LookingForHeat Video on Building Spark-Triggered LENR Reactor (Update: Video Part 2 Added)

In the following videon Alan Smith of LookingForHeat.com demonstrates how to build a LENR reactor designed to be stimulated by a high voltage spark (400 kV) which he thinks might play a part in triggering a LENR reaction in a tube with a hydrogen atmosphere, nickel and lithium inside.

He says he is also going to add a “very turbulent” magnetic field as a means of stimulation to be used in conjunction with the spark. The experiment with a fueled reactor has not yet been carried out.


Below is a still of the sparker in action.


UPDATE (May 21, 2016)

LookingForHeat has added a new video about the sparker — see below:


  • Alan Smith

    BTW. an update. Checked the output of the flyback transformer I’m using. Discovered that it is a much more believable 40kV Not 400kV . The OEM supplier blames this on a mistranslation. Hehe- who’d have thought that Chinese use different zeros to us? But it makes little difference to the program- it’s what it does that counts.

  • Alan Smith

    I am beginning to wonder (because of a malfunction that cost me two power supplies and an HT transformer) if the real trick is not actually to make sparks Inside the reactor, but to create a potential gradient inside it. Something extraordinary happened while I was making the movie above which- while it wasn’t LENR as I understand it – was deeply strange.When I get a chance to recreate the phenomenon you guys will be the first to know.

    • Zephir

      Of course it must be better to push discharge into the nickel and to inject protons right into it (saturate it with hydrogen in this way). But the HF component of discharge is also important, because the trapped hydrogen must also collide with nickel lattice.

      • Alan Smith

        You may be right Zephir, only more experiments will tell for sure. My malfunction pushed the Geiger to over 300CPM, 15x background -which for now I am calling an EMI-produced artifact and claiming nothing – but very interesting all the same. The Geiger is normally rock-steady around all kinds of electro-magnetic noise.

        • Dave Lawton

          Alan you are right it is EMI.I have seen it before using a Geiger counter near high voltage high frequency fields,it will cause a avalanche effect in the tube.Geiger counters are useless in that situation. We used PM
          scintillation counters when we triggered the spark gaps in our coax
          line transformers for the spark chambers.

          • Alan Smith

            Thank you Dave. You are a comfort!

  • Alan Smith
    • Alan Smith

      This is obviously a different kind of reactor to the standard ‘dogbone’ type. We have good reason to believe that it marks the beginning of a promising new direction for our research effort. Of course, like any new approach it brings new problems. The biggest problem at the moment is to devise a reliable method of measuring the temperature inside the reactor. An IR thermographic camera is one method, but we welcome comments and suggestions from viewers as to methods.

      We were recently asked about donations. The best way to support our work is to buy a LENR Test Kit, but we understand that LENR research is not for everyone so if you want to support our work without placing an order it is possible to directly transfer funding usingPayPal. It is not impossible that we might launch a Kickstarter at some point – to enable us to fund more advanced experiments and also (perhaps) to assist other independent LENR researchers.

      Interesting to note btw, that although there is only 20cms (8″) between reactor and Geiger counter, the Geiger stays rock-steady throughout the spark runs. No EMI effects (yet!)

  • Jas

    Love your choice of background music, Alan.
    Takes me back to the 1970’s and Tony Hart.
    Wish you well in your endevours!


  • Alan Smith

    Well, no X-rays yet from runs with heat and sparks – but no fuel yet. Video coming.

  • Zephir

    Defkalion also used sparkplug in its reactor for initiation of reaction, but I think it’s better to send corona discharge directly into the sample. If nothing else, it would implant the ions beneath surface of nickel and accelerate its saturation with hydrogen. It requires to
    rectify the HF discharge at least partially with high voltage diode. After all, the electric field intensity ceases fast with distance from spark. These guys manage 30.000 V each…

    This cheap module can be used for powering of primary winding of high power transformer. It runs at 160 – 200 kHz by default

    This cheap ozonizer is ready made, it runs at lower energy but the output voltage is high enough

  • Skeptic

    I think it’s just fantastic. As socialist I believe in the “power to the people” principle. Creating world wide community of home grown LENR researches its a very good development.

    Perhaps LENR could grow similar to open source software development, Some kind of GPL license for reactors designs

    • Mike Rion

      Dream on.

  • Alan DeAngelis

    Déjà vu:
    The Cockcroft-Walton accelerator.

  • Alan Smith

    The spark coil takes a measured 10watts of drive current. if we assume 50% efficiency and that the arc-length between electrodes allows the developed voltage to actually reach 100kV then the instantaneous arc current of 5 watts = 0.2mA.

  • Alan Smith

    Hi Gerard. The Electrodes are pure (engineering pure not analytic grade) Nickel Rod. Fuels can be as usual or possibly more exotic (Ti for example). There are gas inlets, and pure dry 1Bar H2 is available and will be used as the tube’s internal atmosphere. The spark is potenially (pun intended) up to 400kV,

    The EM field comes from the heating coil current – the shadow of these coils can be seen in the image above. Heater coil windings are separated into two pairs of opposite polarities each pair fed from an independent source of 36V Square-wave pulsed DC at 16kHz.

    Tests will start sometime next week – depends on how bust Lookingforheat.com keeps me- and I am veryt soon off to Tokyo so time is short. All results will be video’d and reported, but no livestream.

    Hope that answers your questions. Part 2 of the video will be avaialble soo.

    • Bruce Williams

      Alan,I admire your energy & willingness to communicate, please keep it up !
      Is there anything we can do to help finance this activity? I would like to help in this & I suspect I am not alone .

      • Alan Smith

        Hello Bruce. Thank you so much for your support. We are always happy to accept donations of cash or equipment. The pool of possible experiments is always going to be bigger than our budget. Another way for anyone to help us at the moment is by supporting Lookingforheat.com. After all it is the world’s first and only LENR supply warehouse. By buying (for example) a reactor kit and joining our open science experimental effort looking into the LENR phenomenon, you both help us to finance experiments and get something useful for yourself and of interest to experimenters everywhere.

    • Ged

      Good luck on all these endeavors!

    • LT


      just curious
      Why the opposite polarities of the heating coils when each pair is fed from an independent source ?
      (If independent means that the direction of the currents in each coil is also independent of each other)

      • Alan Smith

        Let me attempt to explain.There are four coils A,B, C, D. A and C are one pair with one PSU feeding them square waves . B and D are the other pair with another PSU. All coils have N on the LHS and S on the RHS. So the polarities go NSNSNSNS along the coil. Since AC and C might be ‘off’, when B and D are ‘on’ and vice versa the plan is to create a rapidly changing B field inside the coil. This could cause the Ni particles to become highly mobile. But investigating that is the next step. The ‘next up’ video will hopefully make this clearer.

        • sam

          No flashing danger warning like in your lab video.That was neat.

    • Gerard McEk

      Thanks for the answers Alan. I hope you can find the time for a fueled test. Good luck!

  • GordonDocherty

    high voltage spark (400 kV) – what is the power being applied to create the high voltage spark (that is, what is the order of magnitude of the expected amperage – pA, µA, mA or A)?

  • Gerard McEk

    I just wonder:
    Are the electrodes Tungsten?
    Is it filled with the usual ingredients (Ni, Li, AlLiH4)?
    Is additional H2 supplied at what pressure?
    How is the magnetic field supplied? What frequency?
    What voltage/wave shape/ frequency is used between the electrodes?
    I’m quite interested to see the results. Will the test be done life?
    Thanks, Gerard

  • e-dog

    good luck mate!!