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Lava Flow LENR in Nature? (P. Oeoht)

8 hours 53 min ago

The following comment was posted by P. Oeoht in the Edmund Storms video thread, and I thought it raised an interesting point. It was made in response to a comment by f sedei who was wondering what Ed Storms might consider LENR occuring in nature.

Consider volcanic lava flowing along a slope on the surface of the ground for day after day, at about 1 metre per minute, without a source of heat to keep it molten.

Now consider a ton of molten aluminium applied to an identical slope, also without a source of heat. How long would the Al remain molten? One minute, perhaps!

One of the standard volcanic temperature anomalies is seen when the temperature of the lava at the mouth of the volcano is found to be significantly LOWER than that up to 100 metres down the lava stream.

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New Patent Application for High Efficiency Electricity Generation from LENR Systems using Thermionic Conversion

Sun, 20/08/2017 - 14:50

A new patent application has recently been filed by two US-based engineers that claims high efficiency electricity generation from ‘low energy thermal heat generation systems’, also referred to as LENR systems. The title is: “METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR HIGH EFFICIENCY ELECTRICITY GENERATION USING LOW ENERGY THERMAL HEAT GENERATION AND THERMIONIC DEVICES”; the inventors are Rodney T. Cox and Hans Walitzki.

Link to the patent application is here

Here’s the abstract:

A system and method are provided for generating electric power from relatively low temperature energy sources at efficiency levels not previously available. The present system and method employ recent advances in low energy nuclear reaction technology and thermionic/thermotunneling device technology first to generate heat and then to convert a substantial portion of the heat generated to usable electrical power. Heat may be generated by a LENR system employing nuclear reactions that occur in readily available materials at ambient temperatures without a high energy input requirement and do not produce radioactive byproducts. The heat generated by the LENR system may be transferred through one or more thermionic converter devices in heat transfer relationship with the LENR system to generate electric power.

The patent applications references LENR as a means of heat generation, specifically mentioning the work of Andrea Rossi and George Miley. I would expect that as LENR become more widely recognized as a genuinely new system of heat/energy production, there will be many patents filed in a similar vein, claiming new ways to exploit LENR.

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Nano-gap Hydroton Reaction Proposed by Ed Storms in New Video (Cold Fusion Now)

Fri, 18/08/2017 - 14:54

Ruby Carat at Cold Fusion Now has posted a new video on YouTube titled “Edmund Storms HYDROTON A Model of Cold Fusion”.

Here’s the description:

“HYDROTON A Model of Cold Fusion describes the nano-gap and hydroton theory with Dr. Edmund Storms, a nuclear chemist and cold fusion researcher now retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory .

“It picks up where Storms’ 2014 book The Explanation of Low Energy Nuclear Reaction: An Examination of the Relationship between Observation and Explanation left off.

“He proposes a unique chain of hydrogen and electrons that would assemble in the nano-cracks and nano-spaces of materials, fusing through a slow resonance process where smaller bits of mass are converted to quanta of energy through coherent photon emission.

“If true, it would describe an extension of the 100-year-old conventional nuclear theory.

“Several of the Nano-gap Hydroton Hypotheses are now being tested for confirmation.”

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Questions for Carl-Oscar Gullström

Wed, 16/08/2017 - 15:49

Mats Lewan just made this comment in the LENR initiation thread, I thought I’d put it in a separate thread in case people might not see it.

Hi all—if I would get an interview with Carl-Oscar Gullström who helped Rossi with the recent theoretical work on the E-Cat, what would you want me to ask him?
If you prefer not to post here you can email me at mats@matslewan.se.

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LENR Initiation in the E-Cat QX (GiveADogABone)

Tue, 15/08/2017 - 13:10

The following post has been submitted by GiveaDogaBone

Q: What is it I now believe we know that Sternglass[1:] did not know in 1951?

A: The anode DC current has to be fixed at the bias level that allows NDR(negative differential resistance) to operate. NDR operation requires the anode plasma fireball[2:] to be extent. Once the AC current, light and RF emissions are oscillating due to the pulsating fireball, progress will be made.

Sternglass’s neutrons (without Lithium6 neutron induced fission) seed the LENR reaction in Rossi’s QX. The neutron flux then has to rise to provide net 20W of Li6 fission. At that point basic fission reactor neutron flux control theory takes over; the most important things being negative coefficients of reactivity in respect of temperature and neutron flux density.

