Mar 102016

Industrial Heat's E-Cat Exit
March 10, 2016 – By Steven B. Krivit –

Industrial Heat has apparently terminated its relationship with businessman Andrea Rossi. Industrial Heat is the only company that had publicly confirmed that it had licensed technology from Rossi.

On March 8, New Energy Times sent a news inquiry to Thomas Francis Darden II, the founder and chief executive officer of Cherokee Investment Partners LLC, in Raleigh, North Carolina, which manages the Cherokee Fund. The company operates a group of private equity funds specializing in cleaning up pollution. Darden is also the manager, president and director of Industrial Heat, LLC, one of Cherokee’s businesses. Industrial Heat issued a statement today responding to our inquiry about its low-energy nuclear reaction (LENR) activities.

On Jan. 24, 2014, J.T. Vaughn, the vice president of Industrial Heat, announced in a press release that Industrial Heat had acquired intellectual property rights from Andrea Rossi.

Rossi is a convicted white-collar criminal with a string of failed energy ventures. His most notorious endeavor was his effort between 1970 and 1990 to turn industrial waste into fuel. Rossi’s company produced no fuel, instead creating toxic waste. He caused environmental damage to the land and groundwater in the Milan, Italy, area. Rossi evaded Italian law enforcement, fled for the United States and later, on his return to Italy, was arrested in the Rome airport. More than 100 articles in major Italian newspapers depict Rossi’s financial and environmental criminal history.

1980s: A pile of used tires and waste in front of Ross's Petroldragon machine. Image courtesy L'Unita

1980s: A pile of used tires and waste in front of Rossi’s Petroldragon machine. Image courtesy L’Unita

Rossi moved on to thermoelectric devices and obtained money from the U.S. government to develop devices that he claimed would generate 800-1,000 Watts of heat. According the final report from the U.S. Army, 19 of the 27 devices Rossi delivered produced nothing. The remaining eight produced less than 1 Watt each.

Since 2011, Rossi has claimed to have a LENR-based contraption constructed from an electric heater, a pump, pipes and insulation that can produce 1 million Watts (1 MW) of heat.

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Feb 262016
Sterling Allan Arrested

Sterling Allan (Utah County Sheriff’s Dept.)

Feb. 26, 2016 – By Steven B. Krivit –

Sterling Allan, 52, of Fountain Green, Utah, the creator of Pure Energy News Service and the Free Energy Blog, has been arrested on multiple counts of child sex abuse, according to the Provo, Utah, Daily Herald. Bail has been set at $250,000. Allan remains in Utah County jail.

According to the Daily Herald, the arrest of Allan comes after more than a year of investigation. Police reports say that a special agent with the FBI received a tip in January 2015 that Allan was involved in the sexual exploitation of children. Allan’s arrest details are available at the Utah County Sheriff’s Web site.

Allan is a divorced father of three girls and one boy, ages 17, 15, 13 and 11. In his spare time, Allan produced an Internet-based video program called “Sterling Sunday School.” In what may have been his last broadcast, on Dec. 28, 2014, at 29:30 in this video, titled “Final Judgment,” Allan admitted to what he called his “predisposition to pedophilia.” He also said that he had made mistakes, and he accepted what he called his “weaknesses.” In a subsequent post on his Web site, he wrote that he was expecting to be arrested.

Allan has had close relationships with researchers and inventors for whom he has published news stories. In 2011, he encouraged his readers to invest in Andrea Rossi’s company, Leonardo Corp. Allan explained his agreement with Rossi to New Energy Times in 2012.

“If Pure Energy New Service brings the sale of a one megawatt heating unit to Rossi, then we’ll get a commission,” Allan wrote. “Ditto for investment. Ditto for licensees.”

Andrea Rossi and Sterling Allan

Andrea Rossi and Sterling Allan

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Feb 252016

New Energy Times Adds NRL Report to Archives
Feb. 25, 2016 – By Steven B. Krivit –

New Energy Times has added a long-lost report on low-energy nuclear reaction (LENR) research to its archives.

On Feb. 17, 2016, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, New Energy Times obtained a copy of a 1996 technical report from the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) that has never been publicly available.

Between 1992 and 1995, three U.S. Navy laboratories tried to collaborate and replicate results in palladium/deuterium systems. Dawn Dominguez, an organic chemist, was the principal investigator at NRL. She attempted to replicate experiments performed by Melvin Miles, an electrochemist, at the Naval Air Weapons Station, in China Lake, California.

