There’s suddenly a lot of buzz about cold fusion or low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) out there on the web. The biggest stories are about Andrea Rossi’s sale of his ecat technology to Industrial Heat LLC but they’re only the tip of the iceberg.

Even some mainstream media outlets picked up the news of Industrial Heat’s ecat purchase. Some of the stories were critical but at least the story is being publicized. People will start asking questions about this LENR thing and start wondering why investment fund billionaires are interested in it.

Artists Rendering of what NASA's LENR airplanes might look like

There’s really interesting news out of NASA where a project to develop an LENR powered airplane was apparently awarded $150,000. The Project may involve Boeing and the purpose seems to develop a subsonic LENR powered plane, perhaps a next generation energy source for some of Boeing’s airliners like the 747.

McKubre Buzzsaw

Our friend Michael McKubre has been all over the media talking about LENR lately. He just did a really informative interview with an online news program called Buzzsaw. He was interviewed by Sean Stone who is apparently movie director Oliver Stone’s son. McKubre sheds something interesting light on LENR and unlike his father, Sean Stone seems rather bright and well informed. McKubre also had a very informative discussion with Sterling Allen recently.

Allen McKubre

Sterling had a very interesting visit with the folks at Brillouin and discussed some of their work. In particular he visited their facilities in Berkley and saw Brillouin’s hot tube technology being tested at the SRI laboratories in Palo Alto, California. He also discussed their funding.

There’s been a lot of buzz about a company called Black Light Power Inc. The New Jersey company claims it can make power from water but its technicians claim their process is not cold fusion or LENR. Intriguingly McKubre believes it. From what I’ve seen of their website, McKubre is probably right. Black Light recently demonstrated their process but few details seem to be available. Black Light’s process sounds a lot like Brillouin’s to me.

Defkalion’s CEO, Alex Xanthoulis recently told James Burgess of the Oil Price that his company will have a Pre-Industrial version of its LENR device ready for certification by the second quarter of 2014 that will be sometime between April and July. He said the reactor will operate 24 hours a day 365 days a year produce energy at a cost of around 1¢ per kilowatt hour. Xanthoulis didn’t provide any exact dates. He said the newest version of his company’s Hyperion Heat Energy Source Unit will sell for around $7,000 US or €5,500 in Europe. Unlike Rossi, Xanthoulis hasn’t taken any orders for his device.

It looks like LENR is becoming news, one wonders what the cold fusion skeptics will make of this trend? They’ll probably help along with more free publicity.