May 112016
 
Ashton B. Carter, Secretary of Defense

Ashton B. Carter, Secretary of Defense

May 11, 2016 – By Steven B. Krivit –

In an unprecedented move, the U.S. House Committee on Armed Services, in a May 4, 2016, report, directed the Secretary of Defense to provide a briefing on advances in low-energy nuclear reactions (LENRs) to the committee by September 22, 2016.

This is the first time Congress has issued an official request for a national security briefing on the implications of LENRs.

“This briefing,” the report says, “should examine the current state of research in the United States, how that compares to work being done internationally, and an assessment of the type of military applications where this technology could potentially be useful.”

The report quoted a 2009 Defense Intelligence Agency analysis which said that, if LENR works, it will be a “disruptive technology that could revolutionize energy production and storage.” The May 4, 2016, report also said that “Japan has actually created its own investment fund to promote such technology.”

On Aug. 24, 2015, New Energy Times reported that, for the first time in two decades, the Japanese government issued a request for proposals for low-energy nuclear reaction (LENR) research.

Excerpt from May 4, 2016,

Excerpt from May 4, 2016, “Report of the Committee on Armed Services House of Representatives on HR 4909 Together With Additional Views”

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Apr 212016
 

John Dash

John Dash


April 21, 2016 – By Steven B. Krivit –

Low-energy nuclear reactions pioneer John Dash died on April 13 at 82 from a variety of age-related causes, his son William Dash told New Energy Times.

Dash, who was born in 1933, earned his Ph.D. in metallurgy from Pennsylvania State University in 1966. He began teaching in the Physics Department at Portland State University, in Oregon.

In 1989, the head of the Physics Department asked him to look into the "cold fusion" claims of Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons, Dash told New Energy Times several years ago. Dash and his students performed their first experiment on April 24, 1989. The results were positive; Dash was hooked.

He told Eugene Mallove, the editor of Infinite Energy magazine, more about his first experiments.

"Before 1989," Dash said, "we had studied the electrolysis of water with an acidic electrolyte, so we used the same composition, except we substituted heavy water for light water in the electrolyte.

"Using a small (about 1 sq. cm), cold-rolled palladium foil cathode about 25μm thick, we observed macroscopic plastic deformation of the cathode soon after the start of electrolysis. I had never seen such behavior in my 30 years of research on electrolysis, so I was immediately intrigued."

From 1989 to 2014, Dash was a sort of Johnny Appleseed, spreading seeds of knowledge about LENRs to students around the world. From 1998 until 2015, he was professor emeritus and continued to mentor students. As of 2005, he had advised seven students who completed master’s theses and two who completed Ph.D. dissertations on the research. Some of them traveled internationally to study with him.

 

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Apr 082016
 
Rossi mesmerizes Essén and Kullander

Andrea Rossi mesmerizes Swedish physics professors Hanno Essén and Sven Kullander. He convinces them that massive amounts of steam are coming out of his E-Cat.

April 8, 2016 – By Steven B. Krivit –

Industrial Heat LLC, a North Carolina company affiliated with Cherokee Investment Partners LLC, issued a statement yesterday rejecting the claims made in a lawsuit filed on April 5, 2016, by Andrea Rossi, a convicted white-collar criminal with a  string of failed energy ventures.

In the statement, Industrial Heat said that it “has worked for over three years to substantiate the results claimed by Mr. Rossi from the E-Cat technology — all without success.”

Darden’s statement conflicts directly with Rossi’s recent blog post statements that the one-year test was successful and that a positive independent report will be released soon.

Six months ago, on Sept. 27, 2015, Thomas Francis Darden II, the manager, president, and director of Industrial Heat, told Fortune magazine something different. “Rossi’s was one of the first investments we made,” Darden said. “We’ve been seeing the creation of isotopes and energy releases at relatively low temperatures — 1,000 degrees centigrade — which could be a sign that fusion has occurred.” Darden also encouraged prudence. Continue reading »

Apr 062016
 

“Smoke Screen” by mbowe-wallpapers

April 6, 2016 – By Steven B. Krivit –

Andrea Rossi, a convicted white-collar criminal with a string of failed energy ventures, is suing Thomas Darden, JT Vaughn, and their affiliated companies Cherokee Investment Partners LLC, Industrial Heat LLC, and IPH International B.V. for fraud. Rossi is accusing them of stealing his intellectual property.

Judging by all available facts known to New Energy Times, although Rossi and his Leonardo Corp. may have some patents and patent applications, there is no evidence that he has any working system that can produce commercially relevant amounts of excess heat based on what is contained in Rossi’s published intellectual property.

According to the complaint, Industrial Heat had paid Rossi $11 million for a license to what he calls his Energy Catalyzer, or E-Cat, an assembly of copper pipes that he says can produce 1 megawatt of commercially useful excess heat from low-energy nuclear reactions (LENRs). Attorney John Annesser, with the Silver Law Group in Islamorada, Florida, is representing Rossi. Annesser has been licensed for four years. Before that, he worked as a general contractor.

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Apr 042016
 
The heart of the E-Cat: copper pipes surrounded by electrical heater

The heart of the E-Cat: copper pipes surrounded by electrical heater

April 4, 2016 – By Steven B. Krivit –

Luca Gamberale, an independent low-energy nuclear reaction (LENR) researcher, has provided New Energy Times with a revised analysis of his attempt to validate Defkalion Green Technologies’ version of Andrea Rossi’s Energy Catalyzer (E-Cat). Gamberale’s updated report contains only translation corrections, not technical corrections.

New Energy Times did not publish the original report or write a news story on the original version in 2014 because we had dismissed all claims resembling Rossi’s as hoaxes in 2011.

The report shows how Defkalion created an illusion of a LENR-based energy device. It reveals how Defkalion may have duplicated what Rossi was doing.

We are publishing Gamberale’s report because we now see its instructional value in identifying potential fraud and commercial scams in the LENR field.

Gamberale’s report is articulate, detailed and authoritative. His work demonstrates a high standard of professionalism and integrity. New Energy Times is not going to provide a technical analysis of the report; it speaks for itself.

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