Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Cold Fusion or LENR

Went to the website of Energetics Technologies. I am posting some of their material, but do look at the second link and run the show. The approach is a definite improvement over early experiments that indicated a reaction but was too low to be definitive. This clever bit of design has the merit that it emulates the original design but causes a major expansion of the effect. That makes it as clear as a bell. And their cheering is even clearer as it should.

They are talking already of turning this into a heat production machine for selling to the householder even. Nice story, but a little short. I suspect we are a long way from a good steady heat flow that is reliable and I suspect it does not like been turned on and off. Other than that, how about replacing the anodes at least with something a lot cheaper and now that we have a protocol, let us try it on a few other materials. Palladium is wonderful but do we have a good reason that makes it unique? How about gold and graphite and every other rare earth?

The bottom line is that this is major step forward and the jump in output has silenced the crowd yelling bunkum.

Whatever the heat flux and whatever the capital cost we are now in possession of a device that produces without a significant input except the original capital. It remains to be seen if it is good enough after a lot more tweaking to be cost effective. It will now need to break the twenty year payback threshold to avoid been a curiosity.

Cold Fusion is a Low-Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) occurring at near room temperature and pressure using relatively simple and low-energy-input devices to produce excess energy. When Albert Einstein devised his now famous formula E=mc² he realized that a tiny amount of mass could produce extraordinary amounts of energy, thereby mimicking the sun’s energy production mechanism of fusion. Some 40 years later, scientists began attempting “hot” fusion, which requires extreme temperatures and pressures found inside stars. This research is still underway. In the 1980’s, scientists also began investigating “cold” fusion, which unlike the Sun’s “hot” fusion, does not require extreme temperature and pressure to achieve.

Cold fusion appears to be the fusion, or combining of nuclei of a naturally found hydrogen isotope called Deuterium. This fusing of Deuterium results in the release of excess heat. The major product of this reaction is an isotope of helium called helium-4 which is harmless and found throughout nature. One helium-4 nucleus is produced from the fusion of two Deuterium nuclei, although this appears to occur as a “many-body process” instead of “hot” fusion, where two isolated Deuterium nuclei fuse. Helium-4 nucleus is slightly less massive than the two Deuterium nuclei that combined to form it, so the difference in mass is converted to energy in the form of heat.

While cold fusion creates no dangerous by-products, it is, nevertheless often confused with both the “hot” fusion process found inside stars, and nuclear fission, the splitting of heavy nuclei used in atomic weapons and mainstream nuclear power. A nuclear fission reaction leaves behind harmful radioactive waste products. These misconceptions are just a few of the uphill battles that cold fusion researchers have had to face in their pursuit for a safe and plentiful source of new energy.

The Process

The SuperWave™ Fusion Process

SuperWave™ Fusion is an excess-heat producing reaction created by a SuperWave™-induced interaction of palladium and deuterium. Click on the video to view an animation depicting how this process is believed to work.

This energy producing interaction is driven by a complex, nested, “waves-waving-within-waves” signal discovered by the company’s Chief Visionary Officer, Dr. Irving Dardik. In the current apparatus, this proprietary SuperWave™ signal is delivered via an electric current to a custom module containing a palladium cathode and D2O (deuterium instead of hydrogen in the water molecule). The end result is the release of energy as the deuterium atoms disassociate from the heavy water and load into the palladium lattice, allowing their wave-based energy structures to interact. The principal outputs from this interaction are heat and apparently small quantities of 4He, a non-radioactive isotope of Helium. Research to verify the 4He is currently underway.

Energetics Technologies’ SuperWave™ Fusion has the potential to:

Provide an inexpensive, inexhaustible fuel source

Produce no significantly measurable hazardous by-products

Revolutionize the concept of energy production

Be a groundbreaking Green Energy source

1 comment:

LarryD said...

Yes, palladium is not the only material that works. Check out A STUDENT'S GUIDE TO COLD FUSION