Rossi Now Seeking for ‘Infinite’ COP from E-Cat

It seems like Andrea Rossi is now seeking to do something that many people have been urging him to do for many years: make an E-Cat that can run independently without any external power source being necessary.

Gerard McEk asked this question:

Gerard McEk
April 17, 2019 at 7:55 AM
Dear Andrea,
Can you tell us if the E-Cat SK that you are testing for direct electricity production already produces more electricity then that the control system is using at the same time?
Thank you.
Kind regards, Gerard

Here is the reply:

Andrea Rossi
April 17, 2019 at 8:11 AM
Gerard McEk:
We are still in the R&D phase, but obviously that is what we want. If we succeed the COP becomes infinite. This is why I am now working on it at the maximum of my intellectual and physical force. Maybe it will be a failure, though.
Warm Regards,
A.R.

For years Rossi has been saying that it is necessary to have an external electrical input to the E-Cat control system for ‘safety reasons’, but it sounds like he has changed his opinion now, since now it appears he is now able to produce at least some electrical current directly from the E-Cat.

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Leonardo Has Had to Resole ‘Several Problems’ with the E-Cat SK

There have been some comments on the Journal of Nuclear Physics from Andrea Rossi about some problems with the E-Cat SK that he has been dealing with. As usual there are not many details. He wrote on April 13th that there have been “several problems, normal for initial activity, I can say we are satisfied how things are going on”.

I followed up with some questions:

Frank Acland
April 14, 2019 at 2:12 PM
Dear Andrea,

You have mentioned that you have experienced some problems with the first SK reactor. What kinds of problems are you referring to:

a) E-Cat reactor malfunctioning
b) Control system malfunctioning
c) Heat exchanger malfunctioning
d) Remote control system malfunctioning

Also, have you solved the problems that have come up, or are you still in the process of solving them.

Andrea Rossi
April 14, 2019 at 5:15 PM
Frank Acland:
a) yes
b) no
c) yes
d) yes
All resolved ( so far )
Warm Regards,
A.R.

So it seems that there have been quite a few issues that have come up, maybe this will have required some redesigning or rebuilding. We don’t know how many working units that have been affected, I would guess at this stage there are not too many E-Cats that have been deployed to customers, but it will be very important for Leonardo Corporation that these issues are resolved if the E-Cat is going to be a successful product.

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Rossi: Domestic E-Cats in ‘Several Years at the Most”

The question about who Andrea Rossi and Leonardo Corporation is partnering with is still a curious one. Rossi has stated recently that he believes the introduction of a domestic E-Cat (an E-Cat for home use) is not as far away as he may have once thought:

Frank Acland
April 7, 2019 at 1:01 PM
Dear Andrea,
Are you still convinced that it will be many years after industrial E-Cats are deployed, that you will be able to produce domestic E-Cats?

Andrea Rossi
April 7, 2019 at 3:07 PM
Frank Acland:
No, I’d not say many years, I’d say several years at the most.
Warm Regards,
A.R.

I wondered whether the change in outlook could be due to the new ‘global’ partner that he has referred to, so I asked some more questions:

Frank Acland
April 8, 2019 at 9:45 AM
Dear Andrea,
You say you are working with a global partner. May I ask:
a) Does your global partner have experience bringing industrial and domestic products to market?
a) Will your global partner be able to help you with the authorizations and safety certifications for E-Cats?
b) Do you think the partner will be able to help with faster approval for domestic E-Cats?

Andrea Rossi
April 8, 2019 at 10:56 AM
Frank Acland:
a) yes
b) yes
Warm Regards,
A.R.

(As you can see above, I mistakenly labeled two questions a) — I got a clarification that his answer “yes” above referred to both my questions)

We don’t know who this partner is, but if they are experienced in bringing both industrial and domestic products to market, and have experience with authorizations and safety certifications, one would think they would have to have to be quite well established and influential.

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“Nuclear Power Can Save the World” (New York Times Op-ed)

An opinion article authored by Joshua S. Goldstein, Staffan A. Qvist and Steven Pinker was published in yesterday’s New York Times titled “Nuclear Power Can Save the World”.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/06/opinion/sunday/climate-change-nuclear-power.html

The authors argue that in the quest for carbon-free energy, only nuclear power has the ability to deliver the quantities of clean energy needed by a world increasingly energy-hungry. They state that it is “fantasy” to think that renewables — wind and solar — can do the job as they require fossil fuel backups since battery technology is not sufficient for energy storage.

