“Cold Fusion – Real, But is it Ready?” (Peter Hagelstein talk in Silicon Valley)

Thanks to a reader for sending me a link to an announcement from the MIT Club of Northern California about an address to be given by Dr. Peter Hagelstein, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT at the office of DLA Piper (a law firm) in Palo Alto, California on November 14th.

Link to the annoucement is here: http://northerncalifornia.alumclub.mit.edu/s/1314/2015/club-class-main.aspx?sid=1314&gid=25&pgid=40742&cid=62473&ecid=62473&crid=0&calpgid=19964&calcid=33394

The announcement gives a brief history of cold fusion and explains the purpose of Dr. Hagelstein’s address:

“Professor Hagelstein will trace the early history of cold fusion, highlighting important results and implications along the way. He will then review the theoretical issues and present his own model of what is going on, followed by a discussion of an experimental effort to test the model, with some preliminary results. Finally, he will discuss what he considers to be the necessary future directions in order to achieve commercialization.”

Palo Alto is in the heart of Silicon Valley, so a talk here on cold fusion/LENR might catch the attention of some of the business leaders there.

Bob Greenyer Presentation at Asti, Italy (Video)

A new video has been posted by the Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project of a presentation made by Bob Greenyer at the ISCMNS: 12th International Workshop on Anomalies in Hydrogen Loaded Metals 2017 held near Asti, Italy in June 2017.

From the video description:

Asti Presentation – June 9, 2017
In this presentation, MFMP volunteer Bob Greenyer
– presents approaches using isotopes that may prove the mechanism behind LENR
– discusses Parkhomov data gained from MFMP analysis that relies on an isotope and that might support ‘Lugano Report’
– verification by a third party of element production determined by MFMP in Suhas Ralkars’ ECCO fuel preparation
– puts forward a possible LENR mechanism for consideration based on data derived from ECCO fuel and other researchers inside and outside the field.


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Stirling Engines Now “Extremely Important” to Rossi

Today on the Journal of Nuclear Physics, Andrea Rossi signaled a new interest in connection with his E-Cat: Stirling engines. Stirling engines are heat engines that use the expansion and compression of a gas to provide mechanical energy. Below is a video of Bill Nye demonstrating a simple Stirling engine.

Here are a few comments from the JONP:

Andrea Rossi
October 14, 2017 at 9:51 AM
If any Stirling engine manufacturer has a 50 kW engine ready to be bought, this is the very right moment to contact me.
Warm Regards,

Colin Watters
October 14, 2017 at 2:17 PM
I think Kockums in Sweden may make a 100HP Sterling engine.

Andrea Rossi
October 14, 2017 at 2:50 PM
Colin Watters:
Thank you very much for the information. This issue now is hot.
Warm Regards,

Frank Acland
October 14, 2017 at 4:54 PM
Dear Andrea,

I know you have shown some interest in Stirling engines over the years, but I am wondering what makes the Stirling Engine a “hot” topic for you right now?

Andrea Rossi
October 14, 2017 at 7:38 PM
Frank Acland:
I deem this field extremely important.
Warm Regards,

There have been a number of readers posting suggestions for suppliers of Stirling engines and he seems to be in the mood to get his hands on at least one.

If the E-Cat can provide a constant source of very inexpensive heat, then it might make sense to combine it with a Stirling engine as an efficient means of making use of the E-Cat’s energy — perhaps for generating electricity or operating pumps or drivetrains. Perhaps Rossi sees it as a more attractive method of electricity production than using steam turbines. It will be interesting to see where this might lead.

US Congress Warned About Potential Devastation From EMP Attack

As if there wasn’t enough problems to be concerned about in today’s world, an additional threat which is not normally discussed in terms of national security — a nuclear EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attack — was discussed yesterday (Oct. 12, 2017) at a congressional hearing before the US House of Representatives’ Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency.

Among other presenters at the hearing, members of the Comission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack presented testimony which is reported in this document http://docs.house.gov/meetings/HM/HM09/20171012/106467/HHRG-115-HM09-Wstate-PryP-20171012.pdf. The Commission treats the threat of an EMP attack from North Korea on the United States as very serious and recommends that the US Government takes action, both immediate and long-term to both prevent such an attack in the first place, and also take steps to minimize adverse effects should such an attack actually take place.

