One of the world’s most experienced experts on cold fusion or low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) has reviewed the Lugano Test of Andrea Rossi’s ecat LENR device and Russian scientist Alexander Parkhomov’s attempt to replicate it.   Dr. Michael C.H. McKubre who has reviewed and participated in many LENR experiments is convinced that both experiments achieved nuclear reactions and generated excess heat.


Michael McKubre with David Firshein and Fran Tanzella of Brillouin at SRI last year.

McKubre did not directly participate in the experiments but he did examine the reports that Parkhomov and a team of scientists made on the experiments. From these McKubre is convinced that both experiments produced valid research.

McKubre believes that Parkhomov did not replicate the Ecat. Instead he conducted a different experiment that achieved similar results. McKubre seems to think that Parkhomov has created a new LENR process that might be similar to Rossi’s.

Parkhomov was trying to replicate Rossi’s work based on the data contained in the report from Lugano. In a report published on Dec. 25, 2014, Parkhomov claims to have achieved a nuclear reaction and generated excess heat with is process. Like Rossi he used a reactor filled with nickel powder mixed with hydrogen to achieve his reaction. Also like Rossi he apparently used an electrical heater to trigger the reaction.

Picture of the inner workings of Parkhomov's LENR device courtesy ecat World

McKubre posted his opinion of both Parkhomov’s work and the Lugano report at Infinite Energy Magazine. He does note that more information and better testing is needed on both experiments. In particular more samples of the work will be needed. He also notes that the documents Parkhomov has posted on line are a preliminary report not a full report.

In particular, McKubre would like to see the Lugano results replicated. He wrote of that effort:

“And there must be future samples. This was not a replication of a previous demonstration. Rossi clearly had experience with this device operating in this mode but for the authors of the report this was a new and one-off experiment. One experimental result equates to zero experimental results. Nothing in science can be known without repetition.”



McKubre is the perfect person to evaluate these documents because he has tested between 12 and 15 LENR technologies for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency or DARPA the US military’s research agency. McKubre currently serves as Director of the Energy Research Center of the Materials Research Laboratory at SRI International where those tests took place.

McKubre is also working closely with Brillouin which is trying to commercialize Robert Godes’ LENR technology. He has tested the Brillouin device at SRI. McKubre, an electrochemist and internationally recognized expert in electromechanical kinetics received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in chemistry and physics at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. McKubre has been recognized as one of the 25 most innovative people in the world by Wired magazine.

Hopefully somebody else will replicate the Lugano experiment and Parkhomov’s. The world needs to get this technology up and running quickly.