Guest essay by Eric Worrall
So desperate the European Union is that its clean energy efforts are leading to a viable solution that it has just given € 3,999,870 to a palladium electrolysis cold fusion research team.
The EU announces funding for four next generation clean energy solutions
December 24, 2020
HERMES – Hydrogen Metal Systems for Clean Energy
The HERMES project takes up the cold fusion concept that emerged in 1989 with the alleged discovery by electrochemists Martin Fleischmann from Great Britain and Stanley Pons from France about the generation of excessive heat during the electrolysis of heavy water (deuterium oxide) using a palladium electrode in temperature.
At the time, the discovery was believed to provide a route to cheaper, clean energy, but the finding remained controversial due to its lack of reproducibility. Lately, interest in the subject has revived with the scientific advances of the past few years.
HERMES intends to use this to study the effects of hydrogen and deuterium charged in palladium at room and intermediate temperatures (up to about 800 ° C). Such modern characterization techniques also enable reproducibility.
Read more: https://www.powerengineeringint.com/renewables/eu-announces-funding-for-four-next-gen-clean-energy-technologies/
From the project website;
Breakthrough in emission-free heat generation with hydrogen-metal systems
In search of the cold fusion dream as a solution to the world's energy needs
In 1989, electrochemists Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons made headlines with their claim that they had generated excess heat with a simple device that operates at room temperature. Their experiment involved loading deuterium into a palladium metal. Because many experimenters were unable to replicate their work, cold fusion remains a controversial topic in the scientific community. Even so, a vocal minority still believes in this elusive phenomenon. Google has been funding experiments on cold fusion since 2015. Even though No evidence was found for this phenomenonIt is clear that much groundbreaking research remains to be done in this poorly explored area. The EU-funded HERMES project will use advanced techniques and tools developed over the last few decades to study the anomalous effects of deuterium-laden palladium at room and intermediate temperatures.
Disruptive power generation technologies are urgently needed to stave off catastrophic climate change. Now, more than ever, it is time to consider unconventional options as well. The subtopic c. Breakthrough zero-emission power generation to fully decarbonize this call is designed to meet this need. All of the research areas identified by the call are highly unconventional. As electrochemists, we will contribute to this call by working on hydrogen-metal systems. We propose that hydrogen (and deuterium) evolution under unconventional conditions, i.e. H. On metal hydrides, to be investigated. The main motivation for this work is based on the most recent natural perspective "Repetition of the Cold Fall of the Cold Fusion". When deuterium is loaded into the Pd lattice, there is a chance that something very interesting will happen which will result in the generation of excess heat. The first report of such a reaction was published 30 years ago, but was quickly rejected by the scientific community. But What if there really is something? Can we afford not to look further into this in view of the current climate crisis? Google recently funded a research project in this area that has some interesting results but does not generate excess heat. However, the team concluded that it was very difficult to achieve the conditions necessary for excess heat generation to begin and that "there is still a lot of interesting work to be done in this unexplored parameter space". This is a high risk, high reward project, but with the help of all of the improved techniques and tools that have been developed over the past 30 years, we think it makes sense to look at the subject again. We will use state-of-the-art technologies to manufacture, characterize and study electrochemical Pd-D systems both at room temperature and at temperatures up to 1100 K. We will focus on method development with an emphasis on reproducibility. If no nuclear effects are observed, we get information about the isotope effects for hydrogen evolution.
Read more: https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/952184
The natural article "Revisiting the Cold Case of Cold Fusion", on which this snowball of research funding is based, was published in May of this year.
At least with hot fusion there is a measurable release of energy and fusion neutrons. No one has to argue about whether you blinked the calorimeter just right.
I think if you have a burning urge to look for ways to extract Zero Point Energy from empty space, or have a plan to send a robotic mission to the forest moon Pandora to get a sample of Unobtanium, now might be one good time to ask the EU about funding. Remember to mention the climate crisis.