One of cold fusion’s true pioneers Francesco Piantelli is now working with the Martin Fleischman Memorial Project in an effort called Project Fedora.

Francessco Piantelli and Mathieu Valat in Sienna last month.

For those of you unfamiliar with him, Piantelli is the Italian scientist who worked with the late Sergio Focardi on low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) experiments in the 1990s. Those experiments formed the basis of Andrea Rossi’s e-cat LENR technology.

The Fleischman Project is hoping to replicate Piantelli’s hydrogen-nickel LENR device. An Italian company called NicHEnergy has been working to commercialize Piantelli’s cold fusion technology since 2012.

On December 25 – The Fleischman Project announced that it will try and replicate Piantelli’s technology. Project Fedora is named for that Signor Piantelli likes to wear. The Project’s Chief Scientist Mathieu Valat met with Piantelli in December in Siena, Laboratory and toured his labs with Bob Greenyer.

Piantelli told Valat that his LENR process will produce excess heat that could be replicated. He also showed the visitors around his laboratories where several experiments including a number of LENR devices were operating. The devices are described as “Piantelli-Focardi Cells.”

Piantelli's well-equipped laboratory in Sienna.

The team from the project will run live experiments with Piantelli’s equipment at his lab. The goal will be to repeat his work and disseminate the information. The experiments will taped and dispersed via streaming Video.

The effort to replicate Piantelli’s technology is scheduled to begin this month. The Fleischman Project is collecting funds to finance the effort. The top five pledges were supposed to be rewarded with a bottle of Chianti made by Pinatelli himself who is a winemaker as well as a physicist. Unfortunately the wine was supposed to be given away on Jan. 5.

The Project’s website also revealed that Piantelli’s health is failing fast and that the physicist fears his knowledge will be lost. Piantelli who is 81 has been working on LENR since 1989 so he has a lifetime’s worth of experience. Hopefully he’ll be able to pass on everything he knows before it is too late.

This is extremely exciting because it means that Piantelli’s work could be dispersed via the Project’s Open sourced network. That could help researchers all over the world replicate it and expand their own efforts.

Piantelli’s work is not the only LENR experiment that the Project is planning to reverse engineer. The Project has also established Project Dog Bone an effort designed to back engineer and replicate Andrea Rossi’s e-cat device using information contained in the Lugano Report on tests conducted on the device in Switzerland in October. One of Project Dog Bone’s goals is to create the first swappable LENR device.

They are not the only ones doing this Russian physicist Alexander G. Parkhomov claims he replicated the hot e-cat on Dec. 25. It isn’t known if he has any plans to commercialize the device or not.

It looks as if the Fleischman Project could be on the verge of launching a true open sourced LENR effort. This effort could lay the ground work for the commercialization of LENR and a future of cheap energy for all of humanity.