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MIT Goal: Fusion Demonstration Plant in 15 Years

E-Cat World / LENR / Cold Fusion - Sun, 11/03/2018 - 15:05

A news release from MIT announces a collaborative research project between MIT and a private company, Commonwealth Fusion Systems with a goal to demonstrate a prototype fusion reactor within 15 years.

http://news.mit.edu/2018/mit-newly-formed-company-launch-novel-approach-fusion-power-0309

Some excerpts from the release:

“CFS will join with MIT to carry out rapid, staged research leading to a new generation of fusion experiments and power plants based on advances in high-temperature superconductors — work made possible by decades of federal government funding for basic research.

“CFS is announcing today that it has attracted an investment of $50 million in support of this effort from the Italian energy company Eni . . .

“The new effort aims to build a compact device capable of generating 100 million watts, or 100 megawatts (MW), of fusion power. This device will, if all goes according to plan, demonstrate key technical milestones needed to ultimately achieve a full-scale prototype of a fusion power plant that could set the world on a path to low-carbon energy . . .

“SPARC is designed to produce about 100 MW of heat. While it will not turn that heat into electricity, it will produce, in pulses of about 10 seconds, as much power as is used by a small city. That output would be more than twice the power used to heat the plasma, achieving the ultimate technical milestone: positive net energy from fusion.”

So it looks like MIT is seeing an opportunity to move fusion forward faster than the other projects such as ITER and US National Ignition Facility which are notoriously slow in reaching their goals. There are other private companies like Lockheed Martin, Tri Alpha Energy, Helion Energy and General Fusion which are trying to speed up commercialization of fusion.

Still, if Andrea Rossi can actually break through into the commercial space with a much cheaper, more efficient commercial energy solution, we might find more research efforts moving into the LENR arena.

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80 W E-Cat QX Reactors for First Plants

E-Cat World / LENR / Cold Fusion - Fri, 09/03/2018 - 13:58

We’ve heard different numbers from Andrea Rossi over the years about the power rating for the E-Cat QX reactors. He has mentioned 20 W and 40 W in the past, but on the Journal of Nuclear Physics yesterday he has confirmed the rating for the reactors to be used in the first plants at 80 W each.

This would mean that to make a 1 MW plant, he would need to combine 12500 individual reactors together. Rossi has said in the past that a single controller can drive 100 reactors. If that holds true for the plants, then a 1 MW plant would need 125 control systems. In addition, Rossi has stated that there will be redundancy built in to allow for uninterrupted operation when E-Cats need to be replaced by fresh ones.

We have heard recently that newer, much larger individual reactors of 10 kW and 100 kW are being tested, but Rossi has emphasized that they are still in the R&D phase, and require extensive testing before they can be considered viable. He wrote this today:

Andrea Rossi
March 9, 2018 at 6:10 AM
Svein Henrik:
You must make a distinction between what I am sure of, what is possible and what I am not sure of. While the 80 W QXs are a reality that works and we are industrializing, the big reactors ( 10 kW and 100 kW ) are prototypes far from being ready for industrialization NOW. Therefore I answered to you on the base of future possibilities, while to Frank Acland based upon the situation related to the year 2018.
Warm Regards,
A.R.

So he considers the 80 W QXs a reality that work well enough for industrialization, while other options need further work.

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‘Precision Cut High Energy Crystals’ (Torus Tech)

E-Cat World / LENR / Cold Fusion - Thu, 08/03/2018 - 08:34

Thanks to Max Nozin for posting the following comment:

“Check out pdf on this page

https://www.torustech.com/technology

c06c27_85616819a3834467a56f6dd5a9cabc1a

https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/c06c27_85616819a3834467a56f6dd5a9cabc1a.pdf

“Once you figure out that quantum field is indeed a sea of little bullets ( oscillating ie spinning) regardless how you actually calling them, it brings home many theories new and abandoned a century ago.”

