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As almost all of us know, the 19th edition of the International Conference on Condensed Matter Nuclear Science (ICCF-19) will be held in Padua, Italy, on April 13-17, 2015.

The event is organized by TSEM SpA, the first private company to independently host ICCF. It is a leader, in Italy and not only, in developing know-how of excellence for the research, design and manufacture of innovative technologies in the fields of Healthcare, Energy and Security.

The website of the Conference is still under construction, but we can provide some information here. You can also sign up for their newsletter to receive updates.

Antonio La Gatta, engineer and professor, is the founder and President of TSEM, and the Chair of ICCF-19. He explains that “The purpose ofLa_Gatta ICCF-19 will be to discuss recent scientific findings as well as to encourage a more general public interest, encouraging a better understanding of the significance of this research and how it will impact society”.

The program of the Conference has not yet been published, but we know that there will be contributions on many areas: Calorimetry, Materials, Nuclear Measures, Theory, Technologies. The deadline for abstract submission is January 10, 2015. The time limit to enroll the Conference is February 15, 2015.

Interestingly, about four years ago, La Gatta led TSEM into the study of high bandwidth calorimetric measurement of palladium excess heat. Moreover, in the past his company has provided closed cell isoperibolic calorimeters to the Sidney Kimmel Institute for Nuclear Renaissance (SKINR) – University of Missouri and collaborated also with Stanford Research International (SRI), The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and the Italian ENEA.

It is a real pleasure to read the history of the previous editions of ICCF in their website. The first edition, ICCF-1, dates back to 1990 and was in the USA (chair: Fritz), the second held in Italy (chairs: Preparata-Del Giudice-Bressani). Also ICCF-15, in 2009, took place in Italy, Rome (chairs: Violante-Lesin). Last edition, ICCF-18, was held in Columbia (USA).

Padua_MapPadua is a small Italian town located in the North-East of the country with about 209,000 inhabitants and since 1222 is home to a prestigious University that ranks among the oldest in the world.

The city of Padua has been called “the capital of the painting of the fourteenth century”, and we can find the most important pictorial evidence of this heritage in the Giotto’s series in the Scrovegni Chapel.

For the most avid of science, only 8 km from Padua are the Legnaro National Laboratories (LNL), one of the four big laboratories of the Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN). LNL have a leading position with regard to the study of the microscopic world known as “the structure and dynamics of the atomic nucleus“.


Japan-CF-SocietyThe event of these days, for those who follow the LENR, is the 15-th Meeting of Japan Cold Fusion Research Society (JCF-15, November 1-2), which hold in Sapporo.

Japan is a country that, despite still using the energy from nuclear fission, is also strongly investing in cold fusion research, having focused on this sector well before the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.

In the past, Japan scientists showed that cold fusion is a real physical phenomenon. Yoshiaki Arata (Physics professor at University of Osaka, now retired), a former hot-fusionist, was a highly respected cold fusion pioneer in this country, opening the way to others.

So, it is not a surprise to find today, in the program of JCF-15, scientific contributes coming from big companies focusing on high technology, like Mitsubishi (Iwamura et al.) and Technova Inc. (Takahashi, Kitamura et al.), but also from smaller realities such as Hydrogen Eng A&D Co. (Mizuno et al.), as well as researches from Universities and other institutions.Japan_Cold_Fusion

Looking at the abstracts, who is interested in trying to replicate an E-Cat could find intriguing the study presented by Kitamura: “Comparison of some Ni-based Nano-composite Samples with respect to Excess Heat Evolution under Exposure to Hydrogen Isotope Gas” (see below).

Also the contribute by Takahashi, “Is Gamma-Less Transmutation Possible?”, sounds interesting.

My sensation, however, is that in Japan the CF research is still very far from practical applications. 

You can find the program and all the abstracts of the Japan Cold Fusion meeting here.

KitmUPDATE! – A summary of the interesting presentation by Kitamura et al. (click for enlarge). If you are interested, you can download the full document directly from here.