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The Peak Oil Crisis: Cold Fusion Gets a US Patent

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Sometimes our government moves very slowly. In the case of granting a patent to cold fusion technology, which just might replace fossil fuels, it took 26 years. The odyssey that started with a press conference at the University of Utah back in 1989 and has bumped along below the world’s radar screen ever since, seems to be coming to an end. The cold fusion phenomenon had a brief flurry of notoriety until it was “debunked” by many physicists, a couple of universities, and the U.S. Department of Energy panel. The science fell into disrepute, its discovers were disgraced and went into exile.

Fortunately for mankind, there were a handful of experimenters who were able to reproduce the original experiments which produced anomalous heat, thereby keeping the spark of cold fusion alive, but mostly in obscure laboratories out of the purview of the mainstream press. A decade or so ago some Italian physicists made a major breakthrough which led to devices producing commercial, not just test tube, amounts of heat. This effort culminated in a number of semi-public demonstrations of the technology, which were largely ignored or denounced as conventional wisdom held that “cold fusion” was impossible.

Circa two years ago the Italian cold fusion effort, led by entrepreneur Andrea Rossi, was moved to North Carolina, linked up with a venture capital firm, and well-financed developmental work began on building commercially viable cold fusion reactors. Last February the first prototype, a one-megawatt reactor system producing steam 24 hours a day, was installed for a one-year test in an undisclosed factory somewhere in the US. This device has now been successfully operating for over six months. If all goes well for the remainder of the trial period, a report is scheduled to be issued and heat producing devices will go on sale to the public.

At some point the mainstream media will cotton to the fact that we have been led badly astray as to the viability of this technology and there indeed is an alternative to producing large amounts of energy other than by burning fossil fuels, nuclear fission, hydro, solar and wind. Obviously a technology that can produce large amounts of heat continuously at low cost and without harmful emissions or hazardous waste will catch on quickly. If not in the U.S., then I am sure the Chinese will be happy to help advance the technology.

One of the reasons there has been so much skepticism about cold fusion and Rossi’s reactor in recent years was the secrecy surrounding the inner workings of the device. Much of this secrecy was due to the developer’s inability to obtain a valid international patent on his intellectual property. When the U.S. Department of Energy declared the whole technology a hoax 25 years ago and reaffirmed this decision in the face of mounting evidence to the contrary 10 years later, the U.S. Patent Office adopted the position that it would not patent any device claiming to be based on cold fusion or anything close.

In 2008, Rossi filed for a U.S. patent on his technology, only to have it finally rejected seven years later for lack of sufficient proof that he really had developed a technology that worked. Although Rossi was granted an Italian patent in 2011, nobody thought it offered much protection against copiers of a technology that could easily be worth trillions of dollars should it come to replace fossil fuels someday.

This time around Rossi, and his patent attorneys, took a new approach to gaining the first of what will likely be many patents relating to a technology which could easily turn out to be the most important of the century. Rather than claiming that the device was based on controversial nuclear reactions, the new patent is for a simple “Fluid Heater” that raises the temperature of water by subjecting a mixture of nickel, lithium, and lithium-aluminum-hydride powders to heat. The mixture warms to hundreds of degrees centigrade and begins to produce much more heat energy than is initially applied to the powder by the built-in electric heater. There is a no mention anywhere in the patent of “cold fusion,” nor any kind of nuclear reaction. The patent is silent as to what is causing the excess heat, only saying that it occurs, leaving it to the reader to conclude that so much heat is bring produced that there must be some kind of nuclear reaction taking place – known chemical reactions will not suffice.

The patent breaks new ground in our understanding of how Rossi’s reactor works for in order to obtain his patent protection, he had to reveal the inner workings of the reactor and the composition of the fuel that was inside. The revelation in the patent that there are three separate powders, the proportion of the powders, and that the nickel catalyst must be preheated to drive out any moisture and increase the porosity of the nickel should be of great help to anyone attempting to replicate Rossi’s device. Also revealed in the patent was that each fuel load should be able to run for six months before needing to be replaced. Rossi, however, recently stated that that a single fuel load may run for a year and that the reactor currently being tested can run for long periods of time without the need to turn on the heaters that are run with outside power.

In the past year, numerous replicators have attempted to produce excess heat from devices similar to Rossi’s. One the of these replicators, Alexander Parkhomov at the University of Moscow, has been successful in at least a dozen tests. Other replicators have been able to produce excess heat, but were unable to control their reactors which quickly melted down due to the massive amount of heat being generated. With this new information from the patent, we should soon be seeing many successful replications and put to rest assertions that the technology is a fraud.

For those of us who have been following this technology for over a quarter of a century, the granting of a U.S. patent marks a major milestone in the history of science for it offers the opportunity to get mankind beyond the age of carbon and nuclear fission fuels and all that they have wrought – rogue petro state governments, pollution, global warming, and dangerous radioactive wastes. For now, the major question is whether this or similar technologies can come into widespread use fast enough to slow and then halt the many adverse societal, economic and climatological trends with which we are currently beset.

FCNP



23 Comments on "The Peak Oil Crisis: Cold Fusion Gets a US Patent"

  1. Makati1 on Thu, 27th Aug 2015 7:05 pm 

    Only another 26 years and a few billion dollars until…

  2. Truth Has A Liberal Bias on Thu, 27th Aug 2015 7:15 pm 

    Tom Whipple is a fucking clown

  3. JuanP on Thu, 27th Aug 2015 7:33 pm 

    Cold fusion is going to save us. Hurray! I am so glad growth can now continue for the rest of my life. What a relief! I was really worried there for a while.

  4. shortonoil on Thu, 27th Aug 2015 8:12 pm 

    He did not publish the patent number. When he does we will know for sure?