Torus Tech is a company that states it is working on applying the work of Nassim Haramein, the company’s executive director of research and development and who is the inventor in the above patent. He is also the author of a paper cited on the company’s website titled “Quantum Gravity and the Holographic Mass” available here:

https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/c06c27_38aabfb28e7142d08389df0cdc659959.pdf

Torus Tech states the following regarding its business strategy:

“Currently our focus is in vacuum energy related interactions whereby we are developing technologies that can either directly or indirectly interact with the fluctuating energy dynamics that constitute the very structure of the vacuum itself. Once prototypes are completed and data analyzed we partner with manufacturers who have the right infrastructure and expertise to manufacture the end product at scale. Currently we are working with two manufacturers on producing the ARK crystal at scale while we build out our proprietary charging process in house. In parallel to the manufacturing work we are conducting plant based trials to demonstrate the effect of this technology on promoting optimal biological function.”

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Interview with Looking for Heat’s Alan Smith (Cold Fusion Now Podcast)

E-Cat World / LENR / Cold Fusion - Wed, 07/03/2018 - 16:52

If people are interested more in the efforts of Looking for Heat in trying to help LENR researchers with their replication efforts, I would recommend listening to a recently published interview with Alan Smith conducted by Ruby Carat of Cold Fusion Now.

Alan discusses the goals of Looking for Heat and talks about his history in the field of engineering and his interest in LENR. He also discusses his interest in catalysis, including project he has started in which he uses a catalyst to create aluminum oxide and hydrogen from scrap aluminum.

He also describes a glow-discharge experiment that he plans to carry out at the New Energy Symposium that is planned to be held in Stockholm in June 2018.

The podcast, along with other podcasts of Ruby’s interviews with others working in the LENR field can be found here:

http://coldfusionnow.org/cfnpodcast/

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Anti-Reverse Engineering System ‘Has Revolutionized’ Rossi’s Commercial Strategy

E-Cat World / LENR / Cold Fusion - Tue, 06/03/2018 - 14:27

I think that Andrea Rossi’s announcement that he has what he considers to be a system to make reverse engineering ‘practically impossible’ (he qualified it a bit from ‘impossible’) is highly significant. Rossi stated today that this breakthrough “has revolutionized our commercial strategy.”

The way I see it is if Rossi’s fear of having his technology copied is diminished, then he is going to be less protective and restrictive in the distribution of E-Cats, and reduce the need for putting security systems in place that would consume time and expense.

I asked a few more questions about the issue today:

Frank Acland
March 6, 2018 at 7:44 AM
Dear Andrea,

1. Will the new anti-reverse engineering system change your estimated production timeline?
2. Will it make E-Cats more expensive?
3. Will it make E-Cats more dangerous?
4. Will it make E-Cat dissemination faster?
5. Will it mean that plant owners will be able to change their own e-cats (like we replace printer cartridges for example)?

Andrea Rossi
March 6, 2018 at 8:16 AM
Frank Acland:
1- No
2- No
3- No
4- Probably yes
5- Yes
Warm Regards,
A.R.

Regarding my question 5 above, just a few weeks ago Rossi stated that the refueling of E-Cats would have to be done by authorized technicians. So now it sounds like people could order their replacement E-Cat modules like they would order batteries, fuel canisters, light bulbs, etc., and install them themselves which would simplify things greatly and certainly be less expensive in terms of labor costs. If the E-Cat really did become used widely Rossi would have had to build a huge network of certified technicians, the costs of which would have ultimately been borne by the customer, and passed on to the end user of energy.

If the E-Cat hits the market, I don’t doubt that people will try very hard to figure out exactly how it works. Rossi may ultimately be wrong in his estimation that reverse engineering will be impossible, but it sounds like he is comfortable enough with the system they have developed to take a risk on it.

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‘Impossible’ Now to Reverse Engineer the E-Cat

E-Cat World / LENR / Cold Fusion - Mon, 05/03/2018 - 13:15

There had been a very interesting comment today from Andrea Rossi on the Journal of Nuclear Physics today, which I think many people will find hard to believe:

Anonymous
March 5, 2018 at 12:29 AM
Dear Dr Andrea Rossi,
Aren’t you not worried about the fact that your competitors will probably be the first ones to buy your industrial plants to make the reverse engineering of your IP?

