WIRED MAGAZINE: COLD FUSION SLOWLY CREEPING INTO THE ...
Cold fusion is again in the news, well, at least for Wired magazine, which has done an interesting article on the topic. But this article, if read carefully, is raising another prospect altogether, beyond the debates about the science of LENRs(Low Energy Nuclear Reactions) or LANRs(Lattice Assisted Nuclear Reactions, which is my favorite term for the theories that have emerged to explain it). There are still some within the scientific community that have justifiable difficulties, not so much with the concepts, but with the hit-and-miss nature of the devices built to achieve it. The devices sometimes perform, sometimes do not, and until this problem is resolved, they remain skeptical.
But there's another aspect to the story that Wired has picked up on: many of the more successful devices, Rossi's for example, now have the veil of corporate proprietary secrecy drawn over them:
Cold fusion continues to progress stealthily into the mainstream
Here are the parts of the story that concern us:
"In December, Cyclone Power Technologies, a US company known for its highly innovative Cyclone Engine, announced that Dr Yeong Kim would be joining their consulting team. Dr Kim is a professor at Purdue University and a leading researcher in LENR. In a press statement Dr Kim said that his new role with Cyclone was an opportunity for research to understand and harness cold fusion."
"Meanwhile Brillouin, one of the lead contenders for commercialising LENR technology, announced in December that they had signed a licence agreement with an un-named South Korean company after a year of due diligence. The deal, described as being worth 'millions of dollars' in Pure Energy Systems News, licenses the Koreans to manufacture cold fusion units, with production and installation in 2014."
The plan is to use reactors powered by Brillouin's cold fusion technology to replace existing boilers in a conventional power station. Bob George, CEO of Brillouin, says they should produce electricity at two cents per kilowatt-hour -- about a third of the cost of electricity from advanced gas power generation, the cheapest current option. Once the units are proven, George expects many other customers to be interested in similar retrofitting.
There has also been a small but potentially significant shift by US officialdom. Steven Krivit of New Energy Times noted a change in the small print of a document issued by the US Department of Energy. The DoE provides funding for innovative energy projects via their Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E). The latest funding opportunity announcement included a new addition in the list of technologies which the DoE is interested in: alongside solar, photochemical reactors and radioisotope thermoelectrics and many more, Low Energy Nuclear Reactions made the cut.
And finally, as the article indicates, Dr. Rossi's hidden backer is now suspected to be Cherokee Investment Partnership. In this context, the article informs us of what may be one of the new factors in play:
"A partnership with Cherokee would be in line with Rossi's claims about the size of his backer and the project. He says there are sixteen people working with him on R&D, consistent with a modest investment from a company like Cherokee rather than full-on involvement from the likes of General Electric (or even Google) as others have optimistically suggested. Rossi has recently said that a domestic E-Cat reactor is as far away as ever due to safety and certification issues, and his latest posts suggests that some care is needed with the industrial reactors. If the E-Cat does gain acceptance, the regulatory bodies will become more interested in the issues posed by licensing nuclear reactors based on principles which are not well understood."
So there you have it: there are already significant corporate investors not only in research into the concepts of cold fusion (LENRs and LANRs), there are plans and indicators of plans from Asia - Korea and China, but let us not forget that Japan has been a heavy investor in cold fusion research through MITI - that actually plan to bring practical technologies to production! While I have my deep suspicions these 2014 deadlines will not be met, it is nonetheless a significant step. But why not meet them? Simple: for devices based on the concept to be marketable, they must work consistently, and that has been the problem with cold fusion all along, sometimes they do, sometimes they do not. Dr. Rossi's e-cat remains the most consistent device in its performance, to my knowledge, to date.
Note also the new interest of DARPA in the concept. This, more than anything else I've seen, constitutes the nihil obstat and imprimatur that means cold fusion has moved out of the realm of "totally fringe" and into the realm of "it's good enough for black projects". And frankly, if DARPA is announcing it now, that probably means this move was undertaken perhaps as soon as Pons and Fleischmann made their now historic announcement.
But finally, there is one other significant thing that the article notes, indicating what yet another hold-up may be: regulation. How does any government regulate a technology and industry that is not yet even fully understood?
