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Following Rossi’s E-Cat, Another Cold Fusion Device Attracts Commercial Interest

Following Rossi’s E-Cat, Another Cold Fusion Device Attracts Commercial Interest

Brillouin Energy has entered into its first international licensing agreement covering three nations.  The firm is involved in on-going negotiations for other potential international partners.  This makes the second Cold Fusion or Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) Lattice Assisted Nuclear Reaction (LANR) and Brillouin’s Controlled Electron Capture Reaction (CECR) idea to attract commercial interest.  The other being the Rossi led effort.

For a first person view of the news pull the YouTube up to 30 minutes and listen to the Robert Godes and Robert George interview.

Brillouin’s CECR starts by introducing hydrogen into a suitable piece of nickel (or other metal with the correct internal geometry).  A proprietary electronic pulse generator then creates stress points in the metal where the applied energy is focused into very small spaces.  This concentrated energy allows some of the protons in the hydrogen to capture an electron, and thus become a neutron. This step converts a small amount of energy into mass in the neutron.

More pulses both create more neutrons and allow neutrons to combine with some of the hydrogen to form deuterium (a form of hydrogen with both a proton and a neutron in the nucleus).  This ‘combination’ step releases energy.  The process continues, again, with some neutrons combining with deuterium to form tritium (hydrogen with one proton and two neutrons).  This step releases still more energy.  The process continues with some neutrons combining with the tritium to form quadrium (hydrogen with one proton and three neutrons).  Since quadrium is not stable, it quickly turns into helium in a process that releases more energy than it took to create all the preceding steps.

Brillouin’s power equation is 2.4 units of energy going in and 24 units coming out.

The Brillouin CECR is thought to be quite versatile.  The released energy is initially absorbed by the metal element, and then made available as heat.  At lower temperatures, this generated heat can be used directly for space heating, hot water and similar applications. Further refinements of the Brillouin Energy system will produce the higher temperatures needed for electrical generation, dry industrial stream and industrial processes.

Related article: One Step Closer to Fusion Power

Using CECR is very light on hydrogen resource demands.  The amount of hydrogen in a 8-oz (237 ml) glass of water holds the energy equivalent of the gasoline needed to fill up 7903 Ford Explorers or to power 3279 average homes for a month. The nickel or other metal element acts only as a host and catalyst, and is not consumed.

The CECR is different than the Rossi device that reportedly needs a “catalyst” switch out at about six months of operation.

Big investment money is lining up.  Brillouin has raised about $3 million in funding.  A “second stage” $20M investment conditional agreement from Sunrise Securities of New York for $20 million is now in place.

The Sunrise deal offers to purchase 15% of Brillouin post-money, conditional on Brillouin moving ahead with and completing successful testing of its CECR at SRI.

The Sunrise folks are also linking the investment to Brillouin striking preliminary agreement to acquire at least one “stranded asset” conventional fuel source small scale (5-10MW) power plant, with existing conventional co-generation equipment, and replacing (retrofitting) the old fuel source with Brillouin’s CECR, together with renewal of an operating power purchase or steam heat contract with an industrial or a utility.

The $20M Sunrise offer would fund full commercial launch of this merchant power supply retrofit business model after successful testing of the CECR called NHB™ at SRI.

Brillouin’s Hot Tube Commercial Scale Boiler
Brillouin’s Hot Tube Commercial Scale Boiler

Related article: What a World Without Nuclear Looks Like

Chances are the Brillouin team will get to commercial scale.  Key expert affiliates of Sunrise includes a former director of the California Public Utilities Commission independent power division who has already provided potential acquisition candidates, available for negligible cost, with power contracts already in place.


Looks like a done deal.  Cold Fusion is almost here. If Brillouin can scale up.

Your humble writer suspects the Brillouin team will scale up and do it in a successful and classy fashion.

Rah! Brillouin!

By. Brian Westenhaus

Source: http://newenergyandfuel.com/http:/newenergyandfuel/com/2013/09/17/second-cold-fusion-goes-commercial-big-money-standing-by/

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  • Crazy Cooter on September 19 2013 said:
    JFC, you guys are killing me!

