The big complaint leveled at many low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) researchers such as Andrea Rossi, Defakalion and Brillouin is that they don’t reveal much of their research. Instead these developers make claims that are hard or impossible to prove. The same cannot be said of the Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project an open sourced effort to replicate Francesco Celani’s LENR reactor.
Experimenters with the project at the Hunt Utilities Group (HUG) in the United States seem to be posting most of the data that they collect on their progress blog. They are even revealing their failures and posting emails that they’re receiving from Celani himself.
They have found some interesting results including the fact that temperatures in the Celani cells they built rose as the pressures in them fell. That would seem to indicate they’re successfully creating excess heat. Creating excess heat is a first step to creating an LENR heating device or a steam powered turbine. They also admitted that their first cell failed because it developed a leak.
Celani seems to be happy with the work that’s going on at the project. He called it high quality and wonderful in an e-mail posted on the blog. More importantly Celani posted the results of some of his experiments and data on the progress blog. He is apparently sharing all of his data with the hug group.
The group has experiment logs of work being done in Europe (presumably at Celani’s lab in Rome) and at HUG’s facilities in Pine River, Minnesota, on the progress blog. That’s refreshing and certainly a great rebuttal to the LENR skeptics even if they’ll probably ignore it.
The HUG team has created new generation of Celani cells that will operate a lower temperature. The cells will have better sealing and be made of harder Macor ceramic rather than mica which apparently wasn’t strong enough for the pressure’s involved. The cells include a new power supply and data collection units.
The team is promising that they’ll build a demonstration unit when they get the process finished. When the demonstration unit is completed they’ll welcome double blind studies of it to confirm their claims.
I believe that such open sourced efforts are vital to the success of new technologies such as LENR. Lone wolf inventors and greedy entrepreneurs obsessed with intellectual property rights can only do some much. After all no great invention is the work of one person dozens of people were responsible for the invention of what we called the automobile. Same with the personal computer, television, smartphones and virtually every other game changing technology I can think of.
The automobile and computer industries were only created when inventors started sharing and copying technology from each other and sometimes stealing it. Steve Jobs who stole most of his early Mac technology from Xerox even said: “Good artists copy great artists steal.”
Only open sourced efforts and sharing will lead to working LENR devices and a commercially viable process. Obsessive secrecy will lead to a few inventors with some of the pieces but nobody with all of the pieces. All the individuals obsessed with “protecting intellectual property rights” will get at the end of the day is some very high legal bills. The only people that will make money from their processes will be patent attorneys.
The Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project is pointing the way to the future. Let’s hope that others start paying attention to it and more importantly learning from it.