Cold Fusion Update – March 2014
Yet more apologies for delay in news; Real Life (TM) keeps on getting in the way. Anyway, bit of a brief update on what’s happening in the land of Cold Fusion/LENR, in which there are still three main players that looks like they could be bringing something commercial products to the market this year.
Rossi was in discussions originally with a company called Defkalion, and although it didn’t work out they determined enough of what he was doing to copy it (although there’s been no suing yet there might be); they’re a Greek company who spent some time trying to get the Greek government on board, but what with the GFC and the poor economy eventually ended up asking other governments what they could offer them. They ended up going to Canada after being offered various tax breaks & access to some of the best Universities and academics to help develop the theories underlying the technology and prove that it works. They’re keeping the proprietary stuff to themselves (how to make the nickel powder mainly) & franchising the tech out to big players in different areas, which is probably a smart idea, apart from one area – Greece is very big in the shipping arena (30-50% of all merchant vessels hail from Greece), so they’re in the process of stripping out the diesel generators of a decent sized ship & replacing it (and the fuel oil bunker) with their technology in combination with what are effectively steam engines; they’ve said they believe they can cut the cost of shipping by 90-95%, which is good news for lots of areas – also helps reduce pollution from burning nasty bunker oil in international waters. Not so good for jobs in Australia et al with cheap imports becoming even cheaper, however.
Defkalion have stripped nearly all the info off their web site at
but you can still find a fair bit from
with some of the underlying phenomena discussed in a paper at
and they have quite a bit of interesting info on their web site, although they’ve not made any major updates for a few months. There’s a nice explanation of one of their experiments at
as well. Of most interest in the last link is the image in the top right displaying the 4-step electron capture reaction that they say is the fundamental way the reaction is occurring, with a video of this at
Basically a pulse through a lattice in which hydrogen nuclei are “trapped” allows electrons to get close enough to the protons such that they form a neutron via an electroweak interaction. Then another pulse pushes together protons and neutrons (or a deuterium nucleus and neutrons) to form quadium (3 neutrons, 1 proton) which very quickly goes through beta decay to form a helium nucleus (well; alpha particle – 2 neutrons, 2 protons, with the electron ejected) with a LOT of energy generated in the process. The alpha particle is too large to be held in the lattice so is also ejected, and becomes helium. So, net result is hydrogen into a nickel lattice which effectively acts as a catalyst, pulse of energy added & helium comes out plus high net energy production (virtually equivalent to mass difference between a helium and 2 deuterium atoms as per nuclear fusion).
This now looks like the scientific explanation with the most legs; should be Nobel Prize material, really.
Anyway, what that really boils down to is you extract hydrogen from water, pump it into a metal lattice (possibly something as cheap as high grade nickel powder), send a few electric pulses through it and you end up with helium and a huge amount of energy (in the form of heat, which you can then convert to electricity et al). So basically the metal is just a catalyst that doesn’t need to be consumed at all; you’re really turning water in to helium, oxygen and heat. So this could also potentially explain some of the “water car” technologies over the years – if something like this was happening (with the metal in the engine body acting as the catalyst) then it is possible that someone could power a car with water.
That’s it for now; hopefully I’ll get time to add something else interesting in the near future.
Cold Fusion – The Science, The Players, The Devices – June 2013
Apologies re the time in between drinks; hopefully I’ll get a few more out this year. This time I’ve put together a rather detailed view of Cold Fusion, due mainly to the fact that there has just been an independent verification, commercial release and business plan sewn up for one of the players, with presentations of another’s in a couple of months.
There have been several plausible explanations put forward to explain the results of cold fusion (CF), or as it is now mainly known LENR (low energy nuclear reactions), not only as it is becoming more likely that the reaction is not what is generally considered to be true fusion, but also because of the mud that was thrown and stuck to Pons & Fleischmann with the original declaration by University of Utah (against the better judgement and recommendations of the scientists in question). I’ll list the most likely and/or well-known ones here, the people/companies involved, and also detail some of the claims and devices in production.
In case you think that there isn’t much literature backing up the occurrence of LENR then I recommend you visit
which has over a thousand papers detailing positive results, with links to well over an additional two thousand.
Unfortunately due to the virtual black-ban on even mentioning CF within the Western scientific community this overwhelming amount of evidence is virtually unknown in institutions such as CSIRO (or, as I found, ignored even when it is pointed out, for reasons I won’t go into here). Many otherwise respected journals have a policy of censoring any debate on CF, regardless of how well founded it is, including the Scientific American – e.g. see
There are also a large number of scientists and industry groups who have vested interests in CF not being successful, due to reasons as diverse as ego, lack of prestige, loss of (governmental or market) control, or the most common one – money. The latter is a very important one, as a cheap, readily available energy device that requires virtually no fuel, and whose fuel is readily available nearly worldwide, obviously has the potential to wipe billions of dollars off the worth of fossil-fuel related industries (not to mention less efficient “alternative” technologies such as solar and wind).
As a historical note, Pons and Fleischmann were not the original discoverers of cold fusion/LENR; the Russian Scientist Filimonenko Ivan Stepanovich was producing excess energy using a similar apparatus back in 1957 – see e.g.
The idea dates back even further, however; Austrian scientists Friedrich Paneth and Kurt Peters hypothesised in the 1920s that it should be possible to produce a nuclear reaction that doesn’t produce substantial amounts of waste products or radiations, and in 1926 published (http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2FBF01579126) that they had fused Hydrogen to Helium using Palladium, although they later retracted their findings, saying they had measured helium from the air instead (which is interesting in itself; Helium makes up only about 5.24 parts per million of our atmosphere by volume, once water is removed). Their primary concern was actually the production of Helium, due to the near complete control the USA had over the market & their refusal to sell it to Austria and Germany.
