Skip to comments.Physicist Claims First Real Demonstration of Cold Fusion
Posted on 05/27/2008 1:35:26 PM PDT by Red Badger
On May 22, researchers at Osaka University presented the first demonstration of cold fusion since an unsuccessful attempt in 1989 that has clouded the field to this day.
To many people, cold fusion sounds too good to be true. The idea is that, by creating nuclear fusion at room temperature, researchers can generate a nearly unlimited source of power that uses water as fuel and produces almost zero waste. Essentially, cold fusion would make oil obsolete.
However, many experts debate whether money should be spent on cold fusion research or applied to more realistic alternative energy solutions. For decades, researchers around the world have been simply trying to show that cold fusion is indeed possible, but they´ve yet to take that important first step.
Now, esteemed Physics Professor Yoshiaki Arata of Osaka University in Japan claims to have made the first successful demonstration of cold fusion. Last Thursday, May 22, Arata and his colleague Yue-Chang Zhang of Shianghai Jiotong University presented the cold fusion demonstration to 60 onlookers, including other physicists, as well as reporters from six major newspapers and two TV studios. If Arata and Zhang´s demonstration is real, it could lead to a future of new, clean, and cheap energy generation.
In their experiment, the physicists forced deuterium gas into a cell containing a mixture of palladium and zirconium oxide, which absorbed the deuterium to produce a dense "pynco" deuterium. In this dense state, the deuterium nuclei from different atoms were so close together that they fused to produce helium nuclei.
Evidence for the occurrence of this fusion came from measuring the temperature inside the cell. When Arata first injected the deuterium gas, the temperature rose to about 70° C (158° F), which Arata explained was due to nuclear and chemical reactions. When he turned the gas off, the temperature inside the cell remained warmer than the cell wall for 50 hours, which Arata said was an effect of nuclear fusion.
While Arata´s demonstration looked promising to his audience, the real test is still to come: duplication. Many scientists and others are now recalling the infamous 1989 demonstration by Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons, who claimed to produce controlled nuclear fusion in a glass jar at room temperature. However, no one - including Fleischmann and Pons - could duplicate the experiment, leading many people to consider cold fusion a pseudoscience to this day.
But one witness at the recent demonstration, physicist Akito Takahashi of Osaka University, thought that the experiment should be able to be repeated.
"Arata and Zhang demonstrated very successfully the generation of continuous excess energy [heat] from ZrO2-nano-Pd sample powders under D2 gas charging and generation of helium-4," Takahashi told New Energy Times. "The demonstrated live data looked just like data they reported in their published papers [J. High Temp. Soc. Jpn, Feb. and March issues, 2008]. This demonstration showed that the method is highly reproducible."
In addition, researchers will have to repeat the experiment with larger amounts of the palladium and zirconium oxide mixture in order to generate larger quantities of energy.
via: Physics World and New Energy Times
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Basically, there are companies forming around this hydrogen technology and they’re busy selling the equivalent of swampland. As long as they don’t call it “cold fusion” they will attract participants. Then, when cold fusion is finally replicated in the lab, they’ll just update their websites and documentation and be ready to go.
We could tell the Jihadis to go scratch! Their oil would suddenly be worth as much as their sand!
We could tell the Jihadis to go scratch! Their oil would suddenly be worth as much as their sand!
I have thought there was something akin to this all along:
“The catalyst causes the hydrogen atoms to transition to lower-energy states by allowing their electrons to fall to smaller radii around the nucleus with a release of energy that is intermediate between chemical and nuclear energies, the primary application is as a new primary energy source.’
About 1/3 of the way down there is a post (and related links) stating that the late Julian Schwinger had performed Quantum Mechanical calculations indicating that "cold fusion is possible because when deuterium atoms are trapped in a palladium lattice, their proximity allows for their quantum mechanical interactions to bypass the hot fusion requirement of high energy collisions.
As Schwinger was a Nobel Laureate and certified genius, that really got my attention.