France and Sweden are held up as being examples of countries which have successfully decarbonized electricity production with nuclear power, while Germany, which has ruled out new nuclear plants and gone all-in with renewables, has high electricity prices and has not made much progress in cutting carbon production.

The authors state that fear and economics are the reasons why the US does not pursue a nuclear solution. They believe that the safety fears surrounding nuclear are overblown, and that historically nuclear has killed far less people than the fossil fuel industries, and that nuclear waste can be stored safely (“Nuclear waste is compact — America’s total from 60 years would fit in a Walmart — and is safely stored in concrete casks and pools, becoming less radioactive over time.”) They also believe that nuclear regulations in the US have made nuclear much more expensive than it needs to be.

There is no mention in the article of fusion as a potential solution (neither hot or cold/LENR), probably because so far they have not been shown to be commercially viable solutions. That may change. They believe that there is an urgent need to move forward with decarbonization, and that the stigma attached to nuclear by the green movement may not necessarily be permanent.

“Despite these challenges, psychology and politics can change quickly. As the enormity of the climate crisis sinks in and the hoped-for carbon savings from renewables don’t add up, nuclear can become the new green. Protecting the environment and lifting the developing world out of poverty are progressive causes. And the millennials and Gen Z’s might rethink the sacred values their boomer parents have left unexamined since the Doobie Brothers sang at the 1979 No Nukes concert.”

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Developing New Clean Energy Solutions From Nuclear Fusion (GU Ventures Press Release)

The following is a press release published on April 2, 2019 by GU Ventures, a Swedish state-owned business incubator managed by the University of Gothenburg. Original press release was published here:
http://www.mynewsdesk.com/se/guventures/pressreleases/developing-new-clean-energy-solutions-from-nuclear-fusion-2855062

Leif Holmlid, professor emeritus at the University of Gothenburg, and GU Ventures have worked together for some years now to develop new clean energy solutions from nuclear fusion. The concept is based on Deuterium, which exists in ordinary water and in all living organisms. Our vision is to replace heating stations which use fossil or other not renewable fuels in large numbers in all cold regions of the world. In this way, the emissions of greenhouse gases and of air pollutants be strongly reduced.
Let us present this area to start with: Nuclear fusion means merging of small atomic nuclei like hydrogen nuclei resulting in strong energy release. This energy generation method will be under development for the next 20‐30 years in large international research facilities like ITER in France. If this development will be successful remains to be seen. There are also large problems with the fuel tritium which will be used in such future fusion reactors, since it is radioactive and is not found in nature, but has to be produced for example in uranium fission reactors.

Other possibilities for fusion energy however exist. One method which has been known since the 1950‐ies is called muon catalyzed fusion. Advanced research in many countries shows that this method works. The fuel in this method is heavy hydrogen, also called deuterium. This form of hydrogen exists in ordinary water and in all living organisms. Deuterium is not radioactive. The reason why this method has bot been useful so far is that a source is needed to generate the muons which initiate the fusion reactions. Muons are also called heavy electrons.

At the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology, at the University of Gothenburg, an intense laser‐driven source for muons has been developed during the last ten years. During Autumn 2017, a patent was granted for this muon generator with Professor Emeritus Leif Holmlid as inventor. This patent is owned by a company, Ultrafusion Nuclear Power UNP AB, which is owned by the inventor together with GU Ventures, the holding company of University of Gothenburg. During 2018, this Ultrafusion company was merged with a Norwegian company, Norrønt Fusion Energy AS, that works in the same scientific area. It is intended to combine the resources of the two companies to promote and speed up the product development of the fusion reactor which uses the patented muon generator.

A detailed description of this type of fusion reactor has recently been published in a scientific journal in USA with calculations of how much energy is formed. The journal Fusion Science and Technology is owned by the American Nuclear Society. This article is authored by Leif Holmlid and published with Open Access, which means that everyone can read it for free at this link https://doi.org/10.1080/15361055.2018.1546090. It is shown there that it is easy to build fusion reactors with 1 MW heating power, thus with the energy out as hot water or heat in other forms.

This type of relatively small heat generator is needed in large numbers in all cold regions of the world to replace heating stations which use fossil or other not renewable fuels. In this way, the emissions of greenhouse gases and of air pollutants be strongly reduced.

