Steven Karels is a frequent commenter on the Journal of Nuclear Physics. He recently provided an idea to Andrea Rossi on a possible source of power for the E-Cat. Andrea Rossi seemed quite interested. Here is Karels’ suggestion:
“Based on your extensive experience with eCat technology, do you believe an LENR output of power could be obtained with a Nickel nanopowder (no catalyst) and a low pressure (<1 atmosphere) plasma of Hydrogen. I am assuming the Nickel would be nano-particles and adhered to the inside surface of the enclosure containing the plasma.
“This would probably not be commercially viable as the energy density would be so low but it might be of scientific interest.
“An experiment might be to use an inert gas, raise the container’s temperature to the point of Nickel activation and then induce a plasma. This would establish the baseline thermal conditions. Then pump out the inert gas and replace it with Hydrogen. Repeat the experiment. Any increase might indicate LENR activity.”
Andrea Rossi responded:
“What you propose should have to be tested. Interesting idea.”
If this procedure does produce a LENR, it can be even further support for the science. Let’s hope, however, that testing of this idea is kept to a minimum in the E-Cat labs, considering that that technology is already marketable. While Rossi and his team continue perfecting and testing the technology, let’s hope he doesn’t get sidetracked with another idea. Of course, that’s highly unlikely, considering his focus for the last several years on the E-Cat technology.