Industry and academic partnerships report from JCF-14 meeting

The Japanese Cold Fusion Research Society (JCF) held their fourteenth meeting on December 7-8, 2013 at the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Tokyo, Japan where teams from academia and industry reported on their research.

Japanese business was an early supporter of cold fusion, also called Condensed-matter Fusion (CF), with giants like Toyota Corporation funding research that supported Drs. Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons in their French laboratory.

Over the twenty-five years since, official support waned for the notoriously difficult-to-reproduce reaction. The Japanese Cold Fusion Society (JCF) was formed in 1999 to bring scientists still working in the field together to share data. Since then, annual meetings have hosted live demonstrations of energy-producing cells, along with reports on multiple reproductions of key experiments.

Today, momentum is stronger than ever as industry involvement grows rapidly with corporations like Technova, Toyota, and Mitsubishi engaging in partnership with independent scientists and academics to pursue a commercial product.

Clean Planet is a new capital firm now working to advance the field with funding and resources. Founder and Chair Hideki Yoshino attended the recent meeting in Tokyo and described what triggered his involvement.

“On March 11, 2011, Japan was struck by a tsunami which devastated and created havoc throughout this island nation,” writes Yoshino. “The Fukushima meltdown triggered by the tsunami highlighted our vulnerability, even when we have the best back up systems in place. The failure of backup systems has left this country and parts of the world dealing with the threats of radioactive fallout. It became apparent that nuclear fission simply isn’t a safe and clean form of energy. This event was the catalyst for Clean Planet.”

“Clean Planet was created out of the need to better understand how we as a society can grow and prosper while protecting and providing peace and security for our future generations because we believe that a clean, safe and abundant source of energy is the key for the future of our global community.”

Yoshino and his team at Clean Planet have extensive experience in education, business, and law, and they’ve launched strong into CF. Two of the first recipients of support are Dr. Tadahiko Mizuno‘s group at Hydrogen Engineering Application & Development Company (HEAD) and Dr. Yoshiaki Arata‘s team at Arata Research Lab.

“Our direct and transparent approach allows us to 1, fund, and 2, bring human resources to the table which in turn allows us to optimize these resources to their full potential,” says Yoshino.

“Also, by bringing the community of researches and scientist together we are able to share in each others experiences which brings efficiencies both financially and academically to this exciting field of research.”

To what purpose? Yoshino is clear.

“We will initiate, create and distribute clean energy technologies that will enhance the well-being of all mankind to the global community.”

Clean Planet and HEAD will host JCF-15 scheduled for next year in Hokkaido, Japan.

Until then, Dr. X.F. Wang of the Hydrogen Eng. A&D Co. (HEAD) and the Arata R&D Center has filed this report on JCF-14.

JCF-14-Heavyweights

14th Japanese Cold Fusion Research Society Meeting Report by Dr. X.F. Wang

The program: http://jcfrs.org/JCF14/jcf14-program.pdf

The abstracts: http://jcfrs.org/JCF14/jcf14-abstracts.pdf

Paper presentation: Oral presentation 20 min.
(Review: 25min) + Discussion 5 min.
Oral report language: Japanese

Please see the following abstract of JCF14 about the brief content of theoretical analysis, which is not involved in this report. (The abstracts: http://jcfrs.org/JCF14/jcf14-abstracts.pdf)

It is summarized by the speech sequence.

Day 1 Saturday, December 7, 2013

13:00-13:10 Opening Address H. Numata (Tokyo Institute of Tech.)

Experiment-1 Chairman; T. Mizuno (Hydrogen Eng. A&D Co.)

JCF-14-1

13:10-13:35 JCF14-1 A. Kitamura (Technova Inc., Kobe U.)
Title: Study on Anomalous Heat Evolution from H-Ni Nanoparticle System at Elevated Temperature with Mass-Flow Calorimetry

① A new scaled-up (ten-times-larger volume: from 50cc to 500cc) absorption system with oil(boiling point: 390 deg-C)-mass-flow calorimetry (Fig.1) is calibrated using a dummy Al2O3 powder:

Conclusions:
a. The coolant oil reached almost 300 deg.C at heater input of 231W.
b. Long-term stability, or fluctuation in terms of standard deviation, is better than 0.5deg.C.
c. Conversion factor, dW/dT=(0.970.08)W/deg with an oil-flow rate of 20 cc/min.
d. Heat recovery efficiency is (0.880.03) with heat removal time constant of (301.2) min.