Swedish scientist John Tandberg (co-inventor of the gas-absorption refrigerator) was intrigued by the initial report and in 1927 stated that by using an electrolytic cell under high pressure with Palladium electrodes he too had created Helium from Hydrogen, and also reported that the process produced excess energy. He tried to patent the device but the Patent Office rejected his application on the basis that he “could not explain” what was happening – on that basis the Wright brothers would never have been able to patent their flying machine.
Now some (more modern) background. Contrary to what some hydrogen “experts” may proclaim, it has been known for over a century that most metals (including Palladium) can absorb large amounts of Hydrogen gas (especially under pressure) and release it when heated (e.g. see Major P. Litherland Teed’s 1919 publication “The Chemistry and Manufacture of Hydrogen”). Helium, however, is not so absorbed. Both Hydrogen and Helium only have electrons in the innermost “shell” surrounding the nucleus, and as Helium has 2 protons attracting the surrounding 2 electrons, as opposed to Hydrogen’s single proton, this results in the orbit of the Helium’s electron’s being smaller than that of the Hydrogen – i.e. a Helium atom is smaller than a Hydrogen atom (covalent radius of 28pm, compared with 31pm for Hydrogen), so should be more easily absorbed than Hydrogen. The reason this is not the case is because it is not actually the Hydrogen atom, but the Hydrogen nucleus (a naked proton in the case of normal Hydrogen, aka Protium) that is absorbed into the metal lattice, whereas the electron is split off and becomes part of the “pool” of electrons in the metal that give it its metallic lustre and high conductivity of both heat an electricity. Helium, being a noble gas with a full electron “shell” is extremely reluctant to part with its electrons, and so does not get absorbed.
The structure of most metals can be viewed as a 3-dimensional lattice of 6 sided dice in all directions, with the corners of each cube representing the location of a metal nucleus (although this is an idealised representation; in reality there are many holes and other flaws, and the “dice” don’t have to be just 6 sided), with the electrons floating around like a gas within the metal. The rather large (in comparison) metal nuclei are as close together as they can get as allowed by Coulomb (electro-magnetic) repulsion (with a bit of extra distance for quantum fluctuations and vibrations caused by temperatures above absolute zero), but as the Hydrogen nuclei (i.e. proton, or paired neutron and proton for Deuterium) is much smaller it can sneak through the gaps and sit in the middle of each cube (one per die).
Now for a discussion on the main types of cold fusion/LENR announced in the last decade.
1) Superwave Cold Fusion. The explanation resulting from this theory utilises the fact that after loading Hydrogen, or to be precise Deuterium, nuclei into a metal lattice you have a lot of neutron/proton pairs “stuck” in a nice regular formation. Once you fill up all your cubes the majority of nuclei are restricted in their movement – e.g. if you’re driving on the free-way with trucks in front of you, behind you & on either side you don’t have much room to manoeuvre. A waveform is then introduced into the metal lattice, which as it travels through the lattice compresses sections locally. This supposedly results in some of the locations in which Hydrogen nuclei can sit to temporarily disappear, meaning due to quantum tunnelling pairs of nuclei end up in same location. Once the nuclei are within 10fm of each other the strong nuclear force overcomes Coulomb repulsion and the 2 proton/neutron pairs combine to form a Helium nucleus, plus a high-energy gamma ray (due to the lower energy state of a Helium vs. 2 Deuterium nuclei). The Helium nucleus quickly attracts 2 of the relatively free-floating electrons and is expelled from the metal lattice, whilst the gamma ray due to the dense structure of the metal lattice generally impacts a metal nucleus, resulting in additional vibration of the lattice (i.e. heat, rather than potentially lethal radiation being released from the metal). This process is demonstrated very nicely in the video at
with more explanation of the underlying theory at
Problems with this theory include the fact that some of the gamma rays should escape the metal lattice and be detectable, and certain other events which should occur if true fusion is taking place do not; a number of these are discussed further at
Also, despite the publishing of the underlying theory back in 2009 no working demonstration models (at least none that I am aware of) have yet to be created.
2) Electroweak interactions. At the time of Pons & Fleischmann (and prior to that) little was known about electroweak interactions. It was not until 2008 when Srivastava, Widom and Larsen (in “A Primer for Electro-Weak Induced Low Energy Nuclear Reactions”) proposed that the electromagnetic energy stored in many relatively slow moving electrons can under appropriate circumstances be collectively transferred into fewer, much faster electrons with energies sufficient for the latter to then combine with protons to produce neutrons via weak (force) interactions. The neutrons can then initiate low energy nuclear reactions through further nuclear transmutations, resulting in a large net gain in (heat) energy, without the production of a large amount of gamma radiation or other conventional fusion-related products. The main advantage of this theory is that the combination of the proton and electron actually benefits from electromagnetic attraction; there is no Coulomb repulsion to overcome. The theory also incorporates some of the latest understandings of quantum processes. For no apparent reason that I can find Srivastava’s name is generally ignored and most people who mention the theory (including NASA) instead refer to it as the “Widom Larsen” theory.
NASA confirmed in 2011 that they were working on determining whether this theory could be demonstrated practically, see e.g.