In addition to using military actions to protect against EMP attacks, the document points out on the vulnerability of the US electrical grids “the keystone critical infrastructure upon which all other critical infrastructures depend”, and recommends that key elements of the grid be protected against the possibility of an EMP attack, doing the same for communications system.

It’s not a pleasant topic to dwell upon. The commission report cites Ambassador Henry Cooper, former Director of the U.S. Strategic Defense Initiative who stated in 2016:

North Korea doesn’t need an ICBM to create this existential threat. It could use its demonstrated satellite launcher to carry a nuclear weapon over the South Polar region and detonate it…over the United States to create a high-altitude electromagnetic pulse (HEMP)…The result could be to shut down the U.S. electric power grid for an indefinite period, leading to the death within a year of up to 90 percent of all Americans—as the EMP Commission testified over eight years ago.

As we have discussed here before, modern civilization is dependent upon electricity for survival. Take that away and society breaks down quickly. And there’s not just the military threat. Very severe solar storms could cause similar havoc to the electrical, communications and satellite systems. It’s not a pleasant topic to dwell upon, but I think it’s something that requires attention and taking necessary preventative steps does seem like the prudent thing to do.

Rossi Knows the Results of the Replication Work of Lugano Authors

The authors of the Lugano report have been quiet for a number of years now regarding their report of the E-Cat that Industrial Heat sent them in 2014 for testing. A number of questions and critiques have been raised about the report, but no responses have been made publicly by the authors.

From what I have been able to learn, the authors of the Lugano report (or at least some of them) decided that in an attempt to confirm their first report, they would attempt to replicate the Lugano reactor themselves by building their own.

Today on the Journal of Nuclear Physics, Andrea Rossi has confirmed this. He says he knows the results they have obtained, but cannot reveal those results until they decide to publish. Here is the question about it on the JONP, and his full comment.

October 11, 2017 at 5:33 AM
Dr Andrea Rossi:
Still about the replication made by the Professors of Uppsala: you said you can’t comment before they publish a report, but do you know the results of their trial to replicate the results of Lugano by themselves in a laboratory of the University of Uppsala?
Thank you if you can answer

Andrea Rossi
October 11, 2017 at 6:57 AM
Obviously I know the results, I have been informed about them by the Professors under NDA, but I cannot talk of them before they will publish a report, if ever, since they worked with the funding of a third party that wanted to know if the Rossi Effect exists beyond any doubt.
For this reason, they reproduced the reactor in the laboratories of the Uppsala University and followed the instructions contained in my patent. They wanted to avoid the complications generated by the infrared temperature measurement and measured the energy produced by simple calorimetry, by means of a heat exchanger and with liquid water.
I know the measurements have been very conservative, always considering only the lower values of the margin of error of the instrumentation.
I think I can say all this, because obvious.
I cannot absolutely add any further information. I will be able to comment the results only after such results will have been made public.
Warm Regards,

So at this point we don’t know when, or even if the Lugano authors will publish. I think they will want to make sure that before they do, they are absolutely certain of their results.

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The “Amazon Effect” Is Coming To Oil Markets (Oilprice.com)

The following article is published with permission from Oilprice.com (Original article here).

The “Amazon Effect” Is Coming To Oil Markets

While OPEC mulls over further steps to once again support falling oil prices, tech startups are quietly ushering in a new era in oil and gas: the era of the digital oil field.

Much talk has revolved around how software can completely transform the energy industry, but until recently, it was just talk. Now, things are beginning to change, and some observers, such as Cottonwood Venture Partners’ Mark P. Mills, believe we are on the verge of an oil industry transformation of proportions identical to the transformation that Amazon prompted in retail.

According to Mills, the three technological factors that actualized what he calls “the Amazon effect”, which changed the face of retail forever, are evidenced in oil and gas right now. These are cheap computing with industrial-application capabilities; ubiquitous communication networks; and, of course, cloud tech.

The Internet of Things is entering oil and gas, and so are analytics and artificial intelligence. These, Mills believes, will be among the main drivers of a second shale revolution, reinforcing the efficiency push prompted by the latest oil price crisis.

