As 2011 comes to a close, the debate continues over the feasibility of cold fusion, or as it is now commonly being referred, a Low Energy Nuclear Reaction. Is Andrea Rossi an engineering genius, or simply a hoaxter? Will commercial applications of the Rossi Ecat be made available and will other “copycats” or competitive reactors reach the market too? Will the current LENR buzz lead to more research and credible support from the scientific community? Will fossil fuels be relegated to fossil (irrelevant) fuels?
Time will tell, but the following articles are all betting 2012 may be the beginning of an energy revolution.
Forbes: 2012: The Year of Cold Fusion?
One More Competition (sic) For E-Cat Fusion
Rossi’s E-Cat Cold Fusion Dominates 2011
Last week, NASA, under the pressure of an FOIA request, released the power point slides from an internal presentation in which three of its senior scientists discussed the nature of LENR and its impacts on space and air travel. NASA has been funding LENR research in the U.S. and has had continuing discussions with Andrea Rossi and other scientists working in the field for many years.
View NASA Slides Here
NASA’s Joseph Zawodny concludes that LENR is indeed a form of nuclear power, but not what is commonly thought of as “cold fusion.” Zawodny believes that the transformation of one element into another is consistent with neutron absorption as other scientists claim. He goes on to point out that under one theory of what is happening, decay products of the reaction are turned into heat and gamma rays are screened out. In comparing the energy output of LENR to fission, conventional fusion, and chemical reactions, Zawodny notes that LENR is theoretically capable of producing 8 million times as much energy as a comparable chemical reaction. This of course explains why a very slow reaction can produce excess heat while consuming only minimal amounts of hydrogen and nickel.
From The Peak Oil Crisis: E=mc2