    In the mean time sell nuclear, coal, and NG. They would soon be out of business. Bye oil.
    That $39 trillion may arrive after all!!

    http://www.thehillsgroup.org/

  5. Truth Has A Liberal Bias on Thu, 27th Aug 2015 8:38 pm 

    Why is Whipple such a shill for Rossi?

    Falls Church News Press is run by Nicholas F Benton.

    Benton worked in the Lyndon LaRouche organization.

    LaRouche is the founder of the Fusion Energy Foundation.

    Whipple is a shill for LaRouche and I bet LaRouche has his dirty fingers in Rossi and his Ecat scam.

  6. Nony on Thu, 27th Aug 2015 9:47 pm 

    Lies have a LaRouche bias. 😉

  7. Truth Has A Liberal Bias on Thu, 27th Aug 2015 10:18 pm 

    http://www.culthelp.info/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1001&Itemid=14

  8. Nony on Thu, 27th Aug 2015 10:40 pm 

    I’m too scared to click it. Is it funny or virus.

  9. Truth Has A Liberal Bias on Thu, 27th Aug 2015 10:48 pm 

    It’s a link about the LaRouche cult

    LaRouche has a lawyer with the same last name as the twit that invented, and I use that term lightly, the e-cat.

    http://www.nytimes.com/1986/09/20/us/larouche-to-pay-250000-to-nbc.html

  10. Truth Has A Liberal Bias on Thu, 27th Aug 2015 10:52 pm 

    Poor Tom Whipple has been brainwashed by the LaRouche cult.

  11. Nony on Thu, 27th Aug 2015 11:17 pm 

    OK

  12. PrestonSturges on Thu, 27th Aug 2015 11:42 pm 

    You don’t have to prove something works to get a patent or provide any sort of prototype. I can patent an iphone that travels in time and shits gold coins but it doesn’t mean I’ve figured out how to make one.

  13. shortonoil on Fri, 28th Aug 2015 6:08 am 

    “You don’t have to prove something works to get a patent or provide any sort of prototype. I can patent an iphone that travels in time and shits gold coins but it doesn’t mean I’ve figured out how to make one.”

    If Rossi has a US patent, he has a working prototype. I hold two patents on roofing systems, and the patent office just doesn’t give them away. If Whipple would publish the patent number we would know. One way or the other we’ll know in a couple of days. If true the world has become a whole new place with a whole new set of solutions, and problems.

  14. Wotsit on Fri, 28th Aug 2015 9:15 am 

    Have a look for yourselves. PDF warning.https://animpossibleinvention.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/us9115913b1.pdf

  15. GregT on Fri, 28th Aug 2015 9:43 am 

    “For those of us who have been following this technology for over a quarter of a century, the granting of a U.S. patent marks a major milestone in the history of science for it offers the opportunity to get mankind beyond the age of carbon and nuclear fission fuels and all that they have wrought – rogue petro state governments, pollution, global warming, and dangerous radioactive wastes.”

    Sorry, nice try. Rogue petro state governments are not running around the planet bombing everyone else into submission, a new source of cheap abundant energy is not going to stop us from polluting (quite the opposite), global warming is here to stay, and we still don’t have a plan for safeguarding nuclear waste.

    A new source of cheap abundant energy will do nothing more than allow us to continue on with BAU, only adding more to many of the predicaments that we already face.

  16. BobInget on Fri, 28th Aug 2015 10:12 am 

    Cold fusion tomorrow, solar power today.

  17. GregT on Fri, 28th Aug 2015 2:02 pm 

    Solar power in the form of photosynthesis. It is the basis for all life on Earth, including human life. All forms of artificial human energy production have unintended consequences, and are doing damage to the Earth’s natural systems that we cannot, and will not, survive without.

  18. PrestonSturges on Fri, 28th Aug 2015 8:23 pm 

    >If Rossi has a US patent, he has a working prototype.

    Absolutely wrong. Long ago this was true, which is why the Smithsonian has adorable tiny working models of horse drawn threshing machines etc.

    >I hold two patents on roofing systems, and the patent office just doesn’t give them away.

    And because you are not a speculator, you probably DID make a prototype or even sold some before filing for a patent, but this was not necessary. Do you recall USPTO having people who go around looking at roofs or chemical reactors or actual airplane wings to verify that there is a prototype? No, of course not.

  19. PrestonSturges on Fri, 28th Aug 2015 8:28 pm 

    …. and your patent attorney probably asked “Do you have a prototype?” to make sure that you are not a nutcase (like so many clients) and because that helps establish the date of the “Actual reduction to practice” rather than the
    “Constructive reduction to practice” of the claim.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reduction_to_practice

  20. Kenz300 on Mon, 31st Aug 2015 9:18 am 

    Wind and solar are the future…… safe, clean and cheap…..

    Wind, Natural Gas, Solar Provide More U.S. Power, Replacing Coal

    http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1098033_wind-natural-gas-solar-provide-more-u-s-power-replacing-coal

    ——————-

    US Wind Energy Selling At Record Low Price of 2.5 Cents per kWh – Renewable Energy World

    http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2015/08/us-wind-energy-selling-at-record-low-price-of-2-5-cents-per-kwh.html

  21. Ian on Tue, 8th Sep 2015 9:32 am 

    Hi all

    I noticed a few people saying the need to get out of fossil fuels, I am sorry bit you are largely too late, Big Oil and the Merchant Banks started to get out of oil in 2011 or did you not notice the massive drop in oil and other fossil fuel commodity prices? I warned people about this some time ago an updated version is available here:
    http://www.sifferkoll.se/sifferkoll/?p=771
    It explains what Big Oil and the Banks been doing since the realized the Black Swan was coming. By the way drop in oil prices were predicted based on the appearance of the Black Swan.

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