by Josh Mitteldorf
July 6, 2012
THE WAR AGAINST COLD FUSION
BRADENTON, Fla., July 3, 2012 -- Hundreds of thousands of Washington, Baltimore area and Virginia residents have endured stifling, 95+-degree heat without electricity for refrigerators, air conditioners and televisions as a July heat wave sweeps over the north Atlantic Seaboard - and they represent the last of at least four million people who were without power for days during the past week.
For many, it was the second time this year multi-day power outages struck their communities (as they did during last winter's blizzard), and the third time since 2010. Yet it doesn't have to be that way, and with a little luck and a small investment, it won't happen to well-prepared homeowners again after 2015.
That's when the first electricity-generating "hydrino" reactors from BlackLight Power Co. of Cranbury, N.J., ought to go on sale - or become ready to rent - for homeowners across the country.
Although some scientists say the reactors are ready now, there remain many months of refinement and certification before the deployment of the inexpensive new 5 kW-to-10 kW devices that will power homes or entire neighborhoods from a single small, suitcase-sized box of wires and specialized parts for a fraction of the cost of conventional electric generators.
Hydrino reactors, which have been little talked-about in the mainstream press, are the invention of scientist Randell Mills, a tall, rangy Pennsylvanian in his late '50s who first got a degree in medicine from Harvard and went back to school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to get post-graduate degrees in medical engineering.
Like millions of Americans, Mills was enthralled by news of the 1989 Pons-Fleischmann experiments with "cold fusion," and has been working tirelessly since then to both explain the physics and, based on that, build a low-cost, non-radiating, non-polluting and easily rechargeable source of power for individual homes, offices and factories that will take them all off the national power grid forever.
More than 200 laboratories around the world have since replicated the "excess heat" findings of the University of Utah scientists, according to an exhaustive study of the topic by the hard-nosed newsmen of the CBS investigative series, "60 Minutes."
While Mills has suffered unwarranted criticism from some of America's most powerful physicists, including former American Physical Society spokesman Robert Parks and President Obama's current Secretary of Energy, Dr. Stephen Chu. He has gotten little help from Rep. Rush Dew Holt, the physicist-turned Congressman who represents his community, and what some say is an irritable personal manner has turned off hundreds of his fellow physicists and would-be fans.
Yet at least six American utilities, including a major electric-power broker in Washington and a multinational corporation in Italy , have ordered reactors from BlackLight, and venture capitalists including a former USAF chief of staff and a former Westinghouse CEO have invested more than $70 million in his ideas.
When hydrino reactors are sold or rented, if their homes don't get flooded or burn down homeowners are likely to never suffer a power outage, and can expect to pay as little as a tenth of their current electric and heating bills for a leased unit. When a catalyst used in the devices needs replacement every four or five years, it should cost no more than $25.
The science behind the hydrino reactors is dauntingly complex and has been explained in at least 88 peer-reviewed articles in physics and chemistry journals, many written by Mills and a team of mostly Asian and Chinese scientists whose names appear on the articles with his.
Within miles of the Princeton University offices where Albert Einstein once toiled, and close to the former labs of Thomas Edison, Mills has created his own theory of quantum and classical physics, self-publishing the densely-constructed equations on his Web site. Much of the theory has been validated by scientists from big-name universities like Cal Tech and MIT and even Fortune 500 companies. They say Mills' theory and science works, and so do his reactors.
Getting them to private homes, however, requires passing a number of hurdles, including certification by the independent Underwriters Laboratory and probably a host of other federal and state bureaucracies. Mills will have to persuade executives at Home Depot and Lowes and Sears, among many others, that the reactors are safe and easy to install. Finally, parents and other homeowners will need to believe that having a hydrino reactor in their home presents no danger to their children or themselves.
Once all these tasks are accomplished, though, the winds can blow their hardest and the rain and snow can fall until doomsday, and all the power lines in the world can go down: they will have safe, reliable power through it all.
Joe Shea, editor and founder of The American Reporter, has written extensively on new advances in power technology for this publication.