An article on the IEEE Spectrum website titled “Whether Cold Fusion or Low-Energy Nuclear Reactions, U.S. Navy Researchers Reopen Case” reports that a team of researchers at the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division has assembled a team of researchers to try and get to the bottom of Cold Fusion/Low Energy Nuclear Reaction phenomena. Carl Gotzmer, Indian Head’s Chief Scientist has been following developments in this field for many years, and this latest project has come about after a Google-funded research project published in 2019 reported that anomalous effects had been detected in LENR experiments.
From the article:
The Navy researchers are taking as their guiding inspiration the thirty years of literature that has been published on cold fusion, LENRs, and adjacent topics. They said a literature review of these results pointed them toward the best metals for their experiments, common refrains in experimental set ups, and so on.
The researchers say they hope to publish their initial results by the end of the year. “I think the most important thing is to reveal a mechanism by which the phenomenon works,” says Gotzmer. “Because if you understand the mechanism, then you can extrapolate into better experiments and make it more reproducible. There’s many mechanisms which have been proposed, but no one’s really nailed down completely what the nitty-gritty science is.”
Project manager Oliver Barnham tells IEEE that five different labs will be working together on this project and they hope to be able to report results of some of their experimentation by the end of the year.