Little Doubt Now that Cold Fusion is Real

It has been an almost dizzying couple of weeks in the LENR/Cold Fusion world. It seems like every day now we are hearing interesting and important news from a variety of camps, and the news that emerges seems to repeatedly confirm that the excess heat effect that was first reported by Pons and Fleischmann is real and that people are figuring out ways to make it show up far more consistently than in the early days of cold fusion research.

From presentations and papers at NI Week and ICCF-17 we have been hearing positive reports from the likes of Defkalion, Celani, Brillouin and others that they are getting positive results from their testing — measurable excess energy that does not seem to be able to be explained away as just a measurement error.lp

Having Francesco Celani demonstrating his reactor at NI Week with the help of NI personnel, and showing his positive results on NI instruments was a marvellous achievement, which seemed to have been impressive to National Instruments staff as well as others. Celani has just released a new report which provides a more detailed description about his LENR device than was previously available. I think we will find Celani’s work will be studied very carefully by people interested in understanding and replicating the nickel-hydrogen LENR reaction.

In addition to all the information coming out of the conferences is the activities going on at Leonardo Corp. The ‘Cures’ leaks have provided a glimpse of inside happenings in the Rossi labs — from the famous ‘hot cat’ photograph we now know what a high temperature E-Cat looks like, and have a new level of confirmation that Andrea Rossi has not just been sitting at his computer making stuff up about non-existent devices.

For a long time now, I haven’t had any real doubts about the reality of the cold fusion effect — there has already been plenty of evidence put out in the public domain to indicate that there is a new energy producing phenomenon available to us. The events of this week have served to confirm what I have long thought, and I expect they may have been convincing to many other people as well.

I think the big question now will be whether this effect can be put to practical use in the world. Some may say that there is indeed an effect, but it may be too small to be of much value in solving our energy problems. I would respond to that challenge by saying that we are in the early days of this technology. The science is being explored, and once it is understood sufficiently, engineers can get involved in trying to develop commercial systems operating at higher power levels.

And then of course, there is Andrea Rossi who seems already to be working on the kilowatt and megawatt levels of power — plenty of power that can be used in many settings. I realize there are still many people who have yet to be persuaded by Rossi’s claims, and I think he realizes this, and is now apparently ready to release more validation of his claims and promises “signed” reports to be released soon. I personally don’t believe that the Cures leaks were orchestrated by Andrea Rossi, but he doesn’t seem to be to upset about more information leaking out. Indeed today he seemed happy to provide dimensions of the high temperature E-Cat (“the diameter of the internal cylinder is 30 mm, the diameter of the external cylinder is 90 mm, the length of both is 330 mm.”)

So we are at an interesting point in the cold fusion story. It seems clear to me that there is little doubt that a new form or energy is available to us. I hope it won’t be too long before we can start using it to help deal with many of the energy problems that face our world.


  • Ken

    You can USE this COLD FUSION ENERGY to HEAT (WATER) for heating HOMES and turning (GENERATORS)to produce ELECTRICITY!

  • Bryan

    To all, but especially to Steve Ledvina and SS…. To continue to refer to this science as “Cold Fusion” is confusing at best, because “fusion,” per se, it is not. But, neither is it electro-chemical. The Navy and some Japanese research teams have demonstrated that Ponds & Fleischmann indeed happened upon a nuclear process that was not only promising, but practical. Successful, repeatable variations abound. Although largely intended to be a distraction from actual research progress, there is very good Naval research paper that puts all this into a good perspective.

    http://www.spawar.navy.mil/sti/publications/pubs/tr/1862/tr1862-vol1.pdf
    It’s not until page 109 that a layman’s point is made, but I would encourage the download.

    Another, and much shorter presentation – http://www.jeanpaulbiberian.net/Download/Paper%2056.pdf (published in the Int. Journal of Nuclear Science) makes the point that there is, indeed, gold in them hills (both metaphoric and transmuted).

