LookingForHeat Video on Building Spark-Triggered LENR Reactor (Update: Video Part 2 Added)

In the following videon Alan Smith of LookingForHeat.com demonstrates how to build a LENR reactor designed to be stimulated by a high voltage spark (400 kV) which he thinks might play a part in triggering a LENR reaction in a tube with a hydrogen atmosphere, nickel and lithium inside.

He says he is also going to add a “very turbulent” magnetic field as a means of stimulation to be used in conjunction with the spark. The experiment with a fueled reactor has not yet been carried out.


Below is a still of the sparker in action.


UPDATE (May 21, 2016)

LookingForHeat has added a new video about the sparker — see below:


  • e-dog

    good luck mate!!

  • Alan Smith

    The spark coil takes a measured 10watts of drive current. if we assume 50% efficiency and that the arc-length between electrodes allows the developed voltage to actually reach 100kV then the instantaneous arc current of 5 watts = 0.2mA.

  • Skeptic

    I think it’s just fantastic. As socialist I believe in the “power to the people” principle. Creating world wide community of home grown LENR researches its a very good development.

    Perhaps LENR could grow similar to open source software development, Some kind of GPL license for reactors designs

    • Mike Rion

      Dream on.

  • Alan Smith

    Well, no X-rays yet from runs with heat and sparks – but no fuel yet. Video coming.

  • Alan Smith
    • Alan Smith

      This is obviously a different kind of reactor to the standard ‘dogbone’ type. We have good reason to believe that it marks the beginning of a promising new direction for our research effort. Of course, like any new approach it brings new problems. The biggest problem at the moment is to devise a reliable method of measuring the temperature inside the reactor. An IR thermographic camera is one method, but we welcome comments and suggestions from viewers as to methods.

      We were recently asked about donations. The best way to support our work is to buy a LENR Test Kit, but we understand that LENR research is not for everyone so if you want to support our work without placing an order it is possible to directly transfer funding usingPayPal. It is not impossible that we might launch a Kickstarter at some point – to enable us to fund more advanced experiments and also (perhaps) to assist other independent LENR researchers.

      Interesting to note btw, that although there is only 20cms (8″) between reactor and Geiger counter, the Geiger stays rock-steady throughout the spark runs. No EMI effects (yet!)

  • Alan Smith

    I am beginning to wonder (because of a malfunction that cost me two power supplies and an HT transformer) if the real trick is not actually to make sparks Inside the reactor, but to create a potential gradient inside it. Something extraordinary happened while I was making the movie above which- while it wasn’t LENR as I understand it – was deeply strange.When I get a chance to recreate the phenomenon you guys will be the first to know.

    • Zephir

      Of course it must be better to push discharge into the nickel and to inject protons right into it (saturate it with hydrogen in this way). But the HF component of discharge is also important, because the trapped hydrogen must also collide with nickel lattice.

      • Alan Smith

        You may be right Zephir, only more experiments will tell for sure. My malfunction pushed the Geiger to over 300CPM, 15x background -which for now I am calling an EMI-produced artifact and claiming nothing – but very interesting all the same. The Geiger is normally rock-steady around all kinds of electro-magnetic noise.

        • Dave Lawton

          Alan you are right it is EMI.I have seen it before using a Geiger counter near high voltage high frequency fields,it will cause a avalanche effect in the tube.Geiger counters are useless in that situation. We used PM
          scintillation counters when we triggered the spark gaps in our coax
          line transformers for the spark chambers.

          • Alan Smith

            Thank you Dave. You are a comfort!

  • Alan Smith

    BTW. an update. Checked the output of the flyback transformer I’m using. Discovered that it is a much more believable 40kV Not 400kV . The OEM supplier blames this on a mistranslation. Hehe- who’d have thought that Chinese use different zeros to us? But it makes little difference to the program- it’s what it does that counts.