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Invest in Cold Fusion Energy
Who isn’t concerned about energy these days? The cost of most fuels has risen several fold over the past few years. The cost of heating one’s home or driving one’s car takes up an ever-larger part of the household budget. Concerns about greenhouse gas emission and the subsequent effect on climate change are on most people’s minds. Therefore, the search for alternative sources of energy that are reliable, inexpensive and environmentally friendly is hotly pursued.
Some people are actively inventing new ways to create energy. One person, Dr. Andrea Rossi may have invented a method to create energy through cold fusion, or more accurately, low-energy nuclear reactions. Andrea Rossi, born on June 3 1950 in Milan, is an engineer and inventor. His invention, called the E-catalyzer, produces energy by fusing atoms of nickel to those of
hydrogen at room temperature.
Cold fusion is the nuclear fusion of the nuclei of atoms, thereby creating new elements, at temperatures below those of nuclear reactor. With a thermonuclear reaction, the temperatures require those produced by an atomic blast. That’s been the tremendous barrier to using fusion in place of fossil fuels. Cold fusion doesn’t require extremely high temperatures. It also doesn’t fuse hydrogen or deuterium nuclei. Rather, as far as scientists including Rossi understand, nickel and hydrogen are fused in what appears to be a
new type of nuclear reaction. Dr. Peter Hagelstein, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a supporter of cold fusion, thinks that the vibrational energy in nickel is part of the driving force for the fusion reaction.
In brief, Dr. Rossi’s E-catalyzer is a small reaction vessel, only one liter in size that uses elemental nickel powder and common hydrogen, not heavy hydrogen or deuterium. An electrical charge is needed to start the reaction but once started, the reaction is self-sustaining. It’s thought that two isotopes of nickel, 62Ni and 64Ni, are necessary for the process but no special purification of nickel is needed. The isotopes of nickel are thought to transmute to non-radioactive copper from the reaction. Because some radioactivity is produced during the cold fusion reaction, the containment vessel wall is lead that is two centimeters thick. No radioactive waste is produced by the reaction. The actual catalyst is intellectual property and proprietary. A patent cannot be submitted to the United State patents and Technology office because
cold fusion is still classified the same as a perpetual motion machine: impossible to make.
Just 100 grams of nickel and a little hydrogen can power a 10 kW reactor for six months. After 6 months, the remaining fuel can be extracted; 90 percent of the nickel can be reused.
The E-catalyzer may be designed to power vehicles in the future, an exciting prospect.
A one megawatt plant was demonstrated in late October 2011. In the test earlier this year the plant produced 470 kW for over five hours. Only a technical glitch prevented the plant from achieving the stated goal of one megawatt. The energy output was measured as heat produced to boil water in front of spectators. A five kW plant is planned and expected to go into production sometime in 2013.
Rossi signed a deal with Texas-based National Instruments to
allow it production rights to the E-Catalyzer after the October 28th public demonstration in Bologna, Italy. According to Rossi, National Instruments will be creating the controls to monitor and regulate his cold fusion process.
Dr. Rossi and his co-inventor, Dr. Sergio Focardi, started a company based in Bedford, New Hampshire. Called Leonardo, http://ecat.com/, it’s still privately held so direct investment is not possible as of this writing.
However, there are other ways to invest in cold fusion while waiting for stock offering in Leonardo to become available.
First, invest in National Instruments. They have some production rights to the E-catalyzer and will likely be making the control panels and other necessary parts. It’s publicly traded on NASDAQ as NATI. Second, invest in nickel, the essential ingredient for cold fusion reactions. There are various ways to invest in nickel. Invest in an exchange-traded fund or ETF is one way. This tracks nickel futures. ETF shares are traded the way that stocks are. Two in the United States are the UBS Nickel Subindex, ticker symbol JNN, and Barclays Capital Pure Beta TR Index, symbol NINI. Third, invest in companies that mine nickel. Miningnerds.com is a website with information on all companies; go to http://www.miningnerds.com/nickel-mining-report-all-countries to see the daily report on nickel mining. Third, keep track of when Leonardo will offer share. They’ve apparently registered in London. Their complete information is:
New Broad Street House
35 New Broad Street
London, EC2M 1NH
It’s possible to place orders for E-catalyzer through that address. It’s just a matter of time before a call for investors will appear too.