[1:] “Synthesis of Neutrons from Hydrogen: The Conclusive Proof of LENR” by Max Formitchev-Zamilof https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Max_Fomitchev-Zamilov/publication/288002944_Synthesis_of_Neutrons_from_Hydrogen_The_Conclusive_Proof_of_LENR/links/567d5bad08ae1e63f1e5fff2/Synthesis-of-Neutrons-from-Hydrogen-The-Conclusive-Proof-of-LENR.pdf

Sternglass discovered that he could synthesize neutrons via 20-35kV arcs in hydrogen-filled X-ray tubes

Ithaca, N.Y. August 26th, 1951 518 Dryden Rd.

Dear Professor Einstein,

You may be interested to learn that in the course of the past two months I have been able to obtain experimental evidence for the formation of neutrons from protons and electrons in a high-voltage hydrogen discharge.

The experiments were carried out with a demountable gas X-ray tube capable of dissipating 1,200 watts filled with hydrogen and surrounded by about 6 inches of paraffin on all sides. Voltages up to 35 kV and currents up to 40 mA were used and silver and indium foils were placed near the tube walls. The neutron induced beta-activities were measured with a thin-walled aluminum Geiger-Muller counter in a lead housing of about 3-4” thickness giving a background count of 15 counts per minute. The initial activities in indium and silver were found to be 6- 7 counts above background, decaying with the respective mean lives of 2.4 min for Ag and 54 min. for In. Having a standard neutron source, this arrangement could be calibrated roughly so that the rate of neutron formation can be determined to be on the order of 10-20 neutrons/sec at 38 mA and 25 kV and an estimated pressure of 10-2 mm of mercury in the discharge.

I remain sincerely yours,

Ernest J. Sternglass

Fig. 3. Sternglass’ X-ray tube used in the neutron synthesis experiment

[2:]http://www.physics.ucla.edu/plasma-exp/research/Fireballs/index.html

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Steven Greer: Rossi’s Going about Things All Wrong

Mon, 14/08/2017 - 00:22

Thanks to Bob Greenyer for sharing a link to a recent video which contains an audio recording of a seminar by Steven Greer, the founder of the Disclosure Project, which attempts to make public surpressed information about such subjects as UFOs, and advanced technologies (e.g. medical, propulsion, energy) that he believes should be released for the benefit of humanity.

Below is a transcription of part of his talk which deals with Andrea Rossi and the E-Cat — which is found at the 2:32 mark in the video below.

This portion is Steven Greer responding to a question about zero point energy. He was asked if the genie was now out the bottle, if anyone was now close.

“Yes, they can contain them,  and yes there are people close, in fact there are people who have them. Let me give you one example. We believe …  there’s a fellow name Rossi, in Italy, who has a device that generates apparently overunity excess energy and heat, although no one knows the mechanism and action. He’s keeping it a trade secret. Very big, and probably fatal, fatal error.

“The people I’ve met with who’ve developed these systems have all either taken it to their graves, or had them confiscated before they can get them out the public significantly because of some central strategic errors that have to do with the idea that they are going to be able to handle that technology like you would a new app, or a new Silicon Valley computer system.

“When you’re dealing with something like this, it has to be done completely openly, open source, and you have to have millions of people know what’s happening in real time. Stan Myer took his knowledge to the grave. If you look at the workshop I did about a year ago here, there have been literally hundreds, or maybe thousands of people who have discovered this same effect, and they’ve all made the same set of predictable errors base on them handling the technology as if it were a conventional technology, when it is not. 

“And so I would say, yes, there are people out there who are working on it, some who I believe have. I have a friend at Stanford University who knows a man at the National Security Agency who confided that they are tracking what Rossi is doing very carefully, which indicates to me that where there’s smoke, there’s fire. If Rossi’s listening: heads up.

“But tactically and strategically he’s handling it in a way that guarantees failure. Because by keeping it tightly held, coveting, trying to keep it secret, overly concerned with monetizing the technology, instead of getting it out, he is going to step into every booby trap that has been set out there, and the chances that it will make its way out to the public is infinitesimally small, and that’s not just true of Rossi’s technology, but of every single person who has that same idea.”

