LENR Essay Wins U.S Naval Institute Award

Thanks to E48 for uncovering an interesting tweet by Lewis Larsen:

The United States Naval Institute sponsors an annual essay contest on The Emerging & Disruptive Technologies.

The winners are announced here:

https://www.usni.org/magazines/proceedings/2018-04/ceo-notes-come-our-annual-meeting

First Prize: “An Ace for All Seasons: As Third Offset Technologies Mature, Aspiring Naval Aviators Need to Be Ready to Lead Autonomous Systems into Battle”

By Lieutenant (j.g.) Mark Jbeily, U.S. Navy

Second Prize: “Low Energy Nuclear Reactions: A Potential New Source of Energy to Facilitate Emergent/Disruptive Technologies”

By Michael Ravnitzky

Third Prize: “Artificial Intelligence for Distributed Lethality”

By Lieutenant Commander Jacob Wilson, U.S. Navy

The NAVSEA (Naval Sea Systems Command) Facebook page has a picture of Michael Ravnitzky receiving the award.

So far I have been unable to find a copy of the essay, but the tweet above says it will be posted at some point in the future.

Rossi: Weak Force not Behind LENR

Andrea Rossi doesn’t say too much about how he thinks the E-Cat works, although he reports that he continues to work with Carl-Oscar Gullstrom, and they are planning experiments to test some of the theories they contemplating.

Rossi was asked on the Journal of Nuclear Physics this week if he thought the Weak Force played a role in LENR.

Some researchers have theorized that weak interactions play a role in LENR phenomona. For example Srivastava, Widom and Larsen in this paper write “electromagnetic and weak interactions can induce low energy nuclear reactions to occur with observable rates for a variety of processes.” NASA researcher Joseph Zawodny also suggested here that LENR used weak forces.

However, Rossi disagrees. His reply to the question was: “No, because weak forces would emit much stronger radiations.”

So what does he think is going on? He still has not stated that he has a definitive theory, but that he is continuing work in this area with Gullstrom who at the November 2017 E-Cat gave a presentation on his current thinking on the subject. He theorized that there was a “new special potential of the strong force that is not found (common) in nature.”

He also highlighted one area that he and Rossi have been focusing on. He wrote:

“I and Rossi are making the hypothesis of the possibility that the temperatures of the plasma can reach the mass of a new particle/waves in fields that could annihilate without emitting high energy radiations because of the low energy.”

Rossi commented later on this saying

“Because since we start from particles that have a very low mass, because at 2600 Kelvin we have a mass between 1 electron volt- 1.4 electron volt. So we should have in this field, let us compare it to an ocean, we have crests of small waves and anti-waves that are resonances, they are not actually elementary particles, they are resonances in a field that disappear after, say 10 to the minus 23 seconds, they are not particles, they are resonances.

“But these resonances could through the annihilation between these virtual particles and anti-particles could produce energy that is not enough to generate strong ionizing radiations because they are not big waves, they are just small waves. And this could explain why we have heat in this measure that is not the measure of a full nuclear reaction, but we do not have strong radiations”

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Italy Invests 500 million Euros In Hot Fusion Research (ENEA)

Thanks to Vinney for posting the following comment

Italy invests Euro 500 million in Hot Fusion research.

In the latest news, the existing INFN nuclear facility in Frascati (near Rome) will host a Centre for Excellence in Hot Fusion research using an ENEA patented DTT (tokamak) based reactor.

http://www.enea.it/en/news-enea/news/energy-fusion-dtt-project-soon-to-be-implemented-in-italy

Excerpt:

“EUROfusion[1] The DTT (Divertor Tokamak Test Facility), a 500 million euro project with the objective of setting up a strategic nuclear fusion infrastructure in Italy, has made a step forward. After the resolution approved by the 10th Standing Committee of the Chamber of Deputies (Productive Activities, Trade and Tourism), committing the Government to take initiatives aiming at implementing the project in Italy, Eurofusion decided to organise a workshop devoted at analysing the DTT proposal in the light of the fusion Road Map.”

