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Fool’s gold or fuel gold?

published, Sep 22, 2009 10:16am
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created on: 09/22/09Scientists dream of discovering a source of nearly-free energy that uses water as its fuel and produces almost no waste. Randall Mills, an MIT-trained electrical engineer and Harvard medic, claims to have found just such a miracle source. The only tiny little drawback is that it flies in the face of one of the most sacrosanct principles of modern physics: quantum mechanics.

 Dr Mills’ company, Blacklight Power, has built a 5kW prototype that it claims generates up to 1000 times more heat than conventional fuel. Independent scientists have verified the experiments and US$60 million investment dollars have poured in to produce a marketable product.

The controversial aspect of this “wonder source” is the claim that Dr Mills has produced a new form of hydrogen with just a single proton circled by one electron, called a “hydrino.” In Dr Mills’ hydrino the electron sits slightly closer to the proton than in regular molecules, and these new atoms formed from traditional hydrogen release tremendous amounts of energy. This, say physicists, is theoretically impossible. The shortest distance between the proton and electron in hydrogen is fixed, and the two are just not ever going to get any closer. Andreas Rathke of the European Space Agency, Blacklight’s most fervent critic, asserts that Dr Mills’s theory is the result of flawed maths. Says Dr Mills, “We’ve done a lot of testing. We’ve got 50 independent validation reports, we’ve got 65 peer-reviewed journal articles. We ran into this theoretical resistance and there are some vested interests here.” Quantum mechanics, he insists, must be wrong.

As the scientists debate the issue Blacklight is pushing ahead with its technology. Theoretically impossible or not, scientists have begun independently producing hydrinos in molecular form and as hydrides. According to Blacklight’s calculations, hydrino energy would cost US$0.012 per kWh compared to $0.05 for coal and $0.06 for nuclear energy. This alone makes it a worthwhile endeavor; if Mills is correct this could remake how the world powers itself.

Check out the Blacklight website at http://www.blacklightpower.com/index.shtml

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