The following post was submitted by Hank Mills.
San Diego’s General Atomic’s is providing the ITER reactor a critical component: a seven story, one thousand ton electromagnet (see story here: http://m.utsandiego.com/news/2015/apr/11/fusion-reactor-atomics/). This enormous piece of equipment will help contain the superheated plasma which is needed to allow deuterium and tritium – two isotopes of hydrogen – to under go “hot” nuclear fusion. If all goes well, this component along with several others will be put together by 2019 or 2020 to complete the reactor that’s expected to have a total cost of at least sixteen billion dollars. The bad news for taxpayers across the world is that they should not expect to reap any real world benefits from the reactor until at least 2027 – this is when the first attempts to produce fusion reactions may take place.
Conversely, Andrea Rossi’s E-Cat or Energy Catalyzer technology has already proven to produce nuclear reactions and produces excess heat at high temperatures exceeding the requirements of virtually any electrical generating technology. The “hot cat” version of his technology produces thermal power without emitting any radiation or producing any nuclear waste. And, unlike the ITER, the E-Cat “cold fusion” or “LENR” reactors can be built the size of soda cans, weight only a few pounds or less, and cost a few tens of dollars. The power supply, measurement equipment, computer for data acquisition, and other equipment used only require a single table top. Compared to the colossus of the ITER, a single E-Cat reactor is like a lean, fit mouse.
The E-Cat technology offers far more benefits than the ITER ever could in the best case scenerio. In fact, the first commercial E-Cat reactors entering the market place will be in the form of a one megawatt plant currently producing steam in the factory of a potential customer. By the end of this year or the start of 2016, the initial 400 day test run of the plant will be completed. If the results are favorable — and all inside sources indicate the test is going beyond expectations — the first plant will be purchased and serial production of them can begin. This would mean a source of nearly unlimited, clean, and dirt-cheap heat could well be available in the marketplace less than a year from now. The proponents of the ITER reactor have nothing that comes close to this.
In the future, the E-Cat has the potential to be used in private homes and businesses. Instead of a connection to the power grid or rows of bulky solar panels on your roof, image a small, compact generator (perhaps the size of an air conditioning unit) co-generating both heat and electricity for your home. The power would be produced from only grams of stable, non-radioactive elements providing the user with a constant source of heat and electricity. Being the ultimate “green” technology, no carbon, particulates, or any other form of pollution would be emitted. As the technology evolves, such systems could be used in electric cars to provide unlimited range. Not all the details are worked out about how to do this, but it’s all standard engineering. If you have virtually free high temperature heat, the sky is the limit.
No government on the face of the Earth is funding any part in the E-Cat Energy Revolution. While billions of dollars are being spent on the ITER and other forms of dangerous traditional nuclear power, only Andrea Rossi and the investors who created Industrial Heat LLC (the company who purchased the rights to the technology) are funding the development of the E-Cat. This proves the best solutions to the problems facing humanity do not always come from projects dependent on government subsidies and funding.
There is another stunning difference between the ITER and the E-Cat. A global race has already began to replicate the Ni-LiAlH4 technology. Alexander Parkhomov, a Russian physicist, has successfully done so perhaps around a dozen times – detecting massive excess heat in fueled runs and none in control runs. Perhaps dozens of other researchers are gearing up to try and follow Parkhomov’s example. When they succeed and post their data on the internet for the world to see, perhaps the funding for wasteful projects like the ITER will be cut.
Earth and humanity are facing a crisis, and it’s time to get serious about doing what it takes to ensure the survival of humanity and of our biosphere. The E-Cat technology can help in the immediate future at a reasonable cost, unlike the ITER. Decisions need to be made now to use ever dollar and Euro in the most effectively way possible.
Spending a single cent on the ITER is like feeding a pot bellied pig another twinkie. For goodness sakes, please stop.
And if you are a scientist or academic with a laboratory suitable for testing, here is a guide I’ve prepared with information that might be helpful in replicating the E-Cat. For a few hundred dollars or less – depending on the equipment you already have – you may be able to achieve results that could change the world.