New Energy Research Laboratory Device
and Process Testing Update
Published in IE Volume 8, Issue #44, July/August
by Ken Rauen
Sonofusion testing has gone essentially no farther
since the last update. The testing at 140 volt peak operation through
an isolation transformer with the 0.1 inch water gap reactor showed
no excess heat under any conditions. We have acquired the custom
made 5:1 step up transformer mentioned in the last issue, but we
have not given it priority to place it into testing.
Since the last issue was published, NERL tested a proprietary electronic
device for nearly a month, from an inventor not associated with
NERL; this consumed a significant part of our time. Due to the nondisclosure
agreement with the inventor, the details of the testing cannot be
divulged yet. However, we were very pleased to observe a clear output
excess power of 0.44 watts as measured to an accuracy of 60.02 watts
in our Thermonetics Seebeck calorimeter.
The Lab's funding has become more
precarious, so shrewd decisions have placed other projects ahead
of sonofusion in an effort to produce good results soon to attract
funding. Gene Mallove and I have decided to temporarily halt sonofusion
testing. We still believe sonofusion is real; we just do not have
the time to identify the parameters of sonofusion fast enough to
bring financial stability to NERL.
Les Case brought a custom-made reactor vessel to NERL for testing.
Actually, it was too big to be delivered by truck to his hilltop
home during icy weather, so it ended up here. I did some testing
with Les' instruction. The details of the reactor and catalyst are
proprietary, but I can mention the general activities performed
with his system. A larger vessel, roughly 4 feet long and 15 inches
in diameter, made of stainless steel in a double-layer, evacuated
wall design like a dewar flask, was charged with powdered catalyst,
evacuated, back-filled with hydrogen, and heated to about 200°C.
This is no doubt the largest "cold fusion" cell ever built!
By monitoring the power into the electric heater, several equilibrium
temperature points were collected in the desired temperature range.
The vessel was evacuated and back-filled with deuterium, and the
same temperature range was monitored for power consumption required.
A plot of the results showed no significant difference in power
versus temperature between the two gases, indicating catalytic fusion
was not significantly occurring. Les has some ideas about why this
run did not produce excess heat while the catalyst was active in
his small-scale testing. He considers this "know how"
to be unsuitable for publication yet. This is not scientific research
only; it is also research for scaling up to commercial application.
The large vessel is intended for self-sustainment. Actually, we
did not even anticipate the need to perform the calorimetric study
that we did. It is a well-known relationship that the ratio of volume
to surface area of a solid geometric shape increases as its dimensions
increase. What this means is that, for a given set of reaction kinetics,
at some set of dimensions, the internal reaction can provide enough
heat to keep itself hot, and thus produce self-sustainment. The
caveat concerning a given set of kinetics is the tricky part. Chemical
engineers are very familiar with the difficulties of scaling up
a bench-top reaction to a commercial production facility, and we
are in the same mode of engineering right now. We are awaiting further
instruction from Les, following his return to small-scale testing,
before any more testing (if any) will be done.
Proprietary projects are now the central focus of my efforts. These
will be shared with the readership at the appropriate time.