②The first trial run with a 50g CNS sample (silica-included Cu・Ni nano-compound containing 4g of Ni) mixed with 200g Al2O3:

Conclusions:
a. Both TC2 at the oil outlet and RTD’s inside the reaction chamber show higher temperatures than for the blank sample, which implies a long-lasting excess power of ~20W(i.e., 5W/g-Ni).
b. The assumed excess heat appears to be on the same order as that of the CNZ(Cu・Ni/ZrO2) sample yielding 2 W/g-Ni excess power.
c. Further measurements with more precise comparison are necessary to confirm the excess.

③ The runs with a 294-g CNZ4 sample (ZrO2-supproted Cu・Ni nano-composite containing 61-g of Ni) with an axial heater added:

Conclusions:
a. TC2 at the oil outlet and RTD’s inside the reaction chamber showed higher temperatures than for the blank sample, which implies an excess power and energy of ca. 10W (i.e., 0.2W/g-Ni) and 30 eV/atom-Ni, respectively.
b. The excess power is hardly explained only by atomic/molecular processes, although no hard radiations have been observed.
c. Further investigations with a variety of run parameters is necessary to enhance the excess.

13:35-14:00 JCF14-2 S. Tsuruga (Mitsubishi H. I.)
Title: Recent Advances in Deuterium Permeation Induced Transmutation Experiments using Nano-Structured Pd/CaO/Pd Multilayer Thin Film

Concluding Remarks:
1. Low energy nuclear transmutations from Cs into Pr, Sr into Mo, Ba into Sm and Ca into Ti have been observed in the Pd complexes, which are composed of Pd and CaO thin film and Pd substrate, induced by D2 gas permeation (Fig.4).
2. An electrochemical method was applied to increase the local deuteron density near the surface of the nano-structured Pd multilayer film. Transmutation products were increased up to ~1μg/cm2 by this approach (Fig.5).
3. Statistically significant gamma-rays were detected. These emissions were supposed to be caused by the increase of transmutation products (Fig.6).

14:00-14:25 JCF14-3 T. Takahashi (Iwate U.)
Title: Deuterium permeation experiment using Pd/Ni multi-layered sample
Deuterium permeation experiment using Pd/Pd/Ni/Pd Multi-layered sample was carried out(Fig.7a).

Experiment process:
1. Sample was sealed inside the stage (shown in Fig. 7c), and then vacuumed (10-4Pa) at temperature 120℃, kept for 48~72h.
2. The temperature of sample was set up to 70℃, and then D2 gas was loaded into the chamber (Fig.7b) until 0.2MPa. D2 gas flow rate was measured by the Mass flow meter. This process was kept for 7 days.
3. After the D2 gas loading process , the chamber was exhausted at temperature 120℃ for 48~72 hours.
4. The sample was analyzed by TOF-SIMS (Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry).
Conclusions:
1. Transmutation products from Element 133Cs were not identified (Fig.8).
2. For other transmutation products (Fig.9), it is necessary to proceed carefully assess from the impurity.
3. It is necessary to investigate about increasing the permeate flow rate, and the optimization of conditions for forming the film (Fig.10).
The flow rate is about 0.1~0.3[ccm/cm2] (Fig.10). Higher flow rate applying the sample immediately after preparation is observed. That is to say that the impurities on the surface is related to the flow rate.

Theory-1 Chairman; N. D. Cook (Kansai U.)

14:40-15:05 JCF14-4 T. Sawada (Nihon U.)
Title: Relation between the magnetic monopole and NAE of the nuclear cold fusion

15:05-15:30 JCF14-5 H. Kozima et al. (CF Res. Lab.)
Title: Atomic Nucleus and Neutron Nuclear Physics Revisited with the Viewpoint of the Cold Fusion Phenomenon

15:30-15:55 JCF14-6 H. Kozima (CF Res. Lab.)
Title: Nuclear Transmutation in Actinoid Hydrides and Deuterides

16:00-17:30 JCF Annual Meeting

18:00-20:00 Reception

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Day 2 Sunday, December 8, 2013

Experiment-2 Chairman; Y. Iwamura (Mitsubishi H. I.)
*This section was chaired by S. Narita (Iwate U.) because Y. Iwamura (Mitsubishi H. I.) called in sick.