This type of fusion reactor generates weak radiation of muons and like other fusion reactors also neutrons. These particles can be stopped quite easily by concrete walls. No dangerous products or rest products are formed. The fuel is very cheap and the running costs for the laser needed for the muon generator are low. There is no risk for uncontrolled nuclear processes which could give explosions or emissions: such risks can exist with other fusion methods. The method with muon catalysis cannot be used for weapons since no chain reaction or explosive ignition of the fuel takes place.

For more information, pls contact:

Leif Holmlid, professor emeritus at the University of Gothenburg: holmlid@chem.gu.se and +46 (0)738 39 78 30.

Roger Cederberg, business developer at GU Ventures: roger.cederberg@ventures.gu.se and +46 (0)733 63 10 75.

About GU Ventures

GU Ventures is atop ranked by UBI Global Index as one of the world’s top 20 university-based incubators. Since its foundation in 1995, GU Ventures has developed 180+ new business ideas. The portfolio currently consists of 60 holdings, of which 44 is developed in the incubator. GU Ventures have exited over 40 companies so far and 12 have been listed. 87% of the companies in the portfolio contribute to the global sustainability goals set by the UN.

GU Ventures is wholly owned by the Swedish state and is managed by the University of Gothenburg. The assignment is to finance and develop new business and businesses related to the University of Gothenburg, which leads to utilization of research and competence, renewal of business, job creation and sustainable growth. Read more at: www.guventures.com.

GU Ventures distribute news and information about the new business projects and companies in the portfolio and alumni.

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US Dept. of Energy News Release on ‘Accellerating Advanced Nuclear’ ($117 million total in funding awards)

The following is from a news release from the US Department of Energy published March 27, 2019

https://www.energy.gov/ne/articles/us-department-energy-further-advances-nuclear-energy-technology-through-industry-awards

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced funding selectees for multiple domestic advanced nuclear technology projects. Four projects in two states will receive varying amounts for a total of approximately $19 million in funding. The projects are cost-shared and will allow industry-led teams, including participants from federal agencies, public and private laboratories, institutions of higher education, and other domestic entities, to advance the state of U.S. commercial nuclear capability.

The awards are through the Office of Nuclear Energy’s (NE) funding opportunity announcement (FOA) U.S. Industry Opportunities for Advanced Nuclear Technology Development. This is the fourth round of funding through this FOA. The first group was announced on April 27, the second group was announced on July 10, and the third group was announced on November 13, 2018. The total of the four rounds of awards is approximately $117 million. Subsequent quarterly application review and selection processes will be conducted over the next four years.

“The Trump Administration is committed to reviving and revitalizing the U.S. nuclear industry, and these private-public partnerships are needed to help successfully develop innovative domestic nuclear technologies,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. “There are a lot of U.S. companies working on technologies to make the next generation of nuclear reactors safer and highly competitive, and partnerships will be key to accomplishing this goal.”

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Rossi: E-Cat Orders from Four Countries, Some Already Installed and Operating

I asked a few questions today on the Journal of Nuclear Physics about the status of E-Cat SK orders and installations, following the product announcement in January:

Frank Acland
March 27, 2019 at 11:41 AM
Dear Andrea,

Regarding the orders you are receiving:

a) Are you already building the E-Cats that have been ordered?
b) Are you already installing the E-Cats that have been ordered?
c) Are new E-Cats already operating with new customers (not including the first customer you have already mentioned?)
d) From how many countries have orders been received so far?

Here are Andrea Rossi’s responses:

Andrea Rossi
March 27, 2019 at 1:23 PM
Frank Acland:
a) yes
b) yes
c) yes
d)four
Warm Regards,
A.R.

At the January presentation, Rossi mentioned three countries that he thought would be the first to receive E-Cat deliveries: USA, Sweden and Japan. So there’s apparently now another country in the mix, maybe he will reveal that soon. Knowing Rossi, I doubt that he will name any of his first customers, he has said that it will be up to customers to make those announcements. How long that will take, is hard to know, but he did say recently that an industrial partner may reveal itself “sooner than expected”. He made this comment to Gerard McEk:

Andrea Rossi
March 23, 2019 at 3:46 AM
Gerard McEk:
Sorry, but, obviously, “sooner than expected” does not mean “tomorrow”. In this specific case, means that I hope it will be within months, and please rememberthat I did not say I am sure of this, I said that it is possible, not that it is certain.
Warm Regards,
A.R.

