Cold Fusion Is Back

TRCBnews is amazed this piece for Pure Energy Systems News has not been picked up already. On 14 January 2011, Professor Sergio Focardi and Andrea A. Rossi with the University of Bologna held a press conference demonstrating successful cold fusion.

Successful means producing more energy than it takes to run the generator.

While the nickel-hydrogen fusion reactor peaks out at 15,000 Watts of power with a 400 Watts of input, this is not something the scientists are suggesting. There stated goal is to run the reactor at a 8 to 1 ratio. This is just above the minimal operating conditions to insure safety.

It would appear from both the posted video releases this is NOT a smoke and mirrors game. None of here have a Phd in Physics, and we’re somewhat scientifically oriented. A couple of items struck us.

  1. Cold fusion is a relative term. This is not happening at say 20 or 30 C. Going through the blog Q&A, it needs a minimum of 400C to operate. Not too difficult to contain that sort of operating conditions.
  2. It’s ‘dealer network’ will re-fuel the reactor every six months.
  3. 125 modules will create a 1 megawatt plant, with an operational cost of about $0.01 USD per kilowatt hour. Certainly less than any carbon based fuel.

Some circles in the scientific community are less than happy they have not gone through the egg head society to have a peer review of the work. The pair do not feel that is the correct approach. They are working on the patent process before revealing certain ‘how-to’s’.

From an operational stand point have a simple on/off switch, however it is more efficient to leave the reactor running as the start up is less efficient.

Other observations include:

No radiation escapes the lead shielding.

Tungsten is not used in the process (an element subject to difficulty to obtain).

The current system in worst case mode is energy at a 6:1 ratio. Lab tests have obtained a 400:1 ratio, however that also created explosions.

After the unit is turned off, there is no radioactivity in the cell. In other words, there is no nuclear waste.

Going through every post and reply in the blog site (which sometimes stalls due to increasing traffic until they add bandwidth), the pair are not interested in proving a bumble bee cannot fly to the scientific community. They just want to make reactors that are safe and cheap producers of energy.

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