New Jersey’s Blacklight Power Goes for Gold (Guest Post)

The following guest post was submitted by JD Sweeney

In this olympic year of 2014, BlackLight Power, of Cranbury New Jersey has applied for world-wide patents on its one cubic foot cell that produces commercial quantities of electricity directly from water. This SF-CIHT unit (through a pulsed process) produces millions of watts of light with conversion into electricity by standard off-the-shelf photovoltatic converter.

It is claimed the cell can generate ten million watts of electricity, or enough to power ten thousand homes at a cost of about $25/kW. Dr. Randell Mills’ invention would permit a standard-sized auto to travel 3,000 miles on one liter of water. Given its compactness and low cost, the device has early application across a broad range of industries, including aerospace, heating, marine and medicine.

This technology appears to be much more disruptive (and sudden) than the introduction of internal-combustion engine, hydro-electric generation and nuclear power production. Such a leap in non-polluting energy alarms OPEC, Canada and Russia. Even the President of the United States has to be dragged into the future by privately-funded entrepreneurs.

After decades of research and development, Dr. Mills with his SF-CIHT transparent box, hydrino theory and patents, seems ready to take on the world without distraction of labels like Cold Fusion and Low Energy Nuclear Reactions. See Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s overview of BLP.

JD Sweeney

[Admin’s UPDATE: I thought it appropriate to post a link to the most recent press release by BLP titled, ‘BlackLight Power, Inc. Announces Sustained Production of Electricity Using Photovoltaic Conversion of the Millions of Watts of Brilliant Plasma Formed by the Reaction of Water to a More Stable Form of Hydrogen’ http://www.businesswire.com/news/njcom/20140403006389/en]
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  • GreenWin

    On reading BLP’s document detailing what they claim is happening in the latest demo, “Prototype SF CIHT Generator…” http://www.blacklightpower.com/wp-content/uploads/pdf/Electricity_Demonstation.pdf

    According to the loss-corrected BLP calcs, optical power of 48MW is released across each 25us detonation event. Input is 4-8V RMS, 10-30kA. Measured energy release per pellet detonation is 1kJ. Energy input per pellet is estimated at 300J – or 3X energy gain. Still even a 50% efficient PV panel would yield a 50% energy gain. Not commercially stunning. However…

    Could BLP be doing what NIF hot fusionists have been trying for a decade? Without requiring 2H+3H fusion? And zillions of taxpayer dollars?

    • tlp

      That is what I have been thinking also. This SF-CIHT machine is like making a “mini-sun”, so tiny that it is possible to handle.

      And if you put 1 kW electrical energy in, get 3 kW light energy out, convert that to 1.5 kW electrical energy, you got 0.5 kW net electricity out + some heat, what else is needed for a commercial product? Remember, fuel is free (just water)

      • GreenWin

        A reasoned point tip. I would guess the 50% eff PV panels to be expensive and fragile. However, a MHD convertor charging a capacitor bank & load leveling system, would be a next step. A magnetized electrode and ground according to Mills… Both appear plausible.

  • tlp

    Did you read that document?: …of a National Electric Welding machines seam welder (100 kVA Model #100AOPT SPCT 24) and ignited with an applied peak 60 Hz voltage of about 4-8 V and a peak current of about 10,000 -35,000 A.

  • tlp

    Mills just added very detailed power balance document of that LED demo:

    http://www.blacklightpower.com/electricity-video/

  • Omega Z

    Several here have been aware of the BLP project for years. (BLP)Mills Device was Originally very similar to Rossi’s E-cat tube And the Hot-Cat.(Except Fancier) It seemed to produce small quantities of excess heat for long periods of time or large excess for very short periods.

    Here is A link to what once was the BLP Reactor…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfjOIoPwolg

    Now Mills is promoting a whole different approach. This actually seems to be similar to what Mark suggested to Rossi.

    “the idea of ‘antibiotic pill’-sized E-Cat reactors that could be heated to meltdown temperatures, and safely explode in a sealed chamber attached to a heat exchanger at a rate of one per second.”
    http://www.e-catworld.com/2014/04/06/rossi-working-on-miniaturized-e-cat-reactors-in-rd-labs/

    Maybe Mills went this route because he is missing the Rossi Catalyst. The Secret sauce to make it sustainable.
    Now using small pellets ignited in his videos by a seam welder.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_bAUCjmHVA

    Prototype SF CIHT Generator Powering LED Lights
    http://www.blacklightpower.com/electricity-video/

  • georgehants

    Most of the comments on page are just a re-run of those about Mr. Rossi 3 years ago.
    Is it so difficult just to leave him to it and keep an open mind.
    If people wish to invest money that is their concern.

