Defkalion’s Demo Winds Down

DGT’s demo is in its final stages. I watched it from start to wind-down. This is simply a quick summary of my first impressions.

I was surprised by the level of detail and the apparent freedom given to those present. That said, I was disappointed to see that only Mats Lewan stepped up to the plate to stick his nose in on our behalf. I think we all owe him for doing that. {Thank you, Mats}. Where were all the other sceptics? As far as I can tell, this was not DGT’s doing but until we know more, we cannot be sure.

We are told that the complete video set will be available online presently. For now, the salient points are that an inert run was made to check calibration of instruments and gauge system parameters using Argon. The journalist (with a degree in Engineering Physics, I believe) was allowed to roam and measure, which he did. This included him causing a fuse to blow (we will have to await his account on that) when checking the input power. The control run was ended, the Argon purged and replaced by Hydrogen. After preheating, a plasma was struck by switching on the HT input and an apparent energy gain (mostly between approx. 2.5 and 3) and sustained with an input a little under 2KW and output hovering under 6KW.

I do not want to go into all the details at this late hour. For me, the bottom line is this:

 

If there was no cheating, this was an important day for LENR and perhaps the world. Unfortunately, we cannot conclude that. I am open to persuasion but DGT’s past let-downs have put me on guard. Any demo conducted on their own premises by a company making grand claims starts off with a giant handicap. I accuse them of nothing except leaving the barn door open after putting so much effort into this day. Those unconvinced will see hidden tricks and that will come as no surprise.

To give an example (and please, I am not proposing this is a credible mechanism): The display on the wall was generated by data fed from a computer. During the blank run this was reasonably checked with reality. However, it is easy for software to fudge things and for the fudge to hop around depending on what was being measured at the time. For instance, we only really care about delta T on the second run. How do we know it represented reality then? I doubt such a clumsy trick but that’s not the point. As scientists, the DGT guys know that is how things will be viewed by other scientists. Any demo conducted on-site is up for criticism. Period.

The big question therefore is: Will this be enough to persuade investors? I think it might for some. While I hang on to my scepticism until they present convincing third party results performed by qualified testers, I do bow to admitting that they delivered more than I expected and I now look forward to hearing more. In particular, I would be intrigued if they use this time to reveal the third party results they promised last year.

As with Rossi and his eCat, I hope to have my scepticism dashed. This was interesting but cannot be called proof.

 

The videos should appear here.

 

Cold Fusion Passes Al Gore’s Lips

In a Google+ Conversation (published today) Al Gore said that there were “very intriguing explorations” in cold fusion research. He was aware that the preferred term was no longer cf and he did say that we should continue to concentrate on renewables as fusion was still speculative. Even so, it is interesting to note that the arena is being watched and it makes you wonder who and what other organisations are doing the same.

(Minute 19)

[With thanks to Harry Veeder on Vortex]

Better Zurich eCat Video

If, like me, you struggled to hear the Zurich live feed over the weekend, you will thank Sterling Allan for the following videos. There are two but I will only embed one in fairness to Sterling and to encourage you to visit his site. Even though I watched the whole thing on both days, I found the quality of this version outshines that of the live stream and I caught some interesting detail here. It struck me how often Rossi mentioned that the hotcat tests are ongoing and unproven as yet. It may be projection on my part but, did he have something on his mind at the time in this regard? When asked why Magnus Holmes was not present, Rossi said that he was otherwise busy but was there in spirit (or words to that effect).

Some of the highlights are as follows. Please note that I often paraphrase and be warned that my interpretation may be wrong. If something is important to you, check for yourself (and correct me in comments if required). Lengthy as it is, I advise you to watch the complete thing if you have the time and inclination. At the end, Sterling does a paparazzi stalk on Rossi. This was entertaining and led to a surprise answer right at the end as the Italian was getting into his taxi (1.21.00).

Q from audience members and A from Rossi.

Q – Would AR please run a workshop to allow us to run the 10KW eCat for at least 10 days to help us convince customers and investors?

A – Not 10 days but we have already reports for three months and six months which we will release soon.

Q – What is the ratio of Ni to Cu conversion?

A – Although we get this happening we are no longer certain it is the main process but a side effect of the 10-100KeV Gammas that are emitted.

Q (40mins) – Is there any … for you to go ahead?

