Berkeley Labs Table-top Pulse Plasma Experiment Producing Fusion ‘At Will’

Thanks to Greg Daigle for posting this link to an episode of a podcast from the Materials Research Society Bulletin in which host Philip Ball talks with Prof. Yet Ming Chiang of the MIT Department of Materials Science and Engineering about the work of the Google-sponsored research team to re-investigate the case of cold fusion and see if there is worthwhile research possibilities in the field

You can listen to the podcast here:

https://www.buzzsprout.com/244633/1954191

Below are some quotes from Prof. Chiang that I found particularly interesting. It seems that the work is bearing some interesting results which they are continuing to pursue, and he states that they hope that in the future they will be able to get to point where greater funding, possibly from governments, can be obtained for research in this field.

“In a particular experiment which Thomas Schenkel at Berkeley Labs is doing which is essentially a table-top pulse plasma experiment in which he is able to create neutron emitting fusion essentially at will, at the turn of a knob, there’s an experiment that Thomas is doing which we regard as a reference experiment because it’s very well-behaved . . .

“In using just the palladium wire target and going to lower energies, what Thomas will tell you is that he is seeing a neutron yield which is about a factor of 100 higher than what theory would predict, but he will be very careful to explain that that is the difference between almost nothing and something slightly greater than nothing. As you know we have been very careful not to get out ahead of our ski-tips in looking at these phenomena. So we’re trying to be very cautious and to not make any claims that we are not able to verify.

“The response to the article has been interesting. We’ve received almost no negative responses. Of course not everyone who has a negative response would contact us, but we have received a lot of positive and encouraging responses . . . That was one of our objectives, to see if we could reopen the interest in research in this area in such a way that it would be legitimized to the extent that the pursuit, the objectives, the result all warrant.”

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Al Foil After 30 Seconds in an Ultrasonic Cleaner (Allan Kusk)

The following has been submitted by Allan Kusk.

I saw this video that Bob Greenyer has presented on E-Cat World.

I tried the same with a piece of aluminium foil 100mm x 80mm. In less than 30 secnds there were holes in the foil and it looks like many holes are paired like those Bob talked about in another video some time ago.

The image below is of Al foil which has been in an ultrasonic cleaner for 30 seconds. It seems that the holes are connected as we have seen it before.

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Nobel Laureate Working on Making Nuclear Waste Safe With Lasers

Thanks to Krish for sending a link to an article posted on the Extremetech website hereherehere which discusses the idea of Nobel laureate Gérard Mourou to use lasers to make nuclear waste safe. Mourou shared the 2018 Nobel Prize for physics with Donna Stickland for their work on “chirped pulse amplification” (CPA), a technique for producing high energy laser pulses which do not destroy the surroundings of lasers.

According to the Extremetech article CPA can pulse at a rate of one attosecond (a billionth of a billionth of a second), and in order to transmute nuclear waste into a safe state you would need to increase that rate by around 10,000 times.

Morou talked about his ideas for developing CPA to a degree where it would be able to transmute materials and thus be able to make nuclear waste safe. Here is a quote from him posted on the French online website The Conversation:

“Take the nucleus of an atom. It is made up of protons and neutrons. If we add or take away a neutron, it changes absolutely everything. It is no longer the same atom, and its properties will completely change. The lifespan of nuclear waste is fundamentally changed, and we could cut this from a million years to 30 minutes!

“We are already able to irradiate large quantities of material in one go with a high-power laser, so the technique is perfectly applicable and, in theory, nothing prevents us from scaling it up to an industrial level. This is the project that I am launching in partnership with the Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, or CEA, in France. We think that in 10 or 15 years’ time we will have something we can demonstrate. This is what really allows me to dream, thinking of all the future applications of our invention.”

https://theconversation.com/conversation-avec-gerard-mourou-prix-nobel-de-physique-2018-104338

Nature Editorial on Cold Fusion (Again) – “Plenty Still Worth Investigating”

Thanks to Greg Daigle for posting a link to a new editorial posted on the Nature Materials website titled “Coming in from the Cold”, dated October 23, 2019:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41563-019-0530-1

The abstract reads: “Cold fusion may have a bad reputation, but the materials system in which it was allegedly achieved has plenty still to recommend it.”

