists claim. He goes on to point out that under one theory of what is happening, decay products of the reaction are turned into heat and gamma rays are screened out… Zawodny notes that LENR is theoretically capable of producing 8 million times as much energy as a comparable chemical reaction. This of course explains why a very slow reaction can produce a lot of heat while consuming only minimal amounts of hydrogen and nickel.

This information overwhelms Whipple who senses we could be witnessing the beginning of a dramatic change in Earth’s energy supply.

The ramifications that NASA foresees for this technology can best be termed breathtaking. It is seen as eventually being scalable from cell phones to space ships. It has no radiation or greenhouse gas problems. It is cheap and is seen as a “total replacement for fossil fuels” except that being used as feed stocks for synthetic organic chemistry. The technology is seen as a “singular solution to peak oil, climate change, fresh water, and associated geopolitical instabilities.” Perhaps the most far reaching conclusion is that LENR will help us get off this “rock.” Now we know that NASA’s hidden agenda of taking us to the stars could be made possible by LENR. That is something to think about.

 

 UPDATE

OILPRICE reports that Andrea Rossi may have sold 13 E-Cats already. He also recently met with the state of Massachusetts, MIT, Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts about the logistics and feasibility of manufacturing cold fusion generators for household use. Said Robert Tamarin, dean of sciences at the University of Massachusetts:

“…knowing the reputation of cold fusion, I went in with a very healthy level of scepticism” but, “if it’s successful, no one wants to have to say later that we walked away from it.”

Rossi is planning to return to Massachusetts soon, with the hope of getting ”something started in a matter of weeks, not months.”

 

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