Mike McKubre Discusses Fusion on the Buzzsaw Program on Lip.tv

This is an interview well worth watching. Michael McKubre, Director of the Energy Research Center and SRI International is interviewed on the Lip.tv Buzzsaw program by Sean Stone (son of filmmaker Oliver Stone) on the topic of nuclear fusion. Its a fascinating interview for anyone wanting to get a background in both cold and hot fusion, and nuclear energy in general. They discuss both cold and hot flavors of fusion energy and look at the current picture in the field of cold fusion in particular.

Dr. McKubre as always demonstrates his prodigious knowledge of the science, history and business surrounding the topic, and has an interesting perspective on the topic. When Sean Stone asks him about the reasons why we are not using cold fusion technology, McKubre gives two reasons: palladium is extremely expensive, and we don’t yet have the capability to control the nuclear reactions generated in cold fusion. I think Stone was looking for a more conspiratorial reason. McKubre holds that the oil companies are “smart and pragmatic”, and will not be too concerned if cold fusion emerges as an energy source, but will adapt.

McKubre seems to think that Rossi is not able to completely control his reaction yet, but puts him in the group of companies that are on the verge of commercialization along with Brillouin energy (whom he has worked closely with), and Defkalion. He also puts Blacklight Power in the LENR category, and mentions their upcoming demonstration as something worth keeping an eye on.

I think McKubre is one of the most credible independent voices in the LENR world, and I hope he’s consulted widely by media people as cold fusion begins to emerge on the world stage.

  • Charles

    What’s the big deal? E=mc^2. Einstein pointed it out. All you have to do is convert a small amount of matter to energy and it automatically gets multiplied by 34,500,000,000 ft^2/sec^2. Or thereabouts.

  • Zeddicus Zul Zorander

    All in all a nice video. Mckubre and Storms are my favorites when it comes to explaining Cold Fusion. Both are extremely well spoken gentlemen with an enormous amount of knowledge of the feeld who I can feel I can trust. In fact, it was my reseach into CF after Rossi’s 2011 demo that led me to those two and they are the main reasons I started believing there was something going on with CF. It is time for some younger people in the field though. I find it worrysome we still don’t have an influx of new people in the field, although that will hopefully change shortly. All that knowledge and integrity should not go to waste but be passed on instead.

    I do hope Rossi or the others are further ahead with controlling the reaction. But without a definitive theory, everyone starts somewhere and starts to optimize what they found. Hopefully one or more of them will discover a way to have total control over the reaction. Still, if Rossi can do 1100C stable he may have a lot of control, but if he still has the same control when he scales up is questionable. I suspect scaling up is a problem for the others too. Only BLP may be the exception to that, though I reserve judgement on them for now.

  • Buck

    This is a great video as there is something to be said about this and Sterling Allen’s interview.

    IMO, Dr. McKubre is becoming far more comfortable affirming Cold Fusion’s place on the world’s stage because of the recent happenings. Certainly is he still precise in what he communicates and does not over promise. He just seems more emotionally at ease in how he presents his opinion.

    I believe that his casual demeanor reflects his judgment: a tipping point has been reached. There was a time he would not provide details about individual LENR companies nor the 5 duplications of LENR technology funded by DARPA. Dr. McKubre has become a happy man at the head of SRI’s research into the LENR phenomena.

    Yes, the recent interviews have been very enjoyable to watch . . .

    • Zeddicus Zul Zorander

      Good observation!

  • Timar

    The interview is targeted at a rather uninformed audience and probably does a good job in introducing LENR to that audience but doesn’t provide much of interest for most of us, except McKubre’s last statement regarding the hot fusionist paradigm.

    Btw. is this guy really supposed to be a filmmaker? First principle any filmmaker should know: never look directly into the camera. He had a somewhat annoying nervousness to him which sort of distracted from the interview.

    • Zeddicus Zul Zorander

      Yeah, I remember thinking he may be a filmmaker cause the quality of the video overall was good, but as a presenter he’s not very good.

  • mcloki

    What are the odds that LENR is mentioned in the State of the Union tomorrow night? Obama did have that visit and there is that demonstration tonight. Obama could say that he’s creating/funding a Renewable Energy DARPA style program.

    • LENR G

      At best I think he makes mention of some exciting new energy technologies on the verge of a breakthrough and leading us to energy independence. This is primarily a political speech and he won’t get too far out in front of public awareness.

    • Timar


      • Timar

        “Your comment is awaiting moderation”. LOL. I guess numbers can be quite offensive those days.

    • Zeddicus Zul Zorander

      At this point I think 0%, though I do hope to be surprised. However when the President mentions Cold Fusion or LENR, the media should go wild so I don’t suspect this will happen.

  • Gerard McEk

    Again a very enlightening and positive publication which we should share with everybody to spread the Word!