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Financial Times: Hope springs eternal for nuclear fusion breakthrough

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Google News brought this story to my attention:

Hope springs eternal for nuclear fusion breakthrough - by Clive Cookson (Financial Times January 17, 2016)

Excerpts relating to LENR:

: Undeterred by taunts that fusion always seems to lie 50 years in the future as a commercial energy source, a growing programme of research is aimed at taming the nuclear reaction that powers the sun and the H-bomb. It releases energy by combining light elements, in contrast to the atom-splitting fission process that drives current nuclear power stations.

: Fusion research falls into three different camps.

: [...] Lurking out in left field is a third way — utterly different in that it claims to release fusion energy in much more moderate conditions, close to room temperature. This approach, a successor to the “cold fusion” experiments carried out by Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann in 1989 and now usually called “low energy nuclear reaction” or LENR, is ignored by the scientific mainstream but making progress according to devotees in labs around the world.

: All three techniques offer the long-term promise of virtually limitless carbon-free energy with much less radioactive waste than nuclear fission.

: [...] While there is considerable interaction between scientists working on hot fusion, cold fusion research takes place in a world of its own. Many mainstream scientists will not touch LENR which they see as tainted by the cold fusion fiasco of 1989, when Profs Fleischmann and Pons claimed to have achieved fusion on a lab bench — an experiment that others could not reproduce. However, after more than 25 years of experimentation, several research groups have built up evidence that real nuclear reactions lay behind the pair’s results. The problem according to Professor Huw Price, a philosopher of science at Cambridge university, is that cold fusion became a “reputation trap” which most researchers avoid because they know the scientific world will not take their work seriously.

I wanted to leave a comment for that story, but for some reason it is saying my email is invalid. Maybe one of you could post it for me.

: LENR is hardly flailing. There are several companies making great strides. In the lead is Andrea Rossi's E-Cat, which is being financed by Industrial Heat, who did a year of due diligence, first. The E-Cat will be a megawatt plant, and could be emerging as soon as this March. To get an idea of how dynamic this research is, take a look at which has been giving daily updates for years. Our coverage of LENR can be seen at

-- SilverThunder 16:14, 18 January 2016 (UTC) on hold for a few days

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-- SilverThunder 14:25, 18 January 2016 (UTC)

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