Aug 092016
Andrea Rossi (Photo: Mats Lewan)

Andrea Rossi (Photo: Mats Lewan)

Aug. 9, 2016 – By Steven B. Krivit –

Thomas Francis Darden II, the manager, president, and director of Industrial Heat, has concluded that Andrea Rossi’s Energy Catalyzer (E-Cat) claims are bogus, according to recent court filings.

Darden is also the founder and chief executive officer of the $2 billion private equity fund Cherokee Investment Partners, the parent company of Industrial Heat.

On Aug. 6, the law firm Jones Day, on behalf of Darden and his associates, filed a complaint against Rossi and his company Leonardo Corp. in federal court in Miami, accusing Rossi of fraudulent misrepresentations. Continue reading »

Jul 132016

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Continues Efforts to Commercialize LENRs
July 13, 2016 – By Steven B. Krivit –

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries continues to make progress in its efforts to commercialize low-energy nuclear reaction (LENR) research, according to a December 2015 company technical review. The company is developing a LENR-based nuclear transmutation method that uses nanostructured multi-layer thin films.

Although Mitsubishi researchers have published their LENR research for two decades, this appears to be the first time in a decade that the company has issued a corporate document discussing the research. Furthermore, the Mitsubishi review reports that its researchers obtained significantly larger results between 2010 and 2012.

“So far,” the review says, “transmutation from cesium (Cs) to praseodymium (Pr), from barium (Ba) to samarium (Sm), from strontium (Sr) to molybdenum (Mo), etc., has been observed. If this technology is established, it is expected to contribute to society in the field of detoxification treatment of radioactive waste, including the transmutation of radioactive cesium into a harmless nonradioactive element in the future.”

Mitsubishi’s LENR method was developed by Yasuhiro Iwamura, who now leads a LENR research group at Tohoku University, in Sendai, Japan. In the early 1990s, Iwamura developed this multilayer thin-film methods using electrolysis. In 2000, Iwamura switched to the gas-permeation method with thin films in order to reduce questions of potential contamination from electrolysis.

Although the gas-permeation method succeeded in convincing many more scientists about the credibility of the results, the gas method had a downside: It did not allow researchers to pump as much deuterium through the samples, which resulted in lower transmutation yields.

In October 2010, the Mitsubishi researchers switched back to the electrolytic method and increased the magnitude of their transmutation yields, on average, by a factor of 100.

The Mitsubishi review identifies the staff members who are continuing research. They are the following: Shigenori Tsuruga and Kenji Muta, chief staff managers in the Electricity and Applied Physics Research Department of the Research and Innovation Center at the Technology and Innovation Headquarters; Yutaka Tanaka, chief staff manager at the Research and Innovation Center; Tadashi Shimazu, manager in the Advanced Nuclear Plant Designing and Fuel Cycle Engineering Department in the Nuclear Energy Systems Division, Energy and Environment; Koji Fujimori, manager in the Nuclear Project Department in the Nuclear Energy Systems Division, Energy & Environment; and Takehiko Nishida, director in the Electricity and Applied Physics Research Department of the Research and Innovation Center.

News of the Mitsubishi technical review was first published on Slideshare by LENR theorist Lewis Larsen.

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May 122016
U.S. Navy Researcher David Kidwell

U.S. Navy Researcher David Kidwell

May 12, 2016 – By Steven B. Krivit –

On May 6, 2016, David Kidwell, a scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory, released his latest attack criticizing the work of Japanese LENR researchers. In an email to an invitation-only but public Google discussion group, Kidwell wrote, using his NRL e-mail account, “eventually, we will get to that the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries data is not real.”

Since 2008, Kidwell has criticized the heavy-element transmutation results reported by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in its long-standing low-energy nuclear reaction (LENR) research program.

Two days earlier, on May 4, 2016, as reported by New Energy Times, a U.S. congressional committee took the unprecedented step of requesting from the Department of Defense a national security briefing on the implications of LENRs.

The Naval Research Laboratory, along with the Office of Naval Research, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency and possibly the Department of Energy’s national laboratories likely will be among the participants preparing the DOD briefing for Congress. Continue reading »

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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