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“Proof of the Reality of the Cold Synthesis of the XIAS Energoniva Synthesis of Metals demonstration” (Video)

Sun, 13/08/2017 - 14:49

The following comment was posted on the BLP thread by Zephir

Доказательство реальности холодного синтеза ХЯС Энергонива синтез
металлов демонстрация Энергонива – ответная ЭДС в реакторе Вачаева,
эффект Лыгина

“Proof of the reality of the cold synthesis of the CNG Energonov synthesis Metals demonstration Energoniva – response EMF in the reactor Vachaeva,
Ligin effect from  lenr.su/video

https://www.youtube.com/wat…

https://www.youtube.com/wat…

Videos are in Russia, so feel free to ask for details. For background see https://www.lenr-forum.com/…

This technology shares many resemblances for BLC Power process: high current discharge inside the water vapor plasma between copper or silver electrodes with signs of overunity – just the the arrangement of experiment is a bit different.

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Brilliant Light Power Update

Sat, 12/08/2017 - 14:21

Thanks to Doug Marker for the following post.

The below is some long awaited and anticipated news as to what Brilliant Light Power have been doing. It was in May 2017 that we last got an offcial update from them.

I won’t offer any detailed commentary on the below material other than to say that they appear to be slowly moving forward.  Am confident everyone can read out of it what they want.

Doug Marker – Aug 10 2017

https://brilliantlightpower.com/wp-content/uploads/presentations/August-2017-Briefing-Presentation.pdf

***************************************************

BLP Business Update – August 2017

Pages 1-3 are an introduction & safe harbor statement.
Page one indicates parts of the below are redacted.

SLIDE A (Pg 4)
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SunCell Heat System Design Commencing

BrLP has engaged TMI Climate Solutions to develop system concepts and solutions for thermal applications
with SunCell Light (power) source.

• Assignment is for two designs:
– 500 kW thermal radiant boiler for a 3000K blackbody radiator
– 500 kW thermal radiant boiler for a blackbody radiator at a temperature
that is optimal for commercialization using existing optimal systems

• TMI Climate Solutions provides an experienced development partner
– Parent firm MiTek, a Berkshire-Hathaway company, with revenues estimated at $1.6B (St Louis Business Journal Apr 27, 2017)
– TMI provide manufactures  and delivers the best custom solutions available today for worldwide applications

www.tmiclimatesolutions.com

SLIDE B (Pg 5)
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PV Development Progress

• Path forward based on systems analysis:
– Si technologies are best choice; widely available
– Si-ideal band gap of 0.84 eV at the ideal opening temperature for cooling of 130°C (Cooling technology readily exists)
– Si paradoxically becomes more efficient at higher temperatures, due to collecting more of the 3000 K blackbody radiator light
– Larger radius PV shell reduces system to 300-500 Suns
– Larger radius PV shell reduces cost; 10X more cells are required, but lower cost of cSi cells, overall systems cost reduced along with development risk
– Light recycling leads to higher efficiency

• Efficiency estimates are well within business plan ranges for SunCell
– 1J silicon solar cells operating at elevated temperatures can achieve over 20% efficiency
– Light recycling estimates 40-50% efficiency feasible
– Reduced cooling system complexity
– Cost feasible at $60 / kW in production volume

SLIDE C (Pg 6)
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PV Development Progress

• Multiple vendor proposals in development
• System design now enables robust, commercially available PV

Si PV Cell Company:
Working on Si PV  cell company contract for cSi. 18 years of CPV field experience

FFC 1:
Fortune 500 Company (FFC1), working on contract for III-V 3J
cells on InP substrate.

Microchannel Company:
off-the-shelf PV cooling system (DRA in house).  Working on contract through FFC1 and FFC2.

