SRI International, a research lab in Menlo Park, CA, one of the largest contract research institutes in the world, will soon sign a contract with Brillouin Energy Corporation of Berkeley, CA, to further evaluate and “scale up” that company’s cold fusion device, the Brillouin Boiler. SRI scientist and long-time cold fusion researcher Michael McKubre announced this in an interview with PESN’s Sterling Allen. Per McKubre:
“As early this week, or next week, we will sign a contract with Brillouin with two purposes. One being to better understand what they have; and two, scale it up for almost exactly the same purposes that you just described…to have something that can be shown to engineers. Engineers will understand the significance of it and take if from that point forward.”
Dr. McKubre recently independently evaluated the Brillouin Boiler and subsequently became a member of their science advisory board. McKubre has been a cold fusion researcher since the early 1990s and has served as an unofficial spokesperson for cold fusion for many years. He appeared on ABCs Nightline in 1995 in a segment about the Patterson Power Cell, and at that time debated long-time cold fusion critic John Huizenga about the efficacy of the technology. He was also prominently featured in the 2009 60 Minutes segment “Cold Fusion is Hot Again.” In addition, McKubre will appear in the soon to be released film about cold fusion, “The Believers.”
Dr. McKubre gave a lecture entitled “What Happened to Cold Fusion?” in late 2011. I would highly recommend this video series, as it gives a good background of the technology from 1989 to the present. Many of you may have already seen it, but many others may have missed it because it was released between the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays last year. I have taken the liberty of re-posting this series as a courtesy to those of you who have not seen it, and of course to those of you who would like to view it again.
Lastly, it is important to note that in the interview with Sterling Allen linked to above, McKubre sounded quite optimistic about the future of cold fusion. He describes the atmosphere at NI Week 2012 as “like being at a rock concert” due to the level of enthusiasm, and states that he feels that cold fusion is now rising above the 20 year suppression it has been saddled with by academia and the scientific community as a whole.