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  • #10028
    AvatarIvy Matt
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    Well, there seems to have been no direct announcement from Defkalion Green Technologies in March or April, but there is a rather interesting Italian documentary that has appeared recently. Here is the English version:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzL3RIlcwbY

    They’re promising 10-kilowatt residential units (heaters, not electrical generators) that will be leased, not sold.

    #10036
    AvatarTulse
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    Ivy Matt wrote: They’re promising 10-kilowatt residential units (heaters, not electrical generators) that will be leased, not sold.

    Pons and Fleischmann also promised domestic water heaters powered by cold fusion, as has just about every other person/group who thinks they have a new take on “low energy nuclear reactions”. My deep skepticism, trailing into distainful indifference, will only be mollified once devices are actually being sold to the public.

    #10094
    Avatarmodernsteam
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    This is the latest offering in the Cold Fusion sphere: 10kW devices to go on the market this year:

    http://pesn.com/2011/01/17/9501746_Focardi-Rossi_10_kW_cold_fusion_prepping_for_market/

    Some kind of fusion of hydrogen and nickel to form copper. Can’t get much of a grip on the science from the report, though.

    Rossi and Focardi have made it very clear they are not claiming “Cold Fusion”, but instead, neutron capture possibly via the Widom-Larsen effect. It is well within conventionally-accepted nuclear physics theory, but it’s just that the possibility of engineering such a capture for useful work is generally rejected by the science/engineering “community” as “impossible”. Yes, and the engineering of successful mechanized flight was “impossible” for five years or so after the Wright Brothers demonstrated their airplane. So said the great news media of the time.

    HAl Ade
    Gatineau, QC.

    #10102
    AvatarIvy Matt
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    Numerous mechanisms have been proposed to explain the functioning of Rossi’s device, some more serious than others. Rossi has published several of them on his “Journal of Nuclear Physics” website, including at least one explanation which proposes neutron capture as a possible mechanism, but the only explanation I am aware of that comes directly from Rossi and Focardi does indeed propose the fusion of protons and nickel nuclei as the mechanism. Last I heard, if I remember correctly, Rossi didn’t think the Widom-Larsen hypothesis had anything to do with the functioning of his device.

    #10103
    AvatarTulse
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    Ivy Matt wrote: Numerous mechanisms have been proposed to explain the functioning of Rossi’s device

    I think the real problem is we don’t really know that the device actually [em]functions[/em]. Until there is solid independent confirmation from multiple sources that the device is producing more energy out than goes in, reproducibly, over long time frames, it seems premature to me to worry about theoretical details.

    #10105
    AvatarIvy Matt
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    Oh, I completely agree. But it is at least possible to track the claims Rossi has made about his device.

    #10256
    AvatarAJSA
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    Just for your information.

    Y. E. Kim from DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS, PURDUE UNIVERSITY

    “Generalized Theory of Bose-Einstein Condensation Nuclear Fusion for Hydrogen-Metal System”

    http://www.physics.purdue.edu/people/faculty/yekim.shtml
    http://www.physics.purdue.edu/people/faculty/yekim/BECNF-Ni-Hydrogen.pdf

    #10259
    AvatarIvy Matt
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    Yes, a lot has happened in the last month or so, including Defkalion Green Technologies’ press conference on June 23. To give a very brief summary:

    DGT says it will start selling “Hyperion” units to the Balkan countries in Q4 2011. Other companies will be sold licenses to market the technology in other countries in the eastern hemisphere. A US company called AmpEnergo holds the license (directly from Andrea Rossi, not from DGT) to market the technology in the western hemisphere. AmpEnergo will not be selling household units, at least initially. Apart from that, little is known about AmpEnergo’s plans. DGT plans to market household units ranging from 5 kW to 30 kW in 5-kW increments. They will all cost €4000-5000 apiece, the only difference between them being the internal pressure. They will also market 20-foot container-sized units ranging from 1.15 MW to 3.45 MW. All units will be checked and refueled by technicians every six months. The refueling costs will be a few hundred euros a year. The units will be used for heating, but some kW-range units will be made compatible with third-party electrical generation technologies. Those are not included in the cost of the unit. All DGT units will be monitored via a GSM link. Because the usefulness of the device depends partly on a secret catalyst, according to Andrea Rossi, each unit will contain some sort of self-destruct mechanism that will be initiated if the unit is tampered with.

    Even if I weren’t still on the fence about whether the technology actually works, there are many things about DGT’s plans that would dampen my enthusiasm. If it [em]does[/em] work, I want to see some competitive alternatives soon.

    #10260
    AvatarTulse
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    Ivy Matt wrote: If it [em]does[/em] work

    The mere fact that we don’t even [em]know[/em] if it works at this point, while Rossi et al. are to the point of selling rights and talking factories, seems extremely suspect to me. This is not the historical development path of [em]any[/em] successful technology that I know of.

