Ny Teknik’s Mats Lewan has interviewed Alexandros Xanthoulis a representative of the investors supporting Defkalion about the firm’s shall we say, Ni+H=E, LENR or Cold Fusion technology independent testing protocol.
On the Defkalion website the report has it said, “Tests with the presence of high level (Greek) government officials have been concluded. Opinions and results were very positive. Announcements will be made upon mutual agreements, at a time yet to be defined.”
Mr. Lewan is reporting the test was conducted on February 24th and that it was not focused on safety because the product is not ready yet for such tests. Instead, the focus was to show that there was excess heat energy released from a ‘Low Energy Nuclear Reaction’ and not from a chemical source. The test lasted for 24 hours and included both an empty and an active reactor, which were switched after 12 hours.
Xanthoulis also revealed to Mr. Lewan that two of the seven international groups have already carried out their tests and that the last of those tests is scheduled for late March. He did not say when or if the test results will be published.
To complicate things, the tests are being performed on bare reactors without cooling – the same reactors that are part of the Defkalion heating product called Hyperion. That obviously sheds a lot of radiant energy off as well as a lot of kinetic energy through convection into the air.
No specific details or results have been released. For the Greek government’s position they neither confirmed nor denied its involvement in the test, but it most probably took place.
Back in January Defkalion announced invitations to “internationally recognized and reputable scientific and business organizations” to do independent testing with their own instruments on the reactors. Measurements are be made on the “bare” reactor without cooling and according to Defkalion, temperatures above 650°C will be reached. Of prime interest is an energy output claim that is far more than 20 times the input electrical power required to start the reaction.
The test protocol is to use two reactors, one fueled and one empty in parallel over a time period and then switch them and re run the test. Defkalion expects to use a test method known as “Differential thermal analysis”. Additionally, alpha and gamma radiation will be measured, and the reactors will be weighed, measured, and the independent testers will be allowed to open the reactors.
There may be some delay on getting the Greek government report, who as everyone on the planet must know by now, has its hands full trying to shrink and stay afloat from prodigious overspending.
The background is also a difficult story.
Professor Christos Stremmenos, a Greek gentleman who used to work at the University of Bologna came in contact with Andrea Rossi. By the spring 2010 he had informed Prime Minister Papanderou about Rossi’s technology at a meeting including Professor Achilleas Mitsos, General Secretary of Research and Development of the Greek government, and Dr. Apostolos Baratsis, vice president of the state energy company DEH. That led to the formation of Defkalion who in turn signed an agreement with Rossi in November 2010. Professor Stremmenos was appointed chief technology officer at Defkalion, but now has no active role in the company. To complicate things, he has been criticizing Defkalion.
Aside from the personalities and temperaments involved, the facts on report seem to support that the Defkalion reactor might be producing thermal energy at high rates. Now we have news that two independent test protocols have been completed and one government one as well. So far – no one is calling a press conference to dish out a condemnation – a major temptation if the testing had failed.
That leaves us encouraged. Defkalion has its independent tests, Rossi is working at consumer acceptance including involving the U.S. based Underwriters Laboratory.
The number of people on the inside of all this is getting pretty large. It’s getting late now for a scam allegation to have much merit. The tipping point is creeping up fast for moving to the “prove it doesn’t work” position.
Lets keep our fingers crossed that the Ni+H=E technologies get to market soon and that more are on the way.
Ni+H=E – you can say you saw it here first! Your humble writer needs something to wall off the complaints over terms and perhaps to make quick sense to the soon to be millions of consumers.