This link also lists one of the possible reaction paths; 6 protons could combine with 3 electrons to create Lithium-6, 9 anti-neutrinos and a net gain of 28MeV of (heat) energy. Another interesting result is that the energy density for the materials involved is even higher than normal hot fusion; you can get 88 GJ/g for Uranium 235 fission (about 1.9 million times the most energy-dense chemical reaction), 337 GJ/g for hot fusion combining Hydrogen into Helium, and 370 GJ/g for this form of LENR. Only matter-antimatter combinations are more energy-dense.
Problems with this theory include the fact that under the Standard Model of particles if you combine a proton and an electron (both of which are fermions, i.e. they have half-integer spin) you should get a boson (which has whole integer spin) – but a neutron is also a fermion with half-integer spin. The combination also seems to break the law of conservation of mass-energy, although this energy could come potentially from the extra energy imparted by the motion of the individual particles (kinetic energy). There are a couple of other issues as well; these could potentially be solved with a few modifications (not currently accepted by conventional physicists) to the Standard Model and the explanation as how particles react, e.g. as an electron in orbit around a nucleus gains energy it may actually follow a helical/spiral path, getting closer to the nucleus; there are more details at
3) Brillouin Energy Corporation’s hypothesis combines both of the above. As per
(see both the video and diagram on the page) you have a metal lattice and introduce a waveform (“q-wave”) to compress the lattice, forcing particles together. In this case, however, rather than combining deuterium nuclei there is supposedly an electroweak interaction causing a proton and electron to combine to form a neutron. Some neutrons then get close enough to a proton to form a Deuterium nucleus (proton plus neutron), then with repeated waveforms and more neutron formation the Deuterium becomes Tritium, and the Tritium Quadium (3 neutrons and a proton). Quadium is highly unstable and via beta decay (release of an electron and electron anti-neutrino) forms a Helium nucleus and energy in the form of heat. A much more detailed version of the hypothesis can be seen at
BTW, the video isn’t quite correct; even at absolute zero there is movement (vibration) of atoms within the lattice due to quantum fluctuations. Despite this being well known in quantum physics it is often ignored in conventional physics.
Anyway, in addition to the issues discussed above concerning proton/electron combination, there’s the fact that in the (admittedly limited number of) laboratory tests done Quadium does not form Helium via beta decay, but turns back to Tritium via neutron emission. Also, statistically speaking it is much more probable that any free neutrons created would be absorbed by the atoms of the metal lattice rather than attaching to Deuterium to form Tritium, and even less likely to attach to the Tritium.
Despite these issues a prototype has supposedly been independently verified – see
However, there has been no news from the company for over a year now; so it’s unclear whether they really have something and are laying low, or whether problems have been identified and yet to be resolved. They may have something that does work, but not in exactly the way they believe.
4) Andrea Rossi PhD is the main person who reignited public interest (at least outside of the Western media news blanket). Rossi is an Italian inventor and scientist with a long history in the alternative energy field; he conducted research back in the 1970s that led to technologies to initially turn household garbage into usable heat, and then into oil, coal and gas replacements, and even had (via a company he formed) a plant producing 20 tons fuel/day from household waste. He became interested in cold fusion after the 1989 Pons & Fleishmann (well, University of Utah) announcement, and started carrying out experiments. After an extremely long (18 year) period of trial and error he managed to produce a stable system with repeatable results that he called the ECAT (energy catalyzer). After convincing a respected expert in the field (Professor Emeritus Sergio Focardi of the Bologna University) in 2007 that the device worked they spent a further 2 years developing a safe device.
Unlike the other systems Rossi admits that his device does produce potentially dangerous gamma radiation, which is why the device has lead shielding. This is dense enough to capture all of the gamma rays and convert them to heat (numerous test with probes both inside and outside the ECAT have confirmed this). 20 minutes after the device is turned off the gamma radiation has been fully absorbed, and by this time there are no unstable isotopes left within the device, so there is no nuclear waste, and no dangerous substances if the ECAT is disassembled after this time (meaning there are potentially issues with especially small-scale transport with crashes potentially breaking a device which is still producing dangerous levels of radiation).
A number of tests (some public, some private) were carried out in 2009-2011 (most of the public ones in 2011), attracting quite a bit of media attention in Italy and Greece especially (although I’ll lay odds you never heard of it at all here). At the same time several more generations of prototypes were developed.
A major prototype capable of developing 1MW of heat was created by connecting a number of ECAT devices together on racks in a shipping container. This was tested semi-publicly (invitation only, but included media) on the 28th October 2011. The system produced an average of 479 kW over 5.5 hours in the test; some basic problems (leaky seals in a number of the ECAT devices) prevented it from producing the rated output, but it was still convincing enough for an “unknown customer” to purchase the device for 1 million Euros. It was later revealed that the scientific expert who was observing the test on behalf of the customer (and who had had substantial discussions with Rossi beforehand concerning the technology) was a retired US Navy officer and nuclear engineer, leading many to believe the customer was in fact the US Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), which would make sense as they are one of the few organisations in the Western world that has maintained an interest in CF technology since 1989.
Since then Rossi has further developed the 1MW plant and with Focardi et al established relationships with a number of business people to set up licensing arrangements around the world (just completed in early June 2013), and relationships with various companies for supporting technologies (e.g. National Instruments for the control circuitry). Independent third-party testing with the new versions of the ECAT begin in December 2012 and the major report was published on 16th May 2013 – see
Although admittedly very conservative the authors still agree that the devices are definitely producing a noticeable amount of excess heat, and that it is at least an “order of magnitude greater than conventional energy sources” (the Ragone plot on the second URL above makes this very clear; note all the conventional means of producing/storing energy clustered together in the bottom left, then look out to the top right where the ECAT is).
