Thanks to Greg Daigle for posting about this article that has been posted on the Asia Times website. It is the first in a three-part series of articles by Jonathan Tennenbaum, who according to information in the article is the former editor of FUSION magazine, a consultant on economics, science and technology with a PhD in mathematics from the University of California.
This article talks mainly about the work of Pons and Fleischmann, and describes some of their experiments and how the scientific community quickly branded the field “pathological science” after many failed to replicate the work of Pons and Fleischmann. But Tannenbaum is optimistic about the field after seeing what is currently going on (he was at ICCF-22) especially with the involvement of Google now.
Fortunately, after nearly 30 years of effort, great progress has been made toward defining the necessary conditions for cold fusion to occur, and creating a technology base for future commercial applications.
In my view the existence and reproducibility of cold fusion (or, more broadly, LENR) have now been established beyond any reasonable doubt. Here I mean, more precisely: nuclear reactions generating substantial amounts of heat, realizable on a laboratory scale at moderate temperatures in certain solid-state materials implanted to a high density with deuterium or hydrogen; and releasing at most a negligible amount of radiation.
Having attended the ICCF-22 conference, spoken with researchers and studied relevant technical publications, I do not think an unbiased scientist who looks into the matter closely can come to any other conclusion.
The next article will be published in Asia Times tomorrow.
An article in Power magazine reports on how the U.S. Department of Energy has recently decided provide funding for a project ($3.6 million) of US nuclear power company Exelon and partner company Nel Hydrogen of Norway, who will build a hydrogen production, storage and utilization system at an existing nuclear power production facility.
The official description on the DoD award document is:
This link below from the Sifferkoll website provides a recent update by the Woodford Investment Management about its investment in Industrial Heat LLC.
According to the new document, as of January 2019 Industrial Heat makes up 2.32% of Woodford’s Equity Income Fund, and 9.73% of its Patient Capital Trust. About their investment in IH, Woodford writes that it first invested in Industrial Heat in May 2015:
“Following some disappointing initial developments, the investment was written down in 2016. However, over the last 18 months, progress within the portfolio has shown increasing promise. The company continues with independent testing on its technologies with promising results. This is exciting and positive progress, but it remains early days in the development and commercialization of its technologies”
Jed Rothwell is reporting on Vortex-l and LENR Forum that Japanese LENR researcher’s laboratory in Sapporo has been severely damaged in the 6.7 earthquake that hit the area last week.
“Mizuno reports that the building his lab is in was severely damaged by last
week’s earthquake. The whole building appears to be leaning somewhat, about
5 cm by the 7th floor. The emergency exit staircase is severely damaged.
His equipment was damaged as well. Two PCs are broken, and the electron
microscope is probably beyond repair.
He estimates this will take $20,000 to $30,000 to repair and replace
equipment, and probably to move to another location. I do not think he has
that kind of money. He says he cannot see how he will continue. This might
be “checkmate” is how he put it (using the English word).”
On April 28th 2018, in St Petersburg, Russian state-owned nuclear power company Rosatom launched Akademik Lomonosov, a nuclear power plant on a barge that will be towed through the Baltic sea and into the Arctic ocean, eventually to be moored offshore and provide power to the northern Russian city of Pevek, on the Kamchatka peninsular. The plant is not fueled at this point, fueling will take place when it reaches its destination.
“PEB is the unique and first in the world project of a mobile transportable power unit of low power. It is designed for operation in the Far North and Far East regions and its main goal is to provide power to remote industrial enterprises, port cities, and gas and oil platforms located on the high seas. The FPPP is designed with a large margin of safety, which exceeds all possible threats and makes nuclear reactors invulnerable to tsunamis and other natural disasters. In addition, the nuclear processes on the floating power unit meet all the requirements of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and do not threaten the environment.”
According to an article on The Drive website here, Rosatom states that there has been interest from numerous countries to purchase similar plants in the future.
Thanks to Axil for posting the following in this thread earlier today. The SAFIRE project (Stellar Atmospheric Function In Regulation Experiment) is exploring the “electric sun” hypothesis.