SLIDES D, E & F (Pgs 7-9)
===============
(These 3 slides go into more detail about the above 3 companies work on PV)

SLIDE G (Pg 10)
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SunCell Next Generation Breakthrough Potential
• Direct power extraction (DPE), emerging technology to directly convert
thermal & kinetic power to electrical power

SLIDE H (Pg 11)
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VALIDATION

•Gold standard method of measuring power and energy balance of single hydrino fuel pellet ignition achieved using NIST calibrations and shunt circuit to overcome interference from electromagnetic pulse

•Results show 20 MW peak optical power as unique signature of a high energy continuum emission spectrum

•Results show energy gain of 200 to 500 times

•New paper to be published in noted science journal demonstrating methods for measuring power and gain from Hydrino® reaction optically and thermally using state of the art instruments

•Hydrino products identified by multiple analytical methods

•Foundation for National Labs experiments and conclusive proof of “better than fire”
energy source

•Supports the SunCell® Automated Cell demonstration by showing the potential massive power density and gain of the hydrino power source that can be harnessed into applications by the SunCell with optimization

•Commercial and academic validation in progress

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Rossi: E-Cat QX Has ‘Zero’ Resistance

Thu, 10/08/2017 - 21:15

There has been a lot of discussion here recently about the resistance of the E-Cat QuarkX, and Andrea Rossi had said that he considered the matter of the electrical resistance of the E-Cat QX to be confidential information.

Today on the Journal of Nuclear Physics, however, Rossi gave a direct answer to a question on the subject:

Prof
August 10, 2017 at 4:21 AM
Dear Dr Andrea Rossi:
Which is the internal resistance of the Ecat QX?
Cheers
Prof

Andrea Rossi
August 10, 2017 at 2:33 PM
Prof:
Zero.
Warm Regards,
A.R.

If this really is the case, then the E-Cat QX would be a superconductor — making it even more remarkable than “just” being an energy catalyzer/energy multiplier.

On a related note, when asked for a general update, Rossi today responded:

Andrea Rossi
August 10, 2017 at 2:32 PM
JPR:
We are strongly reducing the energy consumption of the control panel.
Pretty good standing.
Warm Regards,
A.R.

I hope that these developments can be verified somehow when Rossi makes the QX presentation, but I am not sure that we can count on that, based on what he has said so far regarding what to expect from the demonstration.

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Roger Shawyer Posts Third Generation EmDrive Outline for Thrusters, Personal Air Vehicles.

Wed, 09/08/2017 - 14:53

Roger Shawyer, inventor of the EmDrive has posted a new document on the Satellite Propulsion Research Ltd. website titled “Third Generation EmDrive”, in which he describes features of the latest version of the EmDrive that he is apparently developing. He describes it as:

“High thrust. High acceleration, superconducting technology. Theoretical work reported in US, China and UK. Aerospace applications including Launch Vehicles and Personal Air Vehicles.Satellite Propulsion Research Ltd”

The full document along with designs of some of EmDrive vehicles and devices can be found here: http://www.emdrive.com/3GEmDrive.pdf

3GEmDrive
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Searching for the Secrets of the E-Cat QX (Gerard McEk)

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 17:54

The following post has been submitted by Gerard McEk

http://e-catworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/E-cat-QXa.pdf

E-cat QXa
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The 2 COPs of the E-Cat

Mon, 07/08/2017 - 14:07

From what Andrea Rossi has been saying recently regarding the upcoming presentation, I think we have some idea of what to expect from the upcoming presentation. Rossi is not going to focus on the overall COP of the complete apparatus, which includes the control system and the circuit in which the E-Cat QX reactor(s) are located, his goal is only to demonstrate the COP of the

Andrea Rossi
August 3, 2017 at 7:15 AM
Jaroslaw Bem:
The COP is given from the ratio between the energy produced by the E-Cat and the energy consumed by the E-Cat, independently from the energy consumed by the control system.
The control system consume is made by the heat in which the flowing electricity is dissipated, that obviously cannot be accounted for the COP of the reactor.  The thermal energy in which the electricity of the control system is converted can be recovered itself, with a COP close to 1, if opportune, because the heated air can be sent in a preheater of the water before it goes to the reactor. It is just standard air/water heat exchange and it can recover practically all the energy dissipated by the control system. This, obviously, does not change the COP of the reactor.
To reach a COP>1 adding the energy consumed by the control system is enough 1 E-Cat QX.
Warm Regards,

A.R.