    • US_Citizen71

      George I agree but in Mills case I’m not sure it is undeserved. In the 20+ years that he has been pursuing hydrino power, computer memory has gone from being measured in kilobytes to gigabytes and hard drives megabytes to terabytes while he has only progressed his technology to the point that it can barely power a flashlight. A PV panel exposed to the light of an arc welder would likely give the same result as seen in the LED video. He maybe a great theorist be he appears to be an awful engineer.

      • georgehants

        Yes I know but as he is not really doing anybody any harm, we may as well leave him be and give him the benefit of the doubt.
        He may turnout in the end like Mr. Rossi, just a bit eccentric.
        One must remember the thousands of brilliant scientists of the past etc. that have gone as far as committing suicide because of establishment and peer abuse.
        How about P and F etc.

        • US_Citizen71

          He may have an extreme case of ADD, there is a fine line between genius and insanity, but it is quickly becoming time to fish or cut bait.

          • georgehants

            US_Citizen71, What’s the hurry, have you heard that the World is about to end, Ha
            Best

  • US_Citizen71

    The more I read about BLP and Randal Mills, the more I wonder if Mills has mental issues like John Nash.

  • Job001

    No natural gas was mentioned anywhere.

    It appears his calculation uses 36% assumed heat removed as PV electricity (10Mw net) for 100-36 = 64% waste heat or 10Mw x 64/36 = 17.78Mw waste heat. Naturally one cannot do that well with the demo unit as shown since only a small fraction of the light emitted will hit the PV cells shown.

    However, it is just a demo unit of one of many yet unproven theories, not an engineered 10Mw production facility.

    • Allan Shura

      The idea behind new energy is to have it less expensive while being as non polluting as possible and preferably in small independent units. If the calculation is correct then a lot of heat has to be drawn away from this
      prototype and best to use it if it is such a low energy input to achieve
      such massive amounts compare to the cost fossil alternatives.

      • Job001

        Ok, I see where you’re coming from. Distributed energy has much better potential to use waste heat. Now most waste heat (often 75%) is discarded at centralized generation facilities.

        The output to input ratio has been climbing as LENR research is refined. Even the BLP COP for this new process is low and higher levels are needed because electrical power is much more valuable than waste heat year around.

  • Ophelia Rump

    He needs to either turn up the output so there is more event density or increase the reaction area so there are more events at the same density. The events are statistical probabilities, with sufficient scale the output will become a stable value. Capacitors are a bandaid approach to a major design problem.

    There is a minimum practical size for the device with the current crude reaction site density, and inability to control the reaction at higher densities. This will change as the technology is refined.

    • US_Citizen71

      Capacitors are not a band-aid, but a requirement if you want clean power that won’t destroy your electronics no matter how and where you generate your power.

  • georgehants

    The 3D printer that costs less than an iPhone: £150 device prints food, jewellery and toys at the touch of a button
    The Micro 3D costs $249 (£150) and weighs 2.2lbs (1.2kg)
    It prints objects, including jewellery and food, up to 4.6-inches (116mm) tall
    Models are due to be shipped internationally by February 2015
    Printer achieved its $50,000 (£30,000) Kickstarter target in just 11 minutes
    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2598856/The-3D-printer-costs-iPhone-120-device-prints-clothes-food-jewellery-touch-button.html#ixzz2yHqrOmRR

  • fritz194

    But he is clever enough to sell his process as a chemical one, separating the key technology description from cf and lenr as distant as possible.

  • Andreas Moraitis

    Mills has a fascinating theory. Even if it should turn out to be wrong, one would have to invent a world which works according to its clear principles. But everything else makes me mistrustful: The engineering is disappointing; it appears to be rather of a do-it-yourself type. Millions of dollars have been collected from investors; many promises have been made, with no tangible result so far. Finally, Mills has tried to disparage Rossi in a disgusting way. Presumably he already knows that it is too late.

  • Zeddicus Zul Zorander

    So BLP is at it again, huh?

    I simply don’t know if they got something, but their demos are so bad it’s turned me into a skeptic.

    Also, their technology seems really loud. I prefer Rossi 😉

  • Peter Shwartz

    “Electrical Power from Water Fuel
    BlackLight has produced millions of watts of power in a volume that is one ten thousandths of a liter (water)” CERN can do a bit like that for a billionth of a second. So what use is it other than scientific speculation? I guess CERN could be dressed up to imply similar commercial application that Black Light has, maybe not responsibly, done from their flash in the pan.

  • jousterusa

    There is a video that purports to show the hydrino reactor powering an LED array, but the array is powered only erratically amid a shower of sparks. Dr. Mills seems to be unable to solve the problem of the power spikes he has reported for years but has been unable to tame so that they produce usable, smooth continuous power. When he mentions “commercially available” and references the fuel cells, he is actually describing the photovoltaic cells but doesn’t realize the grammatical error. There is nothing manufactured by hom that is commercially available. He doesn’t even use his system to power his own building, and has never built a car engine to run on his fuel cells.

  • Bernie777

    Will not be recognized until they sell a product that saves or makes the buyer money.

    • winebuff

      He’s the opposite of rossi he does the basic science and has very little potential of a mass produced product. And rossi will leave the basic stuff for the others whileproducing a marketable product

  • Job001

    Ok, while BLP claims sound silly let’s not be pathological skeptics and intentionally misinterpret the claims. I am skeptical but willing to extend some skeptical abeyance to LENR as a developing science regardless of each of many theories since all theories including old science are seriously in question due to mismatch of observational data and theory.
    One way to read BLP claims;
    A. 0.5gm aliquot release 10kj x 1khz rate x (1/36)Mwh/mj x 36%eff = 10Mwh
    B.With 36% conversion to PV that would be a lot of waste heat left over, or 10MwH x (COP of 2)(100-36)/100/3600 S/H x 3,414,142BTU/MwH = 1214BTU/Second waste heat. That’s a lot of waste heat so, the demo unit may operate for only a few seconds.
    C.Obviously, full scale engineering is not done.
    D.Power density Assume 0.5gm/0.0005l @ 1000Hrz; 10MwH/0.0005L = 100Bw/L on the basis of the aliquot or 3.57Bw/Cubic foot based on the one cubic foot demo model, still outstanding.
    Naturally, we can be skeptical of the calculated claims; COP of 2; 10kj heat release per 0.5gm aliquot; sunlight like spectrum(not exactly since it has a 1000Hrz pulse rate which may be better or worse for PV cell efficiency.); Efficiency of 36%; well 44% PV cells are available except not all of the light is collected as per demo.
    Certainly, considerable generosity is required to make the calculation. However, Given the aliquot Yield claims; Surprise, the calculations warrant surprise rather than pathological skepticism!

    • Fortyniner

      I believe that there is good evidence that it may be possible to release excess energy from water using high power electrical discharges, and other means of generating plasmas. Defkalion’s reactors (hydrogen rather than water), Stanley Meyer’s water injection system for IC engines, Abundo’s ‘hydrobetatron’ and a number of other devices all seem to tap into this phenomenon to one degree or another. Ted-X mentions a couple of Ukrainian researchers in this context in an earlier post.

      The problem is that while Mills’ hydrino theory may explain the origin of the excess energy, the hyped up claims he makes and the loose grasp of engineering principles he demonstrates with each projected reactor design, tend to give rise to great doubt and even antagonism. In other words he ‘talks the talk’ but massively fails to ‘walk the walk’, which makes him look more like either a braggart, a shyster or a fantasist than a serious inventor.

      • Job001

        Other explanations might include;
        He’s required to not disclose by military interests(great CIHT development).
        He’s paid to delay by FF investors(See Funding bias and paid generic drug delay).
        He’s advised to delay by legal/marketing while research/etc. is underway.
        He’s improving his theory data under the cover of “mad scientist”(good job!).

        The point is;Excellent explanations exist without invoking ad hominem attacks or doing character assignation as was done for F&P – excellent honest scientists who were pushed into the limelight before it was advisable. It was NOT scientific method to destroy their careers and discovery!

  • tlp

    What is the main difference between Rossi and Mills? Mills doesn’t have any secrets. Anybody is free to try to replicate and do better engineering. Of course Mills has patents and patent applications which slows down replication drive. Anyway I think this latest innovation to use solar panels to capture that light-energy is brilliant. Efficiency can be similar to original MHD but much simpler and easier to scale down to those small mobile (car) applications.

    • Fortyniner

      I’m not sure it takes brilliance to think of using PVs to harvest energy from a very bright light source, only ignorance of the characteristics of current PV devices and a complete disregard for factors such as collection and disposal of the energy not harvested by such a means.

      Given that the efficiency of conversion of flashes of bright light to electricity is likely to be very low, and cooling would have to be used in any case to take away the remaining energy, why not just collect all output as heat to keep things simple? This seems to characterise Mills’ over-complicated approach – why use a hammer to knock in a nail, when you can propose a non-existant device that uses powerful electromagnetic pulses to drive the nail instead.

  • Daniel Maris

    Quite, so why produce such an misleading impression?

  • RKTect

    I’ll settle for a variable speed feed for the solid fuel that can provide up to to 10 -15 KW’ If that’s too small an amount to be viable, let me know what is the smallest unit is likely to be. I’d still be willing to sell the excess back to the power co just as excess photovoltaic is today. Sign me up Scotty!

  • Fortyniner

    Another ‘virtual device’ more full of engineering holes than the proverbial gruyere cheese, as several people have already noted. I honestly don’t understand on what basis Mills can make such literally fantastic claims, based it seems on no more than his theories and a science fair modification of a seam welder. There are more convincing devices illustrated in the 1950s Dan Dare annual I recently rediscovered in the attic. I can only guess that his investors are getting restless and he feels he has to do something seemingly spectacular.

    • Ted-X

      High current devices are also identified as the LENR devices by Ukrainians: Bolotov and Mordkiewicz. There are some strange effects at high amperage. Lightinings are also suspected of some form of LENR. Also, UV-mercury quartz lamps may have some LENR effects (apparently not technically viable as overunity devices).
      Technical holes: electrodes, photovoltaic cells and many more.

    • GreenWin

      Having plowed through some of Dr. Mills’ weighty papers and patents, I have to agree with your bewilderment 49er. As I have noted in the Always Open thread, Mills has received a USPTO patent on his Lower Energy Hydrogen Methods… application. His proofs demonstrating H1 transitions producing UV/soft Xray spectra are compelling IMO.

      I suggest ECWorlders read Tom Bearden’s and the Dow Jones articles on the implications of this patent here: http://www.cheniere.org/misc/mills.htm Then consider perhaps Dr. Mills’ new curriculum is to so dismay engineers as to compel them to “fix” these awkward inventions.

      The technical disconnect in these announcements is enough to suggest its purpose is
      diversionary. Perhaps like Governor Symington’s official “Phoenix Lights”
      reaction. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhCwI7rpZto

      Wouldn’t be the first time The Neighbors in New Jersey had to confront alien ideas!

      • Alain Samoun

        The funny thing is that Mills may have the theory, but he is unable to show the working application, just the opposite of Rossi…

        • GreenWin

          Unable? Or restricted by faux national security BS?? Something here smells like rotten fish. Mills’ accepted patent confirms new physics. Why the cowardice? Not the behavior of carbon-based humans.

          • Alain Samoun

            Only a remark: Mills never demonstrated 1% of what he has claimed. Now if he is under some diabolic control from aliens? I did not drink enough whiskey or cognac to give you an answer right now.

            • GreenWin

              Alain, LOL, a deserved dismissal! You are correct, theory never trumps evidence. However, given Dr. Mills’ history, and his early Ni+H experiments (with USAF Wright-Patterson) suggests rethinking compartmentalization. Even the best and brightest need help in explaining obfuscation (diabolic or angelic) – especially when deprived of whiskey and weed!

    • Hope4dbest

      @ Fortyniner “I honestly don’t understand how Mills can make such literally fantastic claims, based it seems on no more than his theories and a science fair modification of a seam welder.”

      Remember the pictures of the E-cat? Aluminum foil paper and all?

  • georgehants

    Could you soon be filling up with SEAWATER? US Navy reveals ‘game changing’ fuel created from water

    Has flown radio controlled plane using ‘sea fuel’ in first test of new fuel
    New technique can capture 92% of CO2 in water to create jet fuel

    Could be used to create fuel for any vehicle without having to modify enginesRead more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2599036/The-plane-powered-WATER-US-Navy-reveals-radical-new-game-changing-process-power-jets-boats-seawater.html#ixzz2yE8zTODS

    • Ted-X

      Pure nonsense, this energy from the seawater. A waste of money, too. They produce hydrogen by electrolysis. They would need to be hooked-up to the grid to power the electrolysis. The “sygas” technology is known for about 100 years 🙂

      • GreenWin

        Ted, you’re right if they use plain old electrolysis. But we’ve seen how nano catalysts e.g. Au in certain geometry, can effectively increase water splitting efficiency by an order of magnitude or near.

      • Broncobet

        With a method of energy like fission the Navy can produce jet fuel,now they are not all the way there but have made good progress.If LENR could produce useful energy that would work also.It is interesting that the Navy puts almost no work into fission reactors because they have lots of money,they have a cooling source and they aren’t subject to the rules of the NRC.So either they are incompetent,as I believe,or perhaps they have a source like LENR ,which IS possible yet highly unlikely.

    • Argon

      Has anybody further details on this, since there is a sentence: ‘The gases combine and form long-chained unsaturated hydrocarbons with methane as a by-product.’
      Then nothing about what happens to methane? Methane is much worse contributor to global warming than CO2.
      In the the next sentence ‘The unsaturated hydrocarbons are then made to form longer hydrocarbon molecules containing six to nine carbon atoms.’ I hope it will include methane, which itself contains energy, and should not allowed to escape to atmosphere without burning.
      BTW This NAVY ‘news’ made its way today to national TV news right away in Finland, whereas I have not seen single mentioning about LENR. Tecnology newspaper tekniikkatalous.fi had three page coverage (in print version only) about energy, comparing 3rd and 4rd generation nuclear power and had some coverage also alternatives like Thorium(molten salt) reactors etc. but not a word about LENR (they have had few short coverages online about Ross though). Looks like no media companies (or journalists) want to burn their fingers – not just yet.

  • Ophelia Rump

    I think you have overstated the actual current ability of their device a bit.
    It is nice to dream big dreams, it is less ethical to repeat them as actualities. They have done the latter. Such nice dreams and fantasies, maybe someday!

    This sort of thing justifies the rabid skepticism we see so often, it is a disservice.

  • Ronzonni

    Suppose this one cubic foot cell really makes megawatts. How do they get the power out? How do they keep it cool? Certainly not with their tiny cooling tubes shown in the diagram! And where are the test results showing sustained power from the device?

    • jousterusa

      Great questions, all unanswered. Here in Florida, I’m not sure I’d want a small device as hot as the sun sitting in my pantry. Might be a little too warm.

  • Daniel Maris

    If only they could. They can’t.

  • Donk970

    This is one of those cases where one has to wonder. The demo appeared to me to be a spot welder producing some loud bangs – a very, very long way from a device that can produce a sustained 10MW of power. And anyone can apply for a patent, actually being awarded a patent is a whole different thing.

  • Dr. Mike

    Anyone with knowledge about “off-the-shelf” photovoltaic cells, is aware that these devices lose efficiency rapidly in concentrated sunlight due to the internal series resistance (including metal contacts). Expected nominal efficiencies of 3-5% might be expected at 100 suns concentrated sunlight. A special photovoltaic design called the interdigitated back contact (IBC) solar cell, which is somewhat more expensive to build than the conventional solar cell, overcomes the series resistance problem and can achieve ~25% efficiency at 100-500 suns if the device is well cooled. However, at 50,000 suns intensity it would essentially impossible to cool the device as about 4KW/cm2 of cooling would be needed to keep to devices at a reasonable operating temperature.
    If Blacklight is claiming they can convert a 50,000 suns illumination intensity directly into electricity using “off-the-shelf” photovoltaic cells, one has to question their claim that their device can produce 50,000 suns equivalent energy.

    • Jonnyb

      Yeh, I agree absolutely.

    • Argon

      Was my concern also. They claim in their site technology page ‘…developed system engineering design … generates 10 MW of electricity, enough to power ten thousand homes’. It is confusing statement, but I must read that it is a ‘System design’, not one square foot box. So lots and lots of those photovoltaic cells in parallel in arrays of units.

      10MW = 10 000kW that mean that even 1% loss to internal resitances would mean 100kw to cool out from cells and 0.1% would mean 10kW which is already possible to cool out from ‘system’ that is not one cell.

      Race is on, and we live interesting times, but more clear statements from Blacklight (and eventually independent tests) are needed before I can start to lean on the possibility that they have something.

    • GreenWin

      It is fairly well known (industry) that the Invention Secrecy Act of 1951 (USA) prohibits public disclosure of PV above 25% efficiency.

  • Samiam

    “It is claimed the cell can generate ten million watts of electricity, or
    enough to power ten thousand homes at a cost of about $25/kW.”

    Does anyone know much does it costs to produce conventional forms of electricity per kW? I can only find costs for kWh, which is priced in pennies.

    • Omega Z

      “a cost of about $25/kW”:This would apply to the cost of generating capacity. As in a 4Kw Generator would cost $100.
      This is to vague to mean much of anything.
      Cost per Kw would/should usually include a System Size to have any real meaning.
      It would be unrealistic to think you could build a 4Kw generator for a $100. For all we know, this could be based on building a 1Gw Power Plant.

  • Private Citizen

    Where’s the patent application ?

    • jousterusa

      view it from the home page of blacklightpower.com. The application is liked at the e4nd of the first long paragraph.

  • Hope4dbest

    2014 is not an Olympic year.