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March 23rd 2019 – Thirty Years Since the Pons and Fleischmann Cold Fusion Announcement

Today is March 23, 2019 — thirty years ago in a news conference at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City a news conference was held in which it was announced that two scientists working there, Drs. Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann had discovered a means of achieving fusion at room temperature.

The proceedings of that conference can be seen in this video:

I can remember as a young man being very interested in the announcement which was covered widely in the news – not really understanding it very well at the time – but later feeling a lot of disappointment hearing the news reports it being a big mistake, or a even a fraud. I lost interest for many years, and really only started to get interested in the cold fusion/LENR field again after the Rossi/Focardi presentation in January of 2011.

Thank goodness that some people never gave up on the cold fusion project. A small group of researchers continue to try to understand and develop CF/LENR technology. Yes, we are thirty years down the road now, and cold fusion still is underground to a large extent, but I think progress has been made since 1989 and at some time we’ll see the efforts bearing fruit.

Thanks to Drs. Pons and Fleischmann for the courage to stand up and share what they discovered. It did not go very well for them at the time. They were treated very poorly by some in positions of influence, and it is heartbreaking to learn of their ruined reputations and careers. However, I believe their presentation 30 years was as a very important moment in the history of humanity and I think that at some point be recognizes more widely as such.

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Article: “LENR energy: Science or pseudoscience?” (David Bailey)

Thanks to Mats Lewan for pointing out a new article written on the Math Scholar website by David H. Bailey, titled “LENR energy: Science or pseudoscience?”.

Link is here: http://mathscholar.org/2019/03/lenr-energy-science-or-pseudoscience/
It’s well researched, and provides may excellent references to papers in an appendix citing thirty-nine scientific articles from the LENR field and I think should prove to be a valuable resource for people looking into the scientific evidence for LENR.

In his conclusion, David Bailey writes:

However this turns out, the present author only wishes to add the following: If the LENR researchers truly have something, they have a moral obligation to the world society to come public with their methods and make this technology available worldwide as soon as possible. The author obviously recognizes the need for reasonable privacy of intellectual property, but as Huw Price has noted, missing a desperately needed new energy source could be catastrophic.

So is LENR a revolutionary new form of energy, or merely a new chapter in the long and sordid annals of pseudoscience? Read some of the papers below and decide for yourself. One way or the other, the next few months will be very interesting. Hold on to your hats!

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Inductance Energy Corporation (IEC) Shows Installed ‘Magnet Motor’ in Las Vegas (Video

Thanks to Jonas Matuzas for posting a link to a video showing a ‘Magnet Motor’ in action at the premises of Shooting Range Industries in Las Vegas, Nevada. The motor is created by a company called Inductance Energy Corporation (IEC) whose website is here: https://ie.energy The company states that it is the “is the worldwide exclusive licensee of Magnetic Propulsion”

The company’s flagship product is called Earth Engine. Here is a short description from the company’s website here:

“Magnetic propulsion is the science of moving a mass (such as a flywheel, vehicle, elevator) in a rotary reciprocating, linear, or vertical direction solely by means of controlling permanent, imbalanced magnetic radiation (field). Using the repulsion (opposing force) as a fuel source, the IEC Earth Engine, driven by Magnetic Propulsion, eliminates the need for any other fuel source, such as traditional fossil fuels, wind, solar, geothermal, or biomass.

“Magnetic propulsion also allows for the zero-contact operation of variable speed transmissions, drive shafts, reducers, and other devices that normally require gears, sprockets, chains, or belts. This provides a near friction-free connection between power source and final selected device, such as a pump, compressor, or generator.”

The youtube video shows what is apparently an Earth Engine which is claimed to produce 25kw while consuming 700 W of what is described as ‘parasitic load’.

From the YouTube description:

A factory in Las Vegas is home to the world’s first (and definitely not the last) ‘Earth Engine’. Fueled only by polarity-modified rare earth magnets, the EE can generate 25 kwh of power for years on end. While it’s truly amazing and potentially Earth-changing, what it ISN’T is a perpetual motion machine, as magnets eventually wear out. Many more motors are scheduled to be installed soon. www.ie.energy

 

One comment on the YouTube from the video’s author states:

“The motor is not connected to an outside power source. The 700W is a parasitic load. I cannot comment on the tech specs. When patents are final it will reveal more.”

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