    #10262
    Avatarzapkitty
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    Tulse wrote:
    The mere fact that we don’t even [em]know[/em] if it works at this point, while Rossi et al. are to the point of selling rights and talking factories, seems extremely suspect to me. This is not the historical development path of [em]any[/em] successful technology that I know of.

    … it does, however, remind me of the “historical development path” of Blacklight Power for some odd reason…

    #10263
    Avatarmodernsteam
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    Tulse wrote:

    If it [em]does[/em] work

    The mere fact that we don’t even [em]know[/em] if it works at this point, while Rossi et al. are to the point of selling rights and talking factories, seems extremely suspect to me. This is not the historical development path of [em]any[/em] successful technology that I know of.

    No, it’s “not the historical development path of [em]any[/em] successful technology that [you] (or I) know of”, but you’re rather comfortably forgetting, or possibly ignoring, something: Rossi, and perhaps Focardi, have been funding their E-Cat project entirely on their own, with no one else’s money. They made a point of stating they would take funds from no one until their device(s), installed in the customers’ premises, demonstrably work as claimed;check their statements on PESN. One couldn’t be more honest than that.

    There’s nothing wrong with being skeptical on this matter. I’m skeptical too, until I see the device working as a self-sustaining machine under the conditions that you mentioned earlier. It’s just that I don’t preach my skepticism, or dwell on the “that’s impossible” bent, because there’s enough known in quantum physics to know there’s much we don’t know. We don’t know for sure that the Coulomb Barrier cannot be weakened, or even temporarily cancelled, during a quantum mechanical event.

    As I see it, the proper attitude to science is that just as we cannot rightly say that something is a fact, unless there has been conclusive evidence that it is so, neither can we state that something is impossible unless we can prove with Euclidean-type logic that it is impossible. We can prove logically, for example, that the sum of 2 widgets and 3 widgets is 5 widgets, and that the square of the hypotenuse of a right-angled triangle is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides, but we cannot prove that there is no such animal as a green crow,simply because no one has reported seeing a green crow. Though it is improbable, it is not impossible. So, my attitude now is to be “on the fence”, and to be encouraging to those who seem to be reporting the truth until such time that they are shown to have been stating falsehoods (Notice I didn’t say, “lying”).

    #10264
    Avatarzapkitty
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    modernsteam wrote:
    Rossi, and perhaps Focardi, have been funding their E-Cat project entirely on their own, with no one else’s money.

    This falsehood has recently been shot down over at talk-polywell… which fact may go far in explaining you suddenly popping up here.

    http://www.infinite-energy.com/images/pdfs/MacyDefkalion.pdf

    http://ecatnews.com/?p=126

    … apparently Defkalion is not spme sort of an “independent” company but is actually a collection of Rossi investors.

    $200 million euros already and selling licenses for a technology even the inventor says won’t be actually validated until next year… if ever…

    … funny that you didn’t mention any of that.

    Seems as if T-P has a dual personality… the posters can and have done quite credible work in deconstructing questionable scientific claims such as E-cat… as long as scientific subjects don’t touch on wingnut hot-button issues such as climate change 🙂

    #10266
    Avatarmodernsteam
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    zapkitty wrote:

    Rossi, and perhaps Focardi, have been funding their E-Cat project entirely on their own, with no one else’s money.

    This falsehood has recently been shot down over at talk-polywell… which fact may go far in explaining you suddenly popping up here.

    http://www.infinite-energy.com/images/pdfs/MacyDefkalion.pdf

    http://ecatnews.com/?p=126

    … apparently Defkalion is not spme sort of an “independent” company but is actually a collection of Rossi investors.

    $200 million euros already and selling licenses for a technology even the inventor says won’t be actually validated until next year… if ever…

    … funny that you didn’t mention any of that. …..

    Well, if “have been funding their E-Cat project entirely on their own, with no one else’s money” is not the case, then Rossi, at least, has been lying to the public, which constitutes a fraud in most countries. On the other hand, the 200 mill. Euros and the sale of licenses may not have involved any actual payment of funds yet. Letters of understanding for licenses, can be done on a promise-to-pay basis. In such a case, if the devices don’t work as claimed, then payment is not made.

    #10269
    AvatarIvy Matt
    Participant

    I don’t think it makes much sense to assume, just because Rossi said something a while back about funding E-Cat research on his own dime, that he isn’t expecting to make a profit out of this. If Defkalion makes any sort of a profit, Rossi is going to get his cut. AmpEnergo has already paid him for a license. Defkalion has received hundreds of millions of dollars worth of investments and is now soliciting licenses for tens of millions per licensee. I see no concrete evidence of a scam, but you can no longer say that it’s not a scam because money isn’t changing hands. That’s already happening and will probably continue to happen for several months at least.

    #10271
    Avatarmodernsteam
    Member

    Agreed!

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