Many foreign governments are also contributing a small portion of the funds. The reactor itself will be 10X smaller than the ITER facility.

I hope Rossi is on-track to put an end to this absurd waste of funds. These sorts of funds spent on LENR research would go 100X further, and employ thousands more researchers, in discrete and relevant research programs.

Clearly, Rossi ( and the E-cat) still has very little traction in Italian research circles, not withstanding the efforts Preparata, De Giudice, Violante, Piantelli, Focardi and Celani.

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Unconventional Nuclear Reactions (Reginald B. Little)

The following post has been submitted by Reginald B. Little.

In reference to the topic of Axil’s post about chiral particles (particles with two possible rotations, clockwise or counterclockwise), the idea has already been archived by me as reversible (for all transport and transformations chemically) and irreversible ( for unconventional nuclear reactions) fussing and fusing of nuclei of positive and negative nuclear magnetic moments for explaining and accelerating unconventional nuclear reactions.

By such I have explained how all prior cold fusion and LENR observations since Ponns and Fleischmann (I prefer calling them unconventional nuclear reactions as they are not low energy but high potential energy) occur and can be accelerated by these nonprimordial nuclear magnetic moments and the difficulty of inducing unconventional nuclear reactions is thereby explained by me as the site ( Ed Storm’s reaction centers which he did not and was not able to give nature of) has to enrich in these nuclear magnetic moments in particular the negative nuclear magnetic moments.

It was by this that I accelerated unconventional nuclear in silver and copper as by silver having all negative nuclear moments. It is by this that nickel is better than Palladium has it is 61Ni causing nuclear activity in Nano nickel. It is the negative nuclear moment in Ti that causes its unconventional nuclear activity.

By my theory, I also invented a THEORETICAL cure for cancer using negative nuclear moments their consequent chiral rays what I call dark rays. It is by this that i also have discovered the true cause origin and theory of high temperature superconductivity as by these nuclei of negative nuclear magnetic moments. I can explain all superconductivity and I know how to increase superconductivity to room temperatures using isotopes of nonzero nuclear magnetic moments.

The theory and ideas are expressed and archived here: http://rxiv.org/author/reginald_b_little

Reginald B. Little

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Chiral Polarization is the Key to the LENR Reaction (Axil Axil)

The following post has been submitted by Axil Axil

The key requirement of the LENR reaction is the chiral polarization of matter and energy. All particles can be Chiral polarized including photons. This polarization principle is most notably and purely demonstrated in the Papp fuel preparation process. The goal of that process is the left handedness polarization of the spins of 5 types of noble gases.

Most hopeful Papp engine replicators do not spin chiral polarize the noble gas mix. Nobody understands the purpose of the Papp fuel preparation process.

Generally, in the Papp fuel preparation process, radioactivity from thorium and x-rays are used to chiral polarize the spins of the five noble gases with left handed chiral spins. Radioactivity produces subatomic particles and photons that are always left handed chiral spin polarized. The use of radioactive materials loaded into the hollow electrodes (aka buckets) in the Papp engine maintains the left handed chiral polarization of the noble gases during the operation of the engine.

When Papp developed the Papp engine, laser tech was not known, so Papp used radioactivity as the means to spin polarize the noble gases that powered the Papp reaction.

Today, noble gas chiral spin polarization can be done without the need for radioactive material. Optical pumping is a very efficient method to control the atomic spin state through interaction with a resonant light beam carrying angular momentum. In the presence of a magnetic guiding field B and of weak relaxation processes, the net result of the repeated light absorption and re-emission cycles is a change in the relative populations of the involved atomic sublevels, i.e. creation of spin orientation. For chiral spin polarizing of noble gases currently used in industry, two routes are possible: spin exchange optical pumping (SEOP), with indirect transfer of angular momentum from a polarized laser beam to the noble gas nuclei via alkali metal atoms (usually rubidium), and metastability exchange optical pumping (MEOP), with direct transfer of angular momentum from resonant laser light to He atoms. Each technique has its own advantages and limitations.

