July 17, 2014 | 28 Comments
Dr. Randall Mills of Blacklight Power plans a demonstration a power production device that is expected to produce 10 MW of power in a one cubic foot sized module.
The Blacklight Power announcement hasn’t garnered a huge following, but there is good cause to watch and encourage the enterprise’s continued efforts. Dr. Mills is without doubt an accomplished academic with impressive skills. His curiosity has taken him to highly controversial fields and, if his ideas are taken solemnly, may well introduce us to a new scientific field. His controversy is based in a new form of hydrogen that has been made into “hydrinos”.
By Dr. Mills estimation, the hydrino is a discovery with immense potential for the future. So far, Dr, Mills has managed to involve some power producers and set up some future sales.
In lay terms Dr. Mills is remaking the hydrogen atom into a hydrino and using the hydrino for power production activities. For decades the theory Dr, Mills had worked out has been investigated to seek the engineering means to take what is nearly free, the hydrogen in water and returning a valuable power source.
This year has seen Blacklight post videos that are admittedly deep in expertise that will leave most folks bewildered. The net result to date is Blacklight has figured out how to extract hydrogen, make the hydrinos, create a sold fuel from them and ignite them into a vigorous plasma ball.
The plasma ignition itself offers a considerable blast of energy in heat and light. The Blacklight team has been working at feeding the plasma into a magnetohydrodyamic converter, then directly into electricity, in a clean and safe way. This effort entails some significant challenges that are yet to be fully met.
The Blacklight folks came to realize that the greatest energy output of the process comes in the form of intense light. That adds the potential for using photovoltaic solar cells as a way to harvest the plasma’s energy output. Some of the photovoltaic cell research has been directed to concentrated solar energy where 100s and even 1000s of times the power of the sun are delivered to photocells.
The light to photocell harvest looks like it may be enough to self drive the module with extra energy to use outside the module system. The only input would be water.
Naturally there are estimates and claims, most of which are simply not going to work out. Some will be close, others just left behind. But a few are very interesting.
In the money segment Dr. Mills’ idea might supercede and obsolete nuclear power in both the fission and fusion fields. As well as crush the need for most fuels. If the capital cost estimates are even remotely close, with approximately $100/kW suggested, capital for electrical power would drop by 90%. The price of power at the module would be $0.001 per kwh (10th of a cent per kilowatt hour).
Nothing else comes anywhere close to that.
The mechanical segment looks very challenging. Its an enormous amount of energy in a very small space. Plasma is basically electrons and positively charged ions that is going to dissipate no matter what. Capturing all of it and rendering it to useful power isn’t going to be easy or low cost. Letting it get away uncontrolled would be a serious mechanical problem. It would be like a huge welding arc bouncing around looking for a way to ground out.
On the other hand plasma is rather nice. The energy is in the zone of the infrared that’s useful as heat on up to the ultraviolet in the photovoltaic region. Plasma offers very little harmful radiation and no radioactivity. The determined paranoid folks are going have problems worrying about this kind of technology.
Naturally the main question for now is Blacklight for real? For many in the physics field the answer is no. But Dr. Mills is a formidable intelligence. Much of what he’s offered seems to be coming to fruition. Blacklight is getting funded and you can be sure that the investors are getting an inside view none of us are ever going to see.
With many hours over the years invested in observing and trying to understand what Dr. Mills is proposing your humble writer on principle accepts the hydrino theory subject to experimentation. So far third party experimentation has been lacking. For proprietary reasons and academic intransigence, that is understandable.
That leaves it up to the investors. There has been a lot of money put on the line by no fools. It would be no surprise to see a working device for sale in the coming years.
It will take longer than expected. The device, now named the “SunCell” has some major engineering and design matters to work out.
Blacklight has Dr. Randall Mills leading it and that one fact suggests that someday there will be Blacklight Power units in use.