At the request of a handful of physicists, the Department of Energy (DOE) conducted in recent months an assessment of the latest research on cold fusion. Hearings were held and a publication analyzed by a panel of experts 18. But the results presented did not convince the government agency for which little progress has been made in fifteen years, particularly in terms of reproducibility of experiments.
It is 1989 that cold fusion has experienced its greatest heyday, when Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann of the University of Utah, announced they had recreated the liberating energy process that occurs in stars in a simple jar of water containing deuterium. However the difficulty encountered other teams to repeat this success was quickly discredited cold fusion and since only a small group of scientists continued to work on the subject. Addressing the DOE for review results, these irreducible hoped to get research funds but their wish will probably only partially fulfilled. If two thirds of the experts were not convinced of the reality of nuclear reactions in the experiments conducted, almost all said that some very specific aspects of cold fusion (such as the issue of the behavior of hydrogen in the presence of metals) deserved to be considered for further work. NYT 02 / 11 / 04 (Evidence on cold fusion remains inconclusive, new review finds)