  • Tim

    I do believe LENR is real and that Mr Rossi is genuine. I read comments and reports by sceptics but I always struggle to find a really good explanation as to what Rossi has gained so far should he be making all this up. Indeed what will he gain should his claims be nonsense?

    He still has no product on the market yet, and so even if his claims are rubbish he is yet to profit from them. Indeed so far I still see Rossi very much in the development stage of a potential product and so I think Mr Rossi is more than likely using up more money than he is gaining from having his name in the spotlight. In addition I do not see or hear about lots of money changing hands, such as business deals being made with venture capitalists etc. From what I have read most of the research money and backing has come from Mr Rossi himself.

    So far then Mr Rossi’s claims have hurt no one financially (except Rossi himself), physically or personally (except Rossi himself). So as you can see at this stage at least it is only Rossi himself whom stands to lose a great deal from this should he not be genuine… This tells me that whatever is happening during Rossi’s experiments, Rossi at least believes it enough to risk a great deal on his part.

    It’s worth pointing out that the same CANNOT be said for the claims made by many scientists within the mainstream scientific community. Let’s take hot fusion as a case in point. Claims of massive amounts of power are promised but to date no known hot fusion project or experiment has even reached energy break even point, despite hundreds of millions of pounds/dollars/euros in tax payers money having been spent already. I do not see the scientists involved in hot fusion putting there money where there mouth is like Rossi… Far safer to use somebody else’s money then.

  • Steve Ledvina

    Hi
    I am an MSPE registered in Illinois. I have worked as an electronics engineer but I have my ms in nuclear physics. I was taught that elements fiss and fuse to iron. If you do the atomic mass calculations for nickel to copper, fusion energy cannot be derived. Therefore is the E-cat new physics???? I guess time will tell. How come other scientists, more qualified than me, aren’t commenting???

    Steve MSPE

    • SS

      My impression is that the energy release comes from the hydrogen becoming bound into the target nucleus, nickel is not the only input in this equation. The difference between nickel and copper is relatively small, and the energy gain from the hydrogen-to-copper transition exceeds the energy loss (you are correct) from the nickel-to-copper transition.

      • Steve Ledvina

        OK SS

        Thanks

        Steve

  • Robyn

    I read the Washington Post (online) article about the passing of Martin Fleischmann.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/cold-fusion-scientist-fleischmann-dead-at-85/2012/08/14/10c12e10-e5c7-11e1-8f62-58260e3940a0_story.html

    The author, Martin Weil, made what are very mainstream statements about LENR:

    “controlled fusion has yet to be achieved.”

    “Scientists who tried their hands at Dr. Fleischmann’s experiment found that they could neither reproduce nor explain the effects that he had reported.”

    And then in the comments, several people attempted to identify the NI Week and other significant achievements. And to each of these he gave strongly worded dismissals.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/cold-fusion-scientist-fleischmann-dead-at-85/2012/08/14/10c12e10-e5c7-11e1-8f62-58260e3940a0_allComments.html?ctab=all_&

    I would be highly grateful – since I am not a scientist – to hear (read) the rebuttal from this community.

    Thanks.

  • David

    At this point knowing that LENR is almost a proven fact is actually more important to me than whether or not Rossi has what he says. Every indication is that LENR is ready to burst on the scene as a real, study worthy effect and once it has, reaserch money will flow in not in the millions but in the billions as corporations and even nations scurry to be the first to make it work. The science is reaching critical mass and once it does it will be unstoppable. I remember when I saw the first cell phone and wondered if it would truly be everything its developer predicted. This is going to make the cell phones social impact look like a bug on our windshield.

  • stmess

    I had some LENR experiments sometime ago in March 2009 using a Platinum-cladded Niobium anode in wire mesh format and Monel 400 tube cathode and compared it with 316L Stainless Steel tube cathode. I could not explain why the Monel 400 produced more Hydrogen then compared to 316L SS. Now I think I understand a little bit more now based on the Celani’s presentation. I will push it a bit more now :)