It seems that shale operators have been paying attention to what growing choirs of voices, including Oilprice, have been saying: they are talking more and more about the benefits that software solutions can bring to their business, potentially leveling the playing field for independents, a field that has been tipped in favor of Big Oil for decades.

Long-standing mistrust of technology is now dwindling as the benefits—including streamlining operations, maximizing the success rate of exploration, and optimizing production—make themselves increasingly evident, not least thanks to a trove of tech startups specifically targeting the oil and gas industry.

In a story for Forbes (“The Future For Oil Supply And Prices After The ‘Amazon Effect’ Stimulates Shale 2.0”), Mills notes several examples of such startups that are already disrupting the industry with cognitive software for horizontal drilling, an on-demand contractor network, and an AI-driven software platform for well planning, among many others. The common feature among them all is they are narrowly specializing in various segments of the oil industry to deliver solutions that promise to substantially reduce times, labor, and costs, while improving outcomes. What’s not to like?

Tech investments among oil independents are still much below the level already characteristic of other industries such as healthcare or financial services, to mention just a couple. Yet this will also change. In the not-too-distant future we may see a flurry of M&A in oil and gas software development.

The reason for this future consolidation is already evident: there are many oil and gas independents in the shale patch. Technology improvements will soon separate the winners from the losers, so it’s a pretty certain bet that more M&A—a lot more—will likely happen over the next few years.

But independents in the shale patch are already burdened with debts that they took on in order to expand their production, and not all will survive the digital disruption. And they don’t just have Big Oil to contend with; oil and gas independents also have renewable energy solution providers breathing down their necks every time oil prices rise—renewable energy that’s already married to software.

That should be strong enough motivation for shale boomers to make sure they catch up, and catch up fast.

Link to original article: http://oilprice.com/Energy/Crude-Oil/The-Amazon-Effect-Is-Coming-To-Oil-Markets.html

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Pilot Wave Theory Proposed by Researchers to Explain EM Drive

There’a an interesting thread on the Vortex-l mailing list which is discussing an article published in the Journal of Applied Physical Science International titled “A Possible Explanation for the EM Drive Based on a Pilot Wave Theory.”

The authors are J. R. Croca, P. Castro, M. Gatta AND L. Gurriana, all from Portugal.

Scientific literature refers to a strange observed phenomenon, “impossible” according to traditional physics, looking at the experimental feasibility of the so called “EM Drive”. The authors have called it an Impulsive Thrust from a Closed Radio-Frequency Cavity in Vacuum. Here we present a possible explanation for the observed thrust based on the conceptual framework of Eurhythmic Physics, a kind of pilot-wave theory aiming at bridging the gap between quantum and macroscopic systems. Applied to the present system, a generalized guidance condition could explain the claimed absence of reaction of the material of the drive on the enclosed fields.


The full text is not available for free.

The Science Alert website published this article about the paper, and one of the authors, Paulo Castro is quoted as saying:

“We have found that applying a pilot wave theory to NASA’s EM drive frustum [or cone], we could explain its thrust without involving any external action applied to the system, as Newton’s third law would require.”

Pilot wave theory is not widely accepted within physics. It differs from conventional quantum mechanics in that is posits that instead of the random location of particles, particles have actual predictable locations, and they exist along tracks cause by physical waves. The video below provides a more detailed explanation.

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Rossi: About 95% of the Way to Sigma 5

Thanks to Jean Yves Metivier for a pointed question on the Journal of Nuclear Physics today. Andrea Rossi has been regularly saying in response to requests for updates something like “we’re on the way to Sigma 5”. Jean Yves was not satisfied with that reply and wrote this:

Jean Yves Metivier
October 5, 2017 at 7:10 AM
Dr Andrea Rossi,
Your sigma 5 quest is interesting, but your answer to JPR is pointless.
What is your final goal, is it related to how much cycles you do, how many days without failures, or how many Watts without interruptions?
How far are you from the goal in percentage?
The answers to these questions will give the Readers a feel of your progress.
Keep it up!

