Cold Fusion Achieved?

“Eng. Andrea A. Rossi and Professor Sergio Focardi of the University of Bologna (one of the oldest universities in the world [1]), have announced to the world that they have a cold fusion device capable of producing more than 10 kilowatts of heat power, while only consuming a fraction of that. On January 14, 2011, they gave the Worlds’ first public demonstration of a nickel-hydrogen fusion reactor capable of producing a few kilowatts of thermal energy. At its peak, it is capable of generating 15,000 watts with just 400 watts input required. In a following test the same output was achieved but with only 80 watts of continual input.

They don’t always use the term ‘cold fusion’ do describe the process, but often refer to it as an amplifier or catalyzer process…”

Cold Fusion #1 Claims NASA Chief“Dennis Bushnell is a Chief scientist at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. He is also an inventor, author, and has been a consultant to countless government and military agencies. A few of these include the DOD, Air Force, DARPA, and the NRC…

… he addressed what he called ‘Low Energy Nuclear Reactions’ as being the most interesting and promising alternative energy technology being developed. In fact, it was first on his list, ahead of salt water agriculture, cyanobacteria, energy conservation, geothermal power, nano-plastic solar panels, solar thermal concentrators, and high altitude wind power…

… During the interview, Bushnell specifically mentioned Andrea Rossi’s E-Cat (Energy Catalyzer) technology, and seemed very supportive of it. He reviewed the tests that have been performed and the large amount of excess heat produced. At one point he made a remark scientists across the world should notice…

‘I think we are almost over the “we do not understand it’ problem. I think we are almost over the ‘this does not produce anything useful’ problem. I think this will go forward fairly rapidly now. If it does, this is capable of, by itself, completely changing geo-economics, geo-politics, and solving climate issues.’

Despite his positive statements about LENR, he also made a few statements that indicate his lack of ability to admit that nuclear fusion at low temperatures could be a reality. He stated that all of the so called, “cold fusion” experiments performed over the last twenty years did not produce fusion reactions. His position is that they produced energy via a process called ‘Widom Larsen’ theory, that does not involve fusion at all, but only ‘beta decay’…”

My Response: Regardless of whether it is true cold fusion or beta decay seems immaterial to me. If excess heat energy is created than you have a positive EROEI (Energy Returned On Energy Invested), period. Very interesting.