For a number of years and over many experiments, including calibrated cell, active and dummy control based experiments and even iso-thermal active and control experiments, the MFMP had never been able to reach the promise of the Celani wire results as seen at NI-Week and ICCF-19 during 2012 that was the inspiration that gave birth to the project.
We saw evidence of between 0 and 12.5% excess across a broad range of tests, configurations, wires and protocols - this fell far short of what we thought we would see.
We even published a video from ICCF-17 where Francesco Celani himself tried to account for the change in output from his pre-NI-Week, Frascati lab results, saying that it might have been due to hydrogen embrittlement.
Over the course of our experiments, we found out the potential importance of Borosilicate glass, which contains both boron and lithium and this fed back into Francesco Celani's own research, where he started adding fibres in close proximity to the wires. We also found out that his old Mica may have contained Lithium also.
This may have accounted for some of the difference but the gap was still too large and had caused us to doubt if we had indeed seen anything at all. In an exhaustive investigation, culminating in another verification in recent weeks by Francesco himself during peer review of the most recent version of his work which is being prepared as a paper for the ICMNS journal, we may have an answer.
It would appear that there was an artefact that was under-estimating the input power to the cell in Ni-Week and ICCF-17 by around 11% in the power ranges used, due to the specific hardware/software configuration of the apparatus set-up to monitor power at those events.
When accounting for this, it would appear that Francesco Celani's results fall into line with ours and indeed his own pre-NI-Week data.
His NI-Week results would still appear to be a little higher, but, with the knowledge we have collectively gained since, he thinks that it may be due to fact that it was using the old pre-1970 constantan that we never had and potentially from the contamination of the cell by silicon pump oil leading to further catalytic effect.
As a result of this revelation, Mathieu is again preparing a Constantan Celani cell experiment in France to conduct long paused research.
We understand an early version of the paper was released by a reviewer, we look forward to reading the final version when it is published in the Journal of the ICMNS.
Here is the extract from the soon to be published, peer reviewed paper.