We recently featured a video on NASA’s Technology web site in which Dr. Joseph Zawodny discusses the possibilities of LENR technology. Following the release of the video Dr. Zawodny made a comment about it which I had not posted here before. Since his video received so much attention around the Web I thought it would be useful to feature his statement in a new post.
While I do work for NASA, I do not speak for them.
As for what people are trying to read into this video, specifically my use of the word “demonstrated”, it is my professional opinion that the production of excess energy has been demonstrated when the results of the last 20+ years of experimentation are evaluated.
I did not say, reliable, useful, commercially viable, or controllable. If any of those other terms were applicable I would have used them instead. If anything, it is the lack of a single clear demonstration of reliable, useful, and controllable production of excess power that has held LENR research back.
There have been many attempts to twist the release of this video into NASA’s support for LENR or as proof that Rossi’s e-cat really works.
In my scientific opinion, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. I find a distinct absence of the latter. So let me be very clear here. While I personally find sufficient demonstration that LENR effects warrant further investigation, I remain skeptical. Furthermore, I am unaware of any clear and convincing demonstrations of any viable commercial device producing useful amounts of net energy.
Every attempted demonstration of a LENR device that I am aware of has failed to meet one or more of these criteria.