Wednesday, April 11, 2012

George H. Miley at NETS: “Let’s find out what’s there"

Source: Cold Fusion Now
Date: April 9, 2012
by: Ruby Carat

Cold Fusion Now attended the Nuclear and Emerging Technology for Space NETS conference held in conjunction with the Lunar and Planetary Institute‘s meeting the week of March 19 in The Woodlands, Texas. It was a fortuitous stop to catch Session 462: Advanced Concepts: LENR, Anti-Matter, and New Physics [.pdf here].
Talks entitled Advanced Propulsion Physics: Harnessing the Quantum Vacuum by Harry “Sonny” White and Project Icarus: Antimatter Catalyzed Fusion Propulsion for Interstellar Missions by R. K. Obousy, not to mention Y. E. Kim‘s Cryogenic Ignition of Deuteron Fusion in Micro/nano Scale Metal Particles, promised a worthwhile trip.

George H. Miley, Professor Emeritus of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne UIUC was also scheduled to speak on A Game-Changing Power Source for Spacecraft [.pdf here], a talk outlining a LENR-based General Purpose Heating Source to replace the plutonium currently used in today’s Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators RTGs that provide heat and electricity to power science instruments on spacecraft.
Read full article here 

[Editor's Note: I just wanted to supplement the above excellent and already comprehensive article by Ruby Carat with some additional background information on the Patterson Cell mentioned.  The Patterson Cell did apparently produce over unity in various measurements but the inability to manufacture the microbeads used in the cell consistently prevented it from reaching the consumer market.  Also, both the inventor James Patterson and his grandson Jim Reding who formed Clean Energy Technologies together have since passed away.  Dr. George Miley worked with James Patterson and discovered that microbeads with a lot of defects in their coating rather than those with a smooth surface worked far better in trapping and collecting together hydrogen or deuterium nuclei to produce the desired nuclear active effect.

ABC News Documentary on the Patterson Cell from February 7, 1996

"Cold" Fusion Pioneer James Patterson's Quantum Heater