10:00-10:25 JCF14-7 X.F. Wang (Arata R&D Center and Hydrogen Eng. A&D Co.)
Title: Synthesis of nano-Pd particles in Y-Zeolite pores by ultrasonic irradiation

0.8nm nano-Pd particles can be synthesized in Y-Zeolite pores by ultrasonic irradiation as shown in Fig.12. Since the synthesis process is not complicated, nano-Pd particles in Y-Zeolite pores can be expected to be applied to Cold Fusion. The Hydrogen/deuterium absorption features of nano-Pd particles in Y-Zeolite pores should be investigated as follows:
1. The effect of species, pores ​​diameter of Y-Zeolite.
2. The effect of average particle size, particle size distribution of Nano Pd particles.
3. The effect of temperature, pressure.

JCF-14-Mizuno-Wang

10:25-10:50 JCF14-8 H. Yamada et al. (Iwate U.)
Title: Impressive Increase in Number of Etch Pit occasionally Produced on CR-39 in Light and Heavy Water Electrolysis Using Ni Film Cathode

Conclusions:
1. The reaction does not always take place in every electrolysis experiment but occasionally does under the same experimental condition.
2. Impressive increase in number of etch pit has been observed in 4 out of 16 for H2O and 1 out of 6 for D2O electrolysis conditions.
3. The common factors to increase number of the etch pit in the CR-39 chip might be
 ①Ni film cathode
②The long electrolysis time
③Li in the electrolyte solution

Theory-2 Chairman; K.Tsuchiya (Tokyo National College of Tech.)

10:50-11:20 JCF14-9 A. Takahashi et al. (Technova Inc.)
Title: D(H)-Cluster Langevin Code and Some Calculated Results

*The source of BASIC EXE applied by Prof. Takahashi can be downloaded from here:
http://hp.vector.co.jp/authors/VA008683/basicw32.htm

11:20-11:45 JCF14-10 H. Miura
Title: Computer Simulation of Hydrogen States near T site in Ni and Pt Metals

11:45-12:10 JCF14-11 H. Numata (Tokyo Institute of Tech.)
Title: Numerical simulation of vortex appeared on electrode surface under long term evolution of deuterium in 0.1M LiOD

Vortex formation locally, triggered by cylindrical pillar current initiation.

12:10-13:30 Lunch

Theory-3 Chairman; E. Yamaguchi (Doshisya U.)

13:30-13:55 JCF14-12 K. Tsuchiya (Tokyo National College of Tech.)
Title: The quantum states of the system including two species of charged bosons in ion traps Ⅲ

13:55-14:25 JCF14-13 E. Igari (Hydrogen Eng. A&D Co.)
Title: Discussion about the quality of the experiments in cold fusion

Conclusions:
When we experiment in cold fusion, we must think about both theoretical and technical issues. The theory of cold fusion continues to evolve. But, the technology of experiment has not caught up with the theory. The Problems remains in the nanostructure and gas control. However, these problems will be solved by technological innovations.

JCF-14-Igari

14:25-14:50 JCF14-14 N. D. Cook (Kansai U.)
Title: Transmutation of Palladium and Nickel Isotopes

14:50-15:15 JCF14-15 H. Kozima (CF Res. Lab.)
Title: Nuclear Transmutations (NTs) in Cold Fusion Phenomenon (CFP) and Nuclear Physics

15:15-15:40 JCF14-16 H. Kozima (CF Res. Lab.)
Title: The Cold Fusion Phenomenon What is It?

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Dr. Yasuhiro Iwamura
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Akira Kitamura at ICCF-18 “A Mass-Flow-Calorimetry System for Scaled-up Experiments on Anomalous Heat Evolution at Elevated Temperatures” [slides]

Akito Takahashi at ICCF-18 “Nuclear Products of Cold Fusion by TSC Theory” [slides]

Decontamination of radioactive ashes by nano-silver by Toshiro Sengaku

No active nuke power in Japan in Toshiro Sengaku

The Deep Reach of Martin Fleischmann

So, the puzzle looks approaching the resolution now. The long lasting excess heat phenomena, currently being observed by several groups in Japan, Italy, USA, etc., will be understood in the extension of their research.

When we will trace inversely in time, we will find the original point of perspective in the Fleischmann-Pons work at 1989.” –Dr. Akito Takahashi


The passing of Martin Fleischmann has sounded throughout the noosphere, where lightspeed assisted in the collective and simultaneous mourning for a Lion of Science who dared follow truth, turning away from the insults of lesser minds without regret, and without reward.

