Defkalion Green Technologies has broken its silence with a very brief press release on its low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) testing. The press release took the form of a Microsoft Word document that stated the company is performing analysis on materials using XRF and ICP-MS.
XRF apparently refers to X-Ray Fluorescence a kind of x-ray instrument used for non-destructive analysis of a wide variety of materials including rocks and minerals. This device is sometimes called an X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometer. ICP-MS refers to inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. This is a process used to analyze rare earth elements and other materials. I imagine Defkalion is hoping that these tests will prove fusion is taking place.
The tests are apparently being done at independent laboratories in Europe when they are completed Defkalion promises to unveil in the appropriate forum. Unfortunately it doesn’t say what the appropriate forum is.
Outside scientists and engineers are also measuring the power output from Defkalion’s Hyperion LENR device. Defkalion wants to start manufacturing this device within a year and licensing companies around the world to make it. The company has promised to make the results of its research public before but has failed to make good on such promises.
Christos Stremmenos the Greek diplomat and physicist who was formerly a board member at Defkalion posted a criticism of the company at Andrea Rossi’s Journal of Nuclear Physics Blog. Stremmenos accused Defkalion’s management of being incompetent and “opportunists” in the entrepreneurial and economic fields.
In his post Stremmenos makes a number of interesting claims. He stated that he met with former Greek Prime Minister G. Papandreou about LENR after learning of Rossi’s ecat device. Stremmenos’ claimed that Papandreou put together an ad hoc group for the development of LENR in Greece. This group apparently became Defkalion.
The purpose of the group was to develop a domestic heating and water heating device based upon Rossi and Focardi’s ecat technology. The relationship between Rossi and Defkalion broke down last year when Defkalion failed to make payments to him.
Stremmenos’ statement is apparently a response to a business plan revealed to blogger Peter Gluck by an anonymous Defkalion representative last month. It is unclear why Stremmenos is so upset with Defkalion but he has close connections with Rossi and the University of Bologna. My guess is he is bothered by the secretive nature of Defkalion.
It should be noted here that both Defkalion and Rossi have made numerous unsupported claims about their cold fusion technology. Both the Greek company and Rossi’s Leonardo Corp need to publish data supporting their claims and reveal working devices to the public. If they don’t it could give LENR a bad name. Stremmenos is right to call out Defkalion on this but he needs to apply the same standards to Rossi.