The bottom line? Wired is correct: the concept of cold fusion is no longer the fringe area it once was. It's slowly becoming more and more mainstream. But there are still hurdles, so don't except to be powering your domestic power or cars with them any time soon.
So let's speculate: suppose somewhere, in some laboratory in China, Japan, or Korea, that the phenomenon has been fully cracked and understood, and technologies such as Rossi's e-cat have been developed, and that they too, are "fully understood." What's the hold up? The hold-up, again, is suggested by that paragraph concerning regulation, but regulation is merely the clever meme being advanced for public discussion. A worldwide introduction of cold fusion, at this stage, during a global financial instablity, could and probably would be disastrous and disruptive. So what the article is really suggesting, if we read carefully between the lines, is "this is coming, like it or not. How do we transition to a new era and technical culture of a very different understanding of energy, and tailor our financial institutions accordingly?" As I've been arguing elsewhere on this site, this will require some new thinking from technocrats and financial elites, on the implications and integrations of emerging technologies for the international financial system. We'll know the game has become very serious if we see these investment companies suddenly being bought out by the big energy companies, and if, suddenly, there is no more talk of it, or conversely, they announce the construction of large scale manufacturing facilities to produce the technologies.
See you on the flip side...
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Very interesting article about “off the books fusion research” that is slowly being leaked into the mainstream. Another good indication of “black budget (off the books)” fusion research came from the biography of Tomas Townsend Brown by Paul Schatzkin. In it Linda (Townsend’s daughter) tells of helping her father in his work at the Decker Laboratory facility in Philadelphia. One thing that puzzled her very much was the need for her and her father to wear radiation detectors in the lab when all they were doing was wiring up a huge (wall size version of the “fan/loudspeaker” that her father had been developing…nothing at all to do with radiation experiments..
Later on in 2007 while doing research for the book Paul Schatzkin ask “Morgan/JD” Linda’s mysterious boyfriend/intelligence agent about this he got one of the very few direct answers to his question from Morgan that “yes there was fusion research going on at Decker’s”!
Even more puzzling to Linda was several decades later she revisited the site of the Decker Laboratory complex and the whole facility had been “wiped clean” everything including buildings and all were completely gone!
Engaging in a bit of “high octane speculation” the fusion research at Decker’s had indeed “born fruit” and it moved on to an operational phase that is now powering some of the strange triangular shaped craft flying around our sky’s that have been seen all over the world…
the Off the book fusion search are not so secret.
US navy Spawar worked on cold fusion , and published (Pam Mosier Boss is tenacious). Too bad that when the boss changed they stopped.
Toyota and Mitsubishi never stopped.
Globally Asia never stopped, and Wikipedia is more open in japanse and chinese.
ENEA work hard on it.
Navy NRL works also on it with SRI and ENEA
Shell asked for French CNAM (an Ivy league engineering school) to replicate and filed a patent (jacques Dufour). Today they send employess of ShellGameChanger to follow the domain.
SAIPEM of ENI Group send employee too.
Amocco replicated F&P and found tritium in the early time.
all is public, mostly copied on lenr-canr.org, on new energ times by Krivit or on various sites, cited on lenr-forum.com or e-cat world, or cold fusion now…
recently the work of Rossi is supported by Elforsk, and visibly interesting Chinse government
Brillouin is silent, but less than mcKubre
and expect the best of LENR-Cities… the LENR ecosystem in process of inception.
nothing secret, however hidden by media consensus, by academic terror, who defend their denial, their groupthink.
no conspiracy… all is common, documented, and public.
I have been worried for some time that using words like “Nuclear” and “Fusion” as part of the description of this technology was inviting the level of regulation and infrastructure monitoring that all nuclear technologies might have. This will crush one of the major utilities of this technology in that it can be small scale and local. A potentially game changing disruptive technology has effectively been hobbled just as it sees the light of day.
“they must work consistently, and that has been the problem with cold fusion all along, sometimes they do, sometimes they do not”
While not the only possibility, the above sort of situation is typically a case of the scientists not really having any idea what they are dealing with (or at least, missing such a large piece of the puzzle that what they do know is rendered meaningless).
If it works sometimes, you’d think that large amounts of resources would be spent to find out what is happening.
