ICCF-18 Post Thoughts: Long Hours, High Spirits, and The Young Guns

DSC_2520Having just wrapped up the week long 18th International Conference on Cold Fusion, some post thoughts and take-aways are beginning to form, and likely will continue in the days to come, as the decompression from the conference and related travel begin to take shape.

The Hours, Long.

The conference itself was excellent, though in actual execution it was rather brutal. Peter Hagelstein told me it reminded him of a conference in the early 2000’s where after all was said and done he settled in for a full 24 hour sleep. This conference had many of the attendees feeling the same way.

For myself and Ruby, after the 8am to 6 or 7pm lectures and presentations would conclude, it was a quick stop into town for some food and then back to the university dorm room (where most of the attendees stayed) for a complete write up on the days events while downloading photos and video, and transferring over numerous 32gig chips to hard drives. We’d usually wrap up a little before 1 am, then set the alarm for 6 to fix typos and finish up any transfers, before the presentations began at 8am.

Seeing as no one else was doing this, covering the event that is, it became a must do moral imperative that fueled us forward. The television program 60 minutes was apparently there for part of one day and I think there was an AP reporter sitting in front of me during some of the lectures, but most of the time I noticed he was on his laptop looking at Facebook.

There was also a filmmaker named Ken Fox who had attended a previous conference and was working diligently on his own Cold Fusion documentary. We hung out and shared ideas, technical and otherwise. Great guy.

But as far as the day to day coverage went with nightly publishing, ColdFusionNow.org was pretty much it.
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The Power of Gathering.

“Human relationships always help us to carry on because they always presuppose further developments, a future — and also because we live as if our only task was precisely to have relationships with other people.” — Albert Camus

What was evident at this conference was the power of gathering. The enthusiasm among the scientists, researchers and attendees was strong. One night we simply selected numerous photos from the day and made them the majority of the post in an attempt to convey the excitement present in the air. While one criticism came in on the lack of coverage for that day, someone else did get what we were visually trying to reveal. I posted it to our Facebook page and this was one of the responses that summed it up nicely:

I was just looking through some ICCF-18 “day three” pics from coldfusionnow.org If you have any confidence in reading body language and facial expressions as an indicator, you would probably agree that the conference and more importantly, it’s content are being received with “warm regards”… https://coldfusionnow.org/iccf-18-day-3-photos/

A leading scientist in the field told me during one of the breaks that the most exciting part of the conference was not actually so much the lectures, but rather the “behind the scenes” activity going on. Many exchanges on experiments and other aspects took place, and some of the information exchanged by presenters was not included in their lectures.

On top of it all was the simple act of friends from across the globe coming together, seeing one another, hanging out, laughing, smiling, socializing, philosophizing and reminiscing. While the same elements of any annual conference on any subject would take place, this being the subject of Cold Fusion and the history this particular endeavor carries, there seems an extra importance in having these conferences and sharing comradery with one another.

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THE YOUNG GUNS.

If there was one theme I noticed throughout, one element that according to others separated this conference from those in the past, it was clearly the talk about, The Young Guns.

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Heavyweights Mike McKubre and Peter Hagelstein both personally commented how the presence of young people at this conference was astonishing and inspiring.

At Thursday night’s banquet, Peter had young men and women going up to him and requesting photographs. Peter said that his heart got yanked hard when he was being told by some of the young people how his work had really inspired them.

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Others as well were surprised by the presence of youth. Many were encouraged by it, seeing as the leaders in the field are getting up there in years (McKubre is nearing 65, and considered the Young Gun of the remaining original ICCF group).

The Young Guns ranged from a high school student attending the conference with her dad (and was now re-considering variations on her experiments after listening to the lectures) to the extremely knowledgeable young men and women from the Sidney Kimmel Institute of Nuclear Renaissance (SKINR). I also met a 20 something guy named Nikita involved with analytical chemistry (pictured in the above top photo with Peter) who was part of the poster session presentations. He had incredible enthusiasm. At one point he stood beaming while carefully looking around the room. He then turned to me and said, “Yeah, these are my people…”

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The Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project really made their presence known at this conference and they are definitely creating a pathway for young people to hop on board and get directly involved with Cold Fusion applications and experimentation. They provide a certain “cool” to this field while combining all the important elements from utilizing technology and the internet in relevant ways to taking direct, immediate actions to make things happen, all while backing it with strong and addicting enthusiasm. They made a HUGE mark at ICCF-18.

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Overall, it was a long conference, and we agreed with many attendees who said they felt it was weeks and not days that had gone by. However the agreement was also that it was a very positive outcome and an excellent and very uplifting gathering.

