Mills’ work is not accepted by the scientific community, and has been largely ignored by it (as of November 2007, only four papers discussing hydrinos were present in the arXiv physics database, three of which say that hydrinos cannot exist. The only peer-reviewed evaluation, published in 2005 by Andreas Rathke of ESA, found “severe inconsistencies” in the theory, including a lack of “solutions that predict the existence of hydrinos”. Rathke also noted that Mills’ equations are not Lorentz invariant, a requirement of any theory that explains the behavior of particles moving close to the speed of light. Several scientists have issued informal evaluations of Mills’ work, which are almost entirely negative. In spite of his work’s flaws, Mills’ company (Blacklight Power announced it had raised over $50M in venture capital. It has also given rise to a subsidiary company (Millsian Inc.) which has developed and released a molecular modeling program based on Mills’ models.
news release contained endorsements from former Assistant Secretary of Energy Shelby Brewer and from Michael H. Jordan, who has served as CEO of various major corporations including PepsiCo Int’l. Foods and Beverages, Westinghouse Electric Corporation, CBS Corporation, and EDS.
Credit Suisse First Boston CFO is on the board There are other current executives and retired executives from many big firms (Morgan Stanley and others.
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They expect to have pilot plants built and devices ready for delivery in 12-18 months. Below (hit ‘read more’) there is a chart which shows that Blacklight is targeting $250/KW which would be several times cheaper than existing power sources. They are also looking to scale up to megawatt power.
The Company uses a chemically generated or assisted plasma to form atomic hydrogen and a catalyst which react through a nonradiative energy transfer to form lower-energy hydrogen atoms called hydrinos. Since hydrinos have energy levels much lower than uncatalyzed hydrogen atoms, the energy release is intermediate between chemical and nuclear energies. The net enthalpy released may be over 100 times that of combustion. Blacklight Power is usually placed in the low energy nuclear reactions category, but they are different in being a new kind of chemistry.
BlackLight has established a 53,000-square-foot modern research and development facility in Cranbury, NJ, equipped with over 10 million dollars worth of laboratory equipment. Currently, BlackLight has 22 full-time employees, 2 part-time employees, and 20 consultants. The majority of the employees are scientists, including 8 PhDs.
FURTHER READING ON COLD FUSION RESEARCH
6MB cold fusion and the future book, written in 2007 by Jed Rothwell
LENR-CANR site LENR, Low Energy Nuclear Reactions, also known as Cold Fusion. (CANR, Chemically Assisted Nuclear Reactions, is another term for this phenomenon.
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