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DoE ARPA-E announces funding for 8 cold fusion projects

U.S. Department of Energy Announces $10 Million in Funding to Projects Studying Low-Energy Nuclear Reactions

ARPA-E Selects 8 Projects to Apply Scientific and Rigorous Approach Focused on Specific Type of Nuclear Energy


More details:

Recipients include:

Amphionic (Dexter, MI
Energetics Technology Center (Indian Head, MD)
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley, CA)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
Stanford University (Redwood City, CA)
Texas Tech University (Lubbock, TX)
University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)
University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)

Some cold fusion researchers feel that these eight projects were poorly chosen. The goals are framed as if cold fusion is the same as plasma fusion. People made this mistake in 1989. For example, several projects focus on neutrons. The first one says, “University of Michigan will provide capability to measure hypothetical neutron, gamma, and ion emissions from LENR experiments.” Some cold fusion experiments have produced neutrons, but most do not. It seems likely that neutrons are a secondary effect with a prosaic cause such as fractofusion, rather than being a primary signature of the reaction. Excess heat correlated with helium, or tritium production, can occur without neutrons, so looking for neutrons is not a fruitful way to detect or analyze a cold fusion reaction.


Here is the DoE ARPA-E list of 39 Teeming Partners who are working on cold fusion. The heading on this list says:

“By enabling and publishing the Teaming Partner List, ARPA-E is not endorsing, sponsoring, or otherwise evaluating the qualifications of the individuals and organizations that are self-identifying themselves for placement on this Teaming Partner List.”