The Hunt Utilities Group (HUG) has apparently succeeded in building a functional copy of Francessco Celani’s low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) device in Minnesota. The replication is part of the open source LENR effort known as the Martin Fleischman Memorial Project.

Hunt's campus in Pine River Minnesota

Hunt Utilities has set up HUGnetLab which is designed to gather high quality data about LENR. Ryan Hunt who is charge of the experiments has set up a web page that describes some of the equipment he is developing for the experiment. From the web page hunt seems to have done an impressive job of developing the electronic devices necessary to successfully monitor and control LENR reactions.

Interestingly enough Hunt Utilities has been researching nickel hydrogen LENR for about a year. They only got the Celani materials last month before that they were researching nickel powder reactions. The HUG website does show what is called an LENR Nickel Powder Reactor Version 1. It doesn’t say if this is the Celani Reactor or not.

The technicians at HUG were able to build a copy of Celani’s device with materials including wires provided by the inventor himself. It now appears that HUG has been able to get the device to work and is now conducting research on it. The device apparently operated for 11 hours at HUG’s workshop last Saturday. A full report about the operation has been posted on line.

Saturday’s experiment involved loading hydrogen into the device in order to create a nickel and hydrogen reaction. Such a reaction was apparently achieved and some heat was generated.

From their initial testing HUG’s technicians think that building a successful LENR reactor will require three active Celani cells. There would be one cell for cooling, one for loading and one for burning which would generate the heat. Having three cells would produce the high temperatures needed to generate steam to turn turbines for the production of electricity.

HUG's LENR Nickel Powder Reactor 1

Interestingly enough the temperature in the current cell may not be high enough to trigger LENR according to the reports. Three reactors might be needed to achieve temperatures that high. That means that the Hunt group has a lot of work cut out for them. They will have to refine the process until they can produce temperatures hot enough to trigger LENR.

It is unclear if HUG has the resources necessary to carry out these experiments. Although their blog indicates that they’ve only spent around $500 on the project mostly on web site costs.

If you want to help you can donate directly to the Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project online. You can also buy a piece of history by taking part in online auctions of materials used by the project. What’s being auctioned off is apparently components that were burned out in earlier testing.  If you’re interested in duplicating the project yourself you could these items to build your own Celani reactor or at least a nonworking copy of one.

The project is trying to raise $500,000 to cover the cost of replication efforts. Its facilitators also have ambitious plans to set up a global crowd sourcing fund raising initiative in the near future. The initiative will pay for work at the HUG and at other institutions around the world. If you want to start conducting LENR research contact the Project it is looking for researchers and research institutions.

The Manifesting Shop or Mani Shop the building where HUG is conducting LENR research

The project also plans to carry out a social funding exercise in the near future to raise the bulk of the funds to finance the LENR work. Details of this will be revealed then. Hopefully they’ll give websites like this one a heads up so we can spread the word.

It looks like HUGnetLab and the Martin Fleischman Memorial Project are off to a good start. They don’t have much data yet but the device is up and running. If we can get several facilities working on replicating the Celani device we’ll one step closer to a working LENR device. One would hope that other LENR pioneers such as Andrea Rossi, Robert Godes and Defkalion would be willing to share their data in a similar way. If they would we would be a big step closer to developing a reliable LENR power source. It should also be noted that Google has used a similar business model and it hasn’t been hurt. On November 16, 2012 Google stock was trading at $647.18 a share so such open sourced efforts might be the way to get rich through LENR.