Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Lessons and Developments in Cold Fusion / LENRs

Ruby Carat of the Cold Fusion Now website introduces us to a series of short video segments from a talk on cold fusion from Dr. Michael McKubre of SRI. Ruby describes the content of the videos and provides useful links to more information. These videos provide useful background into LENR / cold fusion from both historical and scientific standpoints.
Francesco Piantelli began exploring Ni-H cells in the early nineties. It is this type of reaction on which inventor Andrea A Rossi based his Energy Catalyzer steam generator. Dr. McKubre will discuss that development at the end of the talk because as a news topic, its “hot and interesting.” He also says “Some recent results at SRI seem to support the idea that nickel and light hydrogen also can support nuclear level excess heat.”

In video 2 following, he says of the excess heat generated by a cold fusion energy cell, “This amount of heat is 100 or 1000 times the sum of all possible chemical energies combined.” _ColdFusionNow

Developments in LENR have continued apace, with Andrea Rossi traveling to Massachusetts for negotiations (via Ecatnow) on the setting up of a LENR manufacturing plant there. Rossi is predicting the production of electricity from E-Cats (via Ecatnews) within a year. Defkalion has also announced the imminent readiness of their own LENR product for testing.

But the most interesting development by far is the announcement by Brian Wang (via Brian Westenhaus) that accomplished materials scientist Brian Ahern intends to publicly explain the science of LENRs as an obscure attribute of nano-magnetism.
Apparently, energy localization at the nano-scale circumvents the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics. Nature evolved to take advantage of these energy exchange mechanisms available only at this size scale (which is why ordered structures can be created from chaos, such as after the big bang.) This phenomenon was identified in 1996 as Oscillons in relation to Chaos Theory, but has never been clearly understood until now.

Ahern states ” In 1995 we made a major and fundamental discovery regarding nano-material properties. This almost completely unknown to most technologists. All materials processed within certain tolerances experience very different vibrational modes than all other aggregations of matter. It provides a concise explanation for the bioenergetics observed in all aspects of nature.” _BrianWang

As mentioned before, it is the science of LENRs, rather than the possible revolutionary economic impact, which interests Al Fin energy scientists and analysts the most. Although opinion here is mixed, most Al Fin analysts see Andrea Rossi's antics as something of a circus sideshow.

We are still waiting for scientists and engineers to convincingly demonstrate the consistent and precise production of excess heat from LENRs, and on an economical basis which can be safely and commercially scaled up.

The set of McKubre videos beginning with tape 1, above, should provide a useful introduction to the topic for newcomers.

McKubre Q&A and wrapup -- worth a look



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