Hunt Utilities Group – Current Progress and History
|March 18, 2013||Posted by Jack Cole under Hunt Utilities Group, Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project|
Many who have been following LENR-related developments are familiar with the Hunt Utilities Group. HUG along with the Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project have been working to replicate Francesco Celani’s finding of excess heating with his specially made nickel-alloy wire. Recently, a very interesting story about HUG was posted on postbulletin.com, a website of the Minnesota Newspaper, Post-Bulletin.
What is interesting is the history of HUG and the fact that HUG is investing $500,000 annually in LENR research. Given the impressive work they have been doing and the speed with which they have moved, it was clear that they were putting a lot of time and money into the effort. The article gives some interesting background on the company, which shows a proven track record and patience/persistence with working towards goals.
The Hunt’s focus on sustainable living is supported by profits from a wildly successful invention Paul devised in the 1990s. The self-taught inventor patented the “turtle meter,” which allows utility companies to remotely read electric power meters.
Hunt sold his invention for tens of millions. His company now is using the money for research and development, searching for the next breakthrough invention to sustain the company and its 20 employees.
Company founder Paul Hunt is patient. He thought up his turtle meter idea 25 years before the device became reality. He hopes that low-energy nuclear reactions technology will also result in a long term payoff.
“We know it’s a risk, and we think the payback is potentially bigger than the risk, so that’s why we’re doing it,” he said.
Hunt believes in the technology enough to invest more than half a million dollars annually into its research.
This is very encouraging in that they have a successful history in the energy field and the funding to research LENR. One can compare their track-record with a number of the other start-ups in the field.
In other news, HUG has rapidly moved ahead with their work on accurate calorimetry. The group abandoned the larger air flow calorimeter they had been working on for a very interesting and sleek tube calorimeter with several internal LED lights indicating aspects of the device’s status. This is a smart move and should generate additional interest–particularly if they are able to confirm their previous, promising, results with the Celani replication cell.