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.

NI Week 2012 Letts Celani Evans and LENR Device. Image credit: Dennis Letts. Click image for the largest view.

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.


20 Comments so far

  1. Matt Musson on August 8, 2012 8:13 AM

    Producing 30% excess heat is significant. But you have to wonder if anything commercially viable can come out of it.

    I don’t think you could generate electricity anywhere near 100% efficiency. So, will the excess heat be enough so it is not lost in the process?

  2. Fibber McGourlick on August 8, 2012 10:55 AM

    Cheap, pollution-free energy is on the horizon.

    Think of the first steam engine. Think of the first horseless carriage. Think of the sceptical, indifferent harness makers.

  3. Jackson on August 8, 2012 6:40 PM

    News flash Kitty Hawk, Wright brothers fly 75 feet. “But an airplane will never carry passengers in my lifetime”

  4. BFast on August 9, 2012 11:06 AM

    Matt Musson is correct that the demo only output 130% the energy put in (30% increase). This kind of gain, as Mr. Musson says, is of little commercial value.

    This is a great public demonstration, however, proving that LENR is a long way from the “pseudo-science” that is its reputation.

    There are a number of less public sources, however, who are talking about 10x to infinite x energy gains.

    There is a public demonstration of a 14x gain ongoing at MIT. Apparently anyone who wanders down to the campus is invited to check it out.

    Eng. Rossi claims (his honesty can easily be questioned) that he is producing high COP gains with temperatures exceeding 1000c. At these temperatures standard steam turbines can readily harness the heat. He seems to be planning a full, commercial sized, LENR electricity generator in the near future.

    Celini’s low cop demonstration holds significant value only because the world, including the scientific world, is in such a deep state of denial.

  5. Alain on August 9, 2012 4:45 PM

    @Matt Musson
    COP of 1.3 is not a problem.
    In his paper Celani explain that heat alone can trigger the reaction, so you just have to insulate the reactor so the temperature increase, heat is recycled, and finally it get near self-sustain…

    another data he give is that the 14W for just a small wire is a very high surfacic power… (surface is the important parameter in LENR).
    In fact 10 times more (10kW/g of micrometer powder) than the claims of Rossi and DGT.

  6. Alain on August 9, 2012 4:46 PM

    just forgot to give the computation I’ve made…
    in that post

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  9. John Abrahamsen on August 16, 2012 10:36 PM

    Here is a video I made of Francesco showing me his device at NIWEEK. It was a chance meeting, and a very happy one at that! -ja -iii-|

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  14. George Gerhab on January 3, 2013 4:16 PM

    i have solved your cold fusion problem. However it involves extremley complicalted math with I have a hundred pages of notes to verify everything that I say!

  15. George Gerhab on January 3, 2013 4:23 PM

    I tried to submit my paper but they said that it was already submitted. quite frankly , if Celani measures a significant amount of deuterium in his apparatus, then I am right, period!!!!!! Is any of this getting through to you?????

  16. George Gerhab on January 3, 2013 4:25 PM

    Look, I did have to use the Standard Model, and I have at least a 100 pages of calculations accociated with it. MY CALCULATIONS ARE ACCURATE!!!!!

  17. George Gerhab on January 3, 2013 7:42 PM

    I am sorry if my calculations are too complicaqted for you to understand. I did use the natural units and it may have confused you. I can produced 100 notes of calculations to prove my paper. Please let me prove my theory. It is honestly proven. The calculations I went through were unbelievably complex and yet I came very close to the experimental vslues that Celani measured

  18. George Gerhab on January 3, 2013 7:56 PM

    I glanced at the other comments. they are not in scientific reality. Is there any way possible to get any kind response to my theory which is based concretely in proven scientific theory?

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