As is typical with articles like this, the authors provide an overview of what went on with Pons and Fleischmann and why cold fusion was considered junk science, but then explain that a Google-funded team decided to revisit the field in the hopes of learning something new. Here are a couple of quotes:

“At the core of the project is an undeniable truth: the palladium–hydrogen system involves some fascinating materials chemistry. Palladium has long known to be capable of absorbing large amounts of hydrogen, which sits at interstitial sites in the metal lattice. . .

“Schenkel’s experiments on plasmas, meanwhile, did produce evidence of nuclear fusion . . . The amount of fusion seen so far is minuscule, and nowhere near the level needed to be of practical value in energy generation. All the same, it exceeds theoretical predictions by two orders of magnitude, for reasons not yet understood.”

They conclude by stating that despite cold fusion’s “murky” past “there is plenty still worth investigating in this unusual and potentially fertile field of metal hydrides.”

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What is Going on With Mizuno Replication Efforts?

This post is a question rather than a report. When Tadihiko Mizuno and Jed Rothwell published their paper “Increased Excess Heat from Palladium Deposited on Nickel” in June of this year, they also included detailed instructions on how they carried out their experiment, and were encouraging experimenters to try and replicate what was reported.

So far, the only report I have seen from anyone who has tried a replication has been from H Zhang: (https://www.lenr-canr.org/acrobat/ZhangHreproducti.pdf) who reported achieving 9.6 W of excess heat, which was a lot less than Mizuno himself reported (up to 3 kW of excess heat).

So I’m just wondering if anyone knows about other work going on in this area, or could give any status updates. The Mizuno paper seems to be a good starting point for people to try and get a positive LENR results, but there hasn’t been as much reported as I had hoped.

I realize it has only been a few months since the paper was published, and there must be a lot of specialized equipment and setup required to run these experiments, so maybe my hopes for quick results and reports are unrealistic.

If anyone could provide news, updates, information, etc. I am sure there would be a lot of people who would be interested and appreciative.

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Report: British Engineer Deveops Scrap Aluminum Powered Fuel Cell

Thanks to Bob Greenyer for posting this link to an article from the Daily Mail about a British engineer named Trevor Jackson who has signed a deal with a company called Austin Electric to start making fuel cells which run from scrap aluminum.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7592485/Father-eight-invents-electric-car-battery-drivers-1-500-miles-without-charging-it.htmlhttps://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7592485/Father-eight-invents-electric-car-battery-drivers-1-500-miles-without-charging-it.htmlhttps://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7592485/Father-eight-invents-electric-car-battery-drivers-1-500-miles-without-charging-it.html

From the article:

Jackson gave me a demonstration. He cut off the top of a can of Coke, drained it, filled it with the electrolyte, and clipped electrodes to it, powering a small propeller. ‘The energy in this will keep the propeller spinning for a month,’ he said. ‘You can see what this technology could do in a vehicle if you scale it up.’ Following last week’s deal with Austin, that is exactly what is about to happen. Three immediate projects are about to go into production.

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Multi-million Pound Crowdfunding Success for New Nuclear Plant (Moltex Energy)

Here’s some evidence that there’s an appetite out there from individual investors to fund new energy technology.

Fortune is reporting about a new and successful effort by a British company Moltex Energy to crowdfund the development of a molten salt nuclear fission reactor they call a stable salt reactor (SSR) which uses nuclear waste as a fuel, and which the company claims is inherently safe because as the temperature rises in the reactor, the fission slows down, and would shut off if there was overheating, avoiding the possibility any kind of meltdown event.

The Fortune article is here:

https://fortune.com/2019/10/18/nuclear-power-crowdfunding-moltex/

Moltex claims that the size of its SSR reactor would be less 1/20th the size of a conventional reactor of equal power, and the plants would be cheaper to build and operate than even conventional power plants.

There are many companies working on molten salt nuclear designs, but one interesting aspect about the Moltex SSR is the way they are going about funding their work.  Fortune reports that Moltex launched  an effort to raise 700,000 GBP via crowdfunding via the Shadow Foundr website, and ended up raising 2.7 GBP from 156 funders.

