Joe Shea Reports on the E-Cat Test at CNN’s iReport

Long-time ECW contributor Joe Shea has written an article that has been posted in CNN’s iReport section (where readers can post news stories). Joe’s article is titled ‘At Last, Fuel For Our Dreams’, and

There are solid indications from the transformation of its secret catalyst that a nuclear reaction is taking place, but the most sophisticated radiation-seeking devices that exist cannot find any evidence at all of radioactivity. That is baffling to a great many scientists, who frequently say it is impossible . . .

But, as I have said elsewhere tonight, the countless millions of people who live without clean water, lights, communications and fuel, who haunt this world like the ghosts of great wars and vanished civilizations, are the real beneficiaries of this technology, of Andrea Rossi’s “impossible invention” and dreams as old as humanity.

Joe Shea writes on energy and other topics at The American Reporter, and is also the author of the novel, POWER: A Story of Cold Fusion

  • Alan DeAngelis

    Apparently they didn’t see any 511 keV gamma rays from electron-positron annihilation.
    If true, that’s good to know because that would role out some reaction paths.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electron%E2%80%93positron_annihilation

    • Ged

      On the other hand, beta is thoroughly stopped by aluminum, let alone aluminum cement (which also has some gamma stopping power)

      • LCD

        And outside of the reactor how did that get stopped? I think what it is telling us is that the reaction itself does not produce any dangerous radiation whatsoever

        • Ged

          Wait what? There is no way beta is leaving that reactor, it can’t get through the alumina (same with alpha). You will never be able to detect beta or alpha radiation from the reactor no matter how much may or may not be made inside from the reaction. Only gamma radiation can get out.

          So the reaction itself could easily be making globs of beta radiation, but you’d never know it or see it since alumina is a complete shield.

          • LCD

            No sorry, trying too quickly too respond. I meant that outside the reactor, the ash was not producing any radiation. That is the ash, once removed from the ecat did not have even beta + decay which I find difficult to reconcile with the idea that inside the reactor there is “normal” two body nuclear physics if you will going on.

          • Ged

            Oh hoh, I see what you are saying. Indeed, no unstable byproducts it seems. So if there is radiation, it’s only during reaction, or it’s within background noise and swamped by the natural radeon bath and cosmic rays we all enjoy.

  • Alan DeAngelis

    Apparently they didn’t see any 511 keV gamma rays from electron-positron annihilation.
    If true, that’s good to know because that would role out some reaction paths.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electron%E2%80%93positron_annihilation

    • Ged

      On the other hand, beta is thoroughly stopped by aluminum, let alone aluminum cement (which also has some gamma stopping power)

      • LCD

        And outside of the reactor how did that get stopped? I think what it is telling us is that the reaction itself does not produce any dangerous radiation whatsoever

        • Ged

          Wait what? There is no way beta is leaving that reactor, it can’t get through the alumina (same with alpha). You will never be able to detect beta or alpha radiation from the reactor no matter how much may or may not be made inside from the reaction. Only gamma radiation can get out.

          So the reaction itself could easily be making globs of beta radiation, but you’d never know it or see it since alumina is a complete shield.

          • LCD

            No sorry, trying too quickly too respond. I meant that outside the reactor, the ash was not producing any radiation. That is the ash, once removed from the ecat did not have even beta + decay which I find difficult to reconcile with the idea that inside the reactor there is “normal” two body nuclear physics if you will going on.

          • bachcole

            I also disbelieve in “normal” nuclear physics with the E-Cat. Perhaps it is just wishful thinking on my part; I want the physics establishment to be overthrown, intellectually and prestige-wise.

          • Ged

            Oh hoh, I see what you are saying. Indeed, no unstable byproducts it seems. So if there is radiation, it’s only during reaction, or it’s within background noise and swamped by the natural radeon bath and cosmic rays we all enjoy.

  • MLWerner

    So Joe, why did you use the following phrase “They did worry that at some point the there might have been a meltdown,”? When the masses read that they are going to instantly think of “The China Syndrome”.
    Yes the E-Cat can ruin itself if it gets too hot, because of the melting of the Nickel fuel, but it doesn’t do what most people would think based on the term “meltdown”.

    You also mentioned Conservation of Energy as being broken. That has not been shown to be the case. Only when you look at the E-Cat from a simplistic external view does it appear to ignore conservation of energy. More likely the E-Cat is somehow releasing energy stored in the atomic bonds of the elements that are changing isotopes during the reaction.

    While an overall positive spin on the results of the third party test, running this article past E-CatWorld readers would have been a good idea before setting it loose in the wild.

    • Alain Samoun

      Not too late to correct it Werner, as Joe has already done it.