    Quote: "Big investment money is lining up. Brillouin has raised about $3 million in funding."

    Fact: The Fed prints 85 BILLION dollars every month.

    Please. This is not big money, this is hype. I can assure you if any of these processes were in line, or even potentially inline, with reality, deep pockets would be footing the bill and doing so privately.

    I appreciate the science aspect and I really wish it were so, but I just can't put any faith in piss ant numbers like a few million for what would actually rewrite the entire energy geo-political landscape, throw reserve currencies into arrears, sink nations which export energy to support a domestic population that doesn't produce its own food, and so on.

    For the rest of humanity, they should be long plow mules and tenant farming.


  • Roger Bird on September 20 2013 said:
    Great Article. LENR is going to happen.
  • Roger Bird on September 20 2013 said:
    Crazy Cooter, what you say is going to happen is very likely.
  • maryyugo on September 20 2013 said:
    Hi Brian.

    You're being way overoptimistic as usual. I don't see any endorsement, much less any tests, from SRI. Do you?

    One issue I've long had with Brillouin in particular: they have no class. What I mean is: did you even look at the diagram of their "boiler" which you posted?

    It has two major typos. "Hyrogen" and "Pluse". Now typos happen. But my problem with these people is that this diagram first appeared almost a year ago and has NEVER BEEN CORRECTED. So really... we expect the world's most amazing technology using nickel and hydrogen from a bunch of bozos who can't even SPELL "hyrogen" and are so sloppy they don't issue a correction in a year? Gimme a break.

    And that's before we even get to the lack of a single independent test of the power and "COP" claims.

    Not credible, just like Defkalion and Rossi are not credible.
  • maryyugo on September 20 2013 said:
    A year ago, Brian, you wrote a similar article with the same exact diagram and the same exact typographical errors in it.

    What has happened since then with Brillouin? Where are the independent tests? Where are the research publications?

    Here is the link to the prior article:

  • gonzo on September 20 2013 said:
    The only thing you can count on with these "cold fusion" fairy tales is that they will remain a great source of amusement.
  • Paul L on September 22 2013 said:
    Looks like another attempt at LENR but I have to hesitate after watching a interview last week where Robert Godes goes right in bashing other scientist in the same industry and in the next breath gives praise to another (Defkalion) that is a know to have stole IP to declare its product.
  • MrEnergyCzar on September 22 2013 said:
    If investors are fooled into believing this nonsense, they deserve to lose their money....

  • mike on September 23 2013 said:
    Thanks for the giggle, see you next year when LENR is still just round the corner.
  • ThisGuy on September 23 2013 said:
    The device has been demonstrated to invited audiences several times, and commented on by various academics and others, but no independent tests have been reported by sources independent of Rossi, and no peer-reviewed tests have been reported in scientific publications. Steve Featherstone wrote in Popular Science that by the summer of 2012 Rossi's "outlandish claims" for the E-Cat seemed "thoroughly debunked" and that Rossi "looked like a con man clinging to his story to the bitter end."[12]
  • itsme on September 23 2013 said:
    I agree that these claims for lenr or cold fusion are likely bogus. As much as I hate the pollution and violent politics of the oil economy, I am even more fearful of what would happen to the planet if cold fusion really was real. Imagine how dramatic the impact of cheap energy would be on population growth. Even now there are too many people. Traffic everywhere, ninety percent of the species in the oceans are already consumed by humans. Our so called civilization, not just in the west but everywhere, has been a disaster for the planet as a whole. Only scarcity keeps us from populating into the tens even hundreds of billions. Lower costs for any of the key ingredients involved in the production of food equals increases in population.
  • Van den Bogaert Joannes on October 02 2013 said:
    What do you think about the article "Cold Fusion Catalyst" on former e-Cat Site ? Ni to copper transmutation with the help of potassium as catalyst to form negative hydrogen ions (anions H-) seems to be possible. Andrea Rossi probably uses potassium carbonate in his reactor (The Fusion Revolution), and Defkalion in its Hyperion leaks potasium as catalyst.
  • Gary Gardner on October 18 2013 said:
    I would like to think this is a genuine device, that can be independently proven to work.
    What concerns me is that if it was proven, then every government in the world would be prepared to invest heavily in this technology.
    This is not happening . Only this week the UK government agreed to China investing in UK nuclear power plants.
    Either the whole thing is a giant hoax which would make piltdown man pale into insignificance or its the real deal, in which case, lets get it on...........we don't have the luxury of unlimited power resources to enable future generations to survive.
  • Reverend Ryan on October 27 2013 said:
    Within the spinning vortex of technology, lies and truth there is a solution... a set of solutions, if you will, to the global paradox. Humanity is threatened by a triple level scenario. Our response on a global scale will determine our survival as a species.

