Tadahiko Mizuno earthquake recovery fundraiser

  • Cold fusion researcher Tadahiko Mizuno is in Sapporo, which was hit by a large earthquake last week. He reports that the building his lab is in was severely damaged by last week's earthquake. The whole building appears to be leaning somewhat, about 5 cm by the 7th floor. The emergency exit staircase is severely damaged.


    His equipment was damaged as well. Two PCs are broken, and the electron microscope is probably beyond repair.


    He estimates this will take $20,000 to $30,000 to repair and replace equipment, and probably to move to another location. I do not think he has that kind of money. He says he cannot see how he will continue. This might be "checkmate" is how he put it (using the English word).

  • Cold fusion researcher Tadahiko Mizuno is in Sapporo, which was hit by a large earthquake last week. He reports that the building his lab is in was severely damaged by last week's earthquake. The whole building appears to be leaning somewhat, about 5 cm by the 7th floor. The emergency exit staircase is severely damaged.


    His equipment was damaged as well. Two PCs are broken, and the electron microscope is probably beyond repair.


    My wive just came back from Japan. She explained that people in Hokkaido are quite a bit sloppy and mostly ignoring the dangers of nature. Thus it's no surprise that their (Mizuno's) building did not follow the actual standard for earthquake protection.


    Let's hope he can at least recover his experiments and get a new location!

    (There should be enough space, as Japans population is shrinking rapidly!!)

  • Some people are trying to arrange a way to contribute to Mizuno, with Paypal or Gofundme. I don't know anything about either of those, but anyway, if the arrangements are made I will report them here.


    I will also contribute $1,000.

  • (There should be enough space, as Japans population is shrinking rapidly!!)

    There is tons of space in Japan, and there always has been. I know people who rent houses with acres of land for $100 a month. I sometimes go hiking on roads where you don't see a person or a car all morning, and if you wander off into the woods, you might get eaten by a wild boar. In August, a two-year old child wandered off into the woods near where I hike. It took 380 people three days to find him. He wasn't far, but those are thick woods. Some elderly people have gone into them and were never seen again.


    The child was found by a very resourceful 78-year-old guy named Haruo Obata, who is now a national hero, justifiably so. The guy is a live wire.


    https://www.scmp.com/news/asia…shiki-fujimoto-lost-woods


    http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201808160020.html


    The population is not shrinking rapidly. It is shrinking at 0.23% per year. But if present trends continue it will shrink more rapidly in the future.


    http://www.worldometers.info/w…ulation/japan-population/

  • Dennis Cravens told me that Gofundme charges 5% overhead, so Paypal is a better deal. We will ask Mizuno to open a Paypal account. I asked him to provide some photos of the damage, so I can upload an appropriate sob story.


    (I guess you need a sob story for Gofundme? No idea, really.)


    Anyway, I will report back when things jell.

  • Gofundme does not serve Japan, but we are doing a work-around. Probably I will collect the money and wire-transfer it. This is taking some time because things are still chaotic in Sapporo and there is 13-hour time difference. I am waiting for photos from Mizuno.


    People who know about these things tell me Gofundme is better than individual contributions via Paypal because other people will see how much is given.


    I will post a message here when this is set up.

  • Going through the process, I saw "tip", thinking that would be for Mizuno. We Americans are expected to tip everyone, everywhere it seems, so are conditioned to say yes without asking. Looks though like I tipped GoFundMe instead? If so, kind of tricky. Something to keep in mind.


  • Pix improved. Text still needs work.


    Pix of me, I regret to say. It shows the scale, anyway.


    Going through the process, I saw "tip", thinking that would be for Mizuno.

    Yeah, that threw me. The computer wanted me to make it a $150 tip! I thought that was impudent. I had some difficulty setting it to zero.



    (Actually, I thought "that's impudent" in Samurai-style Japanese, which is the best way to express that thought: "Zuzushii yatsu da! Usero!" ("Impudent hound! Vanish from my sight! [Lit.: make yourself scarce.]" It is worth learning Japanese just for the insults, which are nonpareil.)