Andrea Rossi
March 5, 2018 at 2:23 AM
Anonymous:
Not at all: we have found the way to make reverse engineering impossible. Believe me: impossible.
Learnt from a top rank specialist of the field.
Warm Regards,
A.R.

Given the amount of interest in this technology if it ever reaches the commercial domain, there will obviously be intense interest in how it works, and one would expect there would be little time lost for some people (such as top industrial and military engineers) in tearing one of Rossi’s E-Cats apart to see how it works. Now Rossi says that it will be ‘impossible’ to figure it out.

Here are some follow-up questions and answers:

Frank Acland
March 5, 2018 at 7:58 AM
Dear Andrea,

Very interesting comment regarding the impossibility of reverse engineering your E-Cats.

1. Do you think it will be impossible to reverse engineer both controller and reactor?
2. Does this mean you now feel more confident about wide sales and distribution?
3. Don’t you think maybe another top rank specialist might be able to discover the secrets with enough time and resources?
4. Does this mean you would feel comfortable sending an e-cat for testing to others, and you would not have to be there in person to protect the IP?
5. Do you worry now that by saying it is ‘impossible’ to reverse engineer you have now laid down a challenge for people to ‘crack the code’?

Best wishes,

Frank Acland

Andrea Rossi
March 5, 2018 at 8:52 AM
Frank Acland:
1- yes
2- yes
3- I consider it impossible
4- when we go commercial this point makes no sense. Customers will use the Ecat independently
5- crack the code will be the favorite sport of all our competitors anyway
Warm Regards,
A.R.

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Images of Diamond Pads before/after Bake-Soak Treatment for LION Replication (Alan Goldwater)

E-Cat World / LENR / Cold Fusion - Sun, 04/03/2018 - 14:27

The following was posted by Alan Goldwater

In response to Axil’s suggestion, here are some images of the diamond pads before and after the bake/soak treatment. The first two images are of the raw pads, still attached to the green resin backing sheet. The first image is with side lighting only, and shows the color of the diamonds tinted by reflected light off the backing, . The second image is with through-the-lens direct lighting, and shows bright gold-tinted reflections from the polished nickel backing of the disc. Some of the gold color is also reflected back through the diamonds, giving them more false color.

The third image is of a pad removed from the D2O soaking after two weeks. The changes are subtle, but some details may be revealed after further study. The small area in the central red circle is a facet plane that happened to be horizontal to the disc, which enabled a look at higher magnification with some depth of field. The result in image 4 is pretty cool, lots of tiny tetrahedral crystals growing out of the surface. The smallest ones visible are around 1 micron, and because of the wide range of dimension seen, there are likely to be many sub-micron ones as well.

I’m not saying that these nano-scale features resulted from the bake/soak treatment. I wasn’t looking in the raw material, but having seen this, I would surely have a closer look with SEM (if I had one).

AlanG

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Modeling Rare Ball Lightning With Skyrmion Quasiparticle

E-Cat World / LENR / Cold Fusion - Sat, 03/03/2018 - 12:17

Here is a comment I received from a reader today.

I thought that perhaps some readers might be interested in this article in Gizmodo: “Scientists Model Rare Ball Lightning With Help From Tangled ‘Skyrmion’ Quasiparticle”, https://gizmodo.com/scientists-model-rare-ball-lightning-with-help-from-tan-1823442462 . The full article “Synthetic electromagnetic knot in a three-dimensional skyrmion” has been published in Science Advances, http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/4/3/eaao3820.full . It is an interesting combination of electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, Bose-Einstein condensates and ball lightning. Perhaps some readers more deeply in physics might get some new ideas from this.

Aalto University QCD Labs in Finland (http://physics.aalto.fi/en/groups/qcd/) and other affiliations behind the paper are known for their high class theoretical and practical work in the field of nanoscience and quantum mechanics.

Below is video of from Aalto University with this explanation:

“A side view of the experimental creation of a 3D skyrmion. The imaging method produces three regions where the spins point up (right), horizontally (center), and down (left). In the actual experiment, theris only a single condensate which contains all these different regions. Brighter color denotes a higher particle density.”

https://www.youtube.com/embed/b0CW4YghP1w

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Rossi: Higher Power E-Cat Reactor being Tested — QX Still to be First Product

E-Cat World / LENR / Cold Fusion - Thu, 01/03/2018 - 14:31

We know that Andrea Rossi has never really been completely satisfied with any version of the E-Cat. From the very beginning of his going public we have seen various models, ranging from low temperature E-Cats to Hot Cats, to the E-Cat QX.

