French Newspaper La Tribune Features Cold Fusion

Thanks to a reader for sending me the following links to an article in the French newspaper La Tribune titled “Fusion froide, les espoirs du nucléaire «propre»”, which translates to “Cold Fusion, clean nuclear hopes,” written by Erick Haehnsen. According to Wikipedia La Tribune has a circulation of 531,000 copied (2000 numbers)

The full text (in French) can be read at this link, and below I have provided a Google translation of part of the article below.

http://www.pressreader.com/france/la-tribune2576/20160218/281616714428574/TextView

For now, most projects not exceed the laboratory stage prototype. However, two of them seem close to market their products on the market. Starting with the company Leonardo Corporation. Its LENR reactor, called E-Cat, which uses hydrogen and nanostructured powders nickel and lithium, was designed by the researcher-Andrea Rossi entrepreneur and researcher Sergio Focardi of the University of Bologna (Italy).

In October 2014, E-Cat has was the first reactor to be LENR an independent technical validation achieved notably by researchers the University of Bologna, University Uppsala (Sweden) and the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. during thirty-two days, this tiny device 33cm long and 12 cm in diameter reached a temperature between 1260 ° C and 1400 ° C, generated 1.5 MW, 3.2 to 3.6 times more energy than it consumed. Currently, Andrea Rossi
developing a range of prototypes E-Cat, from household generator 10 kilowatts up to the station of 1 MW for the industry, already being tested on a site.

Another pioneer, the California Brillouin Energy Corporation has demonstrated, November 2, its two reactors WET and HHT before members of US Congress. “It was an opportunity to show that we are close to commercialization
our products, “comments Robert Godes, President and CTO of the society. “Energy efficiency is a factor of 4 [400%, note] and potentially more, “says Michael McKubre, director of the center until 2009 Research on the energies of SRI International which in January 2015 had access to laboratory of the startup process and to tests in its own facilities. ” This transparency creates a climate of trust necessary to consider industrialize technology Brillouin Energy, “says Michael Halem, CEO of Invest LENR, a Swiss-American fund that also invests in startups LENR Cars,
Lenuco LLC and NicHnergy. Nonetheless, for Time is Brillouin which listed AlwaysOn Global 100 “100 Companies
Silicon Valley to watch closely.” Other hope, the Russian company New Inflow [http://newinflow.ru/eng.htm] claims to have developed a new theory
scientific and mathematical models capable of simulating the LENR. A move that allows him to get yields 600% to 800%.

Also included in the article is a short interview with Michel Vandenberghe of LENR Cities. He states in part:

“A technology is only broadcast if the market accept it. So provide models economic factors in accelerating adoption. Hence the idea of ​​ecosystems that allow the actors to gather, exchange experiences and pool their risks.
This is what we do with Airbus and as part of the project aimed NewK to build the UK a European industry for reprocessing of radioactive waste. This sector requires the mobilization lot of energy. In reality, all industries need a lot of energy. But this one is expensive. If we change this equation, revolutionizing industry and transport.”

  • Albert D. Kallal

    This is great news, since not only is this a major newspaper, but the “context” is VERY much that it is SILLY and STUPID for anyone now to not believe in LENR and also silly for industry and research institutes to ignore LENR.

    That type of “context” is MOST valuable
    here. This is on par with the 60 minutes piece called “cold fusion is hot again”.

    In other words, the tone is you have to rather ignorant and closed minded to not accept what is occurring with LENR.

    The LENR ball is really starting to bounce down the hill. And the article points out the RAPIDLY rising investments in LENR (after all, this is a business orientated newspaper). And those investments have more than doubled in just two short years. So investments are reaching
    some serious numbers. (100+ million and rapidly rising.

    Once investors latch on, then the result is a computer like boom such as what occurred in Silicon Valley.

    Like all great companies etc., they tend to take about 10 years before everyone hears of them. This is much like following the success of Apple, but it really took 10 years before Apple (or
    Facebook, or Google) became household words.

    So for those new to LENR, then the effect is like walking into a store, and seeing your first Apple II on the shelf.

    This article is a big deal, and is a welcome vitamin shot in the arm for LENR.

    Regards,
    Albert D. Kallal
    Edmonton, Alberta Canada

  • Michel Vandenberghe

    “La Tribune” and “les Echos” are the two economic and financial french newspapers.

