Now three weeks in to the attempt to replicate Francesco Celani’s results, the news appears to have taken a negative turn. After noticing an apparent rise in excess heat over time with dropping hydrogen pressure in the cell, the group conducted an analysis by charging the cell to 8 bars of hydrogen (75%) and argon (25%) and stepping down in 1 bar increments. What they found was that the temperature clearly increased with each step.
On the progress blog for the project, it was noted:
As a preliminary result, it appears that this pressure related temperature change in Hydrogen could account for the vast majority of the demonstrated rise in power in Celani’s graph above the 10 watt baseline that the run starts at. It is unclear to me how he established his base line for that experiment that resulted in showing approximately 10 watts during the loading in the blended gas, and at the start of the Hydrogen phase.
This explanation does not at all address the measured gamma rays coinciding with hot spots in the wire. It also does not address the test runs he mentions in the calorimeter.
So not everything has been explained, but it would appear that they have provided a partial explanation for Celani’s results that does not include LENR. The project could produce results eventually, but it’s unclear what the fate of Celani’s method will be at this point. To his credit, Celani has always stated that he could be wrong and called for replication. My feeling is that they will need to do some work on triggering the reaction (such as with Q pulses with the method of Robert Godes of Brillouin Energy). If nothing else, the group has advanced science by utilizing an approach that involves the community and demonstrated systems for displaying live experimental results.
Their work will continue and hopefully their funding will not run out before they can find something of interest.