The University of Missouri and Rob Duncan organized and put on a tight event that, while overwhelming in nature, was outstanding in outcome, with some very strong take-aways to push this field in the young and enthusiastic direction it needs to go.

Al Gore mentions Cold Fusion Today (6/11) at Google+ Conversation

algoreIn a 40 minute video chat published today by TakePart TV as part of a Google+ Conversation series, Al Gore is interviewed on climate change and is asked about various alternative energy solutions.

Just before the 19 minute mark, he is asked about Nuclear Fusion wherein he states that he’s been told by the experts he trusts that it’s 50 years away at least, referring to Hot Fusion.

He IMMEDIATELY then changes gears, and with a slow dramatic emphasis, he states “there are some very intriguing explorations of what used to be called Cold Fusion…”

Naturally he goes on to say something to the effect of ‘don’t bet all your marbles on it in the near future’, but nevertheless, the emphasis and excitement in his one little line is enough to tell he knows a bit more than he’s willing to let on. Perhaps knew he had to break the ice on the long standing ignoring, denouncing, and “inconvenient truth” of Cold Fusion. Of course he tries to create some distance with the term as well…“they don’t like to call it that anymore…”

Watch the full video, but skip to around the 19 minute mark for the short and sweet Cold Fusion blurb.

Andrea Rossi’s Third Party Report RELEASED

“3rd party report shows anomalous heat production – The Rossi Effect”

“Indication of anomalous heat energy production in a reactor device containing hydrogen loaded nickel powder”

The long awaited “3rd Party Verification Report” on Andrea Rossi‘s E-Cat has been released. The .pdf can be downloaded from ecat.com HERE or arxiv.org

The announcement, which provides the abstract and the conclusion is posted here on Rossi’s E-Cat website.

Hot Cat reactor coreThe conclusion reads positive, yet also reads that much more testing is in the works, the next of which is slated to start this summer, and last 6 months.

This is just a breaking news post, thoughts or further commentary will be added here, or in a new post. Or better yet, share your own thoughts in the comments section.

“THE BELIEVERS” Screening Dates, a Rossi Brief, and Recent Posts.

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The San Jose, California screening dates have just been announced for the Cold Fusion documentary, THE BELIEVERS, which will be playing at the Cinequest Film Festival.

The screening dates are:

Friday, March 1
Sunday, March 3rd.

The screening times are not mentioned as of yet. It looks as if the full schedule with times will be posted on Wednesday, January 30th. This is just a heads up on at least the dates for the screening, so everyone in the California Bay area can circle their Cold Fusion Now Calenders. The Cinequest film festival site is:
http://www.cinequest.org/film-festival

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Just before the closing credits to the film, The Believers, a text written mention on the efforts of Andrea Rossi are flashed on screen, emanating mainly from the now 2 year to the day (January 11, 2011) big Energy Catalyzer demo in Bologna which brought on board a boatload of people to the Cold Fusion scene. Since that time, it’s been the not so express freight liner many had anticipated, and hoped, it would be. But looking back on the 20 plus year history of the scene overall, the response could naturally be, welcome to the Cold Fusion Club.

Of course with Andrea Rossi there was an immediate air of excitement, followed with week to week anticipations that continue to this day. Since that time 2 years ago we’ve had more tests, demo’s, interviews, advancements, drama’s, mainstream recognitions, and now we await third party reports.

Andrea writes today (regarding when the big report is to be released):

“The 3rd Party verification report will be published, supposedly, within the first week of February. This does not depend on me, anyway.
Warm Regards,
A.R.”

(I take the second part to mean that the release date of the report is naturally on the third party, not Rossi.)

Clearly things have in fact progressed dramatically on all fronts in the past two years, with other companies advancing significantly and the media landscape taking on heavy dosages of Cold Fusion/LENR.

And with that, two recent posts right here on ColdFusionNow reveal very interesting progression from sectors that may be more in tune than many previously thought.

Highly recommended reads:
Is it Finally Happening? (Part 1)
Is it Finally Happening? (part 2)

Art Show LIVE : New Energy Paradigm Shift 2012

The Cold Fusion Now – New Energy Paradigm Shift 2012 Online ART SHOW is now live.

Click Here to go to the Art Page and begin scrolling through the submitted works. Click on the images to enlarge. The very last finale page will have all the entries listed as thumbnails.

Thanks to all the artists who took the creative time and energy to contribute. We will announce prizes on December 22nd.

After viewing, please leave comments below on your favorites.