The loss is felt strongly by his family, his friends, and fellow scientists who worked with him on over two-decades of cold fusion research where his intellect and integrity left an indelible mark on multiple programs around the world.

Indeed, Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons created the field of condensed matter nuclear science. Without the public announcement of their discovery in 1989, we might not have the new generation of experimentalists and inventors working to bring this technology to fruition.

Andrea RossiAfter the recent news, Andrea Rossi, inventor of the Energy Catalyzer, a commercial steam generator now in development based on nickel-hydrogen exothermic reactions, an extension of the original electrolytic palladium-deuterium systems, noted that “Fleischmann and Pons were not the first to witness” these mercurial energy-producing reactions, but they “have been the pioneers to speak about the so called ‘Cold Fusion’.”

He said in a previous interview with James Martinez that ‘it was the announcement of their discovery in 1989 that was the “spark that ignited the fire”’ in his own research. [read]

All their attempts failed to produce the real big energy, but the idea to pursue low-energy nuclear reactions has been further followed by many others, myself included“. –Andrea Rossi

Martin Fleischmann was born in Czechoslovakia in 1927, but fled the looming approach of war to Great Britain as a child. As an adult, he traveled the world creating several laboratories, consulting and collaborating with scientists on every continent.

Fleischmann’s influence was particularly felt in scientific circles in Japan where cold fusion science received unprecedented support from academia, business and government. The 1994 BBC documentary Too Close To The Sun features an historical perspective on that support which included that of Technova Corporation, a subsidiary of Toyota, which funded Drs. Fleischmann and Pons’ continued research at a laboratory in France, after U.S. scientists successfully pilloried the pair, forcing a re-location from the “freedom-loving” American continent to Europe.

Dr. Akito Takahashi has been involved in the early Japanese cold fusion research as part of the Department of Nuclear Engineering at Osaka University. Now, also associated with Technova, Inc, he is speaking at the NIWeek 2012 conference beginning this week as well as the 17th International Conference on Cold Fusion ICCF-17.

Before his trip, Dr. Takahashi took a moment to share what Martin Fleischmann meant to the Japanese program of research:

You know the NHE (New Hydrogen Energy) project 1994-1998 was funded by Japanese Government. To confirm the excess heat effect (EHE) by F-P’s D2O/Pd electrolysis was the target of NHE.

Fleischmann visited the NHE lab in Sapporo several times to lead and assist the Japanese team. Unfortunately, the NHE team could not firmly reproduce the F-P claim and the NHE project was terminated in 1998. However, a Japanese company, IMURA-Europe, Niece France, under the Toyota Motors, invited Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons to continue the ‘cold fusion’ research with Japanese researchers. The effort by the company was also terminated soon.

However Professor Fleischmann, as regarded by Japanese as the initiator of cold fusion research, gave a favorable impression to several tens of remaining JPN cold fusion researchers, especially in universities, and a small number of companies, who have found some positive, albeit irreproducible, data during the NHE and IMURA projects. The remained people have continued research works, both experiments extending to gas-loading method with nano-catalysts and theories on underlying physics, and have accumulated more and more concrete data. So, JPN researchers have sincere respect for Professor Martin Fleischmann to this day.

In regards to being an influence in research, Dr. Takahashi wrote:

Of course, Japanese researchers were inspired by the speculation that the dynamic behavior of deuterons fully/over-fully absorbed in metal lattice might cause ‘hither-to-unknown’ and ‘clean-radiation-less’ nuclear energy release. However, the NHE effort was still using the original F-P method (ICARUS device) and metallurgical performances of D(H)-absorption.

After the NHE project, a change of mind pursued ‘dynamic/transient’ adsorption/absorption conditions with nano-fabricated metal composite samples, after the original work by Arata-Zhang based on the idea of Emeritus Prof. Hiroshi Fujita expert of atom-clusters, Osaka University.

The gas-loading method with nano-fabricated samples of pure-Pd, Pd-Ni binary and then Cu-Ni binary nano-particles dispersed in ceramics supporters (ZrO2, SiO2, etc.) have finally provided the present on-going experiments with very reproducible excess heat release and interesting D(H)-isotopic effects probably indicating the nuclear origin of heat evolution. As the electrolysis method, done by the Energetics-SRI-ENEA collaboration, is getting to the similar condition of nano-fractal surface of Pd-metal for meeting ‘large excess heat’, the original F-P cell might have had nano-fractal conditions, albeit accidentally conditioned in uncontrolled way.

