Thursday, January 19, 2012

Disruptive technology about to explode on energy scene.

LENR stands for Low Energy Nuclear Reaction, originally demonstrated in 1989 by Pons & Fleischman and dubbed 'cold fusion'. Low temperature fusion was prematurely discredited by the physics and hot fusion interests, and partly due to the difficulty of getting consistent results. But in the last 20 years the phenomenon has been researched world wide and consistent nuclear results and vast quantities of excess heat can be obtained without burning fossil fuels and without radiation and radioactive wastes. 

Note: LENR, aka cold fusion. NASA is now acknowledging cold fusion is real! And their research provides major hope for the future. To see Dr. Zawodny's patent for this revolutionary technology, click here. For more on NASA's involvement in this, click here. For lots more reliable information on the suppression of cold fusion/LENR by the media and the scientific mainstream, click here. For more inspiring news on amazing new energy inventions, click here.

LENR is real, cold fusion is neither. See last post re: Low Energy Nuclear Reaction.

  • The real excitement for me is that any competent plumber or metal worker can build a unit, no exotic materials needed. This also makes control of the technology difficult if not impossible unless we allow legislation pushed by the big energy companies. - Rob      
  • Is it possible that Obama is keeping a lid on LENR to use at a more opportune and advanced stage of development?  See 'Meanwhile...' below. Will NASA be the 'lead' agency to introduce LENR to the American public?

It has now become apparent that Rossi is fast becoming a patriotic American (been bought lock, stock and Ecat ) See the very long (language barrier impeded) interview:
This interview also makes clear the shift in marketing strategy being developed with Rossi's new American friends; make millions of (low cost, now $500) Ecats in fully automated manufacturing facilities, and make the real profit on the refueling 'cartridge' needed every 6 months of operation.
Sounds just like my printer cartridge that costs $50 every six months, and keeps HP afloat.
Rossi states that the 6 month fuel supply cartridge will only cost around $10 plus $40 for shipping if you install it yourself, plus a service tech house call if you don't. He seriously hedged when asked if you could buy a couple of fuel sticks to have in reserve. So they'll try to maintain control by only providing a new one when you return the old one, or with maybe a hefty deposit to insure return of spent cartridges.
Meanwhile, cold fusion made a surprise appearance in the US presidential race.

"I do believe in basic science. I believe in participating in space. I believe in analysis of new sources of energy. I believe in laboratories, looking at ways to conduct electricity with -- with cold fusion, if we can come up with it," candidate Mitt Romney said in an interview with the Washington Examiner. "It was the University of Utah that solved that. We somehow can't figure out how to duplicate it."
The comment elicited laughter, but raises the question of why Romney would mention it. He is not strong on science, and it seems likely that someone has mentioned cold fusion to him in a recent briefing. Like everyone else, he may just be waiting to see if there's something in it. The prospect of an industrial boom based on cold fusion would give a major boost to the candidate who managed to capitalise on it while others dithered -- but would it would be political suicide if it turns out to be a damp squib.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Disruptive technology about to explode on energy scene

Why I believe Low Energy Nuclear Reactions
(LENR) are real and about to change the game.

“My change of mind was a direct result of talking to Dr. Dennis Bushnell, the Chief Scientist for NASA Langley who has assured me that over 100 experiments worldwide indicate that LENR is real, capable of producing energy much greater than chemical reactions…"Albert Opdenaker of the Office of Fusion Energy Sciences in response to the question he was asked concerning Rossi and E-Cat info and LENR in general.
Chief Scientist at NASA Langley
Acknowledges Andrea Rossi E-cat
Posted: June 2, 2011

One of the chief scientists at NASA, Dennis Bushnell recently recognized the potential of the Andrea Rossi energy catalyzer to positively impact the energy field.  Although there have already been many demonstrations and the opening of Defkalion Green Technology’s 1 megawatt facility in Greece in October 2011, the scientific community and major media is just beginning to acknowledge the light of E-cat.
 “I think this will go forward fairly rapidly now.”
“This is capable of, by itself, completely changing geo-economics, geopolitics of solving quite a bit of [the] energy [problem.] – Dennis Bushnell, Chief Scientist of NASA Langley.
Interview of: Dennis Bushnell, Chief Scientist of NASA Langley
Host: J. William Moore
Transcribed by: Steven B. Krivit

[Partial Transcript of Podcast, Excerpts on Low-Energy Nuclear Reactions]

