Last week at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Electrical Engineering Prof. Peter Hagelstein taught an Independent Activities Period course titled “Cold Fusion 101: Introduction to Excess Power in Fleischmann-Pons Experiments.” For many, the news that an MIT professor holding a cold fusion class at MIT is astonishing because decades ago former MIT people went to extreme lengths to discredit cold fusion and denigrate the careers of interested researchers. Times have changed.
The capstone of the class was when Dr. Mitchell Swartz, of JET Energy presented experimental results showing excess power in Palladium/Deuterium and Nickel/Hydrogen systems, with a particular focus on experiments he himself has conducted.
The news reported is Dr. Swartz and Prof. Hagelstein demonstrated cold fusion openly for the attending scientists and engineers. Using the Jet Energy NANOR device they demonstrated a significant energy gain, greater than 10, much larger than the previous open demonstration back in 2003 with a 2.3 yield. The demonstration was for the class, meaning no attempt was made to assuage skeptics. Add the Jet Energy NANOR to the things to watch.
For the highly literate, Dr. Swartz is going to firm ground on the technical description of cold fusion or Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR), as least as far as his perception is concerned. Swartz says, “The name should be LANR, for “lattice assisted nuclear reactions”. That is a valid point concerning his technology.
Drs. Fleischmann and Pons actually described their work as “electrochemical experiments” that had produced more energy (“excess energy”) than could be accounted for by input energy and available chemical reactions. Where “Cold Fusion” came from is due some research – if anyone cares. Over the media explosion that bombed Fleischmann and Pons and the failures of others to replicate their work the Cold Fusion moniker has acquired an undeserved dubious reputation.
Then came LENR for low energy nuclear reactions. The phrase and term work fine, but in reality now, with the nickel based work and the increasing improvement of the palladium work, the idea these are low energy is getting to be a vast understatement.
However the moniker battle shapes up, it hardly matters. The research field’s events are definitely running temperatures lots cooler than any of the big money fusion projects and the energy outputs just keep on climbing. Depending on the skill set of the experiment replicators, lattice based reactions are getting better and those with well-engineered experiments are showing good returns on the energy input.
It seems that after 5 (about 2 hour classes each day) days of Prof. Hagelstein sharing his breakthrough explanatory theory, the demonstration had the desired effect. Perhaps the class will encourage the participants to continue their research and more improvement can come over time.
This week also has Defkalion back in the news. The firm has a short video on YouTube of some testing taking place on one of their “bare” reactors. This comes soon after the firm offered qualified testing opportunities to worthy scientists and industrial concerns.
The company commented on the firm’s website forum about the video saying, “As you can notice, this is a setup with one Hyperion “bare” reactor testing. The setup of the third party independent tests is with two identical reactors (one active, one not-active) working/tested in parallel, as described in our latest Press Release.”
At another posting the firm (translated) says, “. . . this video . . . is not suitable “tool” for the interpretation of phenomena or the calculation of the performance of reactors or for any other conclusion, and the duration of but also because of deliberately “scattered” content. Consider it as an honest view of some of the places where they work every day our people.”
Before you hit the comment link or email your humble writer, please consider this:
Forty years ago only a visionary could imagine fields free of weeds, only the crop growing. Twenty years ago the technology was common across the developed world.
Roundup combined with genetically modified crops revolutionized food production.
By about ten years ago the extremists had decided that the genetically modified crops would poison or kill them and law was established where extremists held sway to restrict and eliminate the new crops use.
Over a generation has passed and not a single bit or any evidence, study or proof exists that roundup resistant crops hurt anyone. But the human resistance has killed tens millions of people by starvation and millions more will die from the denial of technical potential, facts based in experience and human nature’s tendency to be fearful.
Let the visionaries run their courses as best they can and hope that one at least gets to the market with something great for all of us. Then be on guard for the extremists who will try to take it away from you.