Cold fusion is real, scientists claim

By Killugudi Jayaraman
Bengaluru, March 10 (IANS): Cold fusion, a revolutionary source of energy -- discovered 25 years ago but was cold-shouldered by mainstream physicists -- is now staging a comeback thanks to researchers who doggedly pursued the science behind it.

In a set of 34 peer-reviewed articles published recently in the journal "Current Science", nuclear scientists from a dozen nations including India, the US, China, Japan and France report that cold fusion was real and should be taken seriously.

"The goal of the set of papers is to place before the scientific community the latest findings of stalwarts working in this area," said Mahadeva Srinivasan, who co-edited the journal's special section on Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR), the other name for cold fusion, along with US scientist A. Meulenberg of the Science for Humanity Trust in Georgia.

"What comes out of this review is that the phenomenon of LENR is real and by all accounts appears to have the potential for practical applications in the not-too-distant future," Srinivasan, a retired physicist of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in Mumbai who was credited with the design of Purnima, precursor to India's fast reactor, told IANS.

Srinivasan, along with the late P.K. Iyengar, had pioneered cold fusion research at BARC before it was terminated in 1992.

Nuclear fusion is a process that powers the Sun and forms the basis of the hydrogen bomb. It occurs under conditions of extreme temperature and pressure in which hydrogen (or its heavier cousins deuterium and tritium) nuclei fuse to release energy.

In 1989, Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons, chemistry professors from the University of Utah in the US, startled the world with their claim of having achieved fusion in a table top experiment.

They announced that the anomalous excess heat they observed while performing electrolysis of "heavy water" (water containing deuterium instead of hydrogen) with a palladium cathode was due to fusion of deuterium nuclei packed into the palladium's molecular lattice in such a way for fusion to take place.

This claimed discovery of fusion at room temperature dubbed 'cold fusion' attracted worldwide attention due to its apparent potential to become a cheap and abundant source of energy.

But the physics community quickly denounced the claims as utter nonsense as fusion reaction at room temperature defied contemporary understanding of nuclear physics.

These early criticisms of cold fusion "were premature and adverse", Michael McKubre of SRI International in California and one of the strong believers of cold fusion says in his report.

"More than sufficient evidence now proves that low energy nuclear reactions occur," says Meulenberg.

"It is to be hoped that with the new knowledge obtained over the last 25 years, more physicists and chemists (and biologists) will recognize something real here and will look for ways of applying their specialties to the expanding field," he added.

"We have direct evidence that the effect is real and is nuclear in nature," US physicist Abdul-Rahman Lomax of the Infusion Institute in Massachusetts says in his report.

"It is time that serious work is funded to study the conditions of cold fusion and other correlated effects, gathering the evidence needed to understand it."

According to another report in the journal, the famed Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US has been offering for the last three years an optional introductory cold fusion course for its students.

Srinivasan said the continued assertion that cold fusion is unproven is not justified any more.

"This discovery is too important to be neglected, and LENR research deserves the support of government funding agencies, scientific academies and also the private sector."

He said an industrial-grade Nickel-Hydrogen LENR reactor invented by Italian scientist Andrea Rossi was already working and two private companies were in the race to bring out their own models before 2020.

Srinivasan said the traditional reactors based on fission process with associated problems of waste disposal, decommissioning and radiation release had no future.

"It is just a matter four or five years for energy sources based on cold fusion to be commercially available."

The absence of neutrons and gamma rays in cold fusion makes it a clean form of nuclear energy without the accompaniment of radiation, he said.

"Experimental evidence shows that LENR can have very large energy gains, but the engineering of commercial prototypes is still relatively crude," says David Nagel of the George Washington University in the US.

"Whatever the commercial timescale, LENR energy promises major benefits for human kind in future decades and beyond."

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  • Fred Zoepfl, USA

    Wed, Apr 1 2015

    No, it's not. Both the US Patent Office and the European Patent Office have rejected Rossi's absurd E-Cat patent applications. His own business partners at Industrial Heat have stated that Rossi is "not credible." AlainCo, you knucklehead, I hope you are happy with all the time you have wasted on this and caused other people to waste on this utter nonsense as well. Quite an accomplishment.

