In 1989, when the announcement of the discovery of cold fusion was made, Jean-Paul Biberian embarked on an extraordinary, promising adventure. Would it be possible to produce unlimited energy at low cost?
Many laboratories and scientists throughout the world tried to reproduce the Fleischmann-Pons experiment. But cold fusion did not happen in one day. This is Biberian’s personal story working in the cold fusion field, set in the context of the greater human and scientific story of cold fusion.
Under the direction of P.K.Iyengar, the Bhaba Atomic Research Centre (BARC) began cold fusion experiments early in the field’s history, finding excess heat, neutron bursts and tritium, among other results, from multiple types of cells.
Dr. Mahadeva Srinivasan, the head of BARC’s Neutron Physics Division and an Associate Director of the Physics Group, performed many of these experiments, and reported on the research in journals and conferences. A survey of the BARC experiments is archived here.
“Dr. Iyengar, who was the moving spirit behind the initial cold fusion program at BARC, moved on to become the chairman of the Indian Atomic Energy Commission. That has had an impact on the other groups involved in cold fusion experiments, though it didn’t bother me. Many of the other groups did not want to risk their careers, and so many of the groups wound down their work. So in terms of numbers of people, we have come down from a level of 50 scientists actively engaged in cold fusion to about 15.”
After that, skeptics managed to end the remaining experiments, until nothing remained. That may be changing now.
The 25 February 2015 issue of the journal Current Science Volume 108 Issue 4 contains a special section on LENR, with a variety of papers from cold fusion researchers around the world. The recognition by the mainstream Indian science journal for the emerging field of new energy marks a turning point for LENR research in India. Mahadeva Srinivasan was a Guest Editor along with LENR theorist Andrew Meulenberg.
Mahadeva Srinivasan says, “I give full credit for the Special Section to Prof. R. Srinivasan, the Editor of Current Science, for it was he who sprung a surprise and asked us whether we would like to guest edit a Special Section!”
Though no comments have been received from mainstream Indian scientists in response to the publication, Dr. Srinivasan believes “there is every reason to be very happy with the outcome.”
“A high level Group has been formed to look into CF/LENR. The first meeting of this group is to be held on 8th April, the day before I leave for Venice [ICCF-19]. The cost of holding this meeting will be borne by a federal Ministry”.
A collection of articles by Robert Ventola has been published as a book “HOT-CAT 2.0: How last generation E-Cats are made” co-authored with Vessela Nikolova.
Vessela Nikolova is the author of the biography of Andrea RossiE-Cat The New Fire. According to her blog, Robert Ventola is a contributor and electrical engineer.
The book is dedicated to the memory of Sergio Focardi physicist and Professor Emeritus at the University of Bologna, who worked with Andrea Rossi first testing, and then collaborating in the development of the E-Cat.
The chapters describe the evolution of E-Cat designs and includes a chapter entitled The secret interior of a reactor
Read excerpts from the Preface by Vessela Nikolova and the Introduction by Robert Ventola compliments the authors.