The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is reporting in its Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Submission that it has been carrying out research with the Italian Department of Energy. The full document in PDF format can be read here.
On page 51 of the document there is a 2011-2013 budget line of $32 million for, “Fundamentals of Nanoscale and Emergent Effects and Engineered Devices”. One of the accomplishments in this section for 2011 is:
Continued quantification of material parameters that control degree of increase in excess heat generation and life expectancy of power cells in collaboration with the Italian Department of Energy. Established ability to extend active heat generation time from minutes to 2.5 days for pressure-activated power cells.
On the next page, one of the listed goals for 2012 is:
Establish scalability and scaling parameters in excess heat generation processes in collaboration with the Italian Department of Energy.
Excess heat generation is what LENR/Cold Fusion research has always been about, and it’s interesting to see that there is activity and seeming progress in this field within DARPA. Also very interesting here is the involvement of the Italian Department of Energy. We have seen the fingerprints of Italians on many LENR projects, and now they are helping a US military research team. There has to be a lot of interest within DARPA about the activities of Rossi, Piantelli, Defkalion and the many others involved in this field — I’m sure lots of interesting conversations going on between the Italians and Americans!
Thanks to Next Big Future for unearthing this interesting detail!