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  • Charles Griffith Ferry Jr, Near Syracuse NY

    Thu, Mar 12 2015

    There are most definitely two types of cold nuclear-fusion. One as mentioned is the Low Energy Nuclear Reaction that requires a palladium cathode and low energy microwaves at a given frequency to work. The other is almost spontaneous and chemically induced, just like the biological sub-cellular organelle called mitochondria operates and is even more promising as an energy source, using pure water and mineral salts, one can process from crushed granite to yield heavy hydrogen ions called deuterium (H2 ) and tritium (H3 ). The United States Department of the Navy have been researching both since 1989, over the past 25 years now. Where there is also a device called a FUSOR which is a small cold fusion reactor about the size of a backpack to power rapid fire fail guns called COIL GUNS in development - to be found on YOUTUBE if you know where to look - and all public domain generic information,

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  • Alain Coetmeur, France

    Tue, Mar 10 2015

    Thanks for indian scientist, in BARC mostly, to have investigated with courage in that rejected domain.
    Thanks also to courageously stand up with science in front of western consensus, helping scientist from whole planet to find a voice.

    This is the moment where LENR is getting out of Hell.

    Of course E-cat is catching attention, by it's ambition and its calorimetry challenges.

    But beside that LENRG is assembling a team of scientists and industrialist that will propel LENR into the market.

    Recent news from Prometeon and Stremmenons, supporting at last a theory, Edmund Storms theory, is maybe the signal of an exponential phase.

    AlainCo , the tech watch of LENR-Forum. Hoping to see indian Scientists in ICCF19 in Padua.

    We shall overcome.

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  • Mark LeClair, CEO NanoSpire, Inc., Buxton, Maine USA

    Tue, Mar 10 2015

    Cold fusion in ordinary water and in heavy water is real, but the real cause of the effects that are observed in Pons-Fleischmann cells, ultrasound and other "wet" cold fusion technologies is cavitation fusion via the LeClair Effect. Cavitation bubbles form from the electrical current discharge and collapse near the electrodes in P-F cells. The cavitation bubbles collapse asymmetrically as a torus because of the restriction on the bubble collapse. This causes the torus center to form and launch a high speed reentrant jet towards the electrode surface. The cavitation reentrant jet causes fusion at the head of the bow shock surrounding itself and as it impacts the electrode surface. I say that hot fusion occurs on the electrode surface, not cold fusion inside the electrode palladium lattice as they all assert. See Fusion section to see for yourself what cavitation fusion can do, no palladium or electrochemistry required. We performed a series of experiments in July-August 2009 that had profound results. Our cavitation powered hot water heater produced 3000 watts of hot water flow with 340 watts in. The water temperature was raised by 17 degrees C with each pass across the core. The device core was an aluminum sheet with rows and columns of holes that were exposed to flow from a cavitating pump. The cavitation caused massive transmutation of the elements following the classic pattern of stellar and supernova nucleosynthesis. The enclosure was made from PVC which is more than half chlorine by weight. The enclosure in one experiment was apparently activated by the neutron flux, because 39 Cl formed and the 56 minute half life was measured from the radioactive decy curve captured by a data logger. The material gathered from the core was so radioactive that polystyrene dishes it was placed in were thickly clouded with nuclear tracks in the three days it took to cool off. Read about the discovery of the watter crystal and how the LeClair Effect works.

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  • Fred Zoepfl, USA

    Wed, Apr 1 2015

    Still haven't accepted reality, Mark? Remember, I have your preposterous "fusion results," and you and your ludicrous process have accomplished exactly nothing. You should be ashamed of wasting so much of your and other people's time on your absurd fantasies. Your ridiculous claims of "fusion," "LENR," "new elements," "radiation sickness," "chlorine-39, " etc. just make you a complete laughingstock. Get some professional psychiatric help while you still have two functioning brain cells to rub together.

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  • Tarun, Punjab

    Tue, Mar 10 2015

    Mr Jayaraman,
    Thank you for posting this article on the very important subject of cold fusion. This is the technology of future. We need it desperately here.
    The definition of fusion given in the article has nothing to do with cold fusion (aka LENR). Cold fusion is a very different process and has no resemblance to the process in the Sun.

    BARC achieved success in this area but the research was shut down due to "foreign influences". We need to start the R&D and commercial production of LENR reactors ASAP.

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