Moltex states that New Brunswick Power in Canada wants to build a SSR reactor, and if all goes to plan it will be going online in 2028.

Here is an overview of the SSR

Interesting and Simple Experiments for Transmutation by Roberto Mondaini (Curbina)

The following post has been submitted by Curbina.

Today I became aware for the first time, thanks to member BruceInKonstanz of LENR-forum, of the claims of Italian Radio Technician Roberto Mondaini about being capable of transmutation of elements in a simple electrolyzer experiment.

It is easy to dismiss the experiment at first sight as the conditions reported are close to the ones necessary to form CuOH(2). However Mondaini has supporting analysis that say that what is formed is copper sulphate and copper sulphite, while S is notoriously absent from the water, copper wires and reactives used.

He also claims that if the experiment is left to run for three days (with periodic pole swapping to clean the electrodes) most of the K present initially is transmuted to Na, and he also shows analytical evidence to support this.

These videos have been published for 7 years and I had never heard anything of him. BruceInKonstanz attended ICCF 22 and spoke with Mondaini there. He also says has replicated the experiments with apparent production of copper sulphate/sulphite but he has not performed analysis.

I think this is a very easy to replicate experiment, except for the analytical part which requires external services, therefore I wanted to share this with you to see if it interests the E-catworld readers or to see if anyone knows about him.

The links to the three part transmutation videos (which have an English voice over that I assume has some minor mistakes) are here:

Assessment of Rossi and the E-Cat (Mats Lewan)

Thanks to Mats Lewan for this comment on his thoughts about the current state of affairs regarding Andrea Rossi and the E-Cat (provided in response to Bruce Williams in this thread

Bruce – it is difficult to report on Rossi’s activities at the moment since there’s no confirmed news. At all. However, lately I have been regularly in contact with Rossi, and I have also gone through large parts of the documentation from the court case. I start to have a clearer idea on what really happened, and why everyone reacted as they did, including IH. Will try to confirm my hypothesis and report on it some day.

The conclusion and my assessment, in any case, is that Rossi has what he claims. First, nothing else makes sense. Second, what Rossi tells me keeps making sense (theory, experiments, efforts, ambitions, behaviour, doubts, etc etc).

I don’t know anything about his ongoing sales of heat to customers. I have the impression that he is very careful about letting customers in, while also being strongly focused on the R&D of SSM.
I also think he could be ready to do a convincing demo (significantly easier with SSM since there’s no input at all), maybe closed, which could move some things.

At that point comes the question on how to diffuse the technology to the world in an efficient way. I have my opinions and I’m ready to help if I get the opportunity. From my point of view, this amazing story is continuing, and I’m still curious about where it will lead.

Yet, I understand that as an outside observer, without talking with Rossi, it’s very difficult to get a reasonably solid idea on what he is doing. Which is why it will come as a complete surprise to the world if he one days presents a solid and viable technology.

A few days ago I went to a presentation by Nassim Nicholas Taleb about his new book, Skin in the Game. I refer to his book The Black Swan in my book, and I will try to send him a copy. Probably he won’t read it, but if he does I would be curious about his view on the situation. Viable LENR is so far from most people’s imagination that it would by all means be a black swan. Therefore, before bringing such technology to the world, however useful it might be, some work would need to be done in order to make it come to good use.

SAFIRE Project has New Mandate – ‘Create Beneficial and Commercially Viable Transformative Technologies for Humanity’

Thanks to Artefact for posting this video.

The SAFIRE project is going to be presenting at the GlobalBEM Conference to be held November 9 & 10, in Breukelen, The Netherlands.

It appears that SAFIRE project is moving into a new phase. Until now their presentations were rather understated in terms of the claims they were making. The would show things in their plasma engine that was unusual and interesting but not make any bold claims about what was going on.

This video is has a different tone. They are announcing themselves as “Transformative Technology”, and say that their “new mandate” is to “create beneficial and commercially viable transformative technologies for humanity”, with these captions:

Efficient Clean Energy
Remediation of Nuclear Waste
Transmutation of Elements

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