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Nuclear energy without the drama?

DESPITE what you might have heard, cold fusion never really went away. Over a 10-year period from 1989, US navy labs ran more than 200 experiments to investigate whether nuclear reactions generating more energy than they consume - supposedly only possible inside stars - can occur at room temperature. Numerous researchers have since pronounced themselves believers.

With controllable cold fusion, many of the world's energy problems would melt away: no wonder the US Department of Energy is interested. In December 2003, after a lengthy review of the evidence, it said it was open to receiving proposals for new cold fusion experiments. In this chapter I explore some of the scientific results, attend a talk to the US Navy Research Conference where some of the researchers present their ongoing work, and go to the house of Martin Fleischmann, one of the original cold fusion pioneers. Fleischmann was disgraced in 1989, but he still stands by the work he was doing.

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#1 - Posted: 20/08/2008 04:45

I think that a vacuum energy phenomenon is taking place where people imagine that they are witnessing cold-fusion.  It has been know since the early 1900's that when H2 gas is blown across a heated Tungsten filiment that the gas mysteriously  spikes a much higher temperature than the temperature of the filiment.  Not only that, but it is far hotter, further away from the filiment. 

The only explanation I haver heard that even begins to make sense to me is this.  The heated filiment causes the H2 molecules to split up into independent H1 atoms.  These H1 atoms are VERY small, so they caqn start to vibrate at the extreme high frequencies where vacuum energy starts being usefully energetic.  Further out, away from the hot filiment they come back together as H2 molecules, but they must release the extra energy that they have just absorbed.

I am planning a series of experiments to determine if excess heat is involved.  Jean Naudin claims to have obtained positive results.  He has a great website that delves into many facinating matters.

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#2 - Posted: 13/09/2008 13:10

very interesting, but to be sure we know what you are talking about, please define what you mean by vacuum energy.  is this the so-called zero-point energy that we sometimes hear about?

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