  • Private Citizen

    Any rumors about when Brillouin Energy might release a product or publicly verifiable device?

  • Adam

    Dear friends,
    I’m picking up the chatter from MFMP about some good news coming…Can you validate?

    • artefact

      Do you mean because of the new topic on quantumheat?

      “The Cookbook is in the signal…
      Written by Robert Greenyer on 22 February 2016.
      Prepare>>>> The End of the Carbon Age is Nigh
      Thankyou to all those that helped us”

      • LuFong

        Just posted by MFMP to a question about this: “It’s coming.”

        These are exciting times.

  • Camille Grosdidier

    Here is a longer translation:
    COLD FUSION: HOPES FOR A “CLEAN” NUCLEAR POWER

    After being criticized for a quarter century, low-temperature
    nuclear fusion is gaining in credibility. It not only promises abundant,
    inexpensive and decentralized energy, it emits no harmful radioactive radiations.
    Industrialists, universities, research centers and startups are mobilizing.

    In the televised series “Occupied” by Jo Nesbø, which airs on Arte, Russia invades Norway following the decision by its Prime Minister to end exploiting fossil energies in favor of alternative energy, fueled by thorium, a clean, inexhaustible resource, hugely powerful and whose name is inspired by Thor, the god of the Vikings. Mandated by the EU, Russia imposes a relaunch of the exploitation of Norwegian oil and gas and
    occupies the country, which starts resisting! In short, it’s the first post
    COP21 series. This admirable fiction shows, certainly in a particular fashion,
    how some states and industrial lobbies are ready to do anything to lay their
    hands on the true blood of an economy: energy. Wars, corruption, misinformation, interruption of fundamental research programs, and elimination of competitors … all means are good.

    300% to 800%: such is the current efficiency in laboratory of the nuclear reaction nicknamed “cold fusion”.

    And the race is on! Global energy consumption doubled between 1973 and 2013, from 6,100 Mtoe (million tonnes of oil equivalent) to 13,541 mtoe, according to a 2015 study by the International Energy Agency (IEA). And, as everyone should know, 81.4% of that energy is of fossil origin, while the goal of the COP21, to keep global warming “below 2 ° C” assumes that at least 70% of carbon resources will be left into the ground. As
    for nuclear power, so maligned, that energy is not renewable and potentially
    dangerous, and counts for only 4.2% of the world total.

    Meanwhile renewable energies contribute barely 1.2%
    of our needs. Of course, thanks to those energies, countries, especially
    emerging countries, are developing their economies. But the cost is global
    warming, new peaks in urban air pollution and nuclear disasters. Faced with that,
    physicists, industrialists and startups are “jumping in the water” to
    redefine the fundamental energy equation of the planet. Their goal?

    To offer an energy both abundant, readily available,
    clean, decentralized and at basically no marginal cost. The challenge is to
    invent a new branch of physics called “low energy nuclear reaction” –
    Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR). In the next few years, it could cause a
    major economic, social and geopolitical disruption, as it aims to grab a
    preponderant share of the world energy market, estimated at 7 000 billion per
    year.

    Explanations.

    A SCIENTIFIC CONTROVERSY IS ENDING …

    Fleischmann and Pons: the Massachusetts Institute of
    Technology (MIT) and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have
    tried, unsuccessfully, to replicate that experience. They also prepared and
    published in the journal “Nature” an incendiary article about this
    famous “cold fusion”. All in less than five weeks. “That had
    never been seen,” quips Nicolas Chauvin, co-founder of the Swiss startup
    LENR Cars SA, an important industry expert based in Ecublens (Switzerland).

    For his part, former physics lecturer at the University of Aix-Marseille, and now a retired, independent researcher, Jean-Paul Biberian confirms: “The CNRS forced me to stop my research on cold fusion although it didn’t cost much, “… especially compared to the
    hot fusion reactor project, ITER (16 billion euros) and the Bure landfill for
    radioactive waste (25 billion euros).

