Defkalion really impressed the crowd at the 18th annual International Conference on Cold Fusion (ICCF) last week with a streaming video of a demonstration of its Hyperion low energy nuclear reaction device. The LENR device was tested in Milan, Italy, the conference was held at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo.
Sterling D. Allen and others reported that the scientists at the conference were really impressed by the video and Defklaion’s demonstration. The demonstration was a little more credible than the test Andrea Rossi had performed on his e-cat device earlier this year.
A journalist, Matts Lewan of the Swedish Publication NyTeknik was present at the test site. The scientist conducting the test John Hadjicristos admitted that there were some problems with the device. He noted there was a magnetic anomaly.
In his blog Lewan wrote that the process he observed was similar to what he had witnessed at Rossi’s Leonardo Group. Rossi and Defkalion had a working arrangement that fell apart in August 2011. Lewan noted that the Defkalion control process is different from Rossi’s but didn’t elaborate
The device’s measurements were recorded on equipment provided by National Instruments and measured with Lab View software which is an accepted science tool. Results were shown on a computer monitor hanging on the wall of the lab seen in the video.
I have to congratulate Defkalion for being so open, streaming videos of its work, admitting its mistakes and even having a journalist present. After the test John Hadjicristos, who is also Defkalion’s Chief Technology Officer; even conducted a question and answer session for the ICCF guests. Hopefully other LENR researchers such as Andrea Rossi and the folks at Brillouin will do the same.
The device in the test heated water to a temperature of 169.25 degrees Celsius. It also achieved a coefficient of power (COP) rating of 3.83 which means it produced almost four times as much power as it consumed. It’s obvious that Defkalion still has a lot of work to do on its equipment. No steam was generated in the test although was clearly the intent.
Lewan noted that he thinks Defkalion wanted to achieve a much higher COP rating but was unable to because of technical problems. Lewan said he could detect no additional electricity coming into the reactor from other devices. He also stated that the reactor he observed is very sensitive and prone to malfunctions.
Hopefully we’ll see some more tests in the future. Defkalion certainly demonstrated an anomaly. Yet it also showed that like Andrea Rossi its scientists don’t fully understand that anomaly or know how to control it.
This is pretty exciting because it shows a major LENR developer is confident enough to publicly demonstrate its technology. Hopefully the next demonstration will show an LENR device making steam or even moving a turbine.
It looks like LENR is close to becoming a viable energy source although a lot more work will have to be done. A good analogy would be the development of the steam engine right now we’re in the early stages. IE back in the late 17th and early 18th centuries people figured out that steam could move pistons or gears but they hadn’t figured out how to harness its power on a practical basis.
Judging by the Defkalion video and the Rossi test I’d say practical generation of steam by LENR is about a year away and an LENR powered generator about a year after that. That of course bars unexpected problems such as the magnetic anomaly that Defkalion reported.