National Instruments, a major U.S. company that produces tools for engineers and scientists offers an annual ‘NI Week’ trade show, this year at the Austin Convention Center in Texas.
Francesco Celani, a physicist with the Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics in Frascati, Italy, brought a LENR device he developed that uses hydrogen gas and a specially treated nickel wire.
Daniel Rocha sums up the demo about 2 pm Aug 7 2012 on Brian Wang’s NextBigFuture site with these details. Celani has shown the excess heat during the conference for 6 hours, but it continued after the conference, for 55 hours, up to the time when this email was sent. The short summary lists:
-Celani’s demo reactor was turned on for about 6 hours before NIWeek 2012 started, on Saturday.
– On Sunday the demo reactor was brought to the NIWeek 2012 hall where it got turned on before 12:00 and *still is working*, so for a total of 55 hours as of writing.
– The reaction is stable. Peak excess heat power was 22W, currently stabilized at about 14W.
– Testing performed in front of a wide audience.
– Celani’s testing wire is made as a Cu-Ni-Mn alloy, a good sample that was already previously used 4 times by him at his labs in Frascati (Italy).
Some people are getting rather good at this. Steven B. Krivit is adding posts about the demo at his site New Energy Times.
The prime point is National Instruments is very interested in LENR research.
Meanwhile, a bit of background on the demo is in order. Krivit spoke with Dennis Letts, an independent Austin, TX based LENR researcher who assisted Celani with the demonstration. Letts said that the experiment uses a thin nickel wire that is enclosed in a chamber. That chamber is filled with hydrogen gas. Typically, the hydrogen sits in the chamber for about three days and absorbs, or loads, into the nickel. Excess heat begins to appear after this loading period.
But the Austin demonstration was to be subjected to some limits. Celani and Letts could not bring cylinders of pressurized hydrogen gas into the convention center. So they took the wire that had been hydrogen pre-loaded in Rome and loaded it a little more in Letts’ lab on Sunday night.
Krivits quotes Letts explaining, “We tested it, saw that it produced excess heat, shut it off and went home at midnight. On Monday morning, we came back to my lab, disassembled it, brought the reactor into the convention center and reassembled it there. As soon as we applied the electrical power to the internal nichrome-wire heater (48 Watts DC), we began to see excess heat. There was no incubation period. Celani has eight thermocouples in the reactor, and he measured between 58 and 68 Watts heat output. So, conservatively, it produced an average of 10 Watts of excess heat continuously from the time we started, at 1 p.m., until we left, at 7 p.m. – for six hours.”
Letts says National Instruments provided three engineers to assist with the configuration, “The engineers from National Instruments did a fabulous job in putting it all together and doing the wiring and getting all the parts we needed.”
Celani will be packing up the demonstration device and taking it to Seoul, South Korea, for the 17th International Conference on Cold Fusion, which will take place there next week.
With the Rossi effort, Defkalion and Brillouin Energy all racing to market the coming months and years, the future looks real promising for heat supplies. If Rossi can come to market with his claims, now at 1,200º C, Defkalion competitive to that, and Billouin able to throttle the output, consumers will have choices, albeit somewhat confusing to start.
Of note, and a sad note as well. The news of the passing of Martin Fleischman came this weekend. It was known that Mr. Fleischman was experiencing health problems thus there isn’t a surprise, and he lived to the grand old age of 85. We wish to send his family and loved ones a condolence. The sadness reaches quite far.
LENR or Cold Fusion if one must is gaining more traction. It’s a relief to find the news not “in the news” as that would just heat things up excessively and drive more misunderstanding and false hope. LENR isn’t a done product yet.
But it’s sure to come.