    Since then, methodological problems that prevented the replication of Fleischmann and Pons’ experiment were solved in various universities. First in Italy and then in
    Russia, Ukraine, India, Japan, China, Sweden, UK, Greece and the United States
    – but not in France. A “scalded cat fears cold water”, and the cold
    fusion community now prefers to refer to “condensed matter physics”,
    or simply LENR. In twenty-five years, more than a thousand scientific articles
    have been published in refereed journals. And some LENR processes have even
    been the topic of technical validations by universities or independent
    institutions.

    WHEN NUCLEAR ENERGY BECOMES A TOPIC FOR INDEPENDENT
    RESEARCH

    With cold fusion, nuclear power is no longer the
    preserve of institutional research. As it operates at low temperature, it
    becomes accessible through almost artisan means.

    In the wake of the ostracism imposed on Cold Fusion by
    the “Nature” magazine, many physicists who, in spite of everything,
    wanted to work on this topic, had to sacrifice their academic careers and
    funding for their research. They then “put together” reactors on the
    benches of their home lab. While keeping a low profile. “Since we work at
    low temperature, nuclear power has become a topic for independent
    researchers,” admits Julien Sase, a young independent researcher working
    for a support network within a community of scientists. Nuclear power is no
    longer the domain of major universities and institutional research centers.

    A danger or an opportunity? Let’s lean on the side of
    opportunity, for independent researchers can show themselves to be rather
    ethical. “I work on a little-known low-temperature nuclear reaction
    (LENR): the electronic capture”, explains Julien Sase, whose last reactor
    operates with a mixture of water and ammonia at about 100 ° C., feeding a power
    turbine. I will not initiate anything until I can fully control my reactor. I
    do not want to fall into the trap of being too tempted to quickly gain (from
    it), which could cause unknown problems.” The young researcher increases manifold
    his safety devices, especially as he is putting together an association to make
    ecological villages energetically autonomous … before creating his startup. ■ E. H.

    INDUSTRIAL MOBILIZATION LAUNCHED

    Curiously, we still can’t explain cold fusion.
    However, it is more easily mastered and reproduced. All done with abundant and cheap raw materials such as nickel, lithium and hydrogen. And without pollution nor hazardous
    radioactive emissions. And that changes everything! According to E-Cat World, a
    reference site in the LENR community, nearly a hundred organizations throughout
    the world are implicated in this field. Even industrialists such as Airbus (which
    filed a patent), Boeing, Mitsubishi Heavy Industry, Renault-Nissan, Shell,
    Toyota … Institutions include the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (Barc) in
    India, Elforsk (Sweden), the National Agency For New Technologies, Energy and
    Sustainable Economy (Enea) in Italy, NASA, the US Navy, the Stanford Research
    Institute (SRI), the Chinese Nuclear Society, and the Swedish Defense ministry

    In other words, cold fusion is back in the news.
    Mainly with the emergence of dozens of U.S. startups such as Leonardo
    Corporation (which raised $ 62 million), Brilliant Light Power, Brillouin
    Energy Corporation, Brust Energy, Jet Energy. In Japan, there is Clean Planet;
    in the United Kingdom, Clean Nuclear Power LLC; in Sweden, Hydro Fusion; in
    Italy, Is Tech, and NicHenergy Prometeon SRL; in Switzerland LENR Cars and LENR
    Cities; in Germany, Lightstone Technologies; in Russia, New Inflow … Young
    shoots that are in the starting blocks for the first sale of a LENR reactor.
    “For twenty-five years, only a few universities invested in LENR, some 5 to
    10 million euros a year globally”, notes Nicolas Chauvin who has three
    LENR reactors destined for the transport sector. But things started speeding up
    in the past three years. In 2014, investments increased from 20 to 30 million
    euros. Last year 100 million. This year they are expected to reach between 300
    and 500 million euros. ”

    “The days when people made fun of cold fusion are
    over,” says Michel Vandenberghe, CEO of the Swiss startup LENR Cities,
    which creates ecosystems to foster the adoption by industries of LENR worldwide
    (see interview). He alludes to the collaboration agreement between Clean Planet
    Inc. and the Research Center for Electron Photon Science at the Tohoku
    University (Japan) – in collaboration with the company Head – which receives
    public funding from Nedo, the Japanese counterpart of ADEME. Besides wishing to
    strengthen basic research in LENR, Nedo aims to develop by 2018 various energy
    production processes along with processes to decontaminate nuclear waste
    through transmutation of matter. “Mitsubishi has already filed patents.
    When you prepare a metal with nano-metallurgy technologies – nickel for example
    – that material acts like a sponge for hydrogen. It is “condensed”
    matter, explains Didier Pelluet, deputy managing director (DMD) of LENR Cities,
    SA. By exciting it with electricity, laser or even sound, you get nuclear
    transmutation reactions: for example, copper thus “grows” in nickel!
    Without the emission of gamma-rays [highly radioactive]. ”