So, in this case we have a device that not only has received third party confirmation from a number of sources, but has already had one sale, and is now commercially available (well, the 1MW shipping container version is; a “home” unit is still some ways off, unfortunately).
Some attributes of the ECAT include:
- The fuel is Hydrogen (Protium only; apparently heavier isotopes actually stop the device working) and Nickel (powder), but not all of the Nickel reacts with the hydrogen. This suggests it is only one (or a few) of the rarer isotopes of Nickel that is (are) actually being used in the process; e.g. Ni-61 and Ni-64 only make up about 1% each of naturally occurring Nickel but are stable, whilst Ni-59 which only makes up a trace of normal Nickel is a likely candidate – it is a radionuclide, but with a half-life of 76000 years. This view is backed up by a statement by Rossi that testing on the Nickel from an ECAT that had been running for some time showed that the ratios of the various isotopes had substantially changed.
- There are variations of the ECAT which run at hotter temperatures and produce higher levels of energy; the basic ECAT has a COP (co-efficient of performance, the ratio of energy out to energy in) of around 6; newer devices are around 20 (measured over the course of a day or so). Apparently some lab prototypes were running at around a COP of 400, but they tended to be unstable and occasionally explode, suggesting that once you get beyond a certain running temperature (and/or a certain purity of Nickel) the reaction is unstable. This implies that there might be some “critical mass” or critical temperature (cf. nuclear fission), and also that even though not consumed most of the Nickel could be of use in damping this sort of runaway reaction.
- The consumption rate of the “fuel” in the basic ECAT is 0.1g of (the appropriate type of) Nickel and 0.01g of Hydrogen (Protium) which produces 10kWh of (thermal, via gamma radiation) energy, over the course of an hour.
- Copper is produced; the rate being linear with respect to the energy produced. Measurements were done on 1 device after running it for 6 months straight & found that 30% of the “active” Nickel was now Copper. This suggests that the overall reaction (ignoring intermediate steps), is
Ni + H -> Cu + energy (gamma radiation)
Nickel has 28 protons, Hydrogen (Protium) has 1, and Copper 29, so this certainly looks like fusion to me.
- Other elements (currently unknown; this is one of the trade secrets) are used in the process, probably both as catalysts and dampers, in addition to the Lead shielding.
- The device takes some time to “power on” – it needs to be heated slowly to a certain temperature before the reaction produces more energy than it consumes.
A possible explanation for the reaction in the ECAT is presented at
by Prof. Ch. E. Stremmenos (who is on the Board of Advisers of the Journal of Nuclear Physics, which Rossi established to publish information on the results he was getting and to some extent the science behind it, seeing as conventional publications refused to acknowledge the field even existed).
To summarise, Stremmenos believes that once you load up the Hydrogen nuclei (i.e. Protium nuclei, i.e. Protons) that as the electrons are spread throughout the metal lattice in what is effectively a “non-localised plasma”, that it is possible at the attosecond (10^-18) time-scale for unstable Protium “atoms” to form, with one of the electrons temporarily orbiting one of the protons trapped in the lattice, but much closer to the nucleus than would normally occur – potentially within 10fm, so nuclear forces take over and even if the proton and electron do NOT combine to form a neutron, they LOOK like a neutron (i.e. electrically neutral). As such Coulomb repulsion is overcome and they can potentially move within 10fm of a Nickel nuclei, especially with the help of thermal vibrations (which increase as the metal is heated).
Time-wise this is not an issue, as nuclear reactions can happen on a time-scale of around 10 zeptoseconds (10^-20), with the “life-span” of these altered Protium atoms being ~100 times as long.
Once this unstable Protium atom moves within 10fm of the Nickel nuclei it is captured. Rather than forming an isotope of Nickel, as would happen with a true neutron, the atom quickly decays, resulting in the Nickel becoming Copper (due to the addition of a proton). I would have thought that the electron would be released at speed resulting in what is effectively Beta radiation, but Stremmenos believes instead the new Copper nucleus releases a positron (anti-matter version of the electron) which then annihilates the electron resulting in a photon (i.e. gamma radiation). Furthermore, rather than being a high-energy (and more dangerous, harder to shield) photon as would normally result as per the Mossbauer effect (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%B6ssbauer_effect), much of the energy of the photon is instead absorbed by the new copper nucleus, which then recoils into the metal lattice (resulting in heat). The reason for this is that being an isolated Copper atom, rather than Nickel as per the surrounding atoms, the new nucleus is not part of the lattice and instead acts as if it was in a (quasi-) gaseous state.
I think that as per the other explanations this relies on a potentially unlikely series of events to occur, but statistically speaking it could be possible. The other issue is the possible formation of a Protium atom of size smaller than 10fm within the lattice, which is certainly not recognised by conventional science, but thanks to Heisenberg & Planck (i.e. quantum effects) is not beyond the bounds of possibility.
Whether or not this is actually what is happening, the fact is that the ECAT has proven on multiple occasions to produce excess energy reliably and repeatedly, so this is definitely a technology that needs to be studied. For more validations and discussion see
5) Defkalion were originally in partnership with Rossi, but due to disagreements about patents and the way forward had what appeared to have been a relatively amicable parting of ways in August 2011. Whilst in partnership, however, they appear to have been given a great deal of access to the technology, and despite not having actually seen inside the devices were apparently able to deduce what was going on from the readings of numerous probes and a spectroscopic analysis (by the University of Padua), and then set out to develop their own version of the technology, which they announced shortly after the breakup.
