Ten points of stuff out of a five pound bag

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Yet another set of astonishing claims is being made for yet another “low energy nuclear reactions” (LENR) technology.

A Californian outfit called Solar Hydrogen Trends is claiming to have a highly efficient process using solar energy to produce hydrogen from water. Specifically, in this release the company claims to turn one barrel of water into 200 kg of hydrogen.

If the SHT barrel was equivalent to a 159 litre oil barrel, the starting water had only around 18 kg of hydrogen and 141 kg of oxygen (so how did it yield 200 kg of anything?).

Ignoring that issue, SHT says the shortfall between the original amount of hydrogen and the output is down to its LENR claims. The company says it's got a low-energy transmutation going on: “Oxygen content in the gas mixture on the exit of Symphony 7A [its test rig – El Reg] was twice lowered to 