Oct. 22, 2013 – By Steven B. Krivit –
Low-energy nuclear reaction (LENR) researchers at Toyota Central Research and Development Laboratories have published a replication of the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries deuterium gas-permeation experiment.
The research appeared in the Japanese Journal of Applied Physics earlier this month.
New Energy Times reported this replication last year (Mitsubishi Reports Toyota Replication) after the inventor of this LENR method, Yasuhiro Iwamura of Mitsubishi, reported the news at the American Nuclear Society meeting in San Diego, Calif., in November 2012.
The publication in the journal, however, marks a significant achievement both for the field and for this category of LENR research. This is the first mainstream, peer-reviewed journal publication of a replication of the Iwamura experiment.
The replication, by one of the world’s largest industrial companies, signifies the importance of LENRs, as well as the credibility of the controversial research. It may also be the first published LENR replication by a major industrial laboratory.
Original online content only at New Energy Times
Several years ago, researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., led by Kenneth Grabowski, failed in an attempted replication of the Mitsubishi experiment. NRL paid Mitsubishi at least $200,000 as part (Phase 1) of the research agreement, according to a document obtained by New Energy Times under a Freedom of Information Act request.
After NRL researchers failed in their replication attempt, one of them, researcher David Kidwell, took an unexpected walk around the Mitsubishi lab to collect environmental samples. To everyone’s surprise, laboratory contamination of praseodymium appeared after Kidwell completed his survey.
Kidwell said this contamination, which he ascribed to, among other things, “lucky tweezers” used by a careless Mitsubishi researcher, explained the extraordinary results obtained by Iwamura and his group at Mitsubishi.
In a brief, five-minute rebuttal at a conference in Rome in 2009, Iwamura explained the multiple, logically inconsistent detials of Kidwell’s contamination scenario. (See NRL 2008—The LENR Null Results Laboratory and NRL 2009—The LENR Null Results Laboratory, Again.)
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