Thanks to those who shared the following article by Bill Moore from EV World titled ‘Kickstarting the Atomic Age’ in which he notes the appearance on the scene of Lockheed Martin’s announcement of their ‘compact fusion’ plan to commercialize small fusion reactors within a decade, and also the publication of the Lugano report on the E-Cat.
Moore seems to be more skeptical of the Lockheed fusion technology than of the E-Cat, noting that the press release and video put out by Lockheed is short on details about how the will reach their stated goal.
“The most important question not answered by McGuire and the video also has to do with energy balance. Until recently, all previous fusion experiments have, as a general rule required more energy input than the system output. If it takes 10 units of energy to produce even 9 units power, what’s the point? There has to be a net energy gain for any energy system to make economic sense and so far nobody’s demonstrated that, other than for a briefest moment in time.”
Regarding the E-Cat, Moore understands the skepticism surrounding the results of the Lugano test, noting the main findings:
“The hydrogen-infused blend of lithium and nickel not only produced more heat energy than was used to begin and maintain radioactive-free generation, running at temperatures up to 1400C and producing some 1.5MWh of power over the 32-day test — but even more inexplicably, the composition of the material changed.”
Moore does not dismiss either claim, but acknowledges that any time someone makes a claim that flies in the face of accepted science, they will naturally run into opposition. He says that for now he is ‘hoping on Rossi’, and a low-temperature atomic future.