For instance, SEOP directly operates at high pressure but is a slow process (several hours are required to polarize helium), while MEOP is a much faster process (it only takes seconds to polarize 100 cm3 of gas at 1 mbar), but only operates at low pressure (mbar). SEOP has been used for several imaging experiments, but MEOP is preferred because of its faster production rates and higher nuclear polarizations.

An example of a He Polarizing Industrial Method

The polarization apparatus is based on the method of optical pumping of metastable He atoms in a weak gas discharge at a gas pressure of about 1 mbar. The whole equipment is located in a homogeneous magnetic field B0 of 1 mT, which serves as a holding field and as quantization axis for the polarized He-nuclei. The polarizing and compressing system consists of three parts: The first part contains the He reservoir and getters for gas purification. The second part consists of the optical pumping volume. The optical pumping itself is done by two 15 W fiber lasers at 1083 nm. The five OP-cells have a length of 2.20 m. In order to maximize the light absorption the circularly polarized laser light is back-reflected at dichroic mirrors. The nuclear polarization of the He gas can be monitored during the OP-process by measuring the circular polarization of the 668 nm-light emitted by the discharge. The third part contains a mechanical polarization-conserving compressor driven by hydraulics.

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In my own way of thinking, a linearly polarized laser vertical photon beam produced by a diode laser can be conditioned by an organic chiral spin filter (aka karo syrup) to convert the photon stream from a laser into a left handed chiral state. All organic matter is polarized left handed. A clear solution of d-glucose can convert the photon polarization in the required left handed polarization. The required photon stream must be linearly chiral spin polarized left handed. This conditioned laser beam could irradiate a small hole in a container from which a noble gas mix is flowing. The hole is small enough for the laser beam to cover the entire hole.

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In the picture, an intense source of light is polarized filtered into the LENR required left handed spin state.

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The E-Cat and Food Industry — Rossi Says Partnering with ‘US Global Company’

In comments on the Journal of Nuclear Physics over the last couple of days, Andrea Rossi seems to have confirmed that his first partner is in the food industry.

Here are some questions and answers on the subjects:

Mitch
April 8, 2018 at 4:36 AM
Dr Andrea Rossi:
I think that the food industry is the one that mostly can take advantage of your technology, what do you think?
Mitch

Andrea Rossi
April 8, 2018 at 8:06 AM
Mitch:
Yes, I think that the food industry will be among the most reactive , at least initially.
Warm Regards,
A.R.

Frank Acland
April 9, 2018 at 9:41 PM
Dear Andrea,

I was interested your comment about the food industry being reactive to the E-Cat. It is a huge market that uses massive amounts of heat. Think of all the baking, boiling, heating, steaming, sterilizing, etc. that takes place in all kinds of food and drink processing plants.

Here is one example, a Frito Lay factory for making potato chips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ws_K9Cxs-uE

Interesting they use co-generation in their plants — their natural gas powered deep fryers also generate electricity so the whole plant is off grid.

What do you think about applying the heat of the E-Cat for plants like this?

Andrea Rossi
April 9, 2018 at 9:49 PM
Frank Acland:
I think there will be important developments in the food industry sector related to the Ecat. Their strong need of heat to process their products makes them the ideal match for the Ecat. So the Ecat will say, like a poet: ” M’illumino di mensa”.
Warm Regards,
A.R.

Elliott Wilcher
April 10, 2018 at 3:45 AM
Dr Rossi:
It is clear after your answers of yesterday that you are partnering with an important company in the food business. Can you say where is it located?

Andrea Rossi
April 10, 2018 at 6:42 AM
Elliott Wilcher:
It is a US global company.
Warm Regards,
A.R.

The food and drinks industry would seem to me to be a very good industry in which to deploy the E-Cat since so much energy is required to provide the massive amounts of heat that is required for all the baking, pasteurizing, boiling, steaming, sterilizing, drying, etc. that takes place in different types of food processing.

Rossi states above that he is partnering with a US global company, of which there are plenty within the food sector. If you are a food producer you are naturally going to want to cut your overhead costs, of which energy for heating is probably one of the most significant. I found it interesting in the video I linked mentioned above, that the Frito Lay plant in Killingly, Connecticut their deep fryers are powered by natural gas in a co-generation system which also provides all the electricity that the factory needs. If a food plant like this was on board with the E-Cat, I am sure they would be working to employ the E-Cat to provide not only their heat, but electricity also.

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LION-AG Active Run Started (Alan Goldwater)

The following post has been posted by Alan Goldwater of the Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project

LION-AG active run started at 23:50 UTC on 7 April. The streaming data is available at

https://plot.ly/~QuantumHeat/33/lion-ag-temperature-power/

Plotly update is pretty slow, so be patient and it will eventually show the moving graph of temps and power.

The fuel load and core construction is as close to the LION-provided description as possible, but with added thermocouples for measurement of the core temperature. Five calibrations were performed, showing good stability and power resolution of around 5 watts. The initial program is a 48-hour linear ramp from 100 C to 800 C, followed by a soak period or temperature cycling, depending on conditions at that time. Full details of the experimental setup will be made available shortly.

AlanG

Brilliant Light Power Q2 Update

Brilliant Light Power has posted its second quarter updated on the BLP website here:

http://www.brilliantlightpower.com/wp-content/uploads/presentations/Second-Quarter-Update-040418.pdf

Some of the highlights mentioned are:

The Advanced SunCell® design has been completed and patents filed, and that engineering is progressing well.

They have added engineers to complete the SunCell® prototype

They are seeking corporate partners with whom to develop a commercial SunCell®

They are also working on a new SunCell® design. “We have been focused on a much more advanced design that has the capacity to generate arbitrarily high power with much less complex systems that should have a significant impact on the time to commercialization,” and describe Magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) Generators which they have tested in prototype, and state that they have shown “large scale feasibility”

A short video of the MHD generator has been posted on Youtube here:

https://www.youtube.com/embed/wwk8QefsvMk

They state that the

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The Size of the First 1 kW E-Cat Product

It seems that Andrea Rossi has settled on the size of the first industrial E-Cat product.

He has stated recently on the Journal of Nuclear Physics that its power rating will be 1 kW. In response to a question by Dr. Mike, he also said that thirteen 80 W E-Cat QX reactors will be contained in what he calls a “module.”

Today on the Journal of Nuclear Physics, in response to a question on the size of this 1 kW E-Cat QX module, Rossi replied:

Andrea Rossi
April 4, 2018 at 8:08 AM
Jacinto Elerick:
cm 25 x 25 x 18 all included.
Warm Regards,
A.R.

So it seems that in terms of creating E-Cat power plants, the plan now is that the 1 kW module will be the building blocks out of which the industrial plants are constructed.

As far as recharging the E-Cat modules, I asked Rossi this question:

Frank Acland
April 4, 2018 at 8:44 AM
Dear Andrea,

When the 1 kW E-Cat modules need recharging, will you replace the QX reactors inside the box, or will you simply replace the box?

Andrea Rossi
April 4, 2018 at 9:15 AM
Frank Acland:
We will change the box.
Warm Regards,
A.R.

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“Multeity of Nuclides Arising in the Process of Cold Nuclear Transmutations” (New A.G. Parkhomov Paper

I received an email from Alexander Parkhomov where he let me know about a new article that has been published in the International Journal of Unconventional Science.

The title is “Multeity of Nuclides Arising in the Process of Cold Nuclear Transmutations”


Abstract:

It is shown that a huge variety of nuclides arising as a result of cold nuclear transmutations isthe result of energetically favorable rearrangements o fnucleons.

Link to the full article is here:

http://www.unconv-science.org/pdf/e2/parkhomov2-en.pdf