  • Dennis Cravens on the Cold Fusion Now! podcast'



    COLD FUSION NOW! has posted a new item, 'Dennis Cravens on the Cold Fusion Now! podcast' on https://coldfusionnow.org Dennis Cravens on the Cold Fusion Now! podcast September 13, 2018 8:06 PM -- Physicist Dr. Dennis Cravens joins Ruby on the Cold Fusion Now! podcast for a discussion about experimental results gathered over a career of LENR research. Dr. Cravens received his PhD from Florida State University and has been working on cold fusion since 1989. He has demonstrated multiple live LENR systems throughout the years, including NIWeek 2013 [...] View the latest post at https://coldfusionnow.org/denn…-cold-fusion-now-podcast/

  • Mizuno sent me 9 photos of the damage in his lab and the lab building. They are in a PowerPoint file with Japanese annotations. Here are some of them:


    Some of the damage to the building. This is a beam holding up the emergency stairwell. The entire building is leaning over, around 5 cm at the 7th floor. The building may be condemned. If it is condemned, Mizuno will have to move to another building, and it will cost a lot of money to move this delicate equipment.



    Objects fell on this SEM, damaging it, and the vacuum pump in it. It is not known whether it can be repaired.



    A damaged neutron detector. Various other equipment was damaged.




    Objects fallen off of shelves.

  • The SEM does not look damaged, but if the damage were bad enough to see it would be a write-off. I think Mizuno said one of the "bars" is bent. I think the gadget on the left is wrecked and the vacuum pump is leaking.


    This is used equipment. A new one costs ~$75,000 I think. It is hard to find a good used one, according to Ed Storms. He said most used ones are more trouble than they are worth.


    An expert from the factory will be there soon to evaluate it.


    He still has access to the building, but it might be condemned or it might need extensive reconstruction. He said the soil in the whole area seemed soft, and many buildings are now tilted over. Perhaps the soil was liquefied? That happens with earthquakes on reclaimed land, such as in San Francisco. This building is across the street from the campus of Sapporo University. Have a look. Address for Google map:


    札幌市北区北12条西4丁目 1-15 
    スリーシステムビル6F


    Huh. Google maps translated that into Romanized Japanese nicely:


    〒001-0012 Hokkaidō, Sapporo-shi, Kita-ku, Kita 12 Jōnishi, 4 Chome−1−15

  • Dear Colleagues,

    I know Tadahiko Mizuno since the beginning of Cold Fusion time (now the name changed to LENR, AHE, CANR, ...). He was Assistant Professor at Engeneering Department of Okkaido University (Japan). The key caracteristic of Tadahiko is the CREATIVITY. Another aspect is his unusual ability to learn different methodologies/technics, and be expert, in a quite short time. Apart frequent discussions on specific arguments, we even collaborated (about 15 years before) in a innovative, but quite complicated, experiment aimed to detect neutron emissions during thermal cycling at about 77 K.

    Very sadly his Laboratory, located in a (private) tall building, near the University area of Sapporo, was damaged by the (strong) recent heartquake. Several instrumentations are out of order, according to some photo made by Tadahiko and widespread by Jed Rotwell, also in this Forum. According to Tadahiko the money needed to repair damaged instruments is in the order of 20-30 k$.

    * I would like to suggest to everibody active, or just reader of LenrForum blog, to send some money to him using the proper procedures, as discussed in the previous messages (by Dennis Letts, Jed Rotwell, ...). Even 50-100 US$, from each people will help enough.

    Sorry, this time, to comunicate arguments not directly related to "our" Science.


    * According to me Tadahiko Mizuno is really a "special" Scientist.


    Thanks for Your time,

    Francesco CELANI

  • RUBY TELLS THE TALE.


    COLD FUSION NOW! has posted a new item, 'Earthquake damage puts Mizuno research at risk' on https://coldfusionnow.org Earthquake damage puts Mizuno research at risk September 18, 2018 10:37 PM


    The 6.8 earthquake that struck Hokkaido Japan has killed nine and injured hundreds as multiple landslides shook communities. It has also battered the laboratory of veteran LENR researcher Tadahiko Mizuno, who has lost valuable research equipment and building damage will require the lab to move. Pictures show items knocked off shelves, and bounced around. [...]