A – I am not strong and not intelligent – it is all down to God

Q (42.15) – Why is Magnus Holmes not here?

A – He had some important meetings in Stockholm and excuses himself. All his content was in my presentation. I am sure his heart was here.

Q (43.45) – When will 1MW certifications be granted?

A – Already have safety certs for industrial plants but not domestic. Industry is easier because they have procedures etc to ensure proper use and conformation to liabilities. But for domestic… someone drunk in house can cause problems… Will be long time with good stats in industry before get safety certs for domestic.

Q – (46.05) When gas eCat safety certs

A – It should be no problem…

Q – (49.00) Any future problem with nuclear authorities regarding safety certs?

A – No. We got the safety cert because we could give guarantees that we do not use radioactive materials, produce radiative materials and no radiation is emitted outside the device during operation. Yes, we produce radiations to make heat but also microwave ovens do this. Laws already exist for their regulation and the microwave radiations are in the same range as ours. .. blah, blah, phones etc. Cert says we do not use radioactive materials or produce then…etc. Therefore they enter into the same category as the devices in your house, your pocket etc… think television – to have command of television [remote].

Q – (52.30) Where has certification taken place. Is it in Europe and is it CE or E Cert?

A –  Swiss company, SGS.  Valid for all Europe. Allows us to put CE mark on our industrial products.  This is a safety certification.  It is a voluntary certification. The law does not impose a safety certification.  By European laws you can also take the safety liabilities by yourself. You are not bound by law to make a safety cert by the likes of SGS or UL etc. You can put the CE mark by yourself. But doing it this way it is difficult to get authorization. Industrial plants must also get permissions from local authorities. If you want you can go to an Internationally recognized cert company and request a safety cert from them on a voluntary basis. We changed the design to conform to their suggestions. We learned from them. They made a myriad of modifications. We had to also take our liabilities because they say: “I certify you, if what you say is true.”  “I certify you if you fix what we say.” “If you say something that is not true and make something different from what I say, then… well.” We also changed the instruction manual on their advice. They made it in our favour.

Q (49.05) Is the 1MW plant already running some months?

A 1MW is running very well in a military concern. A civil plant we are ready to deliver has been used just to check it. Soon it will be delivered and after 2 or 3 months of consolidated operation it will be visitable.

Q (59) The COP seems low in HotCat…

A – The COP we quoted is a minimum after taking all the conservative calculations. We aim to have at least a 6 COP. The most important thing for the professors and the military engineer is not the COP but the position of the dot in the Ragon graph. Is it a nuclear effect? Can we rule out chemical? When we reach 1050 Celsius we will be able to operate in self-sustain for 50% of the time. (then talks about thermal camera etc in hotcat).

Q (1.21.00) What do you say to those who want to invest?

A – Don’t do it. We are  still developing the technology. We need to sell our 1MW plants and keep developing until ready. When our plants have been in operation for a long time that will be when to invest and not before.

Other video and more at PESN

 

[Note new post. Rossi gives his account of HotCat 'mismeasurement']

eCat Conference – Zurich

I have no idea how useful it will be but the Zurich eCat Conference is now streaming live. So-far (and understandably) much of the talk is in German but as I write this, the speaker is using English.

While I am happy to encourage robust debate, I ask you all to respect the light touch moderation and do not abuse each other. You win no arguments by insult and reduce your credibility. Thank you.

 

The itinerary is here.

Streaming video by Ustream

Francesco Celani Talks About His Cold Fusion Demo

I need to watch this again when my brain is working but feel that you should be given the chance to watch it while I sleep. FC’s accent can be difficult to follow, although we must thank him for presenting this in English (a language he is not comfortable with).

It is good to hear him say that his next goal is to push it into self-sustain mode in order to remove any last doubt that there is an error somewhere.

[With thanks to Akira Shirakawa on Vortex]

Storms Explains NAE Cold Fusion Theory

Ruby Carat over at coldfusionnow.org conducted an interview with Edmond Storms, teasing out details of his nuclear active environment (NAE) theory. Here he explains the principle mechanism, how it fits experimental data and goes on to make predictions (eg an eCat reaction should not be making Cu). Correct or otherwise, the theory is extremely interesting and Ruby does a good job of forcing Storms to explain his thinking in a way that is accessible to anyone with a rudimentary understanding of science. It is good viewing no matter your background and will likely generate robust debate.