Now, whilst this certainly seems like an open-and-shut case of theft of intellectual property, so far Rossi and co. have made no moves to stop Defkalion. I don’t know if they’ve made some unreported behind-the-scenes deal, or Rossi’s lawyers are waiting until Defkalion start making some money & then will start asking for a cut, or if Rossi thinks that they will be dealing with different markets and there’s enough money for everyone, or if they just don’t care & want the technology to get out there & believe that it’ll be harder for the vested interests to stop it if it’s on two different fronts. Or some completely different issue.
Anyway, Defkalion made a device suitable for use in a home called the Hyperion (back when they were with Rossi, then improving on it afterwards), and on October 18th 2011 released reports showing that the device had been independently tested and was producing energy with a COP of at least 3:
Thanks to some ineffective blacking out of information, the “secret” tester was revealed to be Michael A. Nelson, a long-standing (30+ years) employee of NASA (although he was not doing this on behalf of NASA, who at that time & pretty much still now were only willing to concede that LENR based on electroweak interactions might just work, and that there certainly aren’t any working devices yet as they haven’t made one themselves).
In late November 2011 Defkalion then released an extensive technical specification of the Hyperion (and a souped-up version basically combining 9 Hyperions) which you can still get from
The specs are very detailed, with the size of the units, mass, amount of fuel used, recharge schedule, noise produced, discussion of a built-in fail-safe that would cause the device to safely (without leaking radiation) self-destruct if badly damaged etc etc. Some of the most interesting stats are an output of 5-11kW of heat for the base Hyperion unit at a COP of better than 25, with a maximum electrical consumption of 200W to run the device, with “refuelling” only required twice per year.
A few days later Defkalion “went dark” and stayed that way for over a year; they shut down the web site & pulled all the information they could off the internet (although thanks to archiving and coverage by other parties most of the information remained if you knew where to look) and stopped responding to requests for information. It turns out the reason for this was that they wanted to focus on building the business & ignore the increasingly more frequent calls from media and interested parties, and were also having issues getting the business going. Defkalion started in Greece, and thanks to the GFC (and the general capabilities of the Greek government) were having lots of issues getting their factories built, permits issued, etc. They eventually gave up in disgust and sent representatives to a number of countries, and whilst Turkey was an early front-runner the Canadian government offered not only very generous support to set up a company in their country (providing $3 for every $1 Defkalion spend) and easy access to parts and materials, but also guaranteed access to their national energy laboratories and Universities for further research.
The move (to Vancouver) obviously took some time, but then they really burst back into the (limited) public awareness in December 2012 with an interview with the Greek newpaper (To Vima) reporter Anastasios Kafantaris. You can see a translated version of this at
The reporter turned out to be well studied in science in general, and physics and LENR in particular, and asked some rather probing questions, which revealed the following interesting snippets of information:
- There are 3 catalysts used in the reaction; one of which appears to be Potassium Carbonate; the other two may include Barium and Strontium.
- Conditions inside the device allow for super-conductivity, despite the relatively high (340C) temperature for such conditions to occur, by forming a plasma in the device
- Magnetic monopoles (not recognised in conventional Western science) are formed within the device, and some manipulation of these helps with the reaction (speculated, not confirmed)
- The main secret to Defkalion’s fuel is a “special shaped” nano-crystalline powder, the details of which they are keeping secret (it may just be that using a nano-crystalline powder means a vastly increased surface area, so it would be much easier to achieve a consistent level of Hydrogen loading into the metal lattice, plus it would also be easier to form a uniform plasma with heating)
- Coulomb repulsion is overcome using Rydberg molecules (see below)
Defkalion also revealed that they had been approached by a vice-president of Exxon, who admitted that whilst they would have been “shut down” for coming up with such technology in the recent past, the oil majors now admit that fossil fuels are not a long-term investment, and will be quite happy to see this new technology to succeed, at which point they will “make them an offer they will not be able to resist” (hopefully monetarily rather than the usual persuasion of this type levelled by representatives of vested interests against inventors of technology that could bankrupt them).
The main item of interest in terms of explaining the science behind cold fusion is the use of Rydberg molecules. As per
these are electrically excited molecules which have unusual properties, one of which is that the atoms are massively bigger than normal, thanks to the electrons having a much larger average “orbital radius” due to this excitation (kind of the opposite of the explanation according to Rossi’s colleague) – potentially thousands of times larger. They are of great interest in the field of quantum computing, as per
especially because this increased size can result in interactions between atoms being up to a million times stronger than between regular atoms, and the use of photons to measure and trap (Rydberg) atoms won Serge Haroche the 2012 Nobel prize in Physics.
Like the planets in the solar system (only more so) this orbit can be more of an oval shape (or egg shape in three dimensions) than circular; when this is taken to extremes the atom varies between 2 states – for a Protium atom when the electron is very far away from the nucleus (aphelion for a planet) the atom appears to be a naked proton, but when the electron is close (perihelion for a planet) it can be so near that the atom appears to be a neutron, similar to Stremmenos’s idea of a “mini-atom” above. As per above the atom in this state can then be captured by the Nickel nucleus, thus causing fusion resulting in a Copper atom and (due to electroweak interactions) energy, although Defkalion apparently make this interaction more likely with the use of “magnetic fields and pressure”.
Defkalion also say that not only Copper (Nickel +1 proton) but Zinc (Copper +1 proton) is formed in this fashion, and that some nucleosynthesis also occurs (e.g. by combination of 2+ of these Protium atoms in their ‘perihelion’ state to form a Helium isotope nucleus).
