New Energy Research Laboratory Device
and Process Testing Update
Published in IE Volume 8, Issue #45, September/October
by Eugene F. Mallove
As Ken Rauen related in this column in our last
issue, proprietary projects (not within the cold fusion/LENR area)
are now the central focus of NERL efforts. We are also performing
consulting work now on a number of fronts especially in advanced
emerging conventional technologies that will be helpful to the environment
and energy situation.
At present, we are taking a break from efforts to find and market
cold fusion/LENR demonstration devices. We at NERL are reassessing
the field. The cold fusion field itself has had, by and large, little
interest or enthusiasm for the critical demonstration device goal,
and it is not within our financial or time constraints to develop
such devices "from scratch." The main focus of virtually
all cold fusion researchers, it seems to us, is to conduct basic
scientific research, publish papers, and attend cold fusion conferences.
These researchers wish to wait for the day when the knowledge base
and understanding of LENR is great enough to deal with technological
devices. Moreover, cold fusion research is at present significantly
empirically based and not especially amenable to predicting new
physical systems in which the nuclear-scale excess heat phenomenon
will emerge. (This is not so, for example, in the work on hydrino
physics that is being carried out at BlackLight Power Corporation.
A review of the technical papers posted on its website, www.blacklightpower.com,
suffices to show that.)
Others are presently circulating business plans that would attempt
to take some of the better cold fusion experiments and commercialize
them as costly "workstation" test beds in an effort to
ignite wider interest in cold fusion/LENR. That is a good idea and
we wish them well, but it would be much better, I think, if smaller
capital resources were sought such that these devices could be marketed
immediately to industrial laboratories. These companies could be
interested in entering the field if they saw clear, hands-on evidence
of the nuclear-scale excess heat phenomenon.
This "bootstrap method" has its problems, of course: it
requires basic capital to put together systems for sale that are
costly relative to the typical cold fusion investigator's resources.
And, success is not assured. The all-important power ratio-ratio
of output to input power may not be "sexy" enough in most
cold fusion work to entice even some open-minded industrialists
to embrace the field. Look at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, as an
example. It has one of the world's best, repeatable LENR experiments
in house, yet there is no evidence that it is about to charge off
to develop LENR/cold fusion technologies. The Mitsubishi investigators
have all they can do to convince their management to allow them
to continue their present work.
There are severe limitations in a one to two person laboratory facility
(NERL) to adequately address the variety of devices that should
be looked into with the thoroughness that they deserve. We are proud
that through a sometimes painful learning process we have so far
explored territory that gives us a good idea of what is likely to
be promising and what not. This is a good foundation for the future.
From now on, our standard for hands-on examination of devices from
the outside will be much higher. We will first have to be shown
compelling evidence for over-unity conditions. We will not be in
the business of finding the gross (or subtle) mistakes of others.
From now on we will concentrate our efforts on devices that already
have predictable, quantifiable effects based on several lines of
advanced physical theory. As special funding for these efforts allows,
we will be working on proprietary device technologies in two areas:
1) What we call "advanced thermodynamics"
energy devices that are under the rubric of extensions and modifications
of the "Second Law," and
2) Other devices that are not within the New Hydrogen Energy Physics
(NHEP) paradigm (cold fusion, LENR, hydrino), which at first appearance
are purely electrical in character. NERL has filed its first patent
in the first of these areas.
Demonstration devices (based on ones that work
robustly already) are already possible, but must be withheld for
now until patent application issues are resolved and additional
dedicated funding for this direction is acquired. Interested parties
with significant interest in and knowledge of the boundaries of
conventional thermodynamics may wish to learn about this work under
a tight Non-Disclosure Agreement.