In an interview with Ny Teknik, Alexandros Xanthoulis, representative of the investors, said that the test was conducted on 24 February and that it was not focused on safety, as the product is not yet ready for such tests. The focus was instead to show that there was excess heat energy released from a 'Low Energy Nuclear Reaction' and not from a chemical source. The test lasted for 24 hours and included both an empty and an active reactor, which were switched after 12 hours. Xanthoulis also said that two of the seven international groups have already carried out their tests and that the last of those tests is scheduled for late March. He did not say when or if the test results will be published.
The tests are performed on bare reactors without cooling – the same reactors that are part of Defkalion's heating product Hyperion. The product was presented in detail on November 30, 2011, except for the process that releases heat energy.
An important part of the upcoming tests is a power measurement through a method called "Differental Thermal Analysis". In addition to power measurement, alpha and gamma radiation will be measured.
According to Defkalion heat production is based on "Chemically Assisted Low Energy Nuclear Reactions caused by Nickel and Hydrogen Nuclei", a technology that the company claims to have developed after the agreement with Andrea Rossi on the production of Rossi's "E-cat" was terminated in August 2011.
The Greek government has neither confirmed nor denied its involvement in the test, but it is most probably informed.
In the last months also Andrea Rossi says he has been continuing to develop his technology. As Defkalion's technology it's based on nickel and hydrogen, possibly participating in a hitherto unknown nuclear reaction.
On February 20, 2012 Rossi performed a demonstration to show the actual level of development. Among the participants was chemist Roland Pettersson, retired Associate Professor from the University of Uppsala, who also attended a test of Rossi's E-cat on 6 October 2011.
Roland Pettersson told Ny Teknik that the system was now much more stable. A new set of control electronics was used and the system was started just pushing a button. However, no energy measurement was performed.
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