[This transcript is Copyleft 2011 New Energy Times. Permission is granted to reproduce this text as long as the text, this notice and the publication information are included in their entirety and no changes are made to this text.]
J. William Moore: I’d like to [look at] some of the [energy alternatives] that you think look most promising from your perspective.
Dennis Bushnell: The most interesting, and promising, at this point, in the farther term, but maybe not so far, is low-energy nuclear reactions. This has come out of [22] years of people producing energy but not knowing what it is — and we think we have a theory on it. It’s producing beta decay and heat without radiation. The research on this is very promising and it alone, if it comes to pass, would literally solve both [the] climate and energy [problems.]
MOORE: I find it extremely exciting that there might be something here, so what is it that you think is going on at the atomic level here?
BUSHNELL: Let me back up a little. [Stanley] Pons and [Martin] Fleischmann came out with an experiment that they labeled “cold fusion” about 22 years ago which had replication issues at the time. Also, all of the fusion theorists came out and said absolutely “This is not fusion.” And, of course, they were exactly correct, this is not fusion.
They’ve gone through 20 years of massive experimentation worldwide, in almost every country, where they’ve been able to produce this effect. But all of the energy produced by these “cold fusion” experiments over the last 22 years didn’t produce enough heat to boil water for tea. So people didn’t get too interested in it and nobody knew what it was.
Back in 2005, 2006, [Allen] Widom [and Lewis] Larsen came out with a theory that said, no it’s not “cold fusion,” it’s weak interactions using the Standard Model of quantum mechanics, only the weak interaction part. It says that if you set up one of the cells, and you don’t have to use deuterium, hydrogen works fine, nickel works fine and you don’t need palladium.
If you set this up you produce an electron – proton connection producing ultra-weak neutrons and if you have the right targets out there you produce beta-decay which produces heat.
At that point, in 2006, 2007 we became interested and started setting up a set of experiments that we’re just about ready to start finally, where we’re trying to experimentally validate this Widom-Larsen theory to find out whether or not it explains what’s going on. And in the process, we used quantum theory to optimize the particular surface morphologies to do this.
Then, as you mentioned, in January of this year [Andrea] Rossi, backed by [Sergio] Focardi, who had been working on this for many years, and in fact doing some of the best work worldwide, came out and did a demonstration first in January, they re-did it in February, re-did it in March, where for days they had one of these cells, a small cell, producing in the 10 to 15 kW range which is far more than enough to boil water for tea. And they say this is weak interaction, it’s not fusion.
So I think were almost over the “We don’t understanding it” problem. I think we’re almost over the “This doesn’t produce anything useful” problem. And so I think this will go forward fairly rapidly now. And if it does, this is capable of, by itself, completely changing geo-economics, geopolitics of solving quite a bit of [the] energy [problem.]
MOORE: I think this was either last week or the week before last, I ran a story on this. I went and took a look at it – they were using hydrogen and nickel, I believe, using hydrogen gas and putting that into this device. In looking at the video and photographs, it looks to be about the size of a fist and that thing was running from about 10:45 in the morning till about 4:30 when they finally turned it off — and generating, I forget exactly what it was — but it was a significant amount of energy in the form of steam.
BUSHNELL: It produces heat and did so for days and was in the 12 or 14 kW range and they [will be] producing, with a large number of these devices, a 1 MW power plant.
MOORE: That’s a pretty exciting thing. Do you think that this theory that was developed — are these NASA scientists that were working on that theory?
BUSHNELL: No, the theory was developed by Widom and Larsen. Widom is a faculty member and teacher at Northeastern and Larsen has a company in Chicago.
MOORE: So that looks promising and so you can take and generate steam, and of course, that’s what a nuclear reactor or coal-fired power plant is all about. They’re just there to produce steam and turn a turbine and produce power.
BUSHNELL: Once you’ve got heat, you can do everything. We looked at using LENR to power a space-access rocket and it had better performance conceptually than a conventional nuclear thermal rocket.
MOORE: Wow! Exciting.
Thanks to Steven B. Krivit of New Energy Times for the transcription of this interview.
Pons & Fleischmann started in 1989 with what the press called 'cold fusion'. 
They were ridiculed by the vested interests at MIT's government sponsored hot fusion laboratories.