Let’s assume Arata’s cold fusion demonstration can be repeated. Can cold fusion be harnessed to boil water to turn a steam turbine to make electricity? What kind of temperature rises are we seeing here? My guess only 10 or 30 degrees
Who really cares about cold fusion if it cannot generate commercial levels of electricity?
...and then on the engineering aspects of it (e.g. can you coax it to work just as well on a fine mesh or thin sheet of palladium, thereby lowering the cost per Joule)
you could end up with a source of heat which could substitute for other fuels in a number of applications.
I’m only interested in cold fusion if it can heat water high enough to run steam turbines which a friend says is optimally about 400 degrees. I doubt that it can
If there is another way to harness cold fusion and is commercially viable then great nd let’s do it
I thought the whole point of cold fusion was an energy revolution. Meaning mankind gets a new source of energy. Not scientists getting rocks off by producing 2 watts of anomalous energy
I agree that the amount of heat generated would be the determining factor in the usefulness of this phenomenon as a widespread energy source.
But even as a minor energy source, if it is cost-competitive with oil/coal/solar/etc. etc., will help.
I suspect that the first lab experiments demonstrating nuclear fission were equally unimpressive as regards total energy release, and look where THAT went.
Cool article. Also notice in the same article that they’re saying Arata’s results have already been replicated:
At the latest International Conference on Cold Fusion which took place between 25 June and 1 July 2007, at Sochi, Russia, at least two different research groups reported replication of Arata and Zhangs results using a variant of the procedure that involved loading D2 gas into nano-scale palladium black.
That guy Schwinger reminds me of Richard Feynman, with whom he shared the Nobel prize.
Here’s a great speech he gave on Cold Fusion in 1991:
Here’s the simple story behind all the guffaws that mock this field of inquiry. It is a classic disruptive technology.
WHAT REALLY HAPPENED WITH COLD FUSION
AND WHY IS IT COMING BACK?
International Congress of Nanotechnology 2005
San Francisco, CA, USA, Oct. 31-Nov. 4, 2005
Table IV. Comparison of Hot and Cold Fusion
Government-Sponsored Research — Hot Fusion : Cold Fusion
Years Studied 54 : 16
Estimated U.S. funding to date $16 Billion : $25 Million Committed worldwide government funding > $12 Billion : None
Shows potential for large-scale power generation Yes : No
Potential for power production at point of consumption No (too big) : Yes
If it works, which is in doubt, the real problem would be scaling up. It would be bigger by far than an ordinary nuke plant if it is to do the job of a nuke plant. Bigger than a coal plant. Much bigger. Not cheap either.
Platinum, Palladium Futures Decline in N.Y. as Dollar Gains
By Halia Pavliva
May 29 (Bloomberg) — Platinum plunged the most in almost two months and palladium fell as the dollar rallied against the euro, reducing demand for the precious metals as hedges against inflation.
The dollar rose for the third straight day on speculation the Federal Reserve will raise borrowing costs later this year. Before today, platinum jumped 36 percent this year, partly because of mining disruptions in South Africa, the world’s biggest source of the metal.
The metals ``are inversely following the dollar,’’ Walter Otstott, a senior broker at Dallas Commodity Co. in Dallas, said in an e-mail. ``This is temporary, as mining difficulties in South Africa cannot be ignored.’’
Platinum futures for July delivery fell $72.90, or 3.5 percent, to $1,994 an ounce at 10:50 a.m. on the New York Mercantile Exchange. A close at that price would mark the biggest percentage drop for a most-active contract since April 1. The metal has dropped 14 percent from a record $2,308.80 on March 4.
Palladium futures for September delivery dropped $3.70, or 0.8 percent, to $436.05 an ounce. Earlier, the price touched $433, the lowest since May 15. Before today, the metal gained 16 percent this year.
Platinum and palladium are used to make jewelry and pollution-control parts for cars.
To contact the reporter on this story: Halia Pavliva in New York at email@example.com.
Last Updated: May 29, 2008 10:52 EDT
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