Nickel-Hydrogen reactor - Important findings

  • Alan,

    I am not specifically addressing energy consumed or produced by the system. I'm speaking of the energy needed by an atomic hydrogen atom to be absorbed and deeply penetrate the nickel. Atomic hydrogen dissociated on a nickel surface has very little energy. However, an ionized plasma can give atomic hydrogen copious energy.

  • Hey "can" thanks for the table and reference. But, I see some elements in the above table of hydride and non-hydride forming elements that must be questioned. For example, Si, silicon forms a very well known hydride, that is silane (SiH4), and there is the analogous "germane" (GeH4), both of which are analogs of methane (CH4). In the next column there are the known analogs of phosphine (PH3), that is arsine and stibnine (the hydrides respectively of arsenic and antimony (or stibnium in latin). These are essentially analogs of ammonia, that is NH3. Further, one might understand halogens as forming hydrides, those all being acids of course, although HF is a weak acid, HCl, HBr and HI are strong acids. The latter, HI may have enough anomalous energetics to be considered as a candidate for participating in possible LENR processes. Even oxygen has both an OH- and H2O "hydrides", and to be sure OD-, is likely essential to F-P CF.

    I guess the dark blue elements with their positive heats of formation are effectively metastable, and effectively require energy input from the environment to be formed. Whereas the red elements tend to form giving off heat as enthalpy.

    Another interesting table would be that showing the Gibb's free energy (delta G = delta H minus T delta S) , the more informative delta G giving a clearer view of the degree to which the hydride formation is spontaneous or not.

  • Longview

    I think the context of this reference is of stable solid hydrides under standard conditions. Basically I wanted to point out without linking the usual paper often cited on the subject that very little hydrogen can normally get absorbed in the lattice of Nickel metal. So is the pressure decrease actually absorption? Or adsorption on the surface of segregated pores? Or something else instead (e.g. RM/UDH formation as speculated in the discussion above) ? I don't feel that one should accept without further questions or investigation that a large pressure reduction upon hydrogen admission is simply the result of H absorption into the Ni lattice.

  • Last few days I was doing experiments with Nickel-Hydrogen, Boron and Aluminium. And there was nothing unusual.

    These experiments were followed by Nickel-Titanium-Hydrogen mixture and I can see additional difference in pressure behavior.

    Decreasing pressure is still there but Titanium absorption behavior changed dramatically. For unknown reason it is not absorbing Hydrogen rapidly anymore.

    Instead it seems that already dissociated Hydrogen is not attractive for Titanium. So it starts absorbing Hydrogen rather when Nickel stops with dissociation.

    At higher temperatures - 900degC - pressure starts to be crazy. It goes up and down by 0.2 Bars within a minute or so. This happens all the time. While pressure tendency is decreasing due to Nickel it seems that Titanium is trying to absorb something even at that high temperature. But quickly it free up the Hydrogen back.

    I think that some interesting chemical process is going on there. But I can't explain it.

    BUT my theory to achieve excess heat due to fast dissociation of Hydrogen molecules by Nickel is wrong.

    It seems that Titanium is not interested in Atomic Hydrogen, hehe. But why?

    If that would work there must be excess heat. But it doesn't.

  • SS really so special according to your assumption?

    I'm not Johny5 but in retrospect the idea might have been using a nickel powder-filled stainless steel tube with hydrogen contained at an elevated pressure for obtaining a simple and efficient proton membrane to be concentrically mounted inside another tube acting as a "proper" reactor. Incidentally, similar ideas are described in this recent patent application that came out some time after his departure:

    Therein it's suggested that hydrogen atoms desorbing from the bulk have a higher energy from those desorbing from the surface (as in: that did not pass through the material). This would promote the formation of a large concentration of excited hydrogen atoms and subsequent condensed clusters supporting the generation of excess heat and nuclear reactions.


    [...] In order to create Rydberg matter of hydrogen, it is preferable that it is bulk - and not surface - hydrogen atoms that desorb. Bulk hydrogen atoms traditionally have a significantly higher energy (about 25 kcal/mol when the primary material is Ni) as compared to that of a surface-bound hydrogen atom. See, e.g., ST. Ceyer, The unique chemistry of hydrogen beneath the surface: catalytic hydrogenation of hydrocarbons, Accounts of Chemical Research, 34(9)737-744, 2001. Generally, only the hydrogen species freshly emerging from the bulk of the primary material 14 will efficiently form Rydberg matter then condensed hydrogen clusters.

  • Hi,

    Inside the VO2 tubes the saturation level is almost 100%, the paper does prove this.

    The atoms are also aligned in a row.

    According some theories how try to explain lenr, are this the perfect conditions.

    I real hope someone has the equipment to test this material!

    I simply don’t have the equipment an knowledge to do it myself.


  • I'd like to share a few thoughts. It has been almost ten years since I started studying nickel hydrogen fusion, and I believe my understanding now is far greater than even a few years ago.

