“The Mother of All Black Swans”: Hydrinos and Cold Fusion (Tom Whipple)

Tom Whipple has written a new piece in the Falls Church News Press, a Falls Church, Virginia newspaper about what he considers could be a one-two punch that could save the planet from economic and environmental turmoil. The title of his article is “The Peak Oil Crisis: The Mother of All Black Swans”, and sees a good measure of hope in two new technologies that we have discussed at length on this site.

He writes:

What is desperately needed is a way for the world to stop burning carbon as quickly as possible without creating economic turmoil. There just may be an answer . . .

I am talking about the twin technologies of cold fusion and hydrinos, each of which, when widely deployed, will constitute a revolution in the history of mankind fully equivalent to the discovery of fire, the wheel, the agricultural revolution, or the industrial revolution

Whipple sees the work of Randell Mills at Blacklight Power, and Andrea Rossi at Industrial Heat, as the best hope for avoiding environmental catastrophe, and thinks that either, or both, could bring products to market within the next few years. He has written a number of columns over the years about LENR, and is one of the few writers to do so in U.S. newspapers. The newspaper reading population of Falls Church, Virginia are possibly the most educated about cold fusion in all of the country!

  • Mark Underwood

    Rest assured Chris, my comment was with tongue firmly in cheek.

    Thomas Clarke had said, “The evidence for hydrinos is zero other than claimed excess energy in experiments which even by LENR standard are very flakey”

    If Thomas Clarke really knew about the work of Dr. Mills, he would know that excess heat from hydrino formation is only a small part of hydrino evidence.

    For instance, here’s a sentence taken from one of Mills’ many papers:

    “The predicted molecular hydrino H2(1/4) was identified as a product of the CoCu tape cast as well as Mo-based and CIHT cells by MAS 1H NMR, electron-beam excitation emission spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and photoluminescence emission spectroscopy.”

    There are many more papers to check out, with more lines of evidence.

    And speaking of excess energy, the late Eugene Mallove, editor of Infinite Energy magazine and an early champion of cold fusion, regarded Mill’s work in generating excess heat as much more robust that what workers in cold fusion had attained at that time.

    So Thomas Clarke is just spouting from ignorance. And, he is far too assured of the veracity and efficacy of mainstream science. Nothing new there.

  • Axil Axil

    This discussion involves a field of science called dusty plasma. Do you know anything about this? You might want to Google it.

  • Stefan Israelsson Tampe

    Regarding Mills theory. I read parts of it and it does look like a very interesting theory. Anyone who knows some math should go straight ahead to the derivation of the landau’s g-factor for electrons. It’s a neat calculation that is clear and deduced from first principles. Anyone arguing that Mills theory is quirky has to explain that strange fact. In my book there is no chance ever that Mills is wrong in his theory and the deduction is valid at the same time. You cannot argue away mathematical facts and that his derivation has an amazing number of correct decimals for this g-factor. I have only found one critique of Mills theory that looks interesting and that’s Rathkes paper about inconsistances in Mills theory. The misstake Rathke does is basically to assume that Mills solution need to satisfy the wave equation in order for special relativity to be valid. But that is not true, that is only true if you at the same time assume that the solution is regular e.g. twice differentiable e.g. does not contain jumps cusps etc.Mills solution is by construction not twice differentiable and hence Rathke’s critique falls down like a house of cards. Also strangely, Mills tried to get a discussion by publishing a rebutal, but got the cold hand, so he self published it, that rebutal is almost never mentioned at the same time as mentioning Rathke, which is not what you do if you try to be objective. It all looks like some bulling and incompetence to me, but this is what one would expect concerning how we humans have treated great thinkers throughout the history.

    • optiongeek

      Electron g-factor is but the tip of the iceberg. Other closed-form results from Mills that are unattainable by mainstream methods include the ratios of the lepton masses, ionization levels of atoms with 1-20 electrons, molecular properties for essentially all molecules, identification of dark matter, unification of the fundamental forces, physical manifestation of alpha, and many others.

