Tricks for Large and Small Parlors

In response to my last article, Alain, one of LENR’s more rabid supporters, sent me a comment chock full of bad spelling and links that purport to prove LENR. I run a respectable joint here, so not just anyone can comment, but it seems that Andrea Rossi’s buddy, Hanno Essen, submitted an article on Rossi’s questionable demonstration from 2011 to Cornell’s arXiv.org. Even though that test was thoroughly debunked by insanely-bearded Ethan Siegel at ScienceBlogs, just publishing something – anything – with a respected institution is the sort of event that passes for proof in the LENR community. A few years ago they were claiming that Underwriter’s Laboratories had certified the E-Cat as functional. But the UL’s mandate is to certify devices and assemblies for public safety – not to determine whether they will save humanity.

I did my own article search and found that Sebastian Anthony just posted, The UK will be the first to break even with fusion power, leading us towards a future of clean, infinite energy, on Extreme Tech:

The world’s best fusion reactor, situated in the heart of the merry, Hobbit-inspiring motherland of Oxfordshire in England, will soon attempt to become the first fusion power experiment to surpass the mythical “break-even” point. This experiment, known as the Joint European Torus (JET), has held the world record for fusion reactor efficiency since 1997 despite the USA’s recent laser-based fusion experiments at the National Ignition Facility. If JET can reach break-even point, there’s a very good chance that the massive ITER reactor currently being built in France will be able to obtain the holy grail of everlasting green power generation: self-sustaining fusion.

I’ve had my doubts about whether fusion will ever make economic sense, but what do hot fusion experiments like JET and ITER have to do with tabletop LENR? Well, in his closing paragraph Anthony links to another holy grail from his 2013, Nov 26th article:

I sure would like it if fusion became a reality, rather than continuing to hope that cold fusion isn’t some kind of parlor trick.

1-megawatt cold fusion power plant now available – yours for just $1.5 million

Believe it or not, the first cold fusion power plant is now available to pre-order. The E-Cat 1MW Plant, which comes in a standard shipping container, can produce one megawatt of thermal energy, using low-energy nuclear reactions (LENR) — a process, often known as cold fusion, that fuses nickel and hydrogen into copper, producing energy 100,000 times more efficiently than combustion. It sounds like E-Cat is now taking orders for delivery in early 2014, priced fairly reasonably at $1.5 million. Has cold fusion — the answer to all our energy needs — finally made its way to market?

So far no one is reporting how great their ECat is working.

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