THE LOCKHEED MARTIN FUSION STORY, E-CAT, AND SOME HIGH OCTANE ...
So many of you sent articles regarding the Lockheed Martin fusion reactor story, that I am compelled to offer my usual high octane speculations, with my thanks to all of you who have been following this story so closely. One individual who emailed me, echoed my own intuitions, by stating that she thought the Lockheed announcement was dubious and suspicious, and with that I concur, which is the subject of today's blog, and today's high octane speculation. After all, it's Sunday, and what better day to talk about fusion?
To get started, here is the story of Lockheed-Martin's fusion reactor claims, as reported by MIT's Technology Review:
Does Lockheed Martin Really Have a Breakthrough Fusion Machine?
Now, you'll note that the subtitle of this article captures the essence of the problem: we have a claim, but as yet, no backup data or any real technical details, for the subtitle points out that "Lockheed Martin says it will have a small fusion reactor prototype in five years but offers no data." Indeed, the second paragraph points out the difficulty, and subtly suggests - at least to my mind - what the target of Lockheed's unusual announcement, and its timing, may really be:
"Nuclear fusion could produce far more energy, far more cleanly, than the fission reactions at the heart of today’s nuclear power plants. But there are huge obstacles and no hard evidence that Lockheed has overcome them. The so-far-insurmountable challenge is to confine hydrogen plasma at conditions under which the hydrogen nuclei fuse together at levels that release a useful amount of energy. In decades of research, nobody has yet produced more energy from fusion reaction experiments than was required to conduct the experiments in the first place."
Nobody has produced fusion reactions that is, in hot fusion containment method experiments, unless, of course, you want to recall and believe the 1960's claims of Philo Fransworth for his "Plasmator" and "Fusor" devices. Recall also the more recent claims - about which we blogged a few days ago - of Sweden's University of Uppsala and Italy's University of Bologna study of Italian physicist and inventor, Dr. Andrea Rossi, and his E-Cat cold fusion reactor, a study which minced no words: there are nuclear reactions and processes occurring in Rossi's device, which appear to be producing excess heat, at thermal energies far below those involved in the hot fusion process. And for Farnsworth fans, recall that his claims were to have produced sustained fusion reactions for small periods of time at hot fusion energies, in devices a little bigger than a common softball. Farnsworth made his announcement in the 1960s, and then his patents were quietly shuffled out of the limelight by their owner, IT&T, and they, and Farnsworth, were seldom heard from again.
This, in my opinion, constitutes the possible real reason for the Lockheed announcement, for the University of Bologna and University of Uppsala studies of Dr. Rossi's device were released a short time before Lockheed upstaged their announcement. It was, in other words, a bit of clever distraction to get people to focus attention solely on the "big money hot fusion" approach, an approach which power elites can easily monitor, and away from the always controversial subject of Lattice Assisted Nuclear Reactions, or "cold fusion." There is, however, a suggestive statement in the Lockheed announcement, and I hope you caught it(Farnsworth fans will have done so immediately):
"Tom McGuire, project lead of the Lockheed effort, said in an interview that the company has come up with a compact design, called a high beta fusion reactor, based on principles of so-called “magnetic mirror confinement.” This approach tries to contain plasma by reflecting particles from high-density magnetic fields to low-density ones.
"Lockheed said the test reactor is only two meters long by one meter wide, far smaller than existing research reactors. “In a smaller reactor you can iterate generations quicker, incorporate new knowledge, develop faster, and make riskier design choices. That is a much more powerful development paradigm and much less capital intensive,” McGuire said. If successful, the program could produce a reactor that might fit in a tractor-trailer and produce 100 megawatts of power, he said. “There are no guarantees that we can get there, but that possibility is there.”
"The small team developing the reactor at the company’s skunkworks in Palmdale, California, has done 200 firings with plasma, McGuire said, but has not shown any data on the results. However, he said of the plasma, “it looks like it’s doing what it’s supposed to do.” He added that with research partners Lockheed could develop a competed prototype within five years and a commercial application within a decade. The company is even talking about how fusion reactors could one day power ships and planes."(Emphasis added)
Smaller reactors? Magnetic mirror confinement? If this sounds similar to the principles employed by Farnsworth, that's because, in its basic outline, it is, and Farnsworth of course did it (or at least claimed to have done it), in much smaller devices than the big fusion projects. And for those who have followed the origins of such notions about fusion, it also recalls the processes suggested by Dr. Ronald Richter, even earlier, in Argentina. Richter of course, suffered public derision and denunciation, all the while the USAF was secretly interviewing him (suspiciously, after America's Ivy and Castle series of hydrogen bomb tests), and Farnsworth was shuffled off the stage while a wall of silence descended over him and Richter ever afterward, until Pons and Fleischmann broke the story of their claims. So in other words, viewed a certain way, perhaps Lockheed is really admitting that their ideas merely went deeply black.
What is interesting to contemplate in all this is the wider context, for consider, we've seen now over the past few years the release of a bewildering array of technologies and stories, from 3-D printing, which I have argued is one of the first steps on the technology tree to a kind of "Star Trek replicator", to the use of that technology already to examine things on one planet(Mars), and 3-D print them on another (Earth). We've seen the stated goal of DARPA to make the USA "Warp capable" in 100 years, and more recently, stories about the successful tests of "tractor beams." Add fusion power and... well, you get the picture: it appears that the power elite, while busily slow-burning the old financial system (to borrow the analytical hypothesis of former HUD Assistant Secretary Catherine Austin Fitts), are also slowly and deliberately releasing stories of new technologies. In this case, however, the release appears to have been timed to draw attention away from the pesky subject of cold fusion, which is a shame, for it might be that when Rossi's approach, and that of Lockheed (if it would bother to share some hard data), might show common areas, and perhaps fruitful new avenues for experimentation.
