It has not been very easy to find out what has been happening with the Pirelli High School’s cold fusion reactor (named the Athanor) which was introduced earlier this year — at least English language sources discussing it have been hard to find. A comment today from Ugo Abundo, the professor who leads the research, on pass22.blogspot.com indicates that there has been considerable work going on with the project, and it’s now to the point where the second generation reactor — the Hydrotron — has been launched. Abundo writes:
Today we assembled and turned on for the first time “Hydrotron”, the post school heir of Athanor, faithfully replicating its predecessors’ inspiring principles, but reinterpreting them towards a simplification of both design and operation in order to make measurements easier, main purpose around which it’s been built. It will therefore become easier for us to validate the principles on which the Anathor design was based on, over which there are ongoing “efforts” toward difficult measurements according to the common protocol [we've agreed to, as you know].
As soon as we’ll have some free time we’ll send Daniele (who will be able to publish it if he will find it interesting) a photo comparison between Athanor and Hydrotron, and the “live” file of today’s first ignition. The new reactor kept working continuously for about an hour. The reason for turning it off? It was boringly stable and we wanted to go back home. Have we taken measurements? Not yet, we expect to make some experience with Athanor’s [testing] protocol first, which will obviously be transferable to Hydrotron. But do we already have first impressions? The same you’ll have yourself after watching the video (so that nobody will hammer at us… ).
All the best.
From what Abundo wrote it seems that he has sent photographs comparing the Anathor and Hydrotron which may be published soon. They are not recording or reporting any measurements — the reason being, it seems, is that they want replicators to do that work. The whole idea behind the Pirelli project is that the plans of the reactor are made public so anyone with an interest can build a reactor and test it themselves.
UPDATE: Here is the video of the Hydrotron:
If anyone reading here is involved in replication it would be nice to hear how things are going.