Andrea Rossi is revealing even more details about the origin of his ecat low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) technology and the work he did before he developed ecat. In a response to an email from somebody named Brian, Rossi described some of his previous work. Rossi also stated that he had tried to use a thermoelectric technology to make power with the heat from the exhaust of Diesel generators but it apparently didn’t work.

The inventor said that he worked on what he calls the Seebeck Effect between 1996 and 2000 in New Hampshire where was then living and working. This is a thermoelectric effect that generates voltage from a process similar to LENR. Rossi stated that he was working with an unidentified Russian scientist who provided him with material from Russia.

Rossi stated that he had achieved a promising prototype with an efficiency (probably co-efficiency of Power) of 15%-16%. He stated he had to stop the research because he ran out of money after spending around $30,000 on the device. Rossi noted that the cost of electricity from that process was about $300,000 a kilowatt so it was unsustainable.

The inventor also noted that he had worked on the experiment at an unidentified university and did some work with DOE (presumably the United States Department of Energy). Note Rossi doesn’t provide any proof for these claims but he stated that some of this technology could be adapted to work with ecat.

This might be the process of generating electricity directly from LENR that some enthusiasts have discussed. I don’t know enough about the physics involved to know if this is for real or not but it’s interesting.

Hot Fusion Work at the National Ignition Facility

The BBC is reporting that scientists at the National Ignition Facility at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Alameda County, California, near Oakland are close to achieving hot fusion with lasers. Sometime in September one of the experiments achieved a fusion reaction in which the amount of energy produced exceeded the amount of energy put into the experiment.

This is apparently a step short of ignition in which hot fusion would begin. The BBC thinks this means that the Facility is close to producing self-sustaining hot fusion. Unfortunately the TV network didn’t say whether the process it is developing could be commercially viable or not.

So it’s obvious that LENR researchers are closer to achieving commercial viable fusion than hot fusion experimenters. Unfortunately the media seems to be paying more attention to the hot fusion crowd.