by Mark Scheinbaum
May 29, 2012
PANAMA CANAL EXPANSION: THE REWARDS ARE OUTPACING RISKS
CRANBURY, N.J., May 23, 2012 -- In the lovely, quiet pastures of northern New Jersey where Edison and Einstein once reigned, Dr. Randell Mills has scored one of the greatest triumphs in scientific history, fellow scientists say: a way to use water vapor to produce any amount of cheap electricity.
Multiple scientists from six research universities and Fortune 500 companies have now provided a hefty stack of successful validation studies for the BlackLight Power CIHT fuel cell that may let drivers go 1,500 miles on nothing more than a liter of water, the company announced Monday. The discovery is useful in any need for electric power.
"Specifically, BlackLight has developed a commercially competitive, nonpolluting source of energy that forms a predicted, previously undiscovered, more stable form of hydrogen called "Hydrino” that releases two hundred times more energy than burning hydrogen, enabling ubiquitous H2O vapor to serve as the source of H2 [hydrogen] fuel," a press release on BLP's elegant Web site says.
The "extraordinary claim" met extraordinary tests, according to Prof. Henry Weinberg of the renowned California University of Technology.
"It would be irrational not to be very skeptical,” Dr. Weinberg said, and I was extremely skeptical. However, after having reviewed Dr. Mills classical theory, participated in experimental designs and execution, and having reviewed vast amounts of other data BLP produced, I have found nothing that warrants rejection of their extraordinary claims, and I encourage aggressive optimization and fast track development of a scaled up prototype,” said Dr. Weinberg. "To be able to use hydrogen from water as a cheap and nonpolluting source of power would represent one of the most important technological breakthroughs in history.”
"BLP has developed an electrochemical cell, the catalyst induced hydrino transition cell (CIHT), to harness this energy as direct electrical output," said a research report by Dr. James K. Pugh, director of technology for the the Enser Corporation, which helps small companies move prototypes to mass production.
The scientists who undertook the validation studies, some "extremely skeptical" at the outset of their tests, found themselves convinced in each case, a review of the reports show.
The results validate the lifelong and much-maligned research of MIT and Harvard Medical School graduate Randell Mills, PhD., who has often been derided and ridiculed for the "Grand Unified Theory" of classical and quantum physics that he proposes to explain his theories.
Quantum physicists have steadfastly ignored or pilloried Mills' theories and research. His Grand Unified Theory, self-published last July, relies on laws of physics and classical principles, not pure mathematics, as quantum scientists do. Weinberg says Mills' approach is "far simpler and more accurate than sophisticated quantum mathematical observations [and] has been controversial, of course."
Now, though, extensive research has refuted the criticism of quantum mathematicians. "As a direct result of this theory, Dr. Mills has been able to calculate, with great precision, bond energies and molecular structures that have been verified through experimental observation and reported in the literatrure," MIT scientist Terry Copeland said in his study of the theory and the hydrino power device.
"BLP has achieved a historic success for a technology that could be commercialized as an alternative form of power generation. Potential applications range from stationary power infrastructure including the large scale electric grid to to distributed and microdistributed scales and motive fuels infrastructure. The promise will ultimately be driven by economics," Copeland said.
Ironically, it was MIT scientists who took the lead in debunking the original discovery of Pons and Fleischmann, but today MIT professor Peter Hagelstein has been demonstrating a working cold fusion tabletop device open to the public at Bldg. 36 on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Mass.
Based on an independent evaluation, The American Reporter reported positively on developments in hydrino research last year for both this publication and the iReport section of CNN. There has been little activity on the BlackLight Power Web site since then, and many doubters and skeptics believed the company was in its death throes. Today's reports, however, present a far different picture.
The privately-owned company is headquartered in Cranbury, N.J., a half hour from the Princeton and Edison, N.J., labs of inventors Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison, to whom many would now compare Mills.
A report on the hydrino reactor by MIT scientist Terry Copeland, PhD., said a 10-watt demonstration model should be "achievable near term", and 100-watt, 1,000-watt and larger systems would follow that, Goodwin suggested.
The invention of a "bipolar plate" that allows power output to be scaled up was key to the commercial viability of the reactors, Copeland said. The company said a 1.5 kW plant to power the average-size home should be operational in 2013, it said. BLP has failed to meet deadlines for demonstrations in the past, but the devices demonstrated in December and January by the reporting scientists - in some cases as they watched their construction - seem capable of reaching that goal.
"BLP has successfully fabricated and tested CIHT cells capable of producing net electrical output up to 50 times that input to maintain the process,” according to Dr. Copeland, who has served as a product development specialist for DuPont and Duracell. "Some cells have produced steady power for over one month. The power generation is consistent with Dr. Mills’ theory of energy release resulting from Hydrino formation. No other source of energy could be identified.
"The CIHT cell will use cheap, abundant, nontoxic, commodity chemicals, with no apparent long-term supply issues that might preclude commercial, high volume manufacturing," Copekland added. "The capital cost of the CIHT cell based on optimization of the cell dimensions is estimated to be under $100/kW compared to at least ten times that for fuel cells that further require a source of hydrogen or hydrogen gas and a fuel infrastructure.”
"Specifically," BlackLight announced on its Web site, "BlackLight has developed a commercially competitive, nonpolluting source of energy that forms a predicted, previously undiscovered, more stable form of hydrogen called "Hydrino” that releases two hundred times more energy than burning hydrogen, enabling ubiquitous H2O vapor to serve as the source of H2 fuel."
In plain words, Mills has managed to use electrolysis of water - a process developed by Thomas Caryle and Alessandro Volta in 1800 - to produce electricity in addition to breaking down the constituent elements of water, oxygen and hydrogen. The most obvious applications would be for home power generators and electric automobile engines. The relatively simple apparatus would produce the energy at about a tenth of the cost of current systems, such as coal-fired, nuclear, geothermal and hydroelectric plants.
Mills was somewhat of a pariah in the chemical and research world even as he raised $70 million from venture capitalists - some of them among the largest and best-known - in the late 1990s and early part of this decade. The current head of the Dept. of Energy, Dr. Stephen Chu, was quoted in the Village Voice in 2001 saying, "I wouldn't invest" in Mills efforts, which have consumed Mills ever since the announcement in March 1989 of tabletop cold fusion by Dr. Stanley Pons and Henry Fleischmann at the University of Utah. Mills is also noted for a number of useful inventions in the medical engineering field, and for Millsian, a software that identifies constituent properties of complex molecules.
At the same time as today's announcement from BlackLight, the Pons-Fleischmann cold fusion research is also being validated by at least five companies hoping to bring a product to market for home heating and electrical power generation using cold fusion, although only one, Leonardo Corp. of Miami, Fla., has so far done so.
Cold fusion, now known as "low energy nuclear reactions," or LENR, is not the basis for Mills' work, however. The relevance of it is that America may soon see electrical power systems that vastly reduce the cost of using electricity in any form, making possible a vast new infusion of cash and energy into a weakened economy.
"If this [CIHT] technology is proved and developed to its full potential, then hydrogen from water could be used as a fuel source to provide a cheap, abundant, and non-polluting energy source to meet future energy demands," one study by an unnamed Fortune 500 defense-related company reported. The same company is testing 11 more cells under highly secure conditions and will also produce a report on those, it said.
Due to the lateness of the hour, Dr. Mills could not be reached for comment.