Click Here – New Energy Paradigm Shift 2012 – Cold Fusion Now Art Show

November Update from Andrea Rossi

In the past week the latest news with Leonardo Corporation/Andrea Rossi has been centered around the brief announcement of a February 2013 1 MW plant going into operation in the U.S. with public viewing after it operates for a certain time period.

“Yes, Leonardo Corp is very much powerful now. I can already say that the first 1 MW hot cat will go in operation within February 2013. It will not be a military application, therefore selected persons will be allowed to visit it. It will be installed in a big power production and distribution plant. This is the new. The plant is made in the USA. An extremely important agreement has been signed after the tests of the Hot Cat, which are going on since June in the USA and in Italy. The details will be communicated only after the plant will have been working for enough time to be visitable, also to avoid clubs in the wheels. That’s all I can say right now.”

Today this news is elaborated on a bit more in Andrea Rossi’s Journal, in which he also touches on the announced deadlines which he repeatedly makes and the expected delays which occur.

The first update a week ago stressed the plant was non-military related, and today he mentions “a major world holding” is behind the agreement.

We also hear the announcement of a projected public 1 MW plant viewing around May/June 2013, a month or so before the big ICCF 18 conference taking place this time around in the US, making for a lot of revision and last minute speech editing if everything goes as scheduled time wise, and the plant is operational and viewable to the selected public (i.e. likely many attending the conference).

Anyway, this is just an update on the projected plans which Rossi has announced. Many have become impatient, and perhaps more skeptical with the recent print media mainstream exposure. The usual knee jerk responses are expected, but feel free to give thoughts and discussion, if any, in the comment section.

Rossi’s comments today came in response to one of the, as mentioned, everyday impatient readers, who posted the following remark:

Marco Serra
November 8th, 2012 at 10:03 AM

“Dear Ing. Rossi,
I read your Journal every day for more than a year now to monitor the advances of your wonderfull discovery. You make us followers sometime enthusiastic but often impatient with your (understandable) reserve in showing what’s happening in your secret lab.
At the time of Pordenone, few weeks ago, you stated that you got the HotCat under full control but it was just a “free” device, that is, without any loading (water to be heated). Then you said that “Tesla dream is close”. And now … BOOOOOM ….. the first 1MW HotCat will be ready in 3 months, and it will be used by a third party in a power plant.
Please tell me what the HotCat will do in the power plant, I mean what its role will be ?
Will it produce electricity or pre-heated fluid ?
If yes will it use a turbine or an unusual heat-electricity converter ?
And, the most important question, does HotCat still need external energy or you get it to self produce its needed energy ?

Please Ing. Rossi don’t answer that these info are confidential. I did not ask anything about the inner behaviour of the HotCat.
I’M and WE ARE SIMPLY SOOOOOO IMPATIENTS…

Best Regards
Marco”

Andrea Rossi’s reply:


Andrea Rossi
November 8th, 2012 at 12:30 PM

“Dear Marco:
I appreciate wholeheartedly the enthusiasm of our supporters, but sometime I have the impression that the difficulties we are fighting against are strongly underevaluated, just like to make a LENR industrial apparatus should be a normal thing. If I say that we will make a thing betwen October and November, this does not mean October 1st, could also mean Nov. 30st.

Can also happen that new difficulties raise, so a delay comes up. The NUCLEAR FUSION ( ITER and the likewise) scientists had foreseen to put their plant in operation 20 years ago. After 100 billions of (taxpayer’s) money, they today foresee that perhaps they will have a plant in operation in the next 50 years, after further hundreds of billion dollars, and the scientific context is comfortable with this. Their present target is COP 1.1; we published our work in 2009 ( see Focardi-Rossi paper on this Journal). After 3 years and few millions ( of our private company, no public funding requested, no taxpayer money spent) we are manufacturing ( completely at our risks) plants of 1 MW, one of which will go in operation within February 2013 and will be exposed to the public after a period of operation ( 2-3 months).

The plant will be put in the concern of a major world holding, which has signed with us an extremely important contract. The plant will heat a fluid. No electricity will be produced in the first plant, because the Customer wants to make thermal energy with the forst application,but obviously, due to the high temperature we are now able to reach, the coupling with turbines in a Carnot cycle is possible and will surely be made by the same Customer in the next plants. We still guarantee COP 6, even if the supposition that the COP can be increased is not groundless.

The self sustained mode happens for approximatively the 50% of the operational time, regulated by a new concept remotely governed control system. Well, after all this, somebody talks of infinite delays…well, allow me to say that some scientific context sometimes gives the impression not to be very scientific. We don’t bother, anyway, just work.
As you can see, the answers are not confidential.

Warm Regards,
A.R.”