  • GreenWin

    USPTO currently embroiled in a fraud investigation of Examiners billing for hours playing games and surfing the net — is a disgrace. It will need a complete overhaul to be anywhere near effective again. Or scrapped entirely; since it appears to be so corrupt as to be utterly ineffective.

    • telessar

      Honestly, the problem is mostly with congress – the USPTO has tried to overhaul their system several times, but congress keeps using them as a slush fund to pay for other projects.

      The USPTO is a self-funded department, meaning they take no subsidy from the federal government; they run entirely on the fees they collect.

      So far, so good.

      The problem is that whenever they raise their fees or save money for an overhaul of their system, congress swoops in and takes the excess to pay for other projects. The USPTO is actually being used to fund other parts of the government, which puts them in a financial position where they are constantly just making ends meet.

      There have been lots of attempts to fix the way the department runs, but it is not going to happen until congress stops using patent fees as a piggy-bank.

  • TomR

    I almost cancelled my subscription. I couldn’t believe they would talk about the subject and write the words they did. I probably won’t renew.

  • GreenWin

    In spite of the lack of evidence for hydrino, that darned USPTO issued a patent to Blacklight Power, – Mills, Good, Phillips, and Popov titled:

    “Lower-energy hydrogen methods and structures” http://worldwide.espacenet.com/publicationDetails/biblio?CC=US&NR=6024935&KC=&FT=E&locale=en_EP

    It’s like cats and dogs sleeping together. If USPTO issued a patent for this process, why would they not… oh, never mind.

  • Mark Underwood

    “The evidence for hydrinos is zero…” Dang, I wish I’d known that sooner!

  • Omega Z

    Jim, Have you compared R. Mills earlier work to Rossi’s.
    I have no doubt they are one & the same. The difference being that Rossi figured out the key. Calling it something different is just semantics.
    Mills just ran into the same issues as everyone else & went a different route.

    I’ve noticed that Mills web site no longer shows his older work on Ni+H, but it doesn’t matter because this technology works with many different metals of the same class.

    • Mark Underwood

      Mill’s Raney Nickel cell activated at a mere 250 degrees C, and the production of heat from hydrino formation was very brief, I think on the order or seconds. As we know the eCat requires temps over 1000 degrees C and the heat can last for months. Very different dynamics, very different phenomena.

      • Omega Z

        Your description of Mills cell is pretty much the situation for everyone. Low output for long periods or high output for very short periods, tho there’s a few making gains.

        I was comparing Rossi’s Lt E-cat that is in the 1Mw pilot plant at this moment. The reactor operates at 200’C & it’s steam production is between 100’C & 120’C. There are images around that look very much like Mills reactor except Rossi was getting much better results. As I said, Rossi figured out the key.

  • GreenWin

    Peering into my crystal ball this article looks like PTB prepaving the indroduction of both optical and thermal over-unity power systems. Mills’ SF-CIHT “SunCell” and Andrea Rossi’s E-Cat Ni+H2 system. Tom Whipple is a reasoned conduit to introduce both technologies and IMO, reflects certain PTB who can no longer stave off the inevitable.

    • GreenWin

      BTW, questions about PTB…? The former President of Standard Oil, John Miller (founded by John D. Rockefeller) joined the BLP Board of Directors in 2008.

      • Eyedoc

        What ?? Getotahere ! Are you sure its the same guy ?

        • GreenWin

          I dunno doc. That’s what the link to Rowan University’s validation says (see my post below.) Crazy mixed up program, ain’t it??

    • Omega Z

      You’ll notice that some take 1 side against the other. I like Rossi & I dislike Mills. It’s a personality thing. However, I don’t let my personal opinions of the men get in the way.

      My view is that Mills & Rossi’s different technical approach actually compliment the other. There is a large need for both electricity & heat/steam. Both technologies have their weak & strong points. Combined mitigates most of the weak points of both.

