Replication of the Apparent Excess Heat Effect in a Light Water-Potassium Carbonate-Nickel Electrolytic Cell
Replication of experiments claiming to demonstrate excess heat production in light water-Ni-K2CO3 electrolytic cells was found to produce an apparent excess heat of 11 W maximum, for 60 W electrical power into the cell. Power gains range from 1.06 to 1.68. The cell was operated at four different dc current levels plus one pulsed current run at 1 Hz, 10% duty cycle. The 28 liter cell used in these verification tests was on loan from a private corporation whose own tests with similar cells are documented to produce 50 W steady excess heat for a continuous period exceeding hundreds of days. The apparent excess heat can not be readily explained either in terms of nonlinearity of the cell`s thermal conductance at a low temperature differential or by thermoelectric heat pumping. However, the present data do admit efficient recombination of dissolved hydrogen-oxygen as an ordinary explanation. Calorimetry methods and heat balance calculations for the verification tests are described. Considering the large magnitude of benefit if this effect is found to be a genuine new energy source, a more thorough investigation of evolved heat in the nickel-hydrogen system in both electrolytic and gaseous loading cells remains warranted.
- Publication Date:
- OSTI Identifier:
- Report Number(s):
- N--96-22559; NASA-TM--107167;E--10118;NAS--1.15:107167;NIPS--96-35672
- Resource Type:
- Technical Report
- Resource Relation:
- Other Information: PBD: Feb 1996
- Research Org:
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Cleveland, OH (United States). Lewis Research Center
- Country of Publication:
- United States
- 40 CHEMISTRY; ELECTROLYTIC CELLS; HEAT GAIN; TEMPERATURE DEPENDENCE; THERMOELECTRICITY; NICKEL; THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY; POTASSIUM CARBONATES
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