Cold fusion, thus far an elusive achievement, would solve the world's power problems. Mainstream physicists do not believe a nuclear reaction via cold fusion is possible. That fact hasn't stopped some Italian scientists from saying cold fusion is a reality that is set for commercial applications. No doubt they took out significant personal loans to make this occur.
Cold fusion contradicts recognized laws of physics
Cold fusion was dismissed as junk after a pair of physicists declared in 1989 but nobody else could replicate the results. Cold fusion is still considered theoretically extremely hard, however Italian scientists Andrea Rossi and Sergio Focardi demonstrated a cold fusion reactor at the University of Bologna the Friday that past. They can't explain why it works, but they say the system makes power because of cold fusion. Since there was not enough of a theory confirming this with the laws of physics that are accepted, their application for patent was rejected. They say it will take as little as three months in order to make a commercial cold fusion reactor.
What cold fusion and nuclear fission have in common
There's a lot of energy that the sun creates. This is with the nuclear fusion though. Rossi and Focardi claim to have successfully achieved cold fusion -- a process happening at room temperature -- by fusing the atomic nuclei of nickel and hydrogen. A lot of heat energy and copper could be produced. Atomic reactors and nuclear weapons generate power via nuclear fission -- which splits atoms to release energy along with an excellent deal of radiation and toxic waste. Only 400 watts of power is needed to make 12,400 watts according to the Italians that believe in cold fusion. There could be eight times the power created than it takes to operate with the commercial version of the cold fusion reactor. The cost of the cold fusion power would be relatively cheap. In fact, about 1 cent per kilowatt-hour would be charged. The United States had mostly coal generated power in the United States in 2004. This meant about 7.62 cents per kilotwatt-hour was the average.
Many power plants changing
Rossi and Focardi wrote a paper on cold fusion that was rejected by peer-reviewed journals. They published it themselves in an online journal "The Journal of Nuclear Physics" that they created. They say operating their cold fusion reactor is as simple as flicking a switch and following the instructions. An authorized dealer would have to refuel the reactor every six months. There is interest that a Greek utility company has shown.