I have been watching the progress for a long time.
Since the last report in this series, a lot has happened, particularly in the field of LENR and, while there has also been interesting progress in Hot Fusion, I want to focus on LENR in this post.
As anyone who has been following E-Cat World will know, the most interesting event on the immediate horizon will be Andrea Rossi’s in the US on January the 31st at 2:00 p.m. GMT (9:00 a.m. US Eastern Time). While there will be invited guests, the public face will be via a live video stream, whose placeholder is here.
The best-informed preview of the event is by Mats Lewan and is here. Like me, Mats has been following Rossi’s progress since 2011 and is the author of an (updating) e-book about him and the evolution of the E-Cat, entitled An Impossible Invention, which is a “must read”.
Another cause for increasing enthusiasm about LENR and its many related fields is that of ever greater awareness of a range of related phenomena with various names: Exotic Vacuum Objects (EVO’s), Strange Radiation (SR), Ball Lightning, Plasma Balls, Charge Clusters and others, including permutations of those words, which can all be googled and perused further. The precise nature and composition of EVO’s is the subject of ongoing research but it is thought that, amongst other things, they have been harnessed in a controllable way by Rossi in his latest version of the E-Cat – the SK, which will be central to the above, upcoming, live stream.
A parallel, broader brush approach to LENR might be simply to consider it a “black box”, whose inputs and eventual outputs amount to known, net energy releasing nuclear reactions. Here we are indebted to Russian physicist Alexander Parkhomov. Dr Parkomov has worked and published comprehensively in many aspects of Nuclear Physics, including LENR, Strange Radiation and Neutrinos. He has recently gifted, to Open Science, two spreadsheets, detailing all known fusion, fission and 2-2 nuclear reactions which have a net release of energy. In his second spreadsheet, the effects of neutrinos, including low energy ones, are included. The key paper expanding on this is here.
The spreadsheets are gems in themselves but Bob Greenyer, a very active LENR researcher, facilitator and Open Science volunteer with the Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project, suggested that they should also be converted to database format to enable more flexible querying in both one-off and cascading modes to be achieved. I was the first to do those conversions and provide a package of web-accessible programs (see here – which will be kept up-to-date). However, the software itself is now the sole focus of a separate site here. Naturally, all the software, results and documentation are subject to ongoing improvement and your own testing and constructive feedback to me here or via E-Cat World will be very welcome.