News item for the evening
From Rolling Stone
Why isn't Wall Street in Jail?
By Matt Taibbi
February 16, 2011
Sterling Allan presents the latest Alternative Energy News
Cold Fusion from Pons/Fleischmann to Rossi/Focardi
Cold Fusion article - from WikiPedia
Play Clip from the TV show "Phenomenon the lost archives"
From YouTube search "Cold Fusion Suppressed Technology"
13 minutes - historical reference - the politics and economics of the scientific establishment
Play Clip from YouTube video "Cold Fusion by Rossi and Focardi"
Clip is in Italian with English subtitles ...
The points to make ...
1) Nearly all the electricity we use today is generated by STEAM ... a technology that is a couple hundred years old
2) Current nuclear power plants are really nothing more than advanced methods of boiling water to make steam to power generators
3) Suppose we had a method of generating the heat required to make steam more efficiently than a nuclear plant and without the waste?
We discuss why it has been a suppressed technology for the past 20 years now ... center on research funding for hot fusion reactors and fear within academia that funding for their cash cow pet projects would be killed off if a safer, cheaper, more viable method of achieving the goal were pushed forward ... no conspiracy theories, just greed and human nature at work ...
To be discussed is the potential that the process has been miss-named ... early on, it was assumed that the excess heat observed could only be explained by a nuclear reaction ... some evidence of tritium and helium byproducts appeared to support the idea that a nuclear reaction was taking place ... however, the lack of neutrons tends to counter the argument of a nuclear reaction when using the classical physics model of how fusion works ... so in reality, what is going on is a reaction that cannot be explained by any known chemical or nuclear process ... what has become known as "cold fusion" is in reality a type of reaction that is unique though it appears to have something in common with both chemical and nuclear processes ... "cold fusion" is the name that has stuck though its probably not really an accurate description of what we are seeing ...
The Fleishman/Pons experimental apparatus depended on a palladium matrix as the substrate for the reaction to occur ... the Rossi device appears to operate on a similar principle but using nickel as the matrix ... experiments by BlackLight Power would indicate that many metallic crystalline matrix's might be used, each having its own advantages and disadvantages ...
The Rossi/Focardi experimental apparatus appears to be at a point in its development that commercial application is possible.
The steam engine was invented in 1775 by James Watt and Mathew Boulton. However, the science for how it worked was not made formal until 1854 by Nicolas Carnot who described the theories related to thermodynamics and the science of energy conversion ... by the time steam engine technology was explained and the math was published in the physics books, steam locomotives were in use worldwide for nearly 30 years ...
In describing the batch processing operation of the device, he said: "To start up the reactor you have just to turn on a switch. The reactor works with enormous margins of safety, so there is no need of a particular skill. Just follow the instructions. The refueling is every 6 months and will be made by our dealers."
Rossi also says that they have had one reactor that has run continually for two years, providing heat for a factory. Also, the reactors can self sustain by turning off the input, but they prefer to have an input. The device will be scheduled for maintenance every six months. You control it "just as you turn on and off your television set."
More information can be obtained from the web site operated by Rossi at
Channel: Sci & Tech Channel