The SAFIRE project got kicked in the teeth with LENR. These professional scientists really don’t know what is going on. Just like in the SunCell, tungsten vaporizes in nanoseconds. Like the Hutchison effect, tungsten turns into powder. This video is long but if you are interested in LENR, it is worth the time.
The LENR stuff starts at 33:00, but if you don’t know what SAFIRE is, watch it from the beginning. If you are interested in the weird stuff that MFMP is finding, you will find more of it in this video. At 1:03:18, there is a large power discharge that the presenter did not want to talk about, but in past presentations, the output form these energy bursts was up to 20,000,000 watts and He3 was found, I have a felling that the SAFIRE project is in the process of patenting this new fusion effect. The researchers may be going dark on this process. SAFIRE has opened the door to a new way to do plasma fusion without radiation and neutrons.
An article on CNBC reports that Saudi Arabia has plans to build 16 nuclear reactors in a effort to reduce its consumption of its own oil. According to the World Nuclear Association, one fourth of Saudi Arabia’s oil production is consumed domestically, and 65 per cent of its electricity is generated by oil-burning power stations.
Saudi Arabia is committed to investing more than $80 billion over the next quarter century to building nuclear power plants, and it is calling on the US to give it the right to produce its own nuclear fuel for peaceful purposes.
I would take this as a sign that Saudi Arabia is either not very informed about the potential for LENR playing an important energy generation role in the future, or if they do know about it, not confident that LENR can be a competitive energy source over the next few decades. It is going to take a lot for decision makers to take LENR seriously as an energy source of the future.
The World Nuclear News website is reporting about plans in China to begin a district heating system using nuclear fission reactions to supply the low-temperature heat suitable for heating residential and commercial buildings during winter months. The project is to be carried out by China General Nuclear (CGN) and Tsinghua University. CGN states that based on earlier testing the NHR200-II low-temperature nuclear plant design to be used is mature, safe and reliable.
The Chinese government has made clean-energy heating a priority, CGN noted. Last year, the authorities issued guidance on clean heating in winter in northern China. The NEA released a five-year plan – covering 2017-2021 – highlighting the innovation of clean heating technology and consideration of nuclear heating.
CGN Chairman He Yu said: “As China’s first trial use of nuclear power to generate over 100 MW of heating energy, the project will serve as a model for clean-energy heating and is considered an ideal replacement for coal-burning. It will help reduce coal consumption, curbing pollution and promoting cleaner heating in North China.”
Andrea Rossi has stated that the E-Cat would be suitable to provide heating for the kinds of district heat heating that this Chinese project is planning for, but of course the LENR reaction is very different from conventional fission. Without the need for extensive safety measures required by nuclear fission plants, the E-Cat might turn out to be a more suitable candidate to provide ‘nuclear heating’.
The following is from an email just sent out by Mats Lewan regarding the New Energy World Symposium which is scheduled to be held in Stockholm Sweden on June 18-19, 2018.
Some of you might have noticed that I have decided to re-launch the New Energy World Symposium, focusing on consequences of LENR for society, industry and financial systems, originally planned to be held in 2016:
For those wondering about Andrea Rossi’s potential role at the New Energy World Symposium, I would like to clarify that the Symposium has no connection with Rossi or with his company Leonardo Corporation and that he will not be part of the program.
I would also like to emphasise that the main focus of the symposium is not LENR science but consequences and applications of LENR based technologies, and that it in no way aims to be an alternative to ICCF.
Now, I’m very much looking forward to continuing the planning for an inspiring and rewarding conference, providing the best possible environment for people who want to stay at the cutting edge of disruptive energy technologies to network with each other.
If you want to get in idea of what went on at the November 24 2017 E-Cat QX demonstration, but don’t want to watch the full three hour show, a new video has been posted on the ecat.com website which condensed down the show to just six minutes. It includes Mats Lewan’s introductory explanation about Andrea Rossi’s technology, Rossi explaining his experimental setup and taking measurements, and talking about his industrial goals for the E-Cat.