American Chemical Society News Release on Cold Fusion

The following is a news release that has been published by the American Chemical Society. This comes soon after the ACS publication Chemical and Engineering News published this article covering the current state of research and development in the LENR field.

The text is taken from this news release titled “What the ‘cold fusion’ debacle has revealed” that was published at Eureka Alert here: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-11/acs-wt110916.php

“Cold fusion” has a serious legacy problem. Back in 1989, researchers announced that they had demonstrated the phenomenon — a nuclear reaction producing excess heat at room temperature — that promised to revolutionize clean energy. Soon after, they were ridiculed for the assertion. Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, reports how the debacle scarred science and has tainted the continued search for similar energy technologies.

Since the initial claim imploded, the general consensus in the scientific community has been that the phenomenon simply isn’t possible. But a few researchers have independently reported similar experiments that have produced excess heat, if in underwhelming amounts. But consistently reproducing results has been an elusive goal. No one has put forth an accepted theory that would explain such energy generation. No commercial product based on the effect has successfully made it to the market. And those pursuing commercial opportunities have often come off as hucksters, further dampening interest in low-energy nuclear reactions or similar research.

Enter Brilliant Light Power (BLP). The New Jersey-based company claims that it has found a way to shrink hydrogen atoms into “hydrinos,” a term it has coined and trademarked. The process generates a huge amount of energy, says BLP founder Randell Mills, and the company is poised to release a commercial device next year that can harness this reaction to power homes and businesses at a fraction of the cost of current energy technologies. Many scientists harbor serious doubts about the device and expect yet another disappointment.

This ACS release was published on November 9, two days after the article in Chemical and Engineering News. Although the article did report on activities in the scene, it was fairly cautious, and emphasized that so far there is no marketable CF/LENR/BLP device available, and no accepted theory. It would seem that this release is an effort to underline the skeptical position.

  • Eyedoc

    No mention of Rossi ???….. Huh, quite the article

  • hunfgerh

    Sorry, I am not available for a few days.

  • hunfgerh

    In the case of non-compliant products, this may be acceptable

  • hunfgerh

    “….., and no accepted theory ……..”

    I am sure each of you will solve the mystery of “cold fusion” by answering the following questions by oneself.

    Question: How does the current flow in the middle part, which current density
    results, which causes the current density?

    When you coat the middle part of a Standard conductor (Cu, Ag, Pd, ..) with a nm-thin layer of a room temperature superconductor. Connect the uncoated ends to a battery.

    • US_Citizen71

      I’ll bite, according to what I was taught in school nearly every moving electron in the current flow should flow through the superconducting layer as it is the path of least resistance. The equation for resistance in the middle is beyond my math as I haven’t studied division by zero much, so I can’t say with any certainty what the Rtotal would be.

      1/Rtotal = 1/R1 + 1/0

      • hunfgerh

        “The current flow should flow through the superconducting layer”

        Question 1 is thus answered.

        For partial question 2, wich current density results here. Suppose the current
        in the circuit is 1 A. Then, through the nm thick layer of the superconductor
        flows about 0.99999999… A. If this nm layer is on a conductor with a Diameter of about 1 mm, then the cross-sectional area of the current-flow superconductor is about 10exp-12 m2. The current density is thus about 10exp11 A / m2.

        This current density is sufficient for the e-capture reaction, partial
        question 3.
        By the way R2 (superconductor) is not 0.

        • Pekka Janhunen

          Not quite sure what you are saying, but if conduction were a surface phenomenon, a wire’s conductivity would be proportional to its radius. But it’s proportional to radius squared, which is consistent with the whole bulk of the wire conducting the current.

    • Ophelia Rump

      I would love to give that a try but I am fresh out of room temperature superconductors, could you be a dear and share a cup with me?

      • hunfgerh

        “Could you be a dear and share a cup with me?”

        If you are an attractive woman, I will think about it.

      • TVulgaris

        Ophela, I’m feelin’ ya…