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A great discovery or a disappointing fraud?


An Italian inventor, Andrea Rossi claims to develop a new kind of a nuclear reactor. Each unit contains about 100 grams of powdered nickel fuel mixed with a secret catalyst, inside of a sealed container. The container is filled with compressed hydrogen. The unit uses electric energy at the rate of 0.4 kW but it generates thermal energy at the rate of 12.4 kW. The released energy is said to be due to nuclear reactions resulting from turning nickel into copper. In one case Rossi’s reactor operated for six month[, heating several rooms. During this time 30% of nickel was converted into copper. Three demonstrations were performed in 2011, at the University of Bologna.


References:

1) A. Rossi, http://www.journal-of-nuclear-physics.com

2) A. Rossi, Journal of Nuclear Physics http://www.journal-of-nuclear-physics.com/?p=62

3) F. Celani, New Energy Times, http://newenergytimes.com/v2/news/2011/36/3623rf-celani.shtml 

4) H. Mills, http://pesn.com/2011/03/07/9501782_Cold_Fusion_Steams_Ahead_at_Worlds_Oldest_University/

5) M. Macy,  http://pesn.com/2011/01/19/9501747_cold-fusion-journals_warming_to_Rossi_breakthrough/

6) M. Lewan, http://www.nyteknik.se/nyheter/energi_miljo/energi/article3108242.ece

7) J. Rothwell, http://www.lenr-canr.org/News.htm

8) M. Levan, http://www.nyteknik.se/nyheter/energi_miljo/energi/article3144827.ece

9) A. Rossi, http://www.journal-of-nuclear-physics.com/?p=338#more-338

10) A. Rossi, http://www.journal-of-nuclear-physics.com/?p=62&cpage=2

11) S. Chubb. INFINITE ENERGY  •  ISSUE 96  •  MARCH/APRIL 2011

                       http://www.infinite-energy.com/images/pdfs/IE96Rossi.pdf


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Like most all "Cold Fusion" assertations, it is most likely to be a fraud.

But, one can only hope it is verifiable.

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Originally posted by opuslola opuslola wrote:

Like most all "Cold Fusion" assertations, it is most likely to be a fraud.

But, one can only hope it is verifiable.

Ron

No matter what the outcome, this Cold Fusion episode, started in 1989, will become famous in history of science, psychology of science, etc. That is also a good reason for observing it.

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A great discovery

Coldfusionnow.org
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"Cold fusion," also known as LENR (Low Energy Nuclear Reactions) or LANR (Lattice Assisted Nuclear Reactions) seems to be a real phenomena, at least as far as the Palladium/deuterium reaction is concerned.  It is nowhere near economical, but does deserve attention.  Fleischmann and Pons who came up with the Palladium/deuterium reaction, however, were chemists, and the physicists who tried early on to replicate their effort went at it all wrong, failed and then condemned as junk science, poisoning the well as far as research funding and publications was concerned.  One group that explored it further was Stan Szpak, a chemical engineer, and his approach and success is documented in 'Following Nature's Documents Stan Szpak LENR Co-deposition"  This video (note: that may not precisely be the exact title), done by Ruby Carat, can be found on youtube or on her website, coldfusionnow.org.  

Rossi has a different procedure using Nickel and, I believe, normal water.  Sceptics bash Rossi for not being forthright with his procedures and results, but the fact is, since cold fusion is, a priori, considered by a significant part of the scientific community to be junk science, the patenting procedure is screwed up.  That means that if Rossi _is_ forthright with his procedures and results, he would loose control of his research.  That does not mean his technique is valid, but it does explain why, if it is valid, he would be so guarded about diseminating his procedures and results.

I am merely a wayward philosopher, but in school we were always told that there was more energy in a glass of water than in all the oil reserves of the planet.  Doesn't it make sense that there must be some way to tap into that water and get the energy?  That does not mean that one approach or another is the way to do it, but merely that there is a way.  Some day we will make it work.  Or, perhaps we have already started to find a way to make it work.  But, the fighting is fiercest over the smallest territory, and if we as a society considered this opportunity worthy of attention, somebody else's slice of the pie would be diminished.  It is more convenient to dismiss cold fusion/LENR as junk science, and thus not have to worry about whether it would compete in funding.


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