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August 29, 2013

Update on the DARPA project that was looking at cold fusion

A DARPA project Fundamentals of Nanoscale and Emergent Effects and Engineered Devices was described in 2012 in a way which clearly indicated that they were investigating aspects of cold fusion for energy production.

DARPA has its budget for 2014 and there is still funding for it and the description indicates that the cold fusion aspect is still part of the objectives.

FY 2012 11.6 million
FY 2013 5.1 million
FY 2014 6.5 million

The Fundamentals of Nanoscale and Emergent Effects and Engineered Devices program seeks to understand and exploit physical phenomena for developing more efficient and powerful devices. This includes developing devices and structures to enable controllable photonic devices at multiple wavelengths, engineering palladium microstructures with large deuterium loadings to study absorption thermodynamics and effects, and enabling real-time detection as well as analysis of signals and molecules and origin of emergent behavior in correlated electron devices.

FY 2012
- Established scalability and scaling parameters in excess heat generation processes in collaboration with the Italian Departmentof Energy.



FY 2013 Plans:
- Initiate efforts to identify and characterize metastable, high pressure phases of gaseous materials (extended solids) that have superior mechanical/functional properties.
- Initiate development of synthesis techniques for producing extended solids at temperature and pressures amenable to scale up.

FY 2014 Plans:
- Validate computational tools against known high pressure materials and apply to develop multistep pathways to selected extended solids.
- Apply synthesis techniques to, and initiate synthesis of, intermediates projected to lead to selected extended solids.
- Develop and demonstrate methods to stabilize extended solids at ambient temperatures and pressures.


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