Minnesota Public Radio Features Hunt Utilities Group, Cold Fusion

A radio report and news article by Tom Robertson has been posted on Minnesota Public Radio’s web site featuring the Pine River, Minn.-based Hunt Utilities Group, the organization working with the Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project in the United States.

The piece includes interesting information about the history of the Hunt Utilities Group, and includes interviews with father and son Paul and Ryan Hunt about their current work in cold fusion — which many readers of this site are aware of. Here’s an excerpt:

When Paul Hunt first started looking into the technology two years ago, he and his son, Ryan, were skeptical.

“Both of us looked at each other here and said ‘cold fusion, I thought that was dead. I thought that was fake,'” Hunt said. “We started paying attention to it. And then we started looking at the history of it, and found out that it really is real. It’s being done in labs all over the world.”

With a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota, Ryan Hunt is head of research and development at his parent’s company.

He stands over a pair of small, transparent tubes containing ceramic structures that hold pairs of hair-thin wires. The apparatus is similar to ones he saw demonstrated by an Italian scientist at a conference in Korea last summer.

Hunt said he and his team achieved the cold fusion effect for the first time just last month.

This report comes at a nice time for the Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project who are expanding their research and are trying to increase awareness of their project. Public Radio in the USA has a fairly wide audience, and its possible that this report will get the attention beyond just the Minnesota audience. Below is an audio link of the report.

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  • georgehants

    Physics and Physicists
    ZapperZ’s physics blog on the world of Physics and Physicists.
    Thursday, February 07, 2013
    No Ignition For National Ignition Facility
    The soft whispers about issues and skepticism with the National Ignition Facility (NIF) got louder with the review reports on its failure to meet its milestone last year.
    http://physicsandphysicists.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/no-ignition-for-national-ignition.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+blogspot/hNAhW+%28Physics+and+Physicists%29

  • clovis

    Hi,Frank.
    THINGS ARE LOOKING GOOD, keep up the good work, and thanks

  • Gérard 2013

    Hello Frank

    Automatic translation of google chrome does not work!

    I must now learn English! My god!

    • ecatworld

      Thanks for letting me know, Gerard — I will look into this to see if there is a solution.

  • Gerrit

    David Hambling from wired.co.uk has an interesting story about a new space propulsion system named EmDrive.

    http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-02/06/emdrive-and-cold-fusion

    imagine that together with LENR

  • georgehants

    Very quiet today so just interesting for those who haven’t already seen.
    Sorry to those with seemingly very narrow minds who dislike things outside the box.
    ——-

    Another Weird Shiny Thing on Mars
    by Nancy Atkinson
    Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/99750/another-weird-shiny-thing-on-mars-2/#ixzz2KCZQ16MN

  • georgehants

    Sorry if old hat but many links to videos.
    —-
    Eco Inventions Showcase
    Iraj Parchamazad on LENR with Zeolites :
    http://www.ecoinventions.ca/iraj-parchamazad-on-lenr-with-zeolites/

  • GreenWin

    Admin, log in at Forum seems not recognized for posting in main pages. Are two log ins needed? one for Forum, one for Home/main pages/comments???

    • ecatworld

      Hi GW — yes, that’s true. The disqus comment system has its own login.

      • GreenWin

        Thanks!! And for keeping this site in good shape!

  • Gedo

    I am 78 old grand father, I want to see a working cold fusion device in my basement before I leave this world. Harry up guys- I want work and not telling stories.

    • GreenWin

      Gedo, the MFMP Celani replication (cold fusion) is looking for volunteers. Check them out!

    • Zaghlool

      Do not worry Gedo, In these days people live longer, even in the old days the prophet Mouses lived up to 120 years.
      You still have a lot of time to see a E-Cat reactor in your basement.

    • AlainCo

      contact peter gluck, and share your experience. He have the same project.

      prepare at least 2 birthday cake in advance, and a bottle of champaign.

      or get to vancouver and make some lobbying!

  • Daniel Maris

    Interesting article. Let’s hope they don’t take 25 years to develop it!

  • georgehants

    From ArsTechnica
    Bose-Einstein condensate created at room temperature
    Instead of atoms, condensation was achieved using quasiparticles.
    These systems typically require temperatures near absolute zero. But
    Ayan Das and colleagues have now used a nanoscale wire to produce an
    excitation known as a polariton. These polaritons formed a Bose-Einstein
    condensate at room temperature, potentially opening up a new avenue for
    studying systems that otherwise require expensive cooling and trapping.
    http://arstechnica.com/science/2013/02/bose-einstein-condensate-created-at-room-temperature/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+arstechnica%2Findex+%28Ars+Technica+-+All+content%29

  • georgehants

    Admin RSS not updating or is it me.

    • ecatworld

      Hi George, are you referring to the comment feed, or post feed? For the comment feed for this post, go to the very bottom of the page and see the link. Hope that helps!

      • georgehants

        Hi, the one that comes up on another page, I guess the post feed,

        • ecatworld

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          Does this link work for you?

          • georgehants

            No, think I pushed something on live bookmarks and all that comes up on page and your link is the subscribe box. help.

            • ecatworld

              What program do you use for reading RSS feeds, George?

              • georgehants

                Morning Admin, Firefox, always worked very well.

