The 17th International Conference on Cold Fusion was held August 12 – 17, 2012, in Daejeon, Korea. See: http://iccf17.org
International Low Energy Nuclear Reactions Symposium, ILENRS-12
The College of William and Mary, Sadler Center, Williamsburg, Virginia
July 1-3, 2012
Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR) offer the prospect of clean, inexpensive, limitless, nonfossil renewable energy. The symposium will review LENR’s current theoretical and experimental status, including updating recent results. Expert panel discussions will evaluate the present state of the art and define future directions, including establishment of criteria for creating university-based, state-of-the-art LENR research and development centers.
Sidney Kimmel, the founder of an apparel company has given the University of Missouri $5.5 million to study cold fusion. See these two articles in the Columbia Daily Tribune:
Here is a new article in the MizzouWeekly, Nuclear researchers attempt to locate new source of renewable energy
Edmund Storms has written a new edition of A Student’s Guide to Cold Fusion. This is one of our most popular papers, first introduced in 2003. Here is the Abstract:
“Evidence supporting cold fusion (LENR) is summarized and requirements an explanation must take into account are justified. A plausible nuclear-active-environment is identified by ruling out various possibilities and by identifying an environment that is common to all methods used to produce LENR. When this environment is combined with a plausible mechanism, many testable predictions result. These insights and proposals are offered to help clarify understanding of LENR and to suggest future studies.”
Cantwell, R., D. McConnell, and T.N. Claytor, Search for excess heat in metal cathodes exposed to pulsed hydrogen plasma.
Dmitriyeva, O., et al., Effect of temperature gradient on calorimetric measurements during gas-loading experiments
Dmitriyeva, O., et al., Control of excess heat production in Pd-impregnated alumina powder
Two video lectures have been uploaded to the CERN Document Server from a CERN Colloquium held on March 22, 2012:
Professor of Physics
INFN & Department of Physics
University of Perugia, Perugia, Ital
The slides shown in the video are available here.
National Institute of Nuclear Physics, Frascati National Laboratories.
Vice-President of International Society for Condensed Matter Nuclear Science
The slides are here.
On January 8, 2012, Dr. Edmund Storms appeared on a Special Edition the Internet radio broadcast “The Space Show” with Dr. David Livingston. See: http://www.thespaceshow.com/detail.asp?q=1685 This is a Special Edition devoted to “exploring, understanding, and evaluating where the LENR field is today and what risks and challenges lie ahead before the observed phenomena is understood and can be commercialized.”
On October 11, 2011, Mike McKubre of SRI gave a lecture titled “What Happened to Cold Fusion?” at SRI’s Cafe Scientifique Silicon Valley.
This is an up-to-date look at McKubre’s own work and at some of the major trends in the field, especially the gas-loading approach pioneered by Arata and Piantelli, which and now the focus of the field, especially with Rossi. It is available as an 8-part video on YouTube:
- Introduction http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtweR_qGHEc
- Major Segments http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeikEgjC1qg
- Department of Energy Reference http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqeA8n37XFg
- Necessary but Not Sufficient Conditions http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_XN52jXl78
- Gas-Loading Experiments http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYZfgvSFYDM
- Experiments by Italian Scientists http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3N3dWlIPUQ
- Recap http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QhIWrA4pGI
- Q&A Discussion http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWkVyg_iul4
by Jed Rothwell
On October 7, 2011, Andrea Rossi performed another test of one of the reactors units he intends to use in a large 1 MW reactor. The test lasted nine hours. For nearly 4 hours there was no power input; the device was running in self-sustaining mode. (In the cold fusion literature, this mode is sometimes called “heat after death.” It was first described by Fleischmann and Pons in 1993.)
Although some experts question these results, most believe that the reactor must have produced large amounts of anomalous heat, for the following reasons:
The reactor vessel holds 30 L of water. This was first brought to boil with electric power. Anomalous heat production began. Two hours later, electric power was turned off. The anomalous heat continued in self-sustaining mode for nearly four hours after that. During this self-sustaining event, roughly 60 L of tap water flowed into the vessel, replacing twice the original volume. The surface of the reactor remained hot, at 60 to 80°C, which means it was poorly insulated and it radiated a lot of heat. Three hours into the event, a video shows that one of the observers accidentally touched an exposed metal surface. The metal was hot enough to make a person jump back in pain.
At the beginning of the self-sustaining event, the anomalous power was nominally 3 kW. An hour later it rose to 8 kW. It fluctuated, rising three times in all. At the end of the event, power was increasing again. Observers wanted to look inside the reactor, so Rossi quenched the reaction by venting gas from the cell and increasing the flow of cooling water. There is no way to know how much longer the reaction might have continued if it had not been deliberately stopped.
When a poorly insulated metal vessel is filled with 30 L of boiling water, it begins to cool immediately. It can only grow cooler; it cannot remain hot or grow hotter; that would violate the Second Law of Thermodynamics. When 60 L of cold tap water is poured into the vessel, replacing the original water in stages, this also cools it down. After one hour the vessel must cool down close to room temperature. It is physically impossible for the vessel to remain at boiling temperature for 4 hours unless something inside it is producing heat. There were no chemical or electrical sources of power inside this reactor so the heat must have come from an anomalous reaction.
Unfortunately, this test was marred by problems that made it impossible to accurately determine how much energy was produced. Peak power was nominally 8 kW but the instruments were so imprecise it might have been lower or much higher, perhaps 10 kW. Problems included: poorly placed instruments; the arrangement of the outlet hose that prevented accurate independent verification of temperature and flow rates; critical parameters such as flow rates not instrumented or recorded; and an instrument that was not set to record electronically, even though it would have taken only a moment to insert an SD card and begin recording. Critical temperature and flow data that should have been electronically recorded every minute had to be manually written down by Lewan. He was only able to read the instruments every 10 or 15 minutes, which left large gaps in the data.
These problems could have been fixed at in a few hours, at minimal expense. The test could easily have been arranged to answer most skeptical objections. All of these problems were anticipated because they were present in previous tests. Experts advised Rossi how to fix them in the weeks leading up to the test, but he ignored this advice.
Experts from Motorola and elsewhere have analyzed the data. Most of them have concluded that the excess heat was real, and anomalous. Some of these reports are here: http://lenr-canr.org/RossiData/
An analysis by Horace Heffner is here.
On October 28, 2011 Rossi ran the entire array of 52 units. It apparently produced 470 kW, again with no input power. The test was described in NyTeknik.
NyTeknik published three articles and two videos about the Rossi device:
See the E-cat run in self-sustained mode Article and video
Test of Energy Catalyzer, Bologna, September 7, 2011 Analysis of calorimetry, Acrobat format
Abstract: The Rossi device was run for just over half an hour without external energy input. Ny Teknik assisted recently in a test where the ‘E-cat’ invented by Andrea Rossi was run in self-sustained mode.
Here’s Rossi’s one megawatt plant Article and video
Abstract: Here it is: the plant that according to inventor Andrea Rossi will produce one megawatt of thermal energy via an unknown reaction in his ‘energy catalyzer’. The plant is now being shipped to the United States.