 


 

More detail and links at coldfusionnow

Celani’s NI Cold Fusion Demo

A member of the public and eCat fan has posted the first unofficial (as far as I know) video of Professor Celani’s NI Week demo. He mistakenly believes that Celani is part of Rossi’s team but that does not detract from the tantalizing glimpse he is giving us of the operating apparatus. He brings us close in and although the scientist’s words are often difficult to parse, we get a good view of his graphs. We learn nothing that has not been presented before but so far, this is as close up as we’ve gotten to the real thing. Remember as you watch, that this is a scaled down version of the device and that NI has been closely involved in the test and measurement instrumentation.

Technically, those who complain that this does not yet constitute proof of cold fusion, are correct. A good scientist will reserve judgment and one with a little bit of common sense will begin to wonder and perhaps accidentally let slip a little optimism.

[With thanks to Akira Shirakawa on Vortex , Ivan Mohorovicic on eCatNews and Youtube user, ]

National Instruments And Cold Fusion – Update

Update at end [new video]

Often the centre of LENR speculation, National Instruments has been promoted as Rossi’s best buddy all the way through to an indifferent company simply trying to sell their wares to anyone who wants them. A new video has just surfaced from NI Week, where cofounder, President and CEO, James Truchard indirectly puts some meat on the bone.

Talking of 21st Century systems design and the evolution of NI tools to facilitate it, he mentions a couple of examples in passing but, in a 17 minute talk he spends a full three of them at the end on only one – giving the apparent impression of a history of instrumentation design that has been leading up to this single important work – cold fusion. I have little doubt that this was not the intention – indeed, he importantly says that they do not judge, they only measure – implying the very thing many hardened sceptics try to point out. It would take a determined person however, not to land somewhere in between. It seems certain to me that NI (perhaps through Truchard’s personal interest) is keenly involved with cold fusion and has used this platform to publicly associate the company name alongside it. At very least, he must see a business opportunity here and perhaps this reflects our suspicion that many researchers are beginning to take the subject seriously enough to spend hard cash on the instrumentation. My bet is that it goes some way beyond this but that is a mere hunch.

I don’t think we can draw any conclusions regarding the eCat or Hyperion but cold fusion is definitely an important subject for National Instruments.

The following is a rough transcript of the relevant part (from 15 minutes on). Any errors are mine:

If we look at one area where National Instruments has been involved since 1989 – is cold fusion. This is a very controversial subject… and in 1989 we were looking for… eh..working with some of these Edisons. We offered everyone who wanted to prove that it existed a copy of Labview and everyone who wanted to prove it didn’t exist, a copy of Labview… And as far as I know, only the ones who wanted to prove it actually took us up on the offer. So, we actually did an App Note on how to do cold fusion with Labview so, we’ve been there all along in this very controversial area.

Most recently…, a lot has happened since then. Grimshaw did his masters thesis at LBJ’s School of Public Policy – viewed as fairly neutral – saying that he had found 184 examples of positive experiments in this area. And he recommended that public policy support research in this area. We have also been working with Labview over the years… many of these Edisons in their basements and their closets… their laboratories at the back of their yards to continue this research. We actually have a demonstration of Dr Celani’s work from the Italian Nuclear Institute on the showroom floor. I’m actually recommending a different name.. that one has been tarnished over the years. Maybe we should call it quantum reactor. That’s the name often used in science fiction movies.

So, on the showroom floor, we have a demo and we have a panel of some of the select researchers that have been working in this area for the last 20 years including Professor Hagelstein from MIT who has worked on some 282 theories on how it works. His latest one he thinks is his best one, so check that out. In the experimental process in this case, it has kind of been stuck at the first step of observation. So our goal in life is to make sure these Edisons can move on through the process, get the measurements they need, have the capability they need in a graphical system design to solve these really, really important problems as we go forward.

So, it is about graphical system design where the inventor can choose whatever subject… We say…we don’t judge, we measure. The user has a lot of choice in what they do in the graphic system design and ofr both design and test, doing it ever faster and more ably as we see from the many, many examples…

 

 

 

[With thanks to Akira Shirakawa on Vortex]

 

Update

Dr. Rob Duncan [U of Missouri] and Greg Morrow [NI] discuss anomalous heat effect, revealing some of the work NI has been doing. Once again, we get the impression of a company committed to working in this space because they believe it important.