Defkalion’s explanation has the advantage of being based on conventionally accepted (albeit very new in some areas) scientific theories, and it would appear that they can probably back up their statement that they understand the technology better than Rossi does, and as such are able to produce more reliable and better controlled devices.
The next major release of information was not until April 2013 when Defkalion invited Sterling Allen (a long-time independent reporter on exotic energy technologies) to interview them as they’d promised to do over a year previously. The interview of about an hour can be downloaded (or streamed) from
and the page also includes a summary of points made within the interview.
Some of the major points of interest are:
- Defkalion have set up what appears to be a very good business model; whilst they retain ownership of the core technology, they have licensed out the applications to a number of existing companies who are already expert in their fields, to allow for a quick transition to market (or at least quicker than would be the case for developing it from scratch).
- Some of the applications include water desalination, thermal boilers, trains, shipping, mining, metal smelting, cement, and eventually small scale (cars, motorcycle) transport (cf. the “Mr Fusion” reactor from the “Back to the Future” series of movies), satellites
- They can retrofit existing power plants, including nuclear fission, allowing them to shave over 90% off the cost of centralised large-scale electricity production (e.g. to about 0.35 c/kWh)
- The home unit (i.e. Hyperion) would have a running cost of less than $600/year for a 55 square home (about double the size of a normal home). This would be for both heat (water, space heating) and electricity (and also cooling for areas which need it via heat pump technology). The main cost is not the fuel but the labour involved in replacing the fuel (and presumably amortising the cost of the technological development over time).
- The COP increases over time (and as such is effectively meaningless), as the device is nearly self-powering after it gets to 180C (just needs a small pulse every 10-15 seconds); output temperature is 350-500C. So the COP averages out at 5 over the first 24 hours, then would be close to 10 after the 2nd day, 15 the third, etc etc.
- The first major technology should go commercial in the 2nd quarter of 2014, but there will be a major demonstration of at least one prototype at NIWeek; a respected annual conference run by National Instruments, held over August 5-8 this year. They will also be making a scientific presentation at the conference (unfortunately due to issues with getting certification for home use the Hyperion won’t be available for purchase until the end of 2014 or later).
One of the few applications that Defkalion are rolling out themselves is shipping, due to national interest; Greece has the largest merchant tanker fleet in the world, and one of the largest combined fleets of any type of naval vessel. Defkalion are stripping out the bunkers of (very polluting) fuel oil from tankers along with their (kind of diesel) engines, and replacing them with what are effectively steam engines powered by their technology. In addition to reducing both water and air pollution and increasing cargo space, this results in a ship that can sail the world for a year or more without refuelling, and at a vastly reduced cost – e.g. for a large cargo ship of about 20000 tonnes that would chew up $20000/fuel each day, with Defkalion’s technology this would be reduced to about $500 – i.e. a 97.5% reduction in price! This would also have the flow-on effect of making e.g. Australian industry much more vulnerable to cheap imports from countries with cheap labour thanks to virtual slave-like conditions and wages.
Anyway, another report just came out recently from Jeane Manning; a “normal” reporter who in 1981 started discussing exotic energy technologies after witnessing one first-hand. You can read it at
In addition to some history she found out the following in addition to the above:
- The fifth-generation (so-far; the sixth is near completion) Hyperion takes only a few minutes to reach operating temperature, rather than the hours the original unit did (and Rossi’s ECAT still apparently does)
- The Hyperion stops producing excess energy virtually instantly when the electrical currents that create the plasma are switched off (implying the radiation also ceases, unlike the 20 minutes required by the ECAT)
- Approximately 3g of powdered Nickel and 2L of hydrogen (which at NTP would be about 0.16g) will power the device for 6 months
- Defkalion’s offices are next-door to the UBC (University of British Columbia). UBC are looking at, amongst other things, advanced ceramic composites that could be used within the Hyperion to make the device stronger and safer.
- Defkalion have also established research laboratories in Italy (Milan), Greece (Athens) and will soon be creating one in Brazil.
- Rather than rejecting unusual ideas from young scientists on the team they actually listen to everyone, a lesson a previous employer of mine would be well-advised to learn. One of the crucial breakthroughs was made by a 23 year old.
So, to summarise, there is a great deal of evidence and third-party validations to support the technology of Cold Fusion (or LENR, or whatever you want to call it), the media in several countries in Europe are already covering it, some devices are already commercially available with many more to appear early next year. And yet in the Western world the phenomena is virtually unknown, there is no discussion within the media, and the whole field is treated with disdain when it is mentioned at all within our leading Universities, journals and research institutions. This incredibly short-sighted view has to change if we do not wish to become a technological back-water in the future.
As an aside, advanced as CF technology is (relatively speaking), Mehran T Keshe, an Iranian nuclear engineer, may very well have worked out the real fundamentals of how atoms are formed and how to directly manipulate them, allowing for devices a generation more advanced, that can basically produce energy from the quantum foam (zero point energy) that surrounds us (even in the depths of intergalactic space). Such technology would also allow us to manipulate magnetic and gravitational fields with such precision as to create vehicles that can fly (and move through space) by opposing the gravitational field of the Earth (or Sun, etc), and accelerate at great speeds thanks to the ability to ignore inertia. This also is a technology that “respected” scientists refuse to even discuss the possibility of in our research institutions, even whilst Keshe is offering the technology to every Government of the world (an offer which the US government is flatly refusing, and “encouraging” everyone else to refuse as well).
