New Fire Research
Let's call it a tantalizing laboratory curiosity.
The phenomenon goes by many names: New Fire, Cold Fusion, LENR, LANR, CANR, and more. All of them are probably misnomers because, after 23 years of research, the science is still not well understood.
Our History with LENR
In January 2011 we heard news that an Italian name Rossi was going to demonstrate a cold fusion reactor that put out thousands of watts of excess heat. We were very surprised because, like most people, we thought that cold fusion had been disproved. So we did research and learned that hundreds of experiments had shown positive results in dozens of labs around the world. It has been very difficult to make it repeatable and efficient enough to become a practical technology. Due to the popular misconception that the phenomenon wasn't real, research funds were virtually non-existent and progress was slow.
The bottom line: We became convinced that the phenomenon was real and on the verge of becoming practical.
At first we were excited about the incredible possibilities: lots of cheap energy, no pollution, available on small scale.
Then we got depressed. For 10 years we have been focused on solar, wind, super insulation, etc. This new energy could make all those things obsolete.
Then we realized that HUG's mission is to have houses heat and cool themselves with no fossil fuels.
This fits our mission perfectly!
Besides, if someone knows how to make fire, do we want to be beholden to them or do we want to know how to make fire too?
So, we started studying, built a safety lab to handle hydrogen and nano-powder safely, built a clean room (relative to the rest of the shop) and started gathering and building test equipment.
The fun part is that the learning curve is so steep, we need mountain climbing gear. Our shop staff quickly evolved from a loose bunch of individuals into a focused team.
We feel lucky. We also feel a sense of destiny that we happen to have the right team with the right tools at the right time.
We had a need for more flexible and accurate data acquisition equipment so we created HUGnet Lab.
We are building Celani test cells for the Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project at quantumheat.org.
We are running our own tests on Celani Cells and other LENR techniques.
A decent introduction to cold fusion can be found at www.lenr-canr.org