He does note in the last sentence of this response that if there was only one E-Cat QX, that the whole system (including the control system) would have a COP higher than 1, which implies that the power consumption of the control system is less than 20W (the power rating he has provided for a single E-Cat QX. I have asked Rossi to confirm this, but so far he has not. If this control system can operate up to 100 QX reactors, then one would assume that the more reactors that are combined, the higher overall system COP would be

Michael S.:
First and foremost, thank you for your kindness and attention to our work.
Answer: the energy consumed will be measured AFTER the power source, which means between the power source and the E-Cat ! From where arrives the energy to the power source or IN it doesn’t matter to the COP: what matters is only the amount of it. If it arrives from a battery, or a series of batteries, or a multiple sandwich of batteries, or from a magician, or from the grid, therefore from a dam, or a nuclear plant, or a thermoelectric plant, or yourself in parallel and series with friends of yours rubbing frenziedly, even with the help of me hidden behind black courtains, a stock of amber sticks, it couldn’t affect the COP. What counts is how many Wh/h arrive to the E-Cat, not their origin.
About the plat you suggest, it will be fun when the E-Cat will go commercial.
Warm Regards,
A.R.

Since Rossi states that the power consumed by the control system is immaterial for the purposes of demonstrating the COP of the E-Cat itself, and since he has also stated that he considers it confidential, I don’t think that we will see measurements of the control system’s power consumption in the demo. He has said that this will be a “technological” demonstration, not a commercial one.

However, when it comes time for commercialization, it will be very important for customers to know the power consumption of the whole system, including the controller and any other appended electronics, so they know how much money the might be able to save, and how much power the system will consume.  So the overall COP of the system is ultimately going to be most important when it comes to practical application of E-Cat technology.

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Triangle Business Journal: Tom Darden Not Giving up on Cold Fusion following Settlement with Rossi

Fri, 04/08/2017 - 12:48

Here is a tweet from Lauren Ohnesorge, writer for the Triangle Business Journal regarding an article she has written regarding the Rossi-IH settlement. It sounds like she has interviewed Tom Darden, but ufortunately for us, the article is only available to paid subscribers.

https://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/news/2017/08/03/dispute-between-inventor-and-raleigh-investor-over.html

Exclusive: Cherokee's Darden on the Rossi #ECAT suit – and why he's not ready to give up on #coldfusion https://t.co/uv1VnA78Xg #LENR

— Lauren K. Ohnesorge (@TriBizTech) August 3, 2017

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New Scientist: Hydrogen Produced By Simply Adding Water to Nano Aluminum

Thu, 03/08/2017 - 15:41

Thanks to David Hambling of the New Scientist for alerting me to a new article he has written that has just been posted on the New Scientist website. The title is “Nano aluminium offers fuel cells on demand – just add water”

Link is here: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2142693-nano-aluminium-offers-fuel-cells-on-demand-just-add-water/

The article reports on a discover made (accidentally) by researchers at the US Army Research Laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. When the poured water on a new alloy they were working on, it started bubbling and gave of hydrogen.

From the article:

That doesn’t normally happen to aluminium. Usually, when exposed to water, it quickly oxidises, forming a protective barrier that puts a stop to any further reaction. But this alloy just kept reacting. The team had stumbled across the solution to a decades-old problem.

“Hydrogen has long been touted as a clean, green fuel, but it is difficult to store and move around because of its bulk. “The problem with hydrogen is always transportation and pressurisation,” says Giri.

The byproducts of the reaction are hydrogen and aluminum oxide, a widely use industrial material.

The “Hydrogen Economy” has been touted for years as a possible alternative to the fossil fuel economy, but practical problems such as storage and transportation (with attendant safety concerns) have been difficult problems to resolve. This method of producing hydrogen on demand could prove to be a significant breakthrough.

The mechanism that is behind this reaction is not described, nor is the makeup of the alloy involved. But I expect there will be much interest and speculation on those points.

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MFMP Claims Strong Evidence for LENR (Live Video Now)

Thu, 03/08/2017 - 01:10

There is a live video taking place right now in which the Martin Flieschmann Memorial Project is making what they consider to be an important revelation regarding LENR. I am trying to follow it at the moment, but it is regarding the production of neutrons. I think there will be more information following.

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The Paradox: How Cold Fusion will cause Oil Prices to Rise (Oaklandthinktank)

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 15:49

The following post has been submitted by Oaklandthinktank

If Rossi demonstrates his device publicly, in October, or whenever any of the players in the market makes a convincing demonstration or begins selling a working device, the price of oil, natural gas, and coal will leap upwards. The reason is simple: to pay down their debts.