So, the puzzle looks to be approaching the resolution now. The long lasting excess heat phenomena, currently being observed by several groups in JPN, Italy, USA, etc., will be understood in the extension of such research line.

When we will trace inversely in time, we will find the original point of perspective in the Fleischmann-Pons work at 1989.” –Dr. Akito Takahashi

After the U.S. had kicked the discoverers of our future energy source out of the country, money from the Toyota empire built them a new laboratory in France. Ironically, Drs. Fleischmann and Pons were interviewed on Good Morning America – from France – in 1994.

Dr. Jean-Paul Biberian, a cold fusion scientist based in Marseilles, France and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Condensed Matter Nuclear Science, wrote of the influence of Martin Fleischmann on French research:

Martin Fleischmann played a major role at the beginning of Cold Fusion in France. Georges Lonchampt, who was then working at the French Atomic Energy Commission in Grenoble met him and Stanley Pons several times when they were working at IMRA in Sophia Antipolis. Fleischmann gave him full details of the experimental procedure, and even gave him two of their ICARUS 2 cells. Thanks to his help, Longchampt and his colleagues managed to duplicate, at least partly, the original work. Lonchampt was one of the very few who duplicated exactly the Fleischmann and Pons experiment.

Without his help there is no doubt that the initial program started in France in 1989 would have ended quickly after.

Martin Fleischmann’s influence has not yet been assessed. But as the world turns towards this viable alternative, there will be alot of looking back, and human eyes will see what they want to see.

Martin Fleischmann still lives. I can see him lecture, hear him speak, read his words, and see his face, just as much as I could before Friday August 3, 2012 when he reportedly left the physical world for a freer, larger existence. 0s and 1s dart about the network, framing his presence in the digital space that exists as an external double of our consciousness.

While a virtual visit to Mars is not the same as physically being there, robotic cameras give millions the opportunity to experience a form of space travel to another world. Millions more will meet Martin Fleischmann through his legacy of work, too, as documented by his true peers in the cold fusion community, and available for as long as human civilization exists.

Related Links

NIWeek 2012 Homepage

ICCF-17 Homepage

Watch: Too Close to the Sun 1994 BBC Doc profiles early history of cold fusion underground by Ruby Carat June 7, 2012

Watch: 1994 Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons interviewed on Good Morning America – from France! by Ruby Carat June 19, 2012

Media Dopplers by Chad Scoville C-theory.net

No active nuke power plant in Japan

I am a blogger and a “LENR revolution” believer living in Japan. I will write the situation around us after 311, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.

At midnight of May 5th, the last nuke power plant was turned off for maintenance and there is no active nuke power plant in Japan.
The next photo shows “Nuclear Power Phase-out” people celebrating the historical event in Kou-enji of Tokyo. In this place, over 10,000 people joined demonstration parade to stop nuclear plants.

In Japan, there are 54 nuke power plants.  One year ago, in June 2011, the number of active nuke power plant was 19 which are colored as red in the next figure.  One after another, active plants have been turned off for maintenance and no electric power company could turn on it against the will of the people.

We Japanese consume the maximum electric power in August for air conditioning.  We saved the power in office, factory, shop and home in the last summer as below.  We must save more and more in this summer.  This is very important issue for our society and industry.

http://www.enerdata.jp/press-and-publications/publications/%E7%A6%8F%E5%B3%B6%E7%AC%AC%E4%B8%80%E5%8E%9F%E5%AD%90%E5%8A%9B%E7%99%BA%E9%9B%BB%E6%89%80%E4%BA%8B%E6%95%85%E3%81%AE%E5%BD%B1%E9%9F%BF.pdf

Electric Power Consumption in Japan

The electric power saving is important but is not the most critical.  I think the most critical issue for us is widespread contamination by  radioactive materials such as caesium 134 or 137.  The next photo shows children in a sports day in  this month in Fukushima prefecture.  They wore musks to prevent breathing dust, because the dust may include radioactive materials.

Unfortunately, cold fusion or LENR is not recognized as right science and technology in Japan.  But, I believe LENR will solve power problem in the near future and maybe … the biological transmutation technology may clean the land polluted by radioactive materials.

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