The MFMP has been offerred something no one knew existed, something priceless and which could reveal critical secrets many in the LENR field have been seeking for over a quarter century.
Before Martin Fleischmann left the US, he personally gave a trusted friend an original pre-1989 Johnson Matthey palladium wire - the very same as used in experiments that led to that fateful announcement of a new primary energy source that came to be known as cold fusion.
He has held this secret all these years until now. We checked today with Mike McKubre, Vitorio Violante and Melvin Miles if there was any known public metallurgical and elemental / isotopic characterisation of this material, the answer was a resounding no.
It is known that the early attempts to replicate the Pons and Fleischmann effect mostly failed due to the purity and processing of 'palladium' used. In fact ENEA has been trying to establish what additives and structures are critical to creating the effect for more than 2 decades. Many of the principal research labs working in the field are trying to establish the correct crystal shapes, sizes, orientation etc. and chemistry.
In our own nickel powder / hydrogen research, we have tried to get the purest nickel possible - but have failed to see any excess heat. Now we know from our recent elemental analysis of Dr. Parkhomov's Nickel, that there is high concentrations of Carbon and Oxygen on the surface, elements also found in Rossi's fuels.
The unique opportunity we have been honoured with is profoundly important, and there is not a person we asked at the conference that were not falling over themselves to help in what ever way they could. Ultimately it is down to the current owner to decide exactly what happens but from the available piece, which is about the thickness of a toothpick and between 7 and 8 cm long, the current plan is to
1. Use 3 X 2mm samples to characterise structure, isotopic constitution etc.
2. Run at least two 2cm segments in Pons and Fleischmann cells, copied from the original and/or use the original cell.
3. Reserve remainder
We will auction the ownership rights of the post run, post analysis 2cm segments in a one of a kind, never to be repeated auction. This is an unrepeatable opportunity to own the only known samples of this historic precious metal.
This auction, along with the auction of the donated 1 ounce Pd 1989 "Cold Fusion" coins is design to raise enough money the help ensure a fully faithful replication that will be conducted by someone who is not currently a member of the MFMP and who is a very experienced experimentalist. The work will be conducted in France with the help of Jean-Paul Biberian and all data will public.
We must work with the best resources on the planet to ensure that this materials secrets are revealed for all. It is wonderful to be a part of something that will yield critical data for advancement of the field.
More information to be published about the Vindication program.
The name of the current owner and how he came to be entrusted with the electrode will be revealed in time, right now, given the incredible importance to maintain security, we have been asked to hold off on publishing that information.
We want to take this opportunity however, to publicly thank the donor and curator of this material for coming forward.
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- As time moves on you guys get more accurate and better at calorimetry and engineering.
- As time moves on the lower bound on the excess energy moves closer to 0 (remember the Mizuno replication starting off looking like there was 15% excess).
I really hope to at one point to see some more finite conclusions on some of the other experiments. It seems like the very real possibility of this effect not being there is not being entertained. Also some of these experiments have been done very true to the original.
At least one of these statements must be true.
- The replication was not good enough to produce the effect (due to measurement error, some material properties or engineering).
- The initial party describing the experiment in question has made a mistake and is fooling himself or is committing fraud.
An integral part of science is falsification, even if "the new fire" is not found you guys have a great part in lifting cold fusion out of being a pathological science and subjecting it to the rigors of science with publicly available data.
Again I hope you guys revisit some of these older experiments and summarize your findings.
Thanks for reading this and keep up the good work!
Not sure about that. I think there was quite a bit of understanding regarding nuclear reactions then. I believe the original experiment was about trying to get a reaction using Deuterium using electric potential as the driving force instead of heat. I think the issue arose because other experimenters could not replicate the heat effect nor did they detect neutrons (Which should be emitted from reactions involving Deuterium). However, if the original heat effect as so claimed was not from a Deuterium reaction but rather from something else due to impurities in the palladium then that would be of great interest. Correct me if I am wrong.
Do you think it is fair to say that the 1989 discovery was decades ahead of its time and literally COULD NOT be understood at the time because the prerequisite science and technology simply was not there? The leap required would be too great?
Anyway, congratulations ! Apart from the obviously important data to be gained from it, this experiment seems like a great way for the project to develop contacts and increase visibility which is a Good Thing(tm) for us all.
I think the samples must be used for tests that weren't done before: Crystallography , chemical composition (impurities), Isotope composition, SEM to see cracks which could be storms' NAE.
A sample could be used to redo the Fleishman and Pons initial cell. That's a lot of works. If results are positives, it will show to the world that F&P had something real.
Keep on the good work!