    View the latest post at https://coldfusionnow.org/tadahiko-mizuno-earthquake-damage/

  • It is not clear yet whether he will have to move. My guess is that building inspectors may not show up for some time. They must be busy. It is also not clear how much it will cost to repair the SEM, which was most expensive instrument that was damaged. That's why we have such a vague estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.


    I think he can soldier on without some of the damaged instruments, but an SEM is essential.


    Perhaps it will be less than $20,000, but Mizuno is always running short of funding, so if there is any left over, it will be well spent. He does not have luxuries.


    The amount raised so far, $7000, is well short of the goal. However, I am sure it will be a tremendous help. It may spell the difference between Mizuno having to close down or stay open.


    He is thinking of offering a cell to someone as a kind of raffle-ticket prize for the fundraising. If anyone would like to try to replicate, please contact me. It is still a little difficult to contact Mizuno. Sapporo is still a mess. He lives within a few kilometers of the lab so he can walk.

  • I would also like to add another perspective as to why donating to Mizuno's Earthquake Recovery Fund is a worthwhile.


    Mizuno most recent setups are roughly similar -- at least when it comes to the key concepts -- to Rossi's early systems. Roughened nickel coated with palladium particles that function as a reverse spillover catalyst, a source of atomic hydrogen, an external resistor: Mizuno's setup seems to be very close to the original E-Cats that were observed -- by Focardi and Levi and others -- to produce very high levels of excess heat. I suspect that with proper resources and a repaired lab, he will be able produce far higher levels of output. Already, Mizuno speculates that at 700C he will be capable of producing a kilowatt of excess heat. My guess is that by optimizing his fuel -- perhaps by using nickel powder with a surface area even higher than nickel mesh -- he will be capable of multiple kilowatts and even self sustained operation. Throw in a little lithium and a rotating magnetic field and the sky is the limit.


    Most importantly, if he has no strings on his research that would prevent him from openly sharing his results, all the information on his test setup, fuel prep, and experimental methods would be posted. This would allow for anyone around the world to produce huge amounts of excess heat. LENR+ would be further cemented as a reality.

  • Most importantly, if he has no strings on his research that would prevent him from openly sharing his results, all the information on his test setup, fuel prep, and experimental methods would be posted.

    Not only will he share his results, he will send you this prepared reactor:




    It is 40 cm long, 8 cm diameter.


    He is looking around to find someone qualified and interested in getting it. I think he wants the money to cover the parts. Not sure how much. He said he would give it to someone as a way of saying "thank you" for the GoFundMe but I think that defeats the purpose. Anyone who can use it can also afford to pay for it. You have to have a lot of lab equipment to operate it.


    This would allow for anyone around the world to produce huge amounts of excess heat.

    Not huge amounts. 100 W input, 120 to 130 W output.

  • If they used higher temperatures, utilized his plasma based method to deposit the palladium nano-particles on the nickel, and performed a few additional optimizations I suspect the excess heat would become huge. In fact, I'd predict that self sustain would take place and they'd produce meltdowns.

  • A "thank you", and update from Mizuno:


    Dear Sir October 2, 2018

    I would like to thank everyone who has contributed. This will be a tremendous help for my work of CF.


    The damaged SEM will be repaired on next month. The estimated cost will be 2million yen. (USD $17,000)

    The laboratory building has not been inspected but it seems I may not have to move soon. It may be a few more months before we find out a new building.

    One of the things I hope to do with this money is to send a small reactor to an experimentalist would like to replicate my results very soon. The reactor is ready, so we have to decide who to send it to.

    Tadahiko Mizuno


    Not sure if they are still collecting? If so...we have 2400 members here, and many more guests. Many giving a little adds up. Just $20 US would help. One suggestion if you donate; Gofundme has a "Tip" section. Zero that out. That is not a tip for Mizuno, it is for the company.