Robert Godes of Brillouin on Beta-Decay of Nickel in the Lugano Test

This comment by Robert E. Godes, Chief Technical Officer at Brillouin Energy was just made on this thread (regarding Godes’ thoughts on the Lugano E-Cat report) in response to a comment by LCD who noted that in appendix 3 of the report, copper was mentioned as being found in the fuel:

I had not really looked at appendix 3. I am glad to see that Cu63 does not appear to have changed much between start and finish seen on page 52. As I had predicted, as noted above, Cu65 is actually higher than Cu63 in the ash after the experiment. (Page 52) The source of this new Cu65 is beta- decay of Ni65 which comes from capture of ultra cold neutrons by lighter isotopes of Ni. Thanks LCD for point out the Cu on page 51

  • LCD

    No problem Robert. Question for you, how do you reconcile this idea of presumably standard beta decay in light of the fact that Bianchni never reports any radiation of any type above background during or after the test.

    Merry Xmas
    🙂

  • blanco69

    Agreed Fib. Rossi and IH appear to be very pedestrian in their development approach. It could be that he’s going as fast as he can under the weight of many unseen development obstacles but there are other possibilities. He may know that he’s got over a year and still be first to market or, alternatively, he knows he’s already lost the major prize (electricity production) to Brillouin and has focussed his efforts on a variant, industrial heat, application. I think by this time next year we’ll know one way or the other. Best wishes of the season to all.

  • guest2

    Just waiting for Rossi to publish all his stuffs and “pounce” see “told you so, I was right 1000% all along, all mine “

  • builtitnow

    Here is a nice video tour of Brillouin and SRI early this year. Godes says he is hoping to have his 30kW boiler, operating at 600C running by the end of this year. Looks like he is delayed. However, reading between the lines a bit, the 30kW boiler works, but, has maintenance problems that need solving. Namely, to get to 30kW the boiler needs a stirrer, but, the stirrer breaks down up the conditions of 600C, 1000psi and caustic soda. Without a stirrer is runs at about 800watts. (if I am remembering all this accurately).
    Also mentioned, the hydrogen gas version was not working.

    http://pesn.com/2014/01/16/9602422_Sterling-Visits-Brillouin_Berkely_and_SRI-International/

  • Alan DeAngelis

    Or maybe something strange that wouldn’t give off a gamma ray.

    Li(7) + Ni(62) > Cu(65) + He(4) 13 MeV

  • Andreas Moraitis

    Interesting observations – although we should not forget that there could have been contaminations, and that the samples were possibly not representative.
    Theoretically, 65Cu may also result from fusion of 64Ni with a proton. But if nickel-hydrogen fusion reactions were involved, one might as well expect to see larger amounts of 63Cu in the ash (as Mr. Godes indicates). Could his theory also explain why 62Ni is enriched? Maybe it does not tend to capture further neutrons because it is extremely stable. The amount of 65Ni which is required for the decay reaction would then have its origin in the 1% of 64Ni in the fuel. This would as well explain why 64Ni completely disappears.