David Hambling, writer for Wired UK, has written an article about last night’s experiment carried out by the Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project in which a reactor containing nickel powder mixed with lithium aluminum hydride was placed inside a silicon carbide heating element and heated to over 1000C. The experiment came to an abrupt conclusion when there was a sudden explosion.
“It is too soon to say whether the explosion really was due to the sort of runaway cold fusion reactions alleged to have destroyed a number of Parkhomov’s test reactors, or whether it was something simpler . . . The MFMP might just have succeeded in producing its first visible cold fusion reaction at last. Rossi has indicated that the difficult part is maintaining a controlled, stable reaction once it starts and preventing runaway, and this may be why he feels he is ahead in the race to commercialise the technology. ”