Most of the financing for fuel extraction happens with debt, and the proven reserves are the collateral. A public acceptance of cold fusion would drive down the value of those proven reserves, but the debt doesn’t go away. Those fuel producers would need to continue paying debts, yet, they would have an expectation that future prices will be dramatically lower.

To pay those debts when fuel is cheap, they’ll need plenty of cash on hand. That necessitates an increase in prices, before cold fusion saturates the market. Get all the cash, now, so that debts can be paid, later.
Some fuel extra ctors have more debt than others, but they all have some debt. The *faster* a cold fusion device could saturate the market, the *more* those extractors will have to charge. Consider: you have $10 billion in debt, that you expect to be able to pay over 30 years at current prices. If cold fusion prices you out of the market in 15 years, your debt burden has doubled – you’ll need to charge more, today, to have enough cash in 15 years.

Yet, if cold fusion prices you out in 10 years, your debt burden triples. And, if one producer has lower production costs, compared to others in the fuel market, they will survive longer, before being priced out. They might have a 15 year timeline before cold fusion takes enough market to make their oil unprofitable, while high-cost producers ha ve a 10-year timeline – Saudi Arabia, compared to Venezuela, for example. The Saudis don’t *need* to raise prices as much as Venezuela, because they have a longer time until they are priced out of the market, and thus, a lower annual debt burden. However, the Venezuelans will be raising their prices, because of a 10-year timeline… so, the Saudis might as well match those prices. The market price will increase according to the debt burdens of the most-quickly-priced-out producers. Lower-cost producers will be happy to take that windfall, before fuels become dirt cheap.

And, as each fuel producer is priced-out of the market, the price will fall to match the debt burdens of the next highest-cost producer. They will step-ladder prices downward, matching the portion of energy that cold fusion supplies. Suppose, 15 years after a public device, that only the Saudis are still pumping oil, albeit with only tiny profits; natural gas producers are still somewhat profitable. Only when cold fusion threatens to completely supplant that remaining fuel production, would price at the pump finally collapse.
So, my prediction: natural gas producers, already a low cost operator, will see a huge windfall from the oil-spike. And, expensive oil will simultaneously deliver more value to solar and wind. Not that anyone would plan to build new wind farms, when they could just wait for the delivery of their Quark – the existing wind farms would see a larger profit.

And, worth considering: if the Quark X is as spectacular as Rossi claims (and, I have a peculiar feeling that he has found the winning design… moire imply that special conditions can allow this sort of thing), his device could saturate the market *very* quickly. Many fuel producers would be confronted by this: “I need to make enough money in the next five years, that I can pay back all these debts. I’ve been operating at a 5% margin, at $50/barrel, which barely covers my debts. To pay the debts within this crimped timeline, my barrels will need to pull six times as much gross. That’s still only $62.50/barrel. I can do that. But, I could also make a profit, because the *last barrel* sold sets the price for all the barrels… how much profit could I really get out of this, before it folds?” Stock prices will tank, unless the barrels become *very* expensive. And, most cons umers will still need to buy the oil, because cold fusion wouldn’t be saturating the market, yet. The faster cold fusion can replace oil, the more likely that fuel producers will gouge prices, as a last-ditch effort to walk away with cash in their pockets.

– Oaklandthinktank

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Google’s New Energy Storage Moonshot uses Salt and Antifreeze

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 14:06

An article in Bloomberg News reports about a new energy storage system — code named Malta — which is being developed by Google’s parent company Alphabet by a skunk works subsidiary simply named X. X has worked on previous “moonshot” projects such as driverless cars and Google Glass. The goal of Malta, as with other energy storage system, is to be able to capture energy provided by such sources as solar or wind, and store it for later use when the sun is not shining or the wind has dropped.

