Defkalion is actually much greater and is far more advanced than both CF hater and CF lover skeptics think. And it has made more very hard R&D work than most of you imagine. Companies and selected individuals have seen their labs and their Hyperion generators working. At its turn, Defkalion also has visited universities, institutes, and companies in many parts of the world...
However I am a very privileged individual because I had the honor and pleasure to be visited by Defkalion’s research leader Yiannis Hadjichristos who has generously helped me to keep an old promise made at a decisive moment of my life. 14 years ago I have retired from this Institute: http://www.itim-cj.ro/ and I have promised to come back when the problem I have studied there, then still called Cold Fusion, will be solved i.e. the phenomenon will become a commercial energy source. For many years, cold fusion just became more and more interesting, was just fragmentary understood but remained unable to be scaled up. Then came Rossi
who has achieved enhanced excess but is behaving like the sorcerer’s apprentice- it seems he cannot control the new phenomena. Then, and this was the greatest positive super-surprise from the history of this, till now, unhappy field: Defkalion has appeared as a unique Fast Company and has solved the problem.
Therefore when my former Institute has organized its traditional high level PIM symposium see the program, etc. here:
Defkalion has accepted that Yiannis should present a paper describing their ideas, technology, and generators. Introducing him to the audience, I could declare that I kept my ancient promise; I had a very deep satisfaction; it was a kairos, a triumph moment of my life. It is not pleasant to be remembered in the annals as “that crazy gullible guy who believed even in cold fusion, R.I.P.!”
Yannis has presented the paper very well- strong content, passionate delivery, great visuals and had success despite the fact that the public was rather ignorant regarding the subject. Cold fusion is either ignored or considered a blunder of the far past. If you speak about it to physicists, the most positive reaction you can obtain is that they are suggesting smart methods and tricks to pass the Coulomb Barrier. The clue is that counter-tautologically speaking, “cold fusion is actually NOT cold fusion”
This was the reason for which before this event, I have published
intended to be a wake of call for the old guard and even more for the young guard but it had no impact- the domination of strong memes is almost irreversible. Only my closest LENR friends have reacted to it.
However, what made this meeting captivating was the possibility to discuss with Yiannis in the most open and friendly manner. Consider my definition of a friend: “somebody with whom you can think aloud”. Friends are great personal assets in the professional life.
PVC has brought me Hans Kaltwasser and Paul Zugravescu, cold fusion came with Hal Fox, Akira Kawasaki. Mike Carrell, Franco Piantelli and one guy who later became first his own worst enemy then I forgot his name. Now, it is the turn of HENI (because this is what Defkalion is actually doing) and Yiannis became a dear friend whom I admired first for what he has done, and now also for his character and personality. As I told when he introducing him at PIM, he has lead the team which made my dream real.
Take a look to page 23 in the presentation; you will see 5 (five) nude Hyperion generators; add to these the sixth generation now in development and you will get kind of backbone of a story, challenge,
heroic engineering, failures, successes- problem solving inside problem solving. From the very start, this research strategy had nothing Edisonian in it, Yiannis thinks –do not leave anything to luck, be proactive. The problem is much too difficult for long trial and error sequences. Yiannis’s education as mathematician, his specializations in complexity theory and systems thinking and his very diversified experience and expertise in problem solving were his main competitive advantages.
It is amazing; he took cold fusion seriously as object of research in 2009 when Defkalion still was just in an early stage of organization. Obviously a fast learner and a well targeted learner. He has discussed with many participants at PIM, physicists and chemists and he knows a lot of things- has a broad scientific-technological\Culture. See his LinkedIn profile.
We had long vivid discussions, one of them over 6 hours and I have learned a lot about what I am the most interested- more than DGT’s strategy – it is its mode of thinking, values, mission- in one word the Soul of the company, what moves it. The schema: build a technology and make money from it is an oversimplification. I have discussed more times with Alex Xanthoulis the CEO who has founded the company, has worked out the global strategy, took the risks and the vital decisions (as cutting the knot, more or less Gordian, that linked DGT to Andrea Rossi). When I speak with Alex, I hear a voice whispering “you could be such a leader too, but you made the fatal error to be born in a country ruled by dictators and growing up in a communist society” Bad chance but I will come back. Dying is bad per se but dying and not knowing more what happens with New Energy is an unbearable tragedy.
But back to the 5 generations of Hyperions and their history of some 27 months. No 1- does not work, No. 2- gives strong signs, No 3= it goes!, No. 4- it can be measured well, we are on the right track, No. 5 was developed and improved till the good functionality shown at the Demo. It was a job for a great well coordinated team people of different professions, many problems to be solved. The ‘firsts’were part of the strategy:
- engineering is the way and science, theories are of great help however not only the CF born ones- new theories
- the problem of control had absolute priority, increase of performances as COP comes after- a very wise decision.
It is about a very hard working team, do not think about sporadic experimentation, only R-5 means more than 300 tests performed
based on a very systematic research plan executed with mathematical rigor and precision. It is important for understanding the extent and level of their effortA special remark – what the DGT people are doing is actually part of New Physics, new thinking in physics ADDING to what we know, establishing new directions, solving chronic problems, ending a period of relative stagnation and of unanswered questions. It is part of a New Wave in physics, something for YOUNG people of all ages. DGT, beyond creating a new source of energy, clean and 8 to 10 times cheaper than the most economical source today intends to be a nursery-incubator for the new ideas in physics.
A genius is a genius is a genius: Martin Fleischmann the Father of the original cold fusion energy dream was also one of the discoverers of PLASMONICS- a field in the stage of epidemic development now; nanoplasmonics is the clue and core of Defkalion’s process. I already wrote about their HENI (http://egooutpeters.blogspot.ro/2012/08/defkalion-says-heni-is-more-proper-name.html
From now HENI means (see the PIM presentation p 8): Heat Energy from Nanoplasmonics/Nanoexplosions Interactions.
Yiannis and I have discussed fundamental things, in essence strategy and this has to e correlated with a realistic SWOT analysis. This tool Strengths-Weaknesses- Opportunities- Threats has to be used with emphasis and priority for T and W- Alex knows this much better than me. One of the most potent S features of a company is its ability to make good surprises, to deliver more and other things than expected. When teaching Management of Technology, I always gave this example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rikki-Tikki-Tavi
The faster, more inventive, less predictable, surpriseful mongoose defeats the very dangerous cobras. Therefore not a word about the coming events- wait please; see, and you will be happy (in case you indeed want new energy).
Inter alia we have discussed openly about the aggressive skeptics, Yiannis said that if Mary Yugo did not existed “she’ had to be invented as protection against sharks when swimming with them.
A test made with Mary would be a fine move; unfortunately anybody can tell he/she is Mary Yugo.
The DGT company is Strong, knows its Weaknesses, will use wisely the endless Opportunities it has and it’s aware of the magnitude and multitude of Threats.
At one point we have disagreed- the Company thinks their generators will be copied successfully by some smart competitors
in 6 months after going commercial but my guess is a minimum of 2 years. Let’s see.
See the attached photos
Yiannis and I in our flat
Three very critical experts in adult intelligence have supervised
our discussions taking notes on their tablets. The expert-in–the middle, the most harsh one, Nora Toth, has stated that Yiannis is a “nagy fej” i.e. a “great head” (smart) in Hungarian, so he passed the exam.
The powerpoint presentation:
The submitted paper: