NYT: Funding for Fusion in Question

Thanks to Joe Shea for pointing out a New York Times article published today which discusses the future of a giant laser used in the US National Nuclear Security Administration’s fusion project. Funding for the laser runs out today, and more funds will need to be allocated by Congress in order to keep the project going. The problem is that the project’s goal of producing controlled fusion that would provide a new source of cheap and abundant energy by creating a ‘tiny star’ on earth has so far failed. The laser, located at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, is supposed to be able to create fusion by targeting tiny beads of hydrogen fuel, setting off a controllable fusion reaction. So far, this has not happened, and in order to get more funds, the laser team is going to have to send a report to Congress explaining why there has been no success so far, and why more funding is justifed. Officers at the project were interviewed for the article, and offered some comments: “It’s like having a cure for cancer by a certain date,” said Penrose C. Albright, the laboratory’s director. “I understand why people want to have [...]

Defkalion Settles in Canada

Several months ago, I posted an article asking the question Can Defkalion Survive the Greek Crisis?  To summarize, I explored the obstacles that Defkalion Green Technologies faced starting a commercial enterprise in a country in the midst of economic turmoil and (...)

Does George Miley Have the First USPTO Awarded Patent for Cold Fusion?

This is news is a little old, but I think it is worth mentioning here, and I hadn’t posted about it yet. According to this document, on July 24th, the United States Patent Office issued a patent to George H. Miley for a process listed as “Dislocation site formation techniques”. The abstract on the patent reads as follows: “Techniques to form dislocation cores along the interface of a multilayer thin film structure are described. The loading and/or unloading of isotopes of hydrogen are also described in connection with core location. The described techniques can provide [sic] be applied to superconductive structure formation, x-ray and charged particle formation, nuclear reaction processes and/or inertial confinement fusion target.” George Miley is Emeritus Professor of the University of Illinois, who has worked extensively over the years in the field of cold fusion, including work on the Patterson power cell which he claimed to have replicated. He recently published a report of showing the production of excess heat from a gas-loading cell. Miley’s process shows the production of excess heat when pressurized deuterium gas is applied to palladium rich nanoparticles. Miley recently started a company, LENUCO, in University of Illinois research park. While this patent [...]

Annual Cost & Maintenance of the E-Cat

Andrea Rossi was recently asked by Steven Karels, a frequent poster on the Journal of Nuclear Physics, about the cost of running an industrial, 1 MW E-Cat. He also asked Rossi about maintenance...E-Cat Report - getting ready for the Energy Catalyzer

Rossi: Hot Cat Tests Are Making Dramatic Improvements

  Italian inventor Andrea Rossi introduces the high temperature reactor a little later following the success of the 1 megawatt e-cat for industrial use in the October 2011 demonstration inBologna. The domestic e-cat has already been the favorite subject during that time as it is known to be a legitimate replacement to existing home heaters [...]

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