According to information provided by X to Bloomberg, the Malta system comprises vats of salt and antifreeze along with a heat pump. Here is a simple description of how the system works from the Bloomberg article:

“Two tanks are filled with salt, and two are filled with antifreeze or a hydrocarbon liquid. The system takes in energy in the form of electricity [generated from renewable sources] and turns it into separate streams of hot and cold air. The hot air heats up the salt, while the cold air cools the antifreeze, a bit like a refrigerator. The jet engine part: Flip a switch and the process reverses. Hot and cold air rush toward each other, creating powerful gusts that spin a turbine and spit out electricity when the grid needs it”

While this kind of storage technique is not new, apparently the advantage of the Malta system is able to use inexpensive materials and operate at lower temperatures than similar systems, making it more economically viable. So far only a prototype of the system has been built, but X just has now decided to reveal some information to the public.
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New Paper: “Summary of Research Results of Experiments on Anomalous Heat Generation in Nickel-Hydrogen Systems” (Songsheng Jiang)

Tue, 01/08/2017 - 12:33

I received today the following paper, titled “Summary of research results of experiments on anomalous heat generation in nickel-hydrogen systems” from Songsheng Jiang, a researcher at the Chinese Institute of Atomic Energy.

Here is the abstract of the paper:

This paper summarizes some of successful experiments by which excess heats were produced in nickel-hydrogen systems. The experiments were carried out at different laboratories by using different experimental devices and techniques in Italy, USA, Russian and China. In the most of the experiments the fuel was mixture of nickel powder and lithium aluminum hydride. Hydrogen is formed after decomposition of lithium aluminum hydride. The COP factors (ratio of sum of excess heat and input power to input power) are 1.2-2.7 normally, however,COP factors were estimated to be about 3.2-3.6 in the E-Cat test in 2014. The temperature in the reactors was about 1100-1400 0C.

http://e-catworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Ni-H-fusion-reaction.pdf

Ni-H fusion reaction
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October E-Cat Presentation to be a ‘Technological Demo’ of ‘1-2’ Hours

Mon, 31/07/2017 - 14:06

Here’s a Q&A from the Journal of Nuclear Physics yesterday:

Anonymous
July 30, 2017 at 10:29 AM
Dr. Andrea Rossi,
The demo you will make in October will be the presentation of the product?

Andrea Rossi
July 30, 2017 at 3:09 PM
Anonymous:
No. It will be a technological demo.
Warm Regards,
AR

My interpretation of the difference between a “technological” and “product” demonstration is that Andrea Rossi is not expecting to demonstrate a finished product at the planned presentation. We have learned that he is only now starting to combine his individual 10-20 W E-Cat QX rectors (apparently 20 of them so far) to increase overall output. If he is planning to provide heat to be used on an industrial scale, one would expect that there would need to be thousands of them combined to make plants producing heat in the megawatt range. So it looks like the plan is to show what the E-Cat QX reactors can do, before production of industry-ready plants have started.

Another question regarding the duration of the test was posted today.

Oystein Lande

A.R.

This begs the question: what part of the test will not be public? I would guess there will be time involved in setup and calibration, but perhaps Rossi is not planning to broadcast that activity.

It makes me wonder what the overall purpose of the presentation is — who will be the audience that Rossi is trying to reach? Obviously the enthusiasts/detractors who have been following the E-Cat for years will be playing close attention, but maybe this is not the primary audience. Rossi has stated that this demonstration is the opening salvo in his business plan, and maybe he is wanting to reach a wider audience — I expect potential customers will be his priority — who might not have the attention span of the old timers who can watch live streaming data for hour upon hour without getting bored.

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Railroad CEO: Fossil Fuels are Dead

Mon, 31/07/2017 - 13:16

An article in the Financial Times quotes Hunter Harrison, CEO of CSX, a freight railroad company, that the business of hauling coal by rail is in decline. He stated:

“Fossil fuels are dead, that’s a long-term view. It’s not going to happen overnight. It’s not going to be in two or three years. But it’s going away, in my view.”  He also said that he would not be buying a single new locomotive to haul coal trains, or add any extra tracks for coal freight.

A recent report from the Association of American Railroads states that coal represents 31.6 percent of all tonnage hauled on US Class I railroads, and provided 13.9 percent of rail revenues.

In the US, contrary to most countries, the Trump administration is pushing for a revival of coal, by easing environmental regulations, but it would seem that a lot of the damage to the coal industry has already been done, with more power stations moving to natural gas, and the increased use of wind and solar.

The consequences of a coal’s decline are not limited to the the mining industry only; from Hunter Harrison’s comments, it appears that the rail industry is looking to adjust to a new reality.

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