    Application of new technologies ie: graphene
    Development of existing technology: ie: solarroadways
    Investment in agricultural solutions: ie: cannabis

    Revolution in the development and application of solutions rather than political/corporate/military BS and spin control over the masses.
  • Roger Barker on November 13 2013 said:
    Oh, so this is where Mary Yugo has been hiding! Why don't you get your ass over to Defkalion and do some god damn tests!
  • Gordon Docherty on November 14 2013 said:
    For those who want some more physics on what is going on:

    Toyota confirms Mitsubishi transmutation -


    Now, different systems being developed show different characteristics, but this is mainly down to the ratio of De-De fusion (MFMP, for example) to the "softer" transmutation (Brillouin, for example).

    For those who still like to ridicule LENR, the fact is the existential problem of LENR has long since been solved.

    The problems now are engineering ones, and they are being readily overcome.

    There has also been a regular conference on LENR (as "Anomalous Heat Effects") for the past 18 years, the most recent being :

    ICCF-18 Conference:


    with videos at :

    ColdFusionNow Youtube channel:


    Particularly good for understanding more of the theory, at least in part, is :

    ICCF-18 : Andrew Meulenberg "Composite Model ...":


    Make no mistake, LENR is real. It is the engineering that now needs to be sorted out: as LENR is Low Energy, however, (that is no Earth shattering high-energy billion degree heating or hundreds of atmosphere pressure required, just 187-200 C (up to 600 C) + 1-10 atmospheres + high frequency compression waves (the difficult bit), a useful, commercial device is much more certain to be achieved, and achieved soon, as opposed to say, for example, a commercial hot fusion reactor (still 50 years away, apparently)
  • Rob Honders Sr on November 22 2013 said:
    I'm with you Gordon D. I attended ICCF18 and the take-away message is:

    1. Anomalous heat, with power density far beyond what can be obtained from chemical (outer electrons, burning) reactions can be obtained routinely and repeatably.
    2. If it is not chemical then the energy must come from the nucleus or its constituents as is borne out by the clear detection of transmutations, even if neutrons and other high energy particles are below easily detectable (and therefor safe) levels.
    3. AHE, LENR, CF or whatever the name, is a real and imminently more useful effect than fission because it can produce the energy of fission without the dangers or pollutants.
    4. Efforts are underway, worldwide, to bring the technology to market, even absent a widely accepted theory of operation, as evidenced by successful demonstrations by several companies.
    5. There is no doubt that as more testable theories are proposed the 'effect' will become better understood and be optimized for a multitude of applications including energy production.

    And yes, the engineering, UL / CE certifications will take some years. If we don't get on it in the US, we'll be buying our home (LENR) heating plants from the Chinese, Italians or even the Greeks.
  • Whitebrow on November 28 2013 said:
    As far as this is another southern European claim: mob scam! 3 easy millions made. Let's hear a Scandinavian make these claims for a change! By the way my comment CAPTCHA was 'oilprice'... for real
  • Tom A on December 23 2013 said:
    This reminds me of blacklight power that was catalyzing hydrogen to a lower electron shell that Randy mills called a hydrino. It was supposed to produce a lot of cheap energy. Millions of dollars and 25 years later it's still a pipe dream with UNBELIEVEABLE potential. Just needs more time and of course, (you guessed it), money.

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