The open-sourced low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) effort called the Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project is showing some success. These successes include: replication of Francesco Celani’s wire reactor by the Hunt Utilities Group in the United States and Mathieu Valat who is working at an unidentified location in Europe.

 

The results from the tests have been posted online for all to see. The European test has apparently generated five watts of energy. The organization is working with Celani’s reactor because he so far has been the only LENR scientist to supply them with his technology.

Interestingly enough the project’s facilitators admit that they are keen to purchase a 1 megawatt (megawatt of heat) gas-fired ecat unit from Andrea Rossi’s Leonardo Corporation. They would like to place in a war veterans hydrotherapy rehabilitation center. They would certify it first. This would seem to indicate military involvement or a desire to get the military involved.

The Project’s website indicates that the facilitators have been in contact with Rossi himself and asked if they could get some ecat units for testing. The facilitators wrote that Rossi is open to the idea but he has said he would only make his technology available after certification.

Conceptual drawing of a Celani Reactor courtesy Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project

The Project is trying to get access to some other LENR technology including the Jet Energy NANOR (the device that has been tested at MIT) and Brillouin’s LENR boiler technology. It appears that the investors behind that technology have not agreed to provide their devices to the project.

The Project has a new and rather misleading name for its technology they call it the New Fire. Since LENR is not fire but rather an electrochemical reaction I’m not sure the name is accurate even if it sounds very cool.

The Project has currently raised $7,090 towards its goal of raising $500,000 to fund research. It is also trying to get a crowd fund raising initiative going. In such an initiative large numbers of people donate small amounts of money to the cause. They believe that such an initiative is necessary because of the institutional biases that govern mainstream science. The Project is trying to remain transparent by posting a spread sheet outlining some of its costs online.

So far it has spent about $521.872 on website related expenses and corporation fees. Interesting the corporation fees are listed in British pound sterling so that is an indication this effort might be based in the UK and have something to do with Kressen which has a business plan built around the Celani reactor. Kressen is based in Maidenhead, Berkshire in the United Kingdom.

Crowd fund raising or crowd sourcing might be the best answer because it frees the organization from domination by one group or organization. It also provides LENR researchers with a source of money that bureaucrats can’t shut down. Many past experiments have been shut down because college administrators have been able to call their golf buddies and get the funding pulled so the institution won’t be embarrassed.

It goes without saying that some sort of crowd based investment might also work for LENR. Persons could donate a small amount of money and get a share of stock. Such an effort would be difficult in the USA because of the rules set down by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for corporations.

It looks like the Project is on the right track although I would like to see a little more transparency from it. For example the location of the European Celani cell replication, the site simply says EU (the European Union). Since the EU is a big place encompassing dozens of countries that doesn’t help us locate this. Nor does it say whether this replication has is associated with STMicroelectronics reported efforts to replicate the Celani reactor.

Hopefully this effort will continue and gain momentum. Also hopefully other inventors will put the data being gathered by the creators of the New Fire to good use.