Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Today, a Key Day in History ...LENR Confirmed

"We live in interesting times; it's just sad that there is so much stress and strife in so many parts of the world."
Suddenly there is new energy ...and hope.

A quote in Forbes Magazine by NASA scientist, Joseph Zawodny:
"LENR has the demonstrated ability to produce excess amounts of energy, cleanly, without hazardous ionizing radiation, without producing nasty waste.” -

A comment by Nobel Laureate, Brian Josephson buried in
"The most important news of the year, perhaps, not just the last seven days? The results of a new investigation into the Rossi reactor (allegedly a high-power cold fusion reactor), involving running the reactor over a 32-day period, are now out. The report not only confirms output power far in excess of anything possible by chemical reaction, but also gives a clear indication that a nuclear reaction is occurring, on the basis of a substantial change in the isotopic proportions of Li and Ni over the period of the run."

Indeed, the high temperatures achieved in the latest E-cat test run augurs well for pollution-free distributed electricity generation -and for transmutation of radioactive legacy wastes.

A COP of 3.2 to 3.6 over a period of 32 days, and a substantial isotopic change in nickel and lithium.

Here is the abstract released on October 8, 2014:

New results are presented from an extended experimental
investigation of anomalous heat production in a special type
of reactor tube operating at high temperatures. The reactor,
named E-Cat, is charged with a small amount of
hydrogen-loaded nickel powder plus some additives, mainly
Lithium. The reaction is primarily initiated by heat from
resistor coils around the reactor tube. Measurements of the
radiated power from the reactor were performed with
high-resolution thermal imaging cameras. The measurements of
electrical power input were performed with a large bandwidth
three- phase power analyzer. Data were collected during 32
days of running in March 2014. The reactor operating point
was set to about 1260 ºC in the first half of the run, and
at about 1400 °C in the second half. The measured energy
balance between input and output heat yielded a COP factor
of about 3.2 and 3.6 for the 1260 ºC and 1400 ºC runs,
respectively. The total net energy
obtained during the 32 days run was about 1.5 MWh. This
amount of energy is far more than can be obtained from any
known chemical sources in the small reactor volume. A sample
of the fuel was carefully examined with respect to its
isotopic composition before the run and after the run, using
several standard methods: XPS, EDS, SIMS, ICP-MS and
ICP-AES. The isotope composition in Lithium and Nickel was
found to agree with the natural composition before the run,
while after the run it was found to have changed
substantially. Nuclear reactions are therefore indicated
to be present in the run process, which however is hard to
reconcile with the fact that no radioactivity was detected
outside the reactor during the run

The full report can be found at:

A quote from William Zabuhr, Chairman of the New Energy Foundation should awaken Canadian academics, CEOs and politicians to the paradigm shift in energy production:
“This report demands worldwide attention, so that our current understanding of nuclear science can be expanded. It is a challenge to science that these results so far have no convincing theoretical explanation, but the experimental results cannot be dismissed or ignored just because of lack of theoretical understanding.”

Being slow (or absent) at the LENR starting gates will cost the Canadian economy dearly by the end of the next decade; dependence on dirty, expensive fossil fuel and dangerous nuclear power leads to loss of jobs and a lower living standard.

Venture Capitalists are beginnig to show interest in funding of energy startups.

Up date #1
Professional IT journalist, Mark Gibbs, reflects on the bumpy start to media and scientific coverage of electrochemists Pons & Fleishmann 1989 announcement, and updates on the most recent happenings.
Up date #2
In a scientific article, Mike Lammert, Senior Project Engineer connected with the U.S. Department of Energy, observes:
"Although the COP in the experiment is a modest 3.5, the experimenters chose not to run the E-cat in a more favorable on/off mode that would greately have reduced the overall input power. This version of the E-cat should be able to be operate at a COP greater than 30 (perhaps at a temperature somewhat below the 1,400 C in this experiment).
An E-cat operating in this temperature range has unlimited commercial applications."
UPdate #3
According to an October 21, 2014 response by Andrea Rossi to an E-Cat World query, there is great progress with the 1MW unit being readied for a customer:

"I honestly am very positive: it is a magnificence... our model is NASA: how many failures before arriving on the Moon with the boots... I think that we will be able to reconcile everything with good sense and in full respect of the Standars Model.
...Obviously this effort is shared by all the Team, in particular the electronic engineers, who are making a masterpiece to harmonize an orchestra of 103 E-Cats with a quite complex play of Cats and Mice."

Left unsaid, is the fact that the COP will be much in excess of the 3.5 reported for the March 2014 Lugano test.
Update #4
Dr. Bob leaves us a take-away of 26 bullets on the E-cat test.


At October 17, 2014, Anonymous Scott Fertig said...

Jim, you should provide the links to where the Jospehon and Bushnell comments appeared (under their comments). That way your readers can read them in their original context.


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