    That principle of transmutation can turn uranium, plutonium or cesium, all highly radioactive, into lithium, or even perfectly harmless lead. “These phenomena are known but you would need the energy of a nuclear power plant to achieve them! This is where LENR would intervene because it could be done at very low temperatures and cheaply, ” says Didier Pelluet, deputy managing director of LENR Cities, SA, which is helping
    put together the NewK project, an ecosystem of 11 companies clustered
    around Sellafield, with the goal of forging a European industrial sector for
    the recycling of nuclear waste in Thornton Scientific Park near Chester, United
    Kingdom.

    REACTORS CLOSE
    TO BEING MARKETED

    For now, most projects are nothing but prototypes at the laboratory stage. However two companies seem close to launching products on the market. The first one being Leonardo Corporation. Its LENR reactor, dubbed the E-Cat, which uses hydrogen as well as nanostructured powders of nickel and lithium, was designed by the entrepreneur-researcher Andrea Rossi and Sergio Focardi, a researcher at the University of Bologna (Italy). In October 2014, the E-Cat was the first LENR reactor to submit to an independent technical validation carried out notably by researchers from the University of Bologna,
    the University of Uppsala (Sweden) and the Royal Institute of technology in
    Stockholm. For thirty-two days, this tiny device, measuring 33 cm by 12 cm,
    reached temperatures of 1260 ° C and 1400 ° C, generated 1.5 MW, or 3.2 to 3.6
    times more energy than it took in. Currently, Andrea Rossi is developing a
    range of E-Cat prototypes, from 10 kW generators for private use to 1 MW
    stations for industrial uses, already being tested on site.

    Another pioneer, Brillouin Energy Corporation of
    California, demonstrated, on november 2 (2015), its two WET and HHT reactors
    before members of (the U.S.) Congress. “It was an opportunity to show that
    we are close to commercializing our products,” says Robert Godes,
    president and technical director of the company. “The efficiency performance
    is a factor of 4 [400%, note] and potentially more,” says Michael McKrube,
    director until 2009 of the research center on energies at SRI International,
    who in January 2015 was given access to the laboratory of the startup and
    conducted tests in his own facilities. “This transparency creates the
    climate of trust necessary to envision the industrialization of Brillouin
    Energy technology,” says Michael Halem, CEO of LENR Invest, a
    Swiss-American fund that also invests in startups such as LENR Cars, Lenuco LLC
    and NicHnergy. Nevertheless, for now, it is Brillouin which is appears on the
    list AlwaysOn Global 100 of the “100 companies from Silicon Valley to
    watch closely.” Another hope: the Russian company New Inflow claims to
    have developed a new scientific theory, as well as mathematical models capable
    of simulating LENR. A move that allows it to get returns of 600% to 800%.

    • Gerard McEk

      An excellent article in an important paper. I hope other media will pick this up soon!

    • Bruce Williams

      Many many thanks for the time you took to translate this really important (and highly comprehensive) article. I can read French, but for some reason I could not access the site.

  • Michel Vandenberghe

    @LENR-Cities our focus is on “Decentralized Autonomous Organization” topic ( some Keywords : Blockchain, smart contracts, platform coops). Our project runs as DAO with a focus on value creation and Sharing… say a cooperative ecosystem..

  • Owen Geiger

    Link to New Inflow: http://newinflow.ru/eng.htm

    • Frank Acland

      Thanks Owen — I’ve added it to the article above

    • Gerard McEk

      It does not seem to refer to lattice based LENR but to LENR reactions in gas plasmoids (which is more a hot fusion approach). Nevertheless, they were able to generate heat at moderate temperatures, they seem to say.

  • Slad

    My browser won’t translate the linked article… But it will translate this copy:

    http://sans-langue-de-bois.eklablog.fr/fusion-froide-les-espoirs-du-nucleaire-vert-a125034570