Defkalion Demo Boosts Case for Commercial LENR

I was impressed with yesterday’s demonstration of the Hyperion reactor by Defkalion. I thought the overall manner in which the test was carried out was clear and logical, and the end result was to me another strong piece of evidence in favor of LENR being a practical source of useful energy.

I think Defkalion went a long way in establishing credibility for themselves as a serious and competent organization with good technical skills. I was also impressed with the English language skills of both the DGT presenters today: CEO Alex Xanthoulis and Chief Scientific officer John Hadjichristos.

Another person whose credibility will be boosted from the event is Andrea Rossi. There would certainly have been no demonstration from Defkalion today without the work of Rossi and Focardi on the E-Cat. Defkalion as a company grew out of Rossi and Focardi’s relationship with Christos Stremmenos, former University of Bologna professor of physics who helped found Defkalion as an industrial partner who would help commercialize the E-Cat. Things went sour between Rossi and DGT, but even after splitting from Rossi Defkalion continued to engage in R&D to a point where they have come up with their own design for a LENR reactor.

I am sure that Andrea Rossi and Co. were paying close attention to the DGT demo and will surely have been interested to see some of the variations that Defkalion have incorporated into their reactor design. One of the more interesting differences between the reactor designs for each company is that Defkalion use plasma to initiate the reactor whereas Rossi’s E-Cat uses only heat. The plasma control in the Hyperion seems to be faster and more responsive than that of the E-Cat with shorter startup and shutdown times possible.

One would expect and hope now that with two fairly successful LENR demos being made public (E-Cat 3rd party report and the DGT demo), that more attention will given by key decision-makers to the potential of LENR as a practical energy source. Unfortunately I don’t think we can necessarily count on that happening, however. We’ve seen that LENR has been ignored before, and given the media’s track record, they could easily continue to do so. I was disappointed to read Mark Gibbs announce on vortex-l that he no longer has a relationship with Forbes.com — so it’s likely now that one of the few well-known media outlets that had been covering LENR developments will cease to do so.

I am confident that in time things will change, in this regard — but that may not be until commercial LENR products are openly being used by paying customers. I don’t really know where Defkalion stands when it comes to commercialization. They report having lots of interested players in various industries who are looking at licensing their technology. It seems likely to me that Rossi’s E-Cat will be the first on the mass market given his reports about partnership with the US manufacturer — but Defkalion’s demonstration could have boosted their case considerably with potential partners.

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