All scientists and interested parties should make their colleagues and others aware of developments in this field, and how such developments could free us from the burden of expensive centralised energy, and allow us to dramatically reduce pollution across the planet, as well as giving inexpensive access to what are considered to be first-world benefits to what are classed as second- and third-world countries.
The Great Lead Acid Battery Swindle – May 2012
Thanks to Peter Lindemann and John Bedini especially, I now know how the 12V lead acid battery manufacturers have been ripping us off for over 90 years. Consider the following figures from OA Witte’s “The Automobile Storage Battery – Its Care And Repair” dated 1922, which is available here.
You may be familiar with how a battery’s voltage changes as it discharges, as follows:
Voltage drops from a peak of about 2.2V per cell (so 13.2V for the standard 6 cell 12V battery) to a relatively constant 2V (hence the name of the 12V battery) for a few hours, before it drops off. What most people don’t know is what is actually happening in the battery. One of the plates is Lead Oxide (Pb.O) and the other (sponge) Lead (Pb). The electrolyte is Sulphuric Acid (H2SO4) in Water (H2O). The Hydrogen ions in the electrolyte combines with the oxygen from the Lead Oxide plates to create H2O, i.e. Water, and on BOTH plates the sulphate ions combine with the lead to produce Lead Sulphate (PbSO4), which is why the voltage/current eventually drops to nothing – both plates become identical in chemistry. Also, the battery is basically a water fuel cell.
Now, the really interesting figure follows:
This shows you that over 90 years ago it was known in the industry that to PROPERLY charge a battery (i.e. disassociate all the sulphate ions from the plates back into the water to form Sulphuric Acid) you need to charge a cell to about 2.7 V, i.e. 16.2 V for a 12 V battery. What do you get if you buy a battery charger, however? According to the self-proclaimed Battery University the correct voltage for recharging such a battery is only 2.3-2.45 V per cell, i.e. a maximum of 14.7 V. So what does this do to the battery? It ensures that not all of the Lead Sulphate is recovered, so each time the battery is discharged a thin layer of electrolyte is deposited on the plates, reducing the overall voltage and capacity of the battery, until it dies – i.e. planned obsolescence.
So, millions of dollars are wasted every year whilst tonnes of toxic lead are dumped in landfills merely because the industry doesn’t want to provide us with proper chargers. Actually, there are a few extra tricks you need to be aware of – e.g. the sulphate ions are fairly large, and as such require a bit of a push to get moving, but then thanks to momentum continue to move after the initial force. What this means is that rather than providing a constant voltage during charging you should charge in pulses – about 20% on, 80% off.
Anyway, the only battery chargers I know of that DO actually charge a battery properly are made by a company set up by Peter Lindemann & John Bedini, called Tesla Chargers. I own the cheap 2A12 model, and as an experiment I purchased 2 identical 12V batteries & charged one with the Tesla charger, the other with a normal charger. I treated the batteries very harshly, feeding into a 240V transformer to power a 60W light to discharge them, yet on the Tesla charger the capacity actually INCREASED over time – until it was 30% higher than the rated figure (in amp-hours; Ah). The normal charger, as expected, led to the battery rapidly reducing in capacity until it was virtually useless after a few weeks. Putting it on the 2A12 rejuvenated it somewhat, although not as good as the one I had on it all the time (although that might have been because I just didn’t do it long enough). If I had the dough I’d buy the Battery Rejuvenator to properly restore batteries automatically – it both charges and discharges batteries continually until they’re running optimally.
The Tesla Charger works on Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd) and Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) batteries as well as Lead Acid; although they don’t work on Lithium Ion batteries or other types one suspects that these batteries are also recharged with planned obsolescence in mind, which would explain why the first generation of iPhone batteries only lasted a year (Apple wanted people to throw away their old phone & buy a new one at this point, but underestimated customer backlash & meant for the battery to last closer to 2 or 3 years).
BTW, on a similar note I purchased Bedini’s Crystal Light Kit, which uses a new “battery” technology (really semiconductor) that although low voltage/amperage (enough to brightly light an LED) supposedly last forever without running out – it only needs to be topped up with water. This is just another example of the sort of energy technologies that industry are routinely suppressed by vested interests.
NEWS – March 2012
Sorry for the sparsity of news over the last year; settling into Tassie, looking for a Job, putting together a garden, raising a cattle & talking with heaps of government types about why we should be looking at these technologies to revitalise industry in Tasmania has taken its time. Confidence in Politicians actually doing good for the State like they used to in the good old days? Currently riding at about 2%. BTW, thanks for voting me to be El Presidente, even though I think it’s a bit weird with most of you in a different State
Anyway, in February I wrote up a piece on Bedini’s everlasting crystal battery – you can see it here but only if you’re a member.
Now, here’s a suggestion for all you budding inventors out there – Kickstarter. This is one of those great ideas that could never have come about without a new technology (in this case the internet, or to be precise World Wide Web and easy to use browsers). They call themselves a “new way to fund creativity”, and so far it’s living up to its claims. Basically what happens is you have something you want to create – could be a book, a game, a work of art, an invention, whatever, and you work out you need a certain amount of money to get this done. What you do is then spell out your idea and what you want to get done & how much it’ll cost, and invite people to donate money to your cause. In return you promise to provide these people with certain rewards, depending upon how much they donate (so you really need to work out how much it’ll cost you to get the thing done AND pay for all these “prizes”). If you get the amount of money pledged in a certain time then you actually get the money & are expected to deliver on the promises, if the amount of money is not reached then all bets are off.