    Starting off, let's look at systems that use nickel rod/bar/wire and heating elements that are some distance away from the fuel and/or would not produce a significant magnetic field. My thinking is that these systems depend tremendously on achieving very high levels of hydrogen loading to produce a very brittle lattice that is primed for fracture. When the lattice is stressed by pressure or temperature changes, charge separation takes place while clusters of hydrogen migrates inwards or outwards. This produces EVOs that induce nuclear reactions and perhaps even extract some quantity of energy from the vacuum. To optimize a system like this, you should look at Focardi and Piantelli's original papers on Ni-H systems and study their surface cleaning and degassing (vacuuming) routines.

    Next, we can look at early powder based systems that didn't use lithium (or at least not a huge quantity like in the Ni-LiAlH4 systems that would come later). I think that in addition to high surface area nickel particles being capable of absorbing more hydrogen due to the larger surface area - thus creating a larger embrittled surface area - the geometry of the nickel played a significant role. The spikey protrusions of carbonyl nickel would help enhance the electric fields and allow for "sparking" (EVO production) between particles. To a certain extent, these systems could produce excess heat utilizing only fracto-emission that occurs when the hydrogen embrittled lattice is damaged. To maximize this effect and boost loading to the max, if you are not supplying atomic hydrogen from an external source, you could use a nano-particle spillover catalyst like palladium or even smaller particles of nickel. But I specifically remember someone seeing a box labeled "Tesla Coil" connected to one of Rossi's early systems (right around when he revealed his tech to the world). Utilizing a Tesla coil, he could have been applying high voltages directly through the fuel - or he could have been applying sudden voltage spikes to the heating coil. Regardless, these particles would be far more likely to undergo discharges between their sharp points. Not only would transmutation or LENR take place in the gaseous environment between the tips of the particles and where the EVO eventually struck, but the strange radiation could travel to other particles in the reactor and induce LENR reactions.

    Eventually, Rossi started using the Ni-LiAlH4 recipe. There's a lot to discuss here. I could mention the importance of treating the LiAlH4 in such a way to prevent it from phase changing during the release of hydrogen (to prevent the nickel particles from being smothered), the vast difference in quality between different sources of LiAlH4, the fact almost no one purifies their LiAlH4 from contaminants, or several other issues. But my first topic will be that I'm fairly confident Rossi pre-treats his nickel fuel FIRST. If I were to guess how, I'd say by running it under a corona discharge in a hydrogen or deuterium environment which would allow for the FORCEFUL application of atomic hydrogen, but this is simply a guess. Interestingly, Ni-LiAlH4 systems seem to work best - when an external magnetic field is present. And these systems seem to work even better utilizing a multi-phase rotating magnetic field at HIGHER voltages. My guess is that this magnetic field (especially rotating it with three phase) helps produce not only small discharges between the nickel particles, but also can "spin up" and sustain macro-EVOs which could be called spheromaks. Interestingly, in systems utilizing arc discharges, strange radiation usually only shows up when there is an adequate magnetic field - whether that is self generated by the discharge or by an external source. My guess is that these systems are very dependent on the type of electromagnetic stimulation that's being applied. However, if you properly hydrogenate the nickel beforehand to make sure it is already embrittled REGARDLESS if it gets smothered by the LiAlH4 or not, a less than perfect stimulation by electromagnetic field could still produce adequate results.

    Then, of course, you can move on to plasma based systems. I personally don't think the QX and SK are really that complicated. I believe Rossi's extreme secrecy is due to the fact that they are extremely powerful and not overly difficult to replicate if you are willing to play around enough to produce a resonant system that sustains the complex space charge or micro-EVO. When this structure is continually existing, the signature of it, in addition to the plasma ball that's either free floating or tethered to one of the electrodes, are the ion acoustic waves that will be visible on the oscilloscope. To achieve this state, you'll need to adjust parameters such as your gas pressure, distance between electrodes (larger distance the lower the frequency, shorter distance the higher the frequency of the acoustic waves), electrical qualities of your circuit, etc.

    LENR is far less mysterious to me today than it was even two years ago. All we need now are people to build the systems and test them.

  • Hi Ron, what equipement would be needed and what do you recommend to fabricate?

  • Hi Ron,

    We are not able to do this type of coating ourselves, but there are specialized suppliers out there

    who might. i.e.…terials/product-overview/

    However first of all we would need to think about the setup / design of a potential

    reactor core (material) which is to be coated with V2O5.

    You mentioned silicium as a carrier material. Would i.e. also Al2O3 capillary tubes to be coated with V2O5 be a solution?

    These small tubes act then as the reactor core enclosed in stainless steel tube and exposed to a H2/Ar atmosphere and to an activation energy.

    i.e. heat, magentic field, etc... ?



  • Ron- sadly although I have a vacuum furnace, it is not a gas-stream type (it is a capsule type) and would not be easy to modify. When I get a chance I'll look at the other method you linked. I have some V2O5 in hand btw..