      • GreenWin

        We’re on the same page Omega. Agree, Rossi figured out a way to loop the sudden bursts of heat – something Mills did not appear to do. Or…

  • GreenWin

    Jim, recall too, that Mills pioneered Ni+1H anomalous heat experiments going back to early 1990s. And as recently as 2008, independent labs at Rowan University replicated the BLP effect using Raney nickel. It makes a very interesting read: http://www.rowan.edu/colleges/engineering/clinics/cleanenergy/pv/papers/pdf/files/paper7.pdf

  • Herb Gillis

    The existence of the LENR phenomenon is now established, especially after Lugano and Parkhomov. Hydrinos, however, are a specific theory of LENR which many find particularly hard to swallow. I hope the latter does not delay the popular acceptance of the former. It would be better, in my view, if they were discussed separately.

    • Axil Axil

      Nanoparticles are a major new field of chemistry. But I doubt that Mills covers the dynamics of nanoparticles or in fact any of the nano sciences in even the smallest way. In this lies his theoretical weakness. The behaviors that he ascribes to hydrinos really are a consequence of nanoparticle dynamics. Any positive results that he has gotten have come from a coincidental utilization and manipulation of nanoparticles. This includes his latest technology, the sun cell. This lack of nano theory is also true of Santilli.

  • Hydrinos is about to get thought a very important lesson – next quarter

    • Mark Underwood

      What do you mean?

  • Gerard McEk

    I have tried several times to get a piece in our local paper, but it is totally ignored both times. I guess you must be a interested reporter and very persuasive to get it in a paper, or have a very progressive paper.

    • Charles

      I have had two pieces published in the Roanoke Times regarding LENR, the 2d about 1 year ago. My recent submissions have been ignored and I understand why. “Yeah, Yeah. show us one.”

      Andrea Rossi, in particular, is ALLEGED to have a unit out there at NASA or the USN, or wherever it may be, that has been operating (or not?) for at least two years. As I have said repeatedly, a trusted 3d party could be used to release the info and protect whatever secret needs to be kept.

      Help us out here Dr. Bushnell. I am getting old and want to see this in my lifetime.

      • Omega Z

        I would be happy to see it proven & gone public while I’m still here. Beyond that doesn’t matter because i know all else will follow.

        The unit you mention I believe is in an NRL research lab.
        This was claimed by another LENR developer who had a device of his own under NRL testing. He claimed that he saw Rossi’s plant in operation. At the time, he also accused NRL of sharing information with Rossi. Actually, there is precedence for this in a sense.

        When you have 2 Corporations like Lockheed Martin & Boeing competing for a project & one hits an impasse in a certain area of development, They will nudge you in a certain direction based on what they are aware of from your competitors work. However, they don’t provide specifics. This is only to help you get beyond an impasse to maintain competition for the final project. They still expect you to come up with your own answer.

        The Big boys are well aware of this type of exchange. Only outsiders find an issue with this. Unless of course, they are the one getting the nudge. If I recall, This person was told his device didn’t measure up to claims. If it had, we would likely never of heard of this.

  • Kim

    The worm is awake and may be thinking of turning…

    • Kim

      A Brave New World is upon us.

      I completely understand how to build this thing myself.
      The Instruction booklet is now complete.


      • Mordriel

        Kim ^ So….confused….halp! In any case, I’ll be incredibly excited to see what kinds of changes these technologies being about. The sooner, the better. But, economic upheval can be the price to pay for successful, world-changing, ground-shaking innovation to come to market. It almost never starts full force. Textbooks would need re-writing, science and engineering education would have to be restructured. Not to mention the people who would lose jobs (necesaary as it could be). It’s going to take a while to get that ball rolling. The oceans didn’t fill from a single raindrop— as cool as that’d have been. This stands to be a long, steady downpour. Who wants to splash in some puddles?! I’m down. When it comes to rolling out tech that will save generations and the planet, I say, let’s do this, Leroy Jenkins!!!