In AEON Magazine, He writes his latest piece on the topic of the much maligned field of ‘cold fusion’ based on his keen observation of restlessness in the herd.
“Three months ago I wrote an essay in Aeon about intriguing developments in low-energy nuclear reactions (LENR), a controversial field that traces its origins to the claims of ‘cold fusion’ by Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons in 1989. Cold fusion itself is widely regarded as discredited, yet there are several recent reports of LENR devices producing commercially useful amounts of heat.”
“As David Bailey and Jonathan Borwein have pointed out in HuffPost Science, it seems increasingly improbable that all these findings are the result of fraud or error, as skeptics assert. But the only remaining alternative – that science simply made the wrong call when it dismissed cold fusion – is still almost invisible in serious scientific conversations and in the mainstream media.”
“Why is this possibility so broadly ignored? I suggested that it is because LENR is caught in what I called a ‘reputation trap’. Cold fusion has had such a bad name that scientists and journalists put their reputations at risk if they dare to express an interest in LENR. So a fascinating story goes largely unnoticed and unreported.”
“More importantly, the reputation trap has pushed to the margins an idea that, if it does work, might be just what we need right now: the ‘energy miracle’ that Bill Gates is so desperately seeking. LENR claims to tap the same unlimited nuclear energy reserves as hot fusion, without its enormous technological obstacles. I proposed in my essay that science should be more tolerant of its mavericks, when so much is at stake. If I’m right, then the reputation trap itself is the thing that should be condemned and ridiculed, not LENR science.”
Not surprisingly, some readers weren’t convinced. Some concerned commentators even worried about what the piece would do to my own reputation. So, three months later, is he having any regrets?
British Science A-Team leader goes on to report.
“On the contrary, the story has become even more interesting, in my view. I want to offer some updates for readers who weren’t persuaded last time that these developments were worth following for themselves. And I want to sound a note of caution for anyone who still feels confident that they can continue to ignore the field. If LENR is on the verge of a comeback, the reputation trap will turn inside out very, very quickly. No one wants to be the last ostrich to pull its head out of the sand. You have been warned!”
To refresh your memory about cold fusion it was announced to the world by its discoverer’s Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons, chemists working at the University of Utah in March 1989. The same day it was announced the giant oil super tanker Exxon Valdez ran onto the rocks in Alaska creating the largest oil spill ever. Perhaps that was a omen for fossil fuel.
In his lucid analysis and report on where cold fusion is today he is clearly impressed by dramatic developments and large scale commercial development of practical technologies in the field. He’s been closely following the year long megawatt cold fusion power plant of Andrea Rossi that has been successfully powering a factory in Florida for a full year now.
The formal test is now completed and an independent expert who was hired to closely monitor the plants operation for the year is expected to submit his certification report shortly. While the report has not yet leaked word from Rossi and his venture capital investors, a US group called ‘industrial heat’ who claim to have raised more than $50 million in the past year to drive cold fusion to market is they are pleased.
Price makes mention of several other leading and competing cold fusion technologies that are in the race with Italian Rossi. Whether their US Model T’s will be a match for Rossi’s giant IVECO industrial trucks is another question. One thing is for certain that as the cold fusion egg that has been sat upon for more than 25 years finally hatches the world will be far better for it.
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Rossi’s technology as it ‘hatches’ over the course of the next short time will prove this is no theoretical notion, factories around the world have already lined up, according to some reports, with thousand of orders for Rossi’s E-Cat Industrial Heat generators.
Cambridge Professor Price is clearly more than a little convinced, He has literally put his money where his mouth is as he has placed a large bet on Rossi. He notes:
If Rossi or Brillouin Energy come up trumps, I’ll win more than £30,000 from critics of my previous Aeon piece, for our Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at the University of Cambridge. (Details of one of these bets are public at Metaculus.) I take comfort from the recent news that Industrial Heat are buying up other LENR patents, hardly the action of an organisation that has lost confidence in its direction.”
Price goes on to say to his doubting Thomas friends. “My recommendation to these friends is to keep at least one eye open. For herd animals – like ostriches and scientists – a good way to know when to move is to keep an eye on peers who are closer to the action. If they start to shift, then you should consider it too – unless you have good reason to think that you know something that they don’t.”
His final thought shared is this – “We don’t know how this story ends, but with the players now involved, it is hard to see how it could be anything but interesting. Perhaps it’s time for the science media of the world to find some backbone, face down the reputation trap, and start paying attention?”
Another Cambridge Scholar with a view about the reality of cold fusion and the controversy that has been foisted upon it is Prof. Brian Joshephson who won the Noble Prize in Physics so many years ago that the significance of his work has been long lost save for those ‘few of us’ who might find using advanced personal computers useful! Here’s a link to his talk at a Nobel Laureates meeting where he speaks to the regretable dominance of pathological skepticism in science.
UPDATE: Breaking news 06 April is a press release from Rossi et al on the independent verifiers report of the Florida Megawatt E-Cat year long operation.
Via PR Newswire: Leonardo Corporation announced today that on March 29, 2016, Leonardo Corporation received independent third party validation of the overwhelmingly positive results of a nearly yearlong test of Leonardo’s 1MW Energy Catalyzer (“E-Cat”). According to the inventor, Andrea Rossi, the E-Cat generates a low energy nuclear reaction (“LENR”) which produces excess heat energy at a cost substantially below more traditional energy sources. According to the independent third party report, over the 352 day test period, the E-Cat consistently generated energy at a rate in excess of six (6) times the amount of energy consumed by the plant, often generating energy exceeding fifty (50) times the amount of energy consumed during the same period. According to Andrea Rossi, Leonardo Corporation considers the results of the third party test to be “an overwhelming success” and that “the world is one step closer to the realization of a commercially available new, clean and efficient energy source.”
The independent third party validation test was performed by Dr. Ing. Fabio Penon, a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering, at the behest of Leonardo Corporation and one of its licensees, Industrial Heat, LLC. as both desired independent third party verification of the sustainability of the energy production of the E-Cat over a prolonged period. “The results of Dr. Penon’s test was consistent with the measurements taken by the representatives of Leonardo Corporation and Industrial Heat respectively during the course of the test” said inventor Andrea Rossi.
“Leonardo Corporation is working diligently with its licensees, corporate partners and material suppliers to implement a production and distribution plan consistent with the expected demand for the E-Cat units when they are made commercially available” stated Rossi.
Notwithstanding, Licensee Industrial Heat continued involvement in the development and manufacturing of the E-Cat is uncertain at this time. As stated in a lawsuit filed by The Silver Law Group, P.A. on behalf of Leonardo Corporation on April 5, 2016, Leonardo Corporation believes that Industrial Heat breached the terms of its license agreement and misappropriated Leonardo Corporation’s intellectual property relating to the E-Cat. Additional information is available regarding the E-Cat atwww.ecat.com. The lawsuit can be viewed at pacer.gov, Case No. 16-CV-21199-JLK, U.S. District Court, Southern District ofFlorida. Leonardo Corporation does not anticipate that there will be any delay in the commercial release of the E-Cat technology as a result of the lawsuit.