There’s good news and bad news in low energy nuclear reaction research at the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology (MIT). The good news is that an LENR device in Professor Peter Hagelstein’s lab at MIT has been
running since January (nearly six months) and may have produced 1000 times the
energy of a comparable chemical reaction.
The device is the NANOR
created by Mitchell Swartz of JET Energy Inc. Hagelstein revealed details of
the device’s operation in a talk at the Atom Unexplored Conference in Turin,
Italy on May 4. A series of videos of the conference is now available on
YouTube and it indicates some exciting results. The video quality is pretty
lousy and Mr. Hagelstein isn’t a good public speaker but they’re well worth watching.
Hagelstein said Swartz used nano technology to embed palladium in a zirconium matrix. He said this was a revolutionary design. This
enabled Swartz to build an LENR device that Hagelstein can take into his
laboratory and observe the reactions first hand. The device apparently produces
an energy gain of 14. It’s been running at MIT since January when Swartz and
Hagelstein gave a short course in cold
fusion for a group of students
Hagelstein said that Swartz has demonstrated that the excess heat is real and that it can be
measured. That should enable further research.
“The basic message is that the device produces excess
power when the current is on,” Hagelstein said. “It’s a reproducible effect. It runs again from day to day.”
Hagelstein’s remarks seem to indicate that Swartz’s
device is reliable and that it can
be used to create heat on a regular basis. That means that Swartz might be
close to creating an LENR device that can be used as a heat source and to
generate steam for power.
The bad news is that there is still resistance to cold fusion from the scientific
establishment. In another video Hagelstein revealed that he had convinced some
executives at a major corporation in the United States to fund LENR research at MIT. The research
would have been an attempt to duplicate some of Piantelli’s work.
Hagelstien said he got the money but an “important physicist
at MIT blocked the research. To make matters worse the physicist called the
vice president of the company funding the research and said what Hagelstein
called impolite things. He said this got the funding stopped and that the
executives who were interested in LENR
were worried that they might lose their jobs. Hagelstein did not reveal the name
of the company or the important physicist.
This is bad news because it shows how petty, closed
minded and ignorant so called scientists can sometimes be. It also shows how
dangerous confining scientific research
to large institutions subject to politics really is. It is easy for a few
people that know how to work the system to stifle any progress that threatens
The good news is that work is still going on outside of
MIT at JET Energy. The work is going on in the private sector where the
bureaucrats cannot stop or stifle it. The situation is reminiscent of Silicon
Valley in the 1970s where academics and corporate peons failed to see the
potential of the personal computer. A few mavericks did and went out and
created their own companies to market it. Some of those mavericks are now billionaires and the children of the
corporate peons are now working for the visionaries.
The same thing will probably occur at MIT in a few years
that physicist will be trying to kiss up to Mitchell Swartz in an attempt to
get him to write a check for a new laboratory. It looks like progress in LENR is occurring but it is still
threatened by politics and simple minded people. Fortunately progress always
seems to find a way around such bozos.
What’s needed now is for an open minded person with a
lot of money to give Mitchell Swartz the money he needs to develop NANOR.
Hopefully some billionaire such as Sidney Kimmel will come to Swartz’s rescue.