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Cold Fusion France

The cold fusion research reached a first important milestone in 1989, which was spearheaded by two electrochemists Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons who played a very important role at the beginning of cold fusion in France.

They made a very interesting announcement about energy revolution at that time. However history tells us that the FPE or Fleischmann Pons Effect failed to provide positive results when scientists attempted to duplicate the experiment. The scientific community was quick to deem cold fusion-related research as dead and was blacklisted. Many scientists having positive results continued and some of them were located in France.  Reports said that Fleischmann at one time worked on his research in France for a Japanese company.

A cold fusion scientist based in Marseilles, France, Dr. Jean-Paul Biberian wrote a very interesting introduction about the influence of Fleischmann on French research. Here’s what he said:

“Martin Fleischmann played a major role at the beginning of Cold Fusion in France. Georges Lonchampt, who was then working at the French Atomic Energy Commission in Grenoble met him and Stanley Pons several times when they were working at IMRA in Sophia Antipolis. Fleischmann gave him full details of the experimental procedure, and even gave him two of their ICARUS 2 cells. Thanks to his help, Longchampt and his colleagues managed to duplicate, at least partly, the original work. Lonchampt was one of the very few who duplicated exactly the Fleischmann and Pons experiment. Without his help there is no doubt that the initial program started in France in 1989 would have ended quickly after.”

Dr. Biberian is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Condensed Matter Nuclear Science. Apparently, the controversial cold fusion research of Fleischmann and Pons paved the way to energy revolution in France.

In 2005, France was chosen to host a test reactor in search for alternative to fossil fuel. Funded by Japan, the project was led by five other partners including United States, South Korea, Russia, China and the European Union. Prior to the announcement, the parties had been divided over where to put the cold fusion test reactor but eventually chose France nuclear facilities near the town of Cadarache. The test reactor, which was called The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, or ITER, would fuse atomic nuclei at extremely high temperatures inside a giant electromagnetic ring.

The competition during the time was very intense mainly due to the fact that billion of dollars worth of research funding, construction and engineering contracts, and the creation of thousands of jobs are at stake.



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