I am very much a skeptic on his claims.
However, I am not skeptical in the general area of "non hot fusion", call it cold fusion, LENR, boson reactions, weak nuclear events... I have seen with my own eyes results that are "interesting." I had a researcher I trust show me curves for loading palladium with hydrogen. Exothermic when loaded, endothermic when unloading. Totally explainable with current chemical theory of hydrides. Then he loads it with deuterium it is exothermic, and unloads the deuterium from the palladium and it is exothermic. Same rig, same calibrations on the calorimeter, and back to back. Totally repeatable. As the researcher said, Moose, here is the data... I don't know what is going on, but this is the data, it's different with deuterium.
About Rossi's patents, he said he will release the details of the "lemon" and the "secret catalyst" when the patents are issued. The problem is the US will not issue any "cold fusion" related patents, so the odds of his patent being issued is nil IMHO at this time. Being pragmatic, I would agree with his position that if there is not a patent, I cannot disclose the secret catalyst. It would be immediately copied and he would get zero. Of course if it didn't work, that would be immediately evident. But a GE or Seimens or xyz co. would never voluntarily just give him a royalty if not forced by a legal license if it did work.
About the steam out of the hose. That bothered me a lot also. I was expecting to see quite a stream of steam! Rossi said something aligned with Luke, that if the steam is "hot" you will not see it. That agrees with what I have heard on ships that you can be cut in half with a steam jet and not see it. There are a couple of videos where folks hooked tea kettles up to hoses and photographed the output. Their firing rate was 1Kw and 2Kw, close to Rossi's claimed 700 or so watts, and to my eye, their steam plume looked like Rossi's.
I was brainstorming with a few folks today, and we figured a way he could potentially fudge the results, but only if the data run was for a short period. If he runs it for 8 or more hours weighing the water source reservoir we don't think he could still fudge a factor of 7 on output. Assuming of course that real calibrated instruments were used.
I don't know... crazy stuff for sure! I was hoping since we are international board, that there might be more stories from the continent. If there is, please post them. We had heard about the oil recycling/trash to oil project that was a complete disaster. Also I think his degree is in philosophy or some other social science, not a hard scientist or engineer. Not very good credentials for sure.
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