          • Mr. Moho

            Btw, this is the global comment feed for ECW:

            http://ecw.disqus.com/latest.rss

  • LuFong

    According to the broadcast, Paul Hunt is investing over $500K a year on LENR research. This dwarfs the MFMP project’s expenses, at least what they’ve been posting. I wonder what else they are doing? I’m glad to see independent entrepreneurs investing in LENR in the background. I’m sure there are others we haven’t heard of yet.

    Edit: After thinking about it, the additional outlays are probably salaries which aren’t accounted for in the project’s expenses.

  • georgehants

    New Scientist
    1:54 06 February 2013 by Michael Marshall
    It never rains but it pours in the UK’s nuclear industry. Plans to build new reactors are stalling as yet another company pulls out, and there is still nowhere to store nuclear waste permanently.
    http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23141-nuclear-knockbacks-on-uks-new-reactors-and-old-waste.html?cmpid=RSS|NSNS|2012-GLOBAL|environment

    • GreenWin

      Peter pointed this out a couple days back. In the USA, all new nuclear construction has been halted indefinitely by Court Order, due to the waste issue. There is no good waste storage or treatment solution – unless you utilize an LENR type mitigation process. This has been known for a long while. Perhaps, the bean counters at nuke industry will suddenly grok the solution to their problem – and invest in LENR radiative waste mitigation. Mitsubishi and Toyota certainly are!

      • Peter Roe

        Unsurprisingly no-one in the UK seems to want to host the massive boreholes that govt wants to shove all the high level waste into, so said govt is up sh1t creek without so much as a teaspoon to paddle with. Big bribes next I imagine.

        Meanwhile the present leaking and simmering piles of the crap are quietly poisoning the sea and groundwater, and rendering bits of this island uninhabitable for many millennia. Camoron and his cronies seem hell bent on making more of the stuff nontheless, partly because they were stupid enough to sign up to some very, er, ill advised, promises about saving the planet.

        These seem to involve demolishing much of our existing powergen infrastructure and – very curiously – blocking and de-funding the one truly ‘green’ technology that could have made up the difference (tidal power from lagoons/atolls and underwater tidal race turbines). It’s presumably a happy co-incidence that the latter development leaves nuclear fission as the ‘obvious’ candidate to replace coal – or would have if Fukushima hadn’t intervened and LENR hadn’t appeared on the horizon (don’t look, don’t look!).

        BTW, isn’t it curious that while private nuclear companies happily take all the profits from their activities, it seems to be the taxpayer who picks up the bill for clearing up their mess – to the tune of hundreds of billions overall. We need both CF power generation AND LENR nuclear waste remediation technology by yesterday afternoon at the latest.

        • Peter Roe

          Here’s one possible solution to the problem, courtesy of the US DOE:

          “The federal government is currently in the process of trying to get rid of tens of thousands of tons of radioactive scrap metal it has accumulated over the years from various nuclear testing and wartime activities. And a recent proposal made by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) would lift existing restrictions on the recycling and reuse of this nuclear waste, allowing it to be formulated into everyday consumer products..”

          As in – ‘You look positively radiant…’

          http://www.naturalnews.com/038999_radioactive_waste_recycled_silverware.html

          • GreenWin

            Or, check out my new microwave oven – never needs to be plugged in!! AND it comes with this protective suit!!

          • Gerrit

            The site natural news has 267,445 “likes” on facebook.

            The last news about cold fusion was posted there 2011.

            I bet none of their “followers” is aware that there is currently a white house petition ongoing, I guess many of them would sign it (costs nothing right?)

            I can even imagine that several of them would be willing to make a small donation to MFMP.

            But we have to inform them that these things are happening !

            We should create a small “working group” and start to inform other interest groups.

        • Peter Roe

          Or … could you lean forward a bit – it’s too dark in here to read the menu.

  • Gerrit

    duplicate post

    Here is another excerpt:

    Benjamin Bayman, is an emeritus professor of physics at the university of minnesota. He doesn’t believe the processes that scientists have achived are nuclear in nature, but Bayman says the science in probably worth pursuing.

    “There are phenomena going on there that are not properly understood.
    And so it would be good if we did understand them.
    And once we do understand them there may well be some practicle applications.”

    ————

    It seems every scientist that is asked nowadays and that has actually read the available papers believes that there is merit in researching the topic.

    • Joel C.

      Bayman is just giving a political answer.

      • lcd

        That’s exactly right. Let’s see what he might actually be saying.
        If its not nuclear in nature, its chemical. So there are chemical reactions that appear to have nuclear energy densities? Or he just ignores that claim completely?

    • Peter Roe

      While establishment physicists cautiously admit that (after all) the ‘effect’ may be worth a little spare-time investigation and perhaps (in due course) a few papers in the more obscure corners of academia – others like Rossi, DGT, Swartz & Hagelstein, Celani, MFMP et al. just get on with the job.

      Practical devices first – theories based on actual observations on the devices later.

      • Gerrit

        one scientist tells a public radio station that research is worth pursuing. Another journalist might notice that that’s a very different attitude than it was 23 years ago and could start digging into the story asking other scientists. I agree that it is only a small step, but you never know how many or few small steps we are away from the big awakening.

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