Affiliate professor Dr. George Miley at the University of Illinois, a respected cold fusion researcher, was one of the participants in an American Chemical Society conference symposium on cold fusion. Dr. Miley suggested there that Andrea Rossi may be on the right track with his E-Cat LENR (Low Energy Nuclear Reaction) device because of similarities with the Jim Patterson water heater   The Patterson heater was technology lost after the passing away of Mr. Patterson and his grandson Jim Redding.

The Patterson heater was a technology documented but not commercialized.  As a functioning device that was replicated some work was done to provide the underlying physics theory.  Dr. Miley was involved in that work.

The work Miley was involved in developed a unique SIMS-NAA analysis technique for studies of isotopes in thin films after electrolysis in a packed cell bed.  The idea being for the electrolysis to help narrow up and isolate the metals.  Then the materials can be identified and quantified.

Miley, all the talk to the side, is simply offering from his knowledge of the Rossi E-Cat that the analysis work be applied to the Rossi E-Cat.  That would clearly identify the difference between the material going in before use and the condition or changes undergone during a reaction period.  It would be a sound proof that the E-Cat was producing a fusion event and offering excess energy.

Miley Slide Connection to Rossi. Click image for the largest view.

The Patterson work had progressed far enough to show that the materials or fuel was in fact demonstrated to have changed in element content and in turn allowed enough insight for a theory to form.

The theory was published by Yeong E. Kim, “Theory of Bose-Einstein Condensation Mechanism for Deuteron-induced Nuclear Reaction in Micro/Nano-Scale Metal Grains and Particles,” Naturwissenschaften, 96(7):803-11 (2009). Pdf file download.

Dr. Miley offers Rossi and the rest of us an idea of what could be going on inside the E-Cat Reactor.  Some electrolysis could be taking place freeing up elemental particles for the transmutation needed for the fusion to be taking place. The SIMS-NAA analysis technique Miley offers could confirm that and show the world Rossi has something real.

Using the analysis should also offer more insight on what is happening inside a Rossi E-Cat while operating.  That’s the sort of information that would allow Rossi and others to grasp the operation inside the reactor and optimize and modify it to suit a wider set of needs.

Now on the other hand – Miley and all the good intentions may fail to apply and the Rossi E-Cat continue to offer excess heat.  Miley is not suggesting he has a proven theory that applies, only that similar work has been shown to function per a recognized theory and the experience is at hand to make use of the known route.

This post may disappoint many as the demand is for, “It Works!” or “No, It Doesn’t Work!” neither of which serves anyone with useful information, a definitive answer.  Mr. Rossi and his E-Cat are real phenomena, whether or not it can revolutionize the production of useful energy is a road yet to be traveled.

It is looking like we’re making a trip down that road as we write and read about Rossi and his saga.  So far its just bets on the ‘information’, no hard data is out yet, or proof positive example that the E-Cat is the revolution many are hoping for.

At this date it would be hard to find smart money saying Rossi and his E-Cat are simply nothing.  It’s something – but what?  Lets hope Rossi gets with Miley and some good data gets into use.


9 Comments so far

  1. Matt Musson on October 25, 2011 7:19 AM

    LENR proponents remind me of the story of the little boy who cried wolf. But, it is important to remember – at the end of the story the wolf really did show up.

  2. Craig Binns on October 25, 2011 9:58 PM

    And ate him.

  3. BFast on October 27, 2011 9:42 PM

    Reading the Wired article cited here causes me to conclude that Rossi is right. Rossi is right that following the “verified by scientists” or “verified by universities” path is the wrong path to follow. Bringing a product to market seems to be the only way to go. Science is going to be so embarrassed when the dust settles. And 50 years from now they’ll do it all again with the next breakthrough.

  4. Vladimir Vlasov on March 10, 2012 6:33 AM

    The theory of the reactor A.Rossi I know! Received a patent for a new energy method. This is steeper than that of A. Rossi. Method of multi-functional! And the chemical reactor and the reactor low-energy nuclear reactions, and the reactor is controlled cold fusion! Who would have bought the patent and know-how? For free, under the contract.
    Теорию реактора А.Росси знаю я! Получен патент на новый энергетический способ. Это круче чем у А. Росси. Способ многофункциональный! И химический реактор, и реактор низкоэнергетической ядерной реакции, и реактор управляемого холодного термоядерного синтеза!!! Кто бы купил патент и ноу-хау? Отдам бесплатно, по контракту.

  5. Vladimir on June 19, 2013 6:45 AM

    Dear Andrea Rossi!
    Where reactor??
    Where can I see how it works??

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