If you are one of the lucky ones & get a lot more money than you need early then you can choose to add certain extra prizes – e.g. you might be able to get a basic device built for $x, but then you get the money & work out if you get 2$x then you can get it done in more enduring metal rather than plastic, etc. Some really lucky projects (e.g. the Order of the Stick book reprint drive – a Dungeons & Dragon comic that I’ve followed since the days of the Dragon Magazine) have achieved over a million dollars in pledges – and they were only after about $58 grand!
Anyway, let’s give a more relevant example. You might be aware that there are now in existence “printers” that can “print” in 3D – i.e. you can actually print an object, like a spoon. Well, a plastic spoon anyway – there are metal printers about but they’re hideously expensive. Actually, even the plastic printers are not cheap, so someone decided to try a Kickstarter project for a cheap 3D printer called Printrbot. This project was also very successful, with $830 grand of pledges, when they only wanted $25000. This 3D printer is also extendable (in all 3 dimensions) and can create most of the appropriate pieces to make another Printrbot – i.e. it can nearly replicate itself (so you really only ever need to buy one Actually you still need some nuts & bolts, bearings & rods, belts, a motor, electronics etc). Anyway, some of the “prizes” offered were:
$1: “Sincere Gratitude” & name listed on the Website on a Supporters page (all higher tiers get this )
$10: Personalised thank you card.
$25: 3D printed bottle opener
$75: 3D printed logo keychain and bottle opener.
$89: Full set of parts to build PrintRBot – not including hardware like bearings etc. – US only
$199: Ditto – International customers
$231: Ditto + includes most hardware (not motors or electronics) – US only ($424 International)
$499: Full kit to make a PrintRBot – US only ($544 International)
$544: Ditto but parts are laser-cut – US only ($649 International)
$694: As above but larger model (20 x 20 x 20cm build volume) – US only ($750 International)
$999: Fully assembled and calibrated PrintRBot – US only (think $1100 for International)
Bearing this in mind, I believe that SOME of the inventions that people have demonstrated at CTS meetings or discussed there COULD be funded with a business model like this. Just think of it – you could get $100 grand (maybe) to build a free-energy invention, and maybe have some fun doing it with weird and wonderful prizes on offer (the main one being a kit of your invention, or fully constructed model). Ideal inventions would be ones that you could provide in kit form for a few hundred dollars, with a fully constructed version in the range $1000-2000. Note that the rewards don’t have to include the invention itself; you could decide to go for sewable patches, certificates, fridge magnets or some other doodads, especially for lower pledge tiers.
So, do we have any takers? If so, then please publish info on your project to the CTS web site, so we know to make a pledge to you.
NEWS – 2011
OK, seeing as a lot of my news lately is to do with interesting technologies that you can find at certain URLs, I thought I might as well turn this into a News page & put them here.
News from 3rd May 2011:
Electric motor – graphs from companies (in Lindemann’s second movie) show that the torque is about 6.5 times as much as the “100% rated” value at zero speed, so if we can get rid of Back-EMF we can get about 6 times the amount of energy out of the motor at speed, and keep in mind that electric motors are already 5-6 times as efficient as the average internal combustion engine in an Australian family car.
1) Gabriel Device – stick a toroid within another toroid; one high permeability, one low, seems to be doing what Lindemann was suggesting & separating Back-EMF from normal power:
2) The Russians are about to build cars with a ripoff of Ralphial Morgado’s MYT engine design (with subsidy from the Russian government):
For more on Ralphial’s MYT engine (2D/3D shots running):
3) Rossi’s Cold Fusion device still going strong – see
and for possible details of what’s happening:
Note that several groups, including the Swedish Skeptics Society, have confirmed much more energy out than in. This is the real deal.
4) Plasmerg engine – plasma of Noble gases (using cold fusion, so only need to “refuel” about every 3 months, & then only a few hundred ml of gas):
This is actually based on the Papp Engine, which a few stalwarts amongst you may remember; it dates back to 1968. This mob seem to have fixed all of the drawbacks of Papp’s design, and have it very close to commercialisation.
5) Electrostatic motor – using energy from the Earth’s electromagnetic field:
6) Bedini has a working earth battery design:
Several people appear to have duplicated it & are getting a lot of output for a fairly cheap design.
7) Tesla Coil goes open source:
8) Last but certainly not least – an Ozzie invention – Hidro – is available NOW if you have a transmission license; 50kW for $200K – (can also get 100kW, 200kW) – it may be the first ever commercially available “free energy” device:
It uses a combination of hydraulics and gravity (and maybe sonics/sonoluminescence) – I have absolutely no idea really how this works; I hadn’t even heard of it until 3 weeks ago. Just when you thought you were onto a winner & something pops up out of left field The device has been independently tested & confirmed apparently by Prof Simon Kaplan and others of the QUT (http://staff.qut.edu.au/staff/kaplans/), plus staff from Griffith University as well (who originally went there to debunk it, apparently).
That’s it for now, folks!
Peter K. Campbell’s last presentation updates some of the technology discussed in the green paper. The presentation summarises what Peter has learned over the last few years in the fields of health, fuel and energy technology. Here is the presentation.
The article on the Beck Zapper mentioned can be found here.
The Victorian Government requested submissions by the 30th September 2009 on their Climate Change Green Paper – see the Victorian Government Climate Change Website for more information on what they were after. The Association made a submission, concentrating on technologies that can improve fuel and energy use efficiencies, and what is required to bring these about. If you are interested, here is the submission. Surprise, surprise, but we received no feedback at all from anyone in the Government.