Secrets and lies in the cold fusion community naturally lead to doubt and confusion. Defkalion’s recent moves do not instill confidence even if I do not share the tendency of some to assume the worst. To date, they have demonstrated one major success by uniting the Italian inventor and the harshest of his critics in their belief that the Greek/Cyprus company is a front for fraud. Time will tell the truth of it. For now, it’s good to remind ourselves that valuable and open science marches on. The reality of LENR does not rest solely with Defkalion or Rossi but also in a small army of scientists who put their heads down and get on with it.
George Miley of The University of Illinois is one such. Working on LENR as a possible power source to replace RTGs in the space programme, he will be presenting his work on March 23rd at the 2012 Nuclear and Emerging Technologies for Space meeting. The work is ongoing and we have seen much of it before. Even so, I’d like to highlight it as a reminder of the progress that is being made. In his presentation, Miley talks about LENR as a fact. He creates the conditions, measures the effect. They are repeatable and of real substance and demonstrate the potential for utility.
While I agree that the world will only begin to change when commercially viable devices are available, it is too easy to forget the giant leap that proving LENR alone would represent. Miley, it seems, does that and more, reporting proof of principle for creating a LENR battery at 350W/kg
My reading of that statement is that The 1kg refers to
the complete device. If that includes thermal-electric conversion then the power density he is achieving right now is impressive. Miley writes of using 20g of ZrO2Pd35 nano powder in one of these experiments. If we assume the unlikely extreme of 350w/kg as representing only fuel then we would expect around 7W from 20g. If however, the 1kg was referring to the complete device (likely) then Miley was getting a healthy return from his fuel that was far greater than 7 W. If anyone knows what the real output was, please share.
No matter what, Miley’s work is important and acts as a reminder of the real science behind Rossi’s claims. A few blinks ago we were talking about a non-existent effect and then an unimpressive (to some) mWs. From Miley’s double or triple digit output, the leap to cold fusion commercialisation no longer sounds like a madman’s dream.
Kudos to Miley and all the other LENR pioneers who continue the fight on our behalf.
This powerpoint presentation is from last year (the 20g sample size is taken from slide 48).
Details of the March 23rd talk is here (3.50pm).
And of the relevant Nuclear Battery work here.
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