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A great discovery or another disappointment?

kowalskil
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4/22/2011 2:56:24 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
A great discovery or another disappointment?

An Italian inventor, Andrea Rossi claims to develop a new kind of a nuclear reactor. Each unit contains about 100 grams of powdered nickel fuel mixed with a secret catalyst, inside of a sealed container. The container is filled with compressed hydrogen. The unit uses electric energy at the rate of 0.4 kW but it generates thermal energy at the rate of 12.4 kW. The released energy is said to be due to nuclear reactions resulting from turning nickel into copper. In one case Rossi's reactor operated for six month[, heating several rooms. During this time 30% of nickel was converted into copper. Three demonstrations were performed in 2011, at the University of Bologna.

References:
1) A. Rossi, http://www.journal-of-nuclear-physics.com...
2) A. Rossi, Journal of Nuclear Physics http://www.journal-of-nuclear-physics.com...
3) F. Celani, New Energy Times, http://newenergytimes.com...
4) H. Mills, http://pesn.com...
5) M. Macy, http://pesn.com...
6) M. Lewan, http://www.nyteknik.se...
7) J. Rothwell, http://www.lenr-canr.org...
8) M. Levan, http://www.nyteknik.se...
9) A. Rossi, http://www.journal-of-nuclear-physics.com...
10) A. Rossi, http://www.journal-of-nuclear-physics.com...
11) S. Chubb. INFINITE ENERGY • ISSUE 96 • MARCH/APRIL 2011
http://www.infinite-energy.com...

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It is a testimony based on a diary kept between 1946 and 2004 (in the USSR, Poland, France and the USA).

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Ore_Ele
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4/22/2011 3:08:54 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
I'd say bring on the independent trials. Personally, at first glance, I'd say BS. It takes a lot of energy and a lot of pressure to force together the atoms of Nickel and Hydrogen (as it does with anything).

Since the catalyst has not been mentioned, independent tests cannot really be done. And it is likely nothing more than a simple chemical reaction, not a nuclear one. I smell more cold fusion garbage.
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Korashk
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4/23/2011 10:07:31 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
Alchemy...?
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Korashk
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4/23/2011 10:08:57 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 4/23/2011 10:07:31 AM, Korashk wrote:
Alchemy...?

Or at least that was my initial reaction when reading the nickel to copper bit.
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Puck
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4/23/2011 10:35:38 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 4/23/2011 10:08:57 AM, Korashk wrote:
At 4/23/2011 10:07:31 AM, Korashk wrote:
Alchemy...?

Or at least that was my initial reaction when reading the nickel to copper bit.

It's a cold fusion reactor (supposedly). Rossi claims he doesn't exactly know the how and isn't telling if he does suspect (in the assumption of a non scam). The patent attempt included "secret ingredient catalyst" - it was rejected (all perpetual motion/free energy patents are), though there appears to be subterfuge in the patent wording to not say that that's what it is.

There's a lot of claims, no evidence, shoddy lab work and very bad physics.
RoyLatham
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6/4/2011 8:01:20 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
The "Journal of Nuclear Physics" referenced is a blog, not a scientific journal. One of the posts says that the device has been patented in 90 countries. I searched the U.S. Patent Office sit, and found nothing. The U.S. Patent system requires that the method for building the device must be given in sufficient detail to allow it to be constructed by a person "of ordinary skill in the art." The U.S also examines patents and rejects them if they don't work. Oter countries just publish whatever an inventor submits and let the courts sort out whether or not the patent is valid. Hence, the lack of a U.S. patent is telling.

I think the claims are fraudulent. If they were true, there would be no difficulty enlisting many prominent scientists to repeat the experiments and validate the results.