Experiment 3: Completed-No Excess Heat

The third experiment in this series has started with a new control run.  The following modifications have been made: 1) external temperature sensor attached to the top of the tube furnace, and 2) improved mechanical connections between the wire from the power supply to resistance heater wire.  The external temperature sensor data is collected through […] more

Status of Research

With the previous research findings of significant excess heating for approximately 21 hours, the issue was raised of chemical reactions possibly accounting for the reaction.  The attempt to repeat the results empirically ruled out the likelihood of this with no excess heating demonstrated during that run.  It is possible that the chemical reaction used to […] more

Failed Replication of Excess Heating

After the promising results of the previous experiment, it was important to see if the results could be repeated.  As such, a new cell was assembled.  A new heating element was wound and inserted into the cell.  One end was sealed to allow for inserting the fuel in the open end after the calibration run. […] more

Experimental Plans for Replication

As noted in the report from yesterday on our recent replication attempt, there remain some issues to be clarified before there is more certainty about the results.  The following are issues I have identified with the previous study that need clarification through experimentation. 1. One end of the tube was not sealed during the calibration […] more

Hot Cat Replication Attempt: Update – Experiment Completed

For a couple of months, I have been working on various combinations of reactor cells and materials in an attempt to replicate some of the concepts of Andrea Rossi’s Energy Catalyzer.  There have been several failed experiments and several promising experiments.  The most recent experiment was the most promising finding yet–yielding an apparent excess heating of […] more

Scientific Report #2 on E-Cat Released

A new pre-publication report has been released on a 32-day long run of Andrea Rossi’s (now Industrial Heat, LLC) E-Cat device.  Mats Lewan, a science reporter from Sweden, and author of the book, An Impossible Invention, received a copy of the report from Hanno Essén, one of the report’s authors.  The authors of the paper […] more

NASA Releases Report on LENR Aircraft Concepts

The news on LENR has been sparse for the past year, but that will likely be changing soon with the impending release of a scientific examination of Andrea Rossi’s E-Cat.  Researchers at NASA have continued to take LENR seriously, and have examined the issue of utilizing LENR to power aircraft.  They recently issued a report […] more

Sun Cell (Lite) Testing

This is the first test with electrodes only. This is the first test with a small copper wire only. This is the copper wire after being dipped in water. A test from the previous day of copper wire after dipped in water. Because condensation may be on the electrodes, possibly producing extra spark, more control […] more

Michael McKubre Interview

There is a very good interview with Dr. Michael McKubre of SRI posted yesterday.  This is a broad ranging discussion starting with Dr. McKubre’s background, training, and experience in electrochemistry.  He talks about what is known and not known in the field of cold fusion, and the history of experimentation at SRI. This is one […] more

Criticisms and Rejoinders of the Hot-Cat Report

As noted here previously, it didn’t take long for critics to weigh in on the testing report of Andrea Rossi’s E-Cat HT.  Now some academics from Uppsala University in Sweden have weighed in with a paper published on the same site as the report by Levi et al (arXiv:1306.6364 [physics.gen-ph]).  The paper is a critique of […] more

E-Cat Report Update – No Evidence of Hidden Power

Not long after the publication of the report validating the operation of Andrea Rossi’s E-Cat HT, skeptics asserted that Mr. Rossi may have concealed direct current (DC) within the alternating current (AC) supplied to the device.  The report authors have updated the report with an appendix addressing this concern. All cables were checked before measurements […] more

A Language Upgrade Needed for LENR?

Right from the start, the field studying “cold fusion” has produced labels that have tended to increase skepticism among scientists.  Personally, I can look past labels to realize that a real effect can exist behind potentially problematic labels.  When we look at labeling a phenomena, we may take a few approaches.  One approach is to […] more

Initial Reactions to E-Cat Study Paper

It has been interesting reading media and reader reactions to the report issued on the testing of Andrea Rossi’s E-Cat HT (high temperature) device.  A number of articles have been published on the study at places such as Forbes, Popular Science, ExtremeTech, PhysOrg, and ScienceBlogs.  Of course Steven Krivit has weighed in with allegations of […] more

Third Party Report on E-Cat Released

As promised, the report of third party testing on the Energy Catalyzer (E-Cat) has been released and available for download on e-cat.com.  It will be interesting to see how many scientists view this report.  On reading the report, one will find that the authors took care at every step to do calculations that underestimated the […] more

Thoriated Tungsten Excess Heating – A Failed Replication Attempt

I attempted to replicate the results reported in the previous post and was unsuccessful.  For now, I am concluding that the previously-reported results were an artifact.  This study included improved methodology and statistical methods, and further demonstrated the utility of the Automated Android system for experimentation.  I realize negative results are not very exciting, but […] more

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