The fact that this hasn’t happened is as strong an indication of a black project as anything one reads on this subject, IMO.
off topic; if one believes in the authenticity of website zerohedge then check this out:
Yep never underestimate the power of the Rottenchilds or the New York Fed. When you can tell a country like Germany to go take a flying f**k, then that’s real power.
One must not lose sight of the developing natural gas deals between Russia, Europe and China. Any one of these nations would surely far sooner switch to cold fusion as its primary energy source than rely more heavily upon those other two nations for supply or demand of energy or trade.
Thus it must be asked: Are all three of these regional powers so heavily compartmentalized, as is the U.S., that their governments would commit vast resources, both civilian and military, developing and defending conventional natural resources and infrastructure, even as their black sectors ran “underground” operations using nothing but cold fusion or zero point energy?
Russia has certainly seemed less than fully motivated to shelve or suppress their own, quite useful, advanced technologies, given the reports of Russian planes’ disabling of American radar/tracking technologies and their tacit approval of the publication of Podkletnov’s work.
Is Putin so sly that he hopes to sell China and Europe his natural gas for as long as their respective governments are foolish enough to continue the charade that such natural resources are necessary? Does he thus hold his own cold-fusion card close to his bare chest, knowing quite well that his new partners hold the very same card?
How unfavorable then would the light be that breaks upon the governments of Europe and China in that instance? Either they’re so compartmentalized as to be unaware of their own cold fusion capabilities — thus unnecessarily committing their nations’ futures to an already obsolete resource — or with full consciousness of guilt they’re squandering their nations’ wealth in order to maintain a blackout of that same modest technology — and with it, presumably, maintain a relationship, forced or otherwise, with the American PTBs.
And if cold fusion has now become a publicly acceptable global research pursuit, does this surprise lifting of the cold fusion blackout — one seemingly led by U.S. companies — reveal a move by the U.S. to abort the birth of the natural gas-based, BRICSA “dollar”? In other words, does it signal that the U.S. has grudgingly forsaken its worldwide oil-based hegemony in favor of a multi-pronged energy dominance?
Today’s global events would seem to be as much or more about the future of secrecy itself as they are about oil, gas or gold.
That is a good question.
What is stopping the world from choking on these monopolistic energies policies that are not only counterproductive but an ongoing ecocide of planet earth?
Is there some kind of pact? blackmail? doomsday switch?
Why is insanity in charge?
Reminds me of the famous Ezra Pound quote:
“The danger is not that you WILL BE Invaded,
it is that you HAVE BEEN Invaded”.
The misuse of regulations kill to two birds with one stone bury any new technology under a snow storm of presto regulation and delegitimize true regulation in the future. We must not let the chattel labor think they’re free slaves as in the past and the future. These oligarchs think only of think of power over every body else buying up every new technology so nobody else can use it without paying them a arm and a leg to use it. I suspect they have already iron out all the problems of cold fusion their just dragging their feet revealing it to the rest of us unwashed proles.
It’s coming like, it or not.
It’s monopolized, like it or not.
And TP is coming, like it or not(worldwide corporate dictatorship).
TP was suppose to be…
TAFTA, TTIP, TISA and IMF world currency, ratcheting up weaponization of information, etc…
War Is Peace, Freedom Is Slavery, Ignorance Is Strength, Efficiency Is Monopoly(no competition).
Efficiency Is Monopoly great Robert I wish I had thought that Orwellian slogan.
Cold Fusion was repeated with some success, not necessarily consistent at both MIT (they then lied about the success) and SRI within a year or two of the Pons and Fleischmann’s announcement.
And SRI is definitely involved in very secret work.
A lot of what Ken Shoulders and the ORMUS types are doing significantly overlaps with many of the Cold Fusion results, and Shoulders worked at SRI (when it was still part of Stanford) for years starting in the 1950s.
The Western oligarchs probably intend, or would like, to use new technologies to try to keep control over people in “their” countries, heavily addicted to high-cost, high-consumption centralized power grids and fuel supplies. The real change will be the decentralization of energy…. Anyway, the mention of an Asian player like Korea could be significant; though still politically “aligned” it might be in a position to act as an intermediary with other powers like China, in some kind of global process in which the various global oligarchs will try to “govern” the replacement of hydrocarbons.