See you on the flip side....
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There is a nuclear Physicist in Holland that has been locked away at the university of Eindhoven (under contract from shell) who had performed a cold fusion experiment using ball lightning as the containment vessel for the reaction. This guy was on discovery channel performing the experiment and he got neutrino release…but…he needed to repeat the experiment with better equipment to monitor and verify the results. He needed 3 million dollars for the confirmation test,this is when shell stepped in and bought his intellectual property and buried him with paperwork to do (mathmatical verification of his cold fusion containment theories) before allowing him to rerun his experiment.
It may well be that there was an attempt to conflate and difuse the Rossi announcement by that of Lockeed-Martin, and certainly there
is a shift happening….to which I liken to the computer revolution…
but in an exponential manner and centering on energy.
The point is that capitalization needs to be shifted in a particular
Now what comes to mind could also be this factor within the announcement, that what we have are what are in essence a free-market announcement of a new technology and then the military industrial complex’s announcement. So what it could signal is that yes there
looks like we may have some sort of fusion in the public sphere, but that will be the LENR/Cold Fusion kind where the “big boys” are playing with the hot stuff……
It could also signal that maybe the LENR toys will be taken away for national security issues, that plausible public knowledge of such a reaction, is well not for Dick and Jane public…
Of course we also have what Randell Mills has been working on with the recent demonstrations by him and Blacklight Power Company. Yes the real race at this time is between he and Rossi, but I would say that any competitiveness in technologies might help to ensure that something is getting out to the public and that there work could thrive in different niches withing the whole spectrum of novel power.
I had a dark thought: what if they are leaking out all this technology, because they have seen that they are not able to stop “something” that’s coming? Like: “take all of this, we can’t do more, you are on your own now”
My take on this is that the oligarchs are moving from fission dirty bombs in place to full possible fusion bombs in place. Masquerading as electric power plant. I have come to think our elites are murdering barbarians who have fooled the rest of us into thinking they’re civilized. Their only dream in life is what is put in the mouth of the character Obrien in 1984 imagine a boot kicking a human face forever. That is what these knuckle heads (think) if you can call that thought at all.
So, now we see it. Decades old technologies coming to the rescue and possibly changing the paradigm a bit. If and when it is rolled out, it will be a marvel of centralization. This technology was quite possibly stolen from the inventor and was developed with public funds to enrich a few private entities. The pillage continues unabated. It will also drop the price of petroleum hard. Therefore, doing serious damage to Russia. This trump card has been up someone’s sleeve for a long time.
If you add in the recent beginning of the Rockyfailure’s exit from oil stocks, then this could indeed signal the beginning of a move into alternative energies, saving oil resources for chemical feedstocks. I think the Lockheed announcement could also be “posting” a timeline for those who are aware of the plan.
Cold fusion or the Farnsworth style fusors could well be an intermediate step away from oil – still small, not very weponizable, and somewhat complex. There is no way the elite will simply hand us a zero Point Energy device – that will not allow them to maintian control. A stepped release of technology in that direction is more their style.
Some form of similar energy source will be needed to power the 3D printing boom in North America. Oil will be needed for plastic feedstock, while high energy will be needed to turn things like basalt into 3D printing material. (Russian held patents – really interesting stuff – safe asbestos replacements, better rebar, etc.)
There is also little progress announced in the last few years on the “OPOC” engine, a device which would produce one horsepower per pound of engine weight with less than half the parts, while doubling current fuel efficiency. They got very quiet right after Bill Gates became a major invester. They appear to be working on prototypes primarily for the military, and there are already some working models in samll drones. Sigh; I was looking forward to a 200 horsepower VW bus getting 90 mpg (it is roughly based on the Porsche “boxer” engine). Of course, a Takahashi or Kawai self-powering electric motor would be even better . . . .
One huge obstacle is making sure of the locked-in monopoly status of the Rockefellers. Another is bringing to the masses a future that has been “here” for some time, and integrating it into the corporate/corruption structure. The cold reality is that cold fusion was no flash-in-the-pan scam.
The elites are thus bridging to a new technologies/energies paradigms; w/o shifting the status quo(aka status-woe).
The Lockheed device doesn’t sound real like the Farnsworth Fusor. Farnsworth’s device used electric fields, not magnetic fields.
And the Fusor was about the size of a basketball.
Then some of Farnsworth’s claims suggested the development of large scale force fields–enough to say replace the roof on a house, his example.
I agree on those points. Sketchy though they are I read the report as being more along the lines of Dr Brussard’s work with polywell style system:
Now why they are letting the cat out of the bag at this point in time I can only think of one reason. They know they can’t control the LENR if it ever gets out so they have to put out something centralized that they control. The problem is a lot of these designs are scalable downwards. If they have to they will probably claim a large scale breakthrough with a hidden LENR or other design hidden inside it. They’ll bring theirs online for a rate that will kill off the competition and maintain their control.