British Academic Calls For UK to Back Cold Fusion Research

Thanks to the readers who pointed out an article from the Scotsman newspaper yesterday written by Dr Tony Trewavas, Professor Emeritus of the University of Edinburgh, and a member of Scientific Alliance Scotland. Dr. Trewavas worked in the field of biology until his retirement from the university.

The title of the article is “UK Should be Generating Research into World-changing Cold Fusion System”

A few excerpts:

“However, the anomalous heat generation has been reported many thousands of times since in laboratories around the world and is now entirely reproducible, although the excess energy size can be variable . . .

What is needed is small compared with the billions given to tokamak research, which at best will only give tenfold energy gain and whose success seems eternally 30-50 years away. Investigating sources of variation and ensuring the excess heat is completely replicable is still needed and better control of the industrial production of palladium or nickel, seemingly one cause of anomalous heat variation between experiments . . .

Given the potential, why is there no research in the UK? The attitudes of most scientists were coloured by the early invalid and negative claims of anomalous heat reinforced by the mistaken name of fusion. India, China, Russia and Israel are devoting significant resources to LENR development, as is Japan, where both Toyota and Mitsubishi are involved. Martin Fleischmann, who died in 2012, was a UK scientist and a Fellow of the Royal Society. Is this yet another example of failure to exploit the genuine talent of UK science from ignorance of present achievements or head-in-the-sand dogma?”

Read the full article at:

I would imagine that there are many readers here see his suggestions as eminently logical and sensible, but as we know, it is very difficult to get the field of LENR to be taken seriously be people in positions of power and influence. Over the years we have seen some signals from people in UK government agencies that they are watching the field, but so far I don’t think they have seen enough in the way of verifiable research reports to get them to open the public purse and fund LENR projects. I believe that we could be getting closer to the time when LENR gets to be taken more seriously, especially if Open Science projects can verify clear excess energy production in LENR systems, which is what the MFMP is working towards. Of course working LENR commercial devices would help a lot, too.


  • Alan DeAngelis
  • cashmemorz

    That goes to support several points about nature/cosmos. It is not only weirder than we imagine, it is weirder than we can imagine. Another way to understand the point: “more than we can imagine” is that we might have not evolved to the
    point where our minds are adequate for comprehending the cosmos beyond a certain point. What we seem to be able to handle adequately is just the amount pertaining to our every day needs and little more than that. That makes sense to me
    in the context of evolution. Why would we need to develop more than what is required for our survival? This includes competing within our own species and other species competing for the same resources. Any more than that is not really needed for survival. So we end up having just enough mental and physical abilities to survive from one generation to the next. Our imaginations are flexible enough and far reaching enough to deal with the same job of survival and not much more. When nature presents to us some seemingly impossible to comprehend phenomena, it is because comprehending that kind of thing does nothing to increase our chances of survival. It would be interesting as all get out to be able comprehend it but beyond that there seems
    to be no utility to that. For that same reason it may be that no other living creature that has evolved to a similar point as us anywhere else in the universe, is also not able to comprehend it beyond the level required for survival. And that is probably why, according to my thesis, is why no interstellar neighbor has come calling on us. There is no need to
    understand the underlying physics required for light speed or greater speed travel.

    This may be why we have no understanding of what it is that makes LENR work. It may be beyond our comrehension. It may work a far as ad ho hoc or trial and error methods allow it
    to work. The actual theory or “cosmic” mechanism that explains its workings could be beyond us to be elucidated to a future raced of beings far in the future and maybe at the other end of the cosmos. No need for conspiracies of powers that be.

  • Gerrit

    “Some scientists misleadingly claimed it to be a hoax, even voodoo science.” – I like that

  • sam
    • Gerard McEk

      Zach has obviously not studied LENR/Cold fusion and is not aware of what is happening in the field: “It’s pathological science, our theoretical models don’t support fusion at low temperatures, so it can’t happen….dismissed”.
      But what if the existing thousands of experiments seem to show that it happens? Can our theories be wrong? Can other type of reactions be happening?

    • Alan DeAngelis
    • Alan DeAngelis

      Yeah, don’t listen to stupid chemists. Just keep heating it decade after decade instead of looking for a catalyst to lower the energy of activation.
      “Nuclear and high energy physicists seem to be unaware of the fact that phenomena in materials are not always as reproducible as are phenomena in their field. Transistors are a good example of variability in solid state devices.”
      -Brian Josephson

  • sam
  • HS61AF91

    Some very logical and needed commentary from (retired) Academia. Sadly the powers are still scared sh**less of losing the profit, control, and dominance oil and nuclear lend to the established hierarchy. Kudos, professor, you are emulating the very optimistic thoughts prevalent for years now, on this forum.

  • sam

    The U.K. have there own Michael Faraday of LENR in Bob Grenyer
    to get them off to a flying start.