How would abundant energy change the the game… ?
Of course the cold fusion reactor will be allowed into homes. Everyone knows they dont work, therefore they must be harmless. Why would you need to regulate something that is obviously a dud?
The regulators would look silly, as though they were trying to prevent a garden gnome from prancing around naked.
Therefore it requires no governmental oversight.
“And then here comes another feature out of left field. The reactor now included a radio frequency generator (never been mentioned before) which ” allows the forces that would normally prevent the fusion process from taking place (Coulomb forces) to work for you, and not against you.” The full theory of how the system works will be revealed, “soon,” he [Rossi] said.”
This is sounding more and more complex, more and more absurd. An Rf generator would generally mean that you are trying to incite a plasma, and they consume quite a bit of electricity;
I found this very thoughtful debunking of eCAT, written by a Physicist from Brookhaven National Labs. Here is the basis of the argument against the possibility that eCAT is achieving the transmutation of Ni –> Cu.
“There are five known stable isotopes of Nickel, and here on Earth they are found in the percentages shown in the chart above. These isotope ratios are the same on Earth as they are in meteorites and in the Sun, and are pretty universal to any sample of nickel naturally found here on Earth.
If you want to create copper from any of these elements by adding a proton (hydrogen nucleus) to them, here are the reactions you’re looking for:
- 58Ni + 1H → 59Cu*,
- 60Ni + 1H → 61Cu*,
- 61Ni + 1H → 62Cu*,
- 62Ni + 1H → 63Cu*,
- 64Ni + 1H → 65Cu*.
That doesn’t look so prohibitive, does it? Of course, there is the fact that you’ve got to overcome the tremendous Coulomb barrier (the electrical repulsion between nickel and hydrogen nuclei), which — according to our knowledge of nuclear physics — requires temperatures and pressures not found naturally
in the Universe. Not in the Sun, not in the cores of the most massive stars, and (to the best of our knowledge) not
in supernova explosions!”
This goes much more than what is in that (now old) article from Nasa.
Last news is that Nasa is funding LENR plane preliminary research