May 29, 2008

Blacklight Power claims 50KW prototype Hydrinos generator

Blacklight power claims a 50kw prototype device

UPDATE: Wikipedia details the controversy and doubts about the Hydrino theory upon which Blacklight Power bases their device.

Mills' work is not accepted by the scientific community, and has been largely ignored by it (as of November 2007, only four papers discussing hydrinos were present in the arXiv physics database, three of which say that hydrinos cannot exist. The only peer-reviewed evaluation, published in 2005 by Andreas Rathke of ESA, found "severe inconsistencies" in the theory, including a lack of "solutions that predict the existence of hydrinos". Rathke also noted that Mills' equations are not Lorentz invariant, a requirement of any theory that explains the behavior of particles moving close to the speed of light. Several scientists have issued informal evaluations of Mills' work, which are almost entirely negative. In spite of his work's flaws, Mills' company (Blacklight Power announced it had raised over $50M in venture capital. It has also given rise to a subsidiary company (Millsian Inc.) which has developed and released a molecular modeling program based on Mills' models.
news release contained endorsements from former Assistant Secretary of Energy Shelby Brewer and from Michael H. Jordan, who has served as CEO of various major corporations including PepsiCo Int'l. Foods and Beverages, Westinghouse Electric Corporation, CBS Corporation, and EDS.

The $50 million investment was made by respected investors

Credit Suisse First Boston CFO is on the board There are other current executives and retired executives from many big firms (Morgan Stanley and others.

They expect to have pilot plants built and devices ready for delivery in 12-18 months. Below (hit 'read more') there is a chart which shows that Blacklight is targeting $250/KW which would be several times cheaper than existing power sources. They are also looking to scale up to megawatt power.

The Company uses a chemically generated or assisted plasma to form atomic hydrogen and a catalyst which react through a nonradiative energy transfer to form lower-energy hydrogen atoms called hydrinos. Since hydrinos have energy levels much lower than uncatalyzed hydrogen atoms, the energy release is intermediate between chemical and nuclear energies. The net enthalpy released may be over 100 times that of combustion. Blacklight Power is usually placed in the low energy nuclear reactions category, but they are different in being a new kind of chemistry.

85 page paper that describes the device and the science and research behind it.

134 page slide deck presentation.

Blacklight Power website

BlackLight has established a 53,000-square-foot modern research and development facility in Cranbury, NJ, equipped with over 10 million dollars worth of laboratory equipment. Currently, BlackLight has 22 full-time employees, 2 part-time employees, and 20 consultants. The majority of the employees are scientists, including 8 PhDs.

Management of Blacklight Power

Updated the comparison to other power generation systems

More discussion of applications for Blacklight Power technologies.

6MB cold fusion and the future book, written in 2007 by Jed Rothwell

LENR-CANR site LENR, Low Energy Nuclear Reactions, also known as Cold Fusion. (CANR, Chemically Assisted Nuclear Reactions, is another term for this phenomenon.

101 page 2007 proceedings of the Japanese Cold Fusion conference 8 (in english)

26 pages of abstracts to the JCF8 conference

A US based journal on condensed matter physics


Brock said...

You should change your post title; this isn't cold fusion and BLP makes no claims as to fusion of any sort. It says right in the press release you linked to this is a chemical reaction creating heat. It's basically just burning stuff to run a dynamo. The breakthrough is in the nature of the chemical reaction.

Matthew Fuller said...

If nothing happens within that time frame, I would be pretty skeptical.

Given their history, it's normal to be skeptical, no Phd needed at this point.

If this does pan out, cheap batteries are next on my wish list!

Strling Westrup said...

Snake Oil.

Hydrinos are completely mythical, and the entire Blacklight Power thing is a scam.

Even a small amount of research in the physics community would have turned that up.

bw said...

It is a claim as it says in the title.

There is controversy around it.

Either they make useful power generators or they do not. The only "snake oil" sales that will be made is if their device works. Blacklight power is not asking for investment.

If the devices do not work then the company will fail.

Many people seem overly concerned about scams, before there is any attempt to sell them anything. No readers of this site are sending Blacklight money for investment. Any devices produced for sale will go through thorough testing and people can believe the results and the claims at that point before they choose to buy anything.

Matthew Fuller said...

A few moons ago I mentioned how you needed to mix things up.

This qualifies as officially different.

Robw said...


I've been following BLP off and on for about 10 years now. This breaks with tradition for them.

For years they've been posting scientific papers and claiming products were 'just around the corner'.

I would assume that this means they either really do have something, or are getting desperate to keep the investment money coming.

Supposedly they have raised over $50 million over the last 10 years

PeterWool said...

You need to revise the unit cost comparison table: the one you reproduce is from 3 years back, when they were testing plasma-based devices at low pressure. Not your fault. Look in the marketing paper, businesspresentation-wed.pdf page 9 and you will find the updated version: notably increasing power density from 0.2 W/cc to 10 W/cc.

g32 said...

BLP is based on the theory that an electron is a charge-shell around the nucleus, not a solid-particle orbiting the nucleus. If BLP works then 80 years of physicists are going to eat crow and Mills is the next Einstein. Or not.

JDL51 said...

The physics as presented may not conform to existing theories, etc. but they are getting results if we are to believe their press releases. So if they are creating heat through whatever physics is taking place, that is the main thing. Let the scientists argue about how, just get the damn thing scaled up and working in a real world situation.

RoguePlanet said...

Does it work? I don't care if government-funded scientists say the theory is flawed or whatnot...does it frickin' WORK? Dark Ages scientists figured out the Earth revolved around the sun, not the other way around, despite the fact that the prevailing theories of the day said it couldn't happen...but the prevailing theories were full of crap. So, just because they might not be able to explain to a room full of Ivy League guys how it works, if it DOES work, that should be the proof of the frickin' pudding. Now, put your slide-rules away, Mary Sue, and plug the sucker in with an audience of news cameras and regular people, and let that be your proof. End of line.

jetmech said...

it is now 2012

there is NO Black Light Power device
available for sale!

When it is 2025 and there STILL is no Black Light Power Device for sale
what then?

Will a hydrino exist in 2025?