Now we learn of an even newer E-Cat which doesn’t yet have a name. From what Rossi has described it is a larger version of the E-Cat QX, in other words a higher powered plasma-based reactor which he says his team has just started testing.

According to Rossi, this does not mean that the E-Cat QX plans are now on hold, which has been the concern of some E-Cat followers. On the Journal of Nuclear Physics, one reader stated “There is a problem with you being a genius. The problem is that you never stop being inventive, and creating better technology. That, of course, has a downside – the product is never static enough to go into mass production, and potential customers will be waiting for the next big development. The world needs your Ecat NOW. Can you come up with a Quark based product, designed so that the smaller composites could later be swapped for the more powerful unit. If you were able to do that, and promise a FREE UPGRADE for early adopters – that would get the money flowing, and please me and the rest of your followers.”

Rossi replied:

Andrea Rossi
February 28, 2018 at 1:45 PM
Greg Leonard:
Attention: as I said, the bigger reactor does not interfere with the process of industrialization of the Ecat QX.
Thank you for your critic, anyway, I will treasure it.
Warm Regards,
A.R.

A prototype of the new large reactor has apparently been built, and Rossi has said that it must go through the same type of Sigma 5 testing that the E-Cat QX went through — which lasted about a year. So if Rossi does get a product under production this year, it will be E-Cat QX-based.

Rossi has always said that E-Cat R&D will never end. I would guess that it will be on the R&D side of things where Rossi will expend most of his efforts, as he most likely will be letting robotics experts and engineers deal with the production of the finished products, which Rossi has less experience with.

Meanwhile, Rossi is asking people to suggest names for the new product.

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Paper: “On nuclear DD synthesis at the initial stage of nanosecond vacuum discharge with deuterium-loaded Pd anode”

E-Cat World / LENR / Cold Fusion - Tue, 27/02/2018 - 15:47

The following post has been submitted by Engineer48

This new paper is very interesting (found by Alain Coetmuer here):
http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1742-6596/946/1/012025

The article title is: “On nuclear DD synthesis at the initial stage of nanosecond vacuum discharge with deuterium-loaded Pd anode”

Authors: Yu K Kurilenkov, S Yu Gus’kov, V T Karpukhin, A V Oginov and I S Samoylov

Source: Journal of Physics: Conference Series

Here they use a highly deuterated Pd Anode, which is impacted with electrons from the Al Cathode. This knocks Deuterons out of the Pd Anode and as they have a positive charge, they accelerate toward the negative Al Cathode. Then the 1st D stops as it impacts the Al, after which the following D slam into it with enough KE from the acceleration between Anode to Cathode to breach the Coulomb barrier and initiate D+D fusion.

As the fusion does not occur inside a lattice due to phonon pressure waves, the resultant by products are as expected from a normal D+D fusion event. So lots of radiation.

Point of the paper is here is a new way to trigger D+D, which while not missing the bad radiation, still shows that D+D fusion can occur in a non stellar environment.

Maybe post it to the forum as a new discussion topic?

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LION Dummy Run Shows Rising Trend in Radiation Count (Alan Smith)

E-Cat World / LENR / Cold Fusion - Tue, 27/02/2018 - 13:32

This is a post from Alan Smith in this thread where he reports about a new test he has run.

Here are a couple of data-plots from a dummy-run using part-prepared diamonds (soaked for 7.5 days in D20, not 30. They were pre-baked for 7 days. Maybe a tiny amount of anomalous heat there, but no cream cakes. The most interesting thing is in the lower graph showing a steadily rising trend in radiation count. Thermo 0 is the ‘live’ port, thermo 1 is the control.

Hot plot – rad count is way down in the clutter along the bottom line.

Expanded ‘clutter zone’ with trend line for radiation detected using a Netto Geiger with SBM-20 tube 6 cms from the live fuel tube.

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