The comment by Jed sums my feelings as to why this can no longer be a hoax. 

jedrothwell 6 days ago
Rossi has not done convincing tests. However, I know several hundred cold fusion researchers, and they all believe Rossi’s claim his results are very similar to theirs. It seems unlikely there are many different ways to get anomalous nuclear heat from metal hydrides, so the effects seen in palladium and nickel must be related. As McKubre says, this violates “the conservation of miracles.”
Rossi’s results are very close to those of Piantelli and Arata. They have both been working for 15 years, and who have published in leading peer-reviewed journals, and they have been replicated.
I believe you have focused too much on Rossi alone. You should look at the broader picture, and the supporting evidence. Cold fusion has been replicated thousands of times in hundreds of mainstream laboratories, often at very high signal to noise ratios. These replications have been published in peer-reviewed journal papers available at Los Alamos, Georgia Tech and other academic libraries. There are no peer-reviewed papers challenging this body of work. It is not possible that all of these scientists are making mistakes. If that could happen, the experimental method itself would not work, and science would not exist.
It is conceivable that Rossi is wrong. He might even be a fraud. But it cannot be that thousands of scientists are wrong or engaged in a gigantic conspiracy. There is no question that cold fusion itself exists. The only difference between Rossi and previous experiments such as Piantelli’s is that Rossi has better control over the reaction, so he can scale up. Other parameters such as temperature and power density are in the same range.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

How to keep water pipes from freezing and free air conditioning.

I was wondering if you might have a suggestion on how to get an above ground water line from an Artisian well to NOT FREEZE.  This is the water source for the ducks and chickens, and am looking for a way to keep it from freezing over.

First, a couple of assumptions. I assume that the water pipe is made of black plastic, and is gravity fed from the artesian well that you mention. 
Depending on just how long the pipe is and where there is a 120VAC outlet to plug in a (400 to 600 Watt 12V) landscape lighting transformer in relation to one end of the pipe, the following will vary somewhat. The idea is to PUT THE HEAT INSIDE THE PIPE. You may also want to insulate the pipe.

You will need a length of 18 to 24 gauge twisted 2 wire, solid, insulated, 'bell' or 'thermostat' wire as long as your pipe plus 5 to 10 feet to reach the transformer and snake it through (inside) the whole length of the pipe. This is best done by first flushing a strong nylon pull string through the pipe with which you can pull the twisted wire pair through the pipe. At the well end have at least 6 inches of wire out the end and folded down over the edge and taped to the outside of the pipe to keep it from pulling back. Strip the wire ends here and twist the bare wire together securely and tape.
At the down hill end, (unless the pipe is just open ended and running all the time which might keep it from freezing all by it self ) drill a small  3/16" hole in the pipe, 3 inches back from the shutoff valve, and have the extra 5-10 feet of wire come out here. Seal around the hole and wire with silicone rubber and tape over the wire and hole to seal and provide strain relief for the delicate wire. It is best to have this valved end fastened to a 2X4 staked in the ground.

Next, connect the  2 wires to the 12V terminals on the landscape lighting transformer. If you just want to thaw out the pipe on occasion then you can just plug in for a few minutes to thaw it out, or maybe use a timer to turn the transformer off afterwards incase you forget. A safer method would be to use a ceiling fan control or lamp dimmer built into a standard electrical box/outlet plug the transformer into. Now you can adjust the power to the wire in the pipe to just keep it thawed and not use more electricity than you have to. I would also connect a 12V lamp at the transformer terminals (with the wires) so you have an indication of power flow to the wires (brighter bulb more heat to the wire/pipe).

Use heavier wire for longer runs, ie 18 Ga for 100', 24 Ga for <30'. If your pipe still freezes during very cold nights (T<20°F) you will have to insulate ( or bury) the pipe as well or use a larger transformer like 1000 Watts at 12V. You can get all this hardware at Lowes or Home Depot. Pictured below is a way to do a pressurized system.

I had to answer this suggestion if only to keep this guy out of trouble.

Radiators that can run COLD in hot weather, now THAT is an interesting and totally new idea you should patent it! 

PS sorry if that last remark seemed sarcastic, it wasn't meant to, I really mean I have never seen a system where the radiators produce 'cool'.

I have tried running cold water through existing radiators as well as radiant heat pipes embedded in my floor. The problem is the condensation from the sometimes very humid air in the summer here in NY. Puddles form under radiators and cool floors will become wet with condensation.
I solved those problems by running the cold spring water, gravity fed, through an 'A' coil like heat exchanger (radiator) with a condensation collection pan and drain. A small fan / blower blows the room air through the A coil thus cooling the room. Almost free air conditioning.