Rossi’s Cold Fusion E-Cat Will Change the World.

A test of Andrea Rossi’s 1 megawatt cold fusion device was successfully carried out by the engineers and scientists of his first customer at Bologna, Italy on October 28th.   It produced 470 kW of continuous power for five and a half hours with no input of electricity beyond that required by the two small water circulating pumps.  While the system is capable of one megawatt output, the customer chose to go with the lower level that didn’t require any power input.

Nearly half a megawatt output with no energy input is a staggering success for a system that is still at the model T Ford stage of development.   Billions of dollars have been spent on hot fusion research that has still to generate a net gain in energy.  Engineer Rossi built his invention using his own money.

The one megawatt plant consists of 100 modules, each module containing 3 E-Cats (Energy Catalyzers) that heat water to produce steam.   The fuel is a small amount of powdered nickel and Hydrogen, that together with a secret catalyst, produce heat by LENR (Low Energy Nuclear Reaction) after being heated to the “ignition temperature.”   It seems that some of the nickel is transmuted to copper and the mass difference is converted to energy.  Twenty two pounds of Nickel powder and forty pounds of Hydrogen are sufficient for 180 days of operation at full power.  90% of the nickel can be recycled afterwards.  The E-Cat does not use radioactive materials nor make radioactive waste.  There is no increase in measured radiation near the device because it is shielded in lead.  It has no waste products except for the nickel that can be recycled.

A larger version connected to a turbine and generator should produce electricity at less than 1 cent/kWhr. Compare this with solar power at 25 cents/kW, wind turbines at 18 cents/kW or natural gas at 8 cents/kW.  One could expect E-Cats to power vehicles in several years time.  Imagine being able to drive continuously for six months without refueling.  Goodbye to dependence on foreign oil.  Rossi is working on a domestic version for heating the home and hot water.  A single module would be enough for most.  Engineer Rossi thinks it will take a year to get the domestic unit developed and certified for use.

Cold fusion was doubted following the Fleischmann and Pons debacle of 1989, because their experiment was hard to duplicate, was not reliably repeatable and produced only a little extra heat.  Since then heat from “cold fusion” has been demonstrated many times and reported in peer reviewed journals.  The Department Of Energy has been a leader in denying the existence of this discovery and has influenced the US Patent Office to not even consider any patent related to this field.   Many speculate this is related to the $billions in grants to hot fusion research that would end if cold fusion was accepted.  The fact remains, DoE (Department of Energy) has set back research in this country by twenty years and Mr. Rossi is unable to get patent protection here.

The story is reminiscent of the Wright Brothers.  Two bicycle mechanics making a flying machine that academia said was impossible.  Small wonder the media ignored reports of them flying for two years.  Here Mr. Rossi, an engineer, claims to have discovered a new nuclear process that will revolutionize the world.  Leading scientists scoff because there is no accepted theory to explain it and he has not published the results in a peer reviewed journal.  The media has ignored the half dozen demonstrations over nearly a year.

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The fetid war in Afghanistan.

WikiLeaks has released over 90,000 documents about the war in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2009. Not many real surprises: we already knew lots of civilians were being killed and as this has been going on for so many years it was clear our leaders didn’t really care about that. Sure, they would make speeches about it, but nothing changed. Now, of course, it is going be different.

More details emerged about our “special operations” charged with finding and killing people on the Administration’s list. This without any trial, and only too often getting the wrong man and murdering the women and children who happened to be in the house. As we are a nation of laws, this is quite lawful.
The difference between them and any fanatical religious group of killers is not crystal clear. Some of them even claim it is lawful too.

Our drones are so sophisticated, the brave drivers sitting in their air conditioned rooms in Texas can easily see through the walls of the stone houses and recognize the villain, beyond all possible doubt. His wife and kids are just collateral damage. They are not American, so who cares? It was really a wedding party? Ooops.

The Afghanistan and Pakistani governments are corrupt? Another surprise: who would have thought that about politicians? Don’t even think about what they have to do to raise a few million dollars to get elected, or how they retire so rich.
So the locals don’t like having an occupying force that goes around killing people. They get annoyed when we kill their relatives. Our original target was Al Qaida, but it seems they have all left. Now it is supposed to be the Taliban, but who knows whether this is true or whether it is just the locals we have taught to hate us.

This fetid stinking war has been going on for nine years. That and the illegal invasion of Iraq will cost three trillion dollars: some now say it will be more. There are other costs too, like Homeland Security and the $5.6 billion per year for airline security (according to USA Today.) Not to mention the cost of the military.
Are we any safer? Probably not. The real danger is us making new terrorists. Kids who have seen their parents and friends killed or maimed and want to take revenge. It is no secret Americans, once greatly admired, are now hated in many parts of the world.

Congressman Sestak has still not replied to my repeated request to spell out our objectives in Afghanistan. Perhaps because no one knows, he can’t. Even when some genius comes up with a face-saving way of declaring victory so we can leave, the military industrial complex will be well taken care of. I see nearly a third of the Republicans have signed H.Res. 1553 urging Israel to start another war in Iran, with full American support. The snouts are in the trough. We need the shock and awe, like a better fireworks display each year. We can afford it: China will lend us the money.

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This is a blog about the things that interest me. In many cases, a rather skeptical view of the consensus’ opinion, in things ranging from global warming to hormesis, to the economics of renewable energy.

Some technical things are also of particular interest: the new small fusion devices like the Polywel, power storage with the EEStor ultracapacitor, and of course the most idiotic policies of our government.

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