Rossi replied:

Andrea Rossi
October 5, 2017 at 1:25 PM
Jean Yves Motivier:
The final goal is related to how many hours without failures.
We are very close to the target, I’d say we are around 95%.
Thank you for your attention to our work,
Warm Regards,

So there’s a little bit more detail regarding the whole Sigma 5 thing. I’m not sure exactly when Rossi started this Sigma 5 campaign, but I think it has been close to a year. If a reactor running reliably for that long with no refueling at 2000+ degrees C with tiny amounts of electrical input can be verified, then I guess any partner he would be very impressed. I feel pretty confident now that the November demo is going to happen, and so I hope we get a much clearer picture about what the E-Cat QX is capable of quite soon.

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General Motors Announces an All Electric Future for its Vehicles

The Washington Post reported yesterday that Mark Reuss, chief of global product developmentfor General Motors announced yesterday at a media event that he sees GM’s future as producting “all-electric” vehicles. “Although that future won’t happen overnight, G.M. is committed to driving increased usage and acceptance of electric vehicles.” GM will develop two kinds of electric vehicles in this effort: battery powered vehicles, and hydrogen fuel cell powered ones. No firm date has been set for the ending of production of internal combustion engine vehicles.


It seems now there is an inevitable trend towards the adoption of all-electric vehicles, although there are many problems to solve in that effort. The more battery-powered cars that are on the road, the more electricity generation that will be needed, and a means to deliver it. If you are using batteries, you need battery production to ramp up, and the raw materials — nowadays lithium is a key ingredient — to keep up with the demand. Hydrogen fuel cells require an infrastructure of hydrogen delivery, and so far that is barely available.

I do think that LENR could make a difference here. If it is commercially viable, it could help with increasing the power generation capacity that would be needed to charge more EV batteries. Onboard LENR power in vehicles is an intriguing idea. However, there would be much engineering and safety testing that would be needed before you would find any major auto maker designing cars around a new power source.

Energy and Natural Disasters

Over the last few months we have witnessed numerous catastrophic natural disasters in the Caribbean, Mexico and United States. Destruction has been catastrophic leading to the loss of life and widespread damage to property; and some places are now in full-blown humanitarian crisis. These awful events alert us to just how flimsy the infrastructures of our modern world can be in the face of nature in all its fury. We depend on water, energy, communications, transportation, health care and retail networks to maintain orderly life, and when they are gone, society can quickly devolve into chaos.

Particularly, when energy is unavailable, pretty much everything else is affected as communication systems, stores, hospitals and homes all need electricty to function. The electrical grid of Puerto Rico, for example, is said to have been destroyed by hurricane Maria, and the island could be without power for many months.

Disaster recovery on large continents is easier and faster than on island nations, because you can drive in with relief supplies and personnel from regions that are unaffected. If a whole island if affected then you are dependent on help coming by air and sea, which can be much slower.

An Reuters article yesterday reports that some leaders are seeing the rebuilding of the infrastructure as an opportunity to move towards more renewable sources of energy. Here’s an excerpt:

On Friday, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello said his team is looking at alternative ways to bring power back on the island, including by using microgrids, small power networks that can work independently of the main grid.

Judith Enck, a former Environmental Protection Agency regional administrator for Puerto Rico, said solar-powered microgrids, as well as buried power lines, could allow for a more rapid recovery after storms.

Puerto Rico currently relies on imports of fuel oil and coal as an electricity source. More solar does make sense for a sunny island, as do microgrids and underground power lines. Depending on above-ground power lines in hurricane prone is risky, as transmission poles don’t do well in powerful winds. Of course, I wonder about LENR as a potential power source also. I am hopeful that we are getting close to commercial LENR with the E-Cat, and Andrea Rossi is now saying that he and his new partner are now looking towards electricity production in early applications.

Still, the E-Cat nor any other LENR source is not there yet, so it’s understandable that it is not being figured by most leaders into a possible way to mitigate against the potential ravages of nature. But if and when it does become available, then I would think that one of its most attractive features is that it could be less vulnerable in situations of natural disaster.

Meanwhile the recovery continues, and I hope that it can be carried out efficiently to reduce the widespread suffering that is currently taking place.