Dominguez searched exclusively for excess heat. None of her experiments showed positive results. In Miles’ critique of the experiment, he explained that, although Dominguez had zero experiments that showed positive results, she also had zero experiments that were done properly.

“This NRL report,” Miles said, “is useful because it provides an excellent example of the wrong things to do.”

Robert Nowak, a program manager with the Office of Naval Research, managed the project. Nowak invited researchers at what was later renamed the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWAR) in San Diego, California, to participate in the program, but he offered no financial support. The SPAWAR researchers, Stanislaw Szpak, an electrochemist, and Pamela Mosier-Boss, an analytical chemist, were, therefore, unable to participate fully.

New Energy Times also obtained a copy of the NRL report from Miles with his handwritten notes. After discussing the long-lost NRL report with Miles and Mosier-Boss, they each wrote summaries of the Dominguez report.

All versions of the reports and summaries are available at this New Energy Times Web page.

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Nov 242015

Japan's Leadership in LENRs Continues
Nov. 24, 2015 – By Steven B. Krivit –

One more Japanese auto company, Nissan, is researching low-energy nuclear reactions (LENRs), New Energy Times has learned.

The information comes from an e-mail sent today by LENR researcher Akito Takahashi to other LENR researchers. Takahashi is a former professor at Osaka University and is affiliated with Technova, a member of the Toyota Motor Corp. family of businesses.

Takahashi’s e-mail confirms that the Japanese government’s initiative to fund LENR research — for the first time in two decades — has moved forward. The LENR research is sponsored through the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), a national research and development agency. New Energy Times first reported the NEDO story on Aug. 24, 2015.

“The nano-metal hydrogen energy project (NEDO-MHE),” Takahashi wrote, “has been adopted, conditionally, by NEDO for one of leading projects of eco-energy innovation. The NEDO-MHE project started on Oct. 26, 2015, officially.

“The joint research team (Nano-METS) comprises six institutions: two companies, Technova and Nissan; and four universities, Tohoku, Kyushu, Nagoya and Kobe.”

The experimental program will involve four areas, according to Takahashi: a) development of a new calorimetry system at Tohoku University with the assistance of Technova; b) joint experiments to analyze for excess heat using nano-metal composite samples with gas-loading experiments at Kobe University and other laboratories; c) materials science research at Nagoya University and Kyushu University; and d) evaluation and survey studies by Technova and Nissan.

Takahashi is the chairman of the group. Other members are Yasuhiro Iwamura (vice chairman), Jirohta Kasagi (Tohoku University), Koh Takahashi (Technova), Masanori Nakamura (Nissan), Masahiro Kishida (Kyushu University), Tatsumi Hioki (Nagoya University), Akira Kitamura (Technova and Kobe University), and other researchers.

Half a dozen Japanese universities have been active in LENR research in the past decade. Japanese industries conducting LENR research include Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Toyota.

LENRs are a diverse set of new scientific phenomena that suggest a strong potential for a new source of clean energy. New Energy Times is not aware of any active LENR projects in any large industrial laboratory in the U.S. The only experimental LENR research in U.S. universities takes place at the University of Illinois, led by George Miley, a retired professor, and at the University of Missouri, led by Graham K. Hubler.

LENRs originated from what was once thought by some researchers to be “cold fusion.” The stigma of bad science still clings to the field in the U.S.

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Nov 202015

LENR Patents Open Doors to New Investment and New Conflict
Nov. 20, 2015 – By Steven B. Krivit –

Certain low-energy nuclear reaction (LENR) researchers are now obtaining patents from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Recently issued patents in this field may stimulate private-sector investment in LENR research. At the same time, competition among scientists is intensifying.

Recent decisions by the USPTO indicate increased recognition of patentability in the field. For the last 25 years, venture capitalists have been reluctant to fund such research, in part because their chances of obtaining U.S. patent protection were slim to none. Although applicants who were issued recent LENR patents omitted the term LENR in their applications, they use the same materials, general processes and general concepts as other researchers in the LENR field have used.

New Energy Times has learned that, on Nov. 10, the USPTO issued patent US 9,182,365 B2 for a LENR method that produces excess heat to David Allan Kidwell, a chemist with the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). Kidwell’s second LENR patent, US 9,192,918, will issue on Nov. 24. Although some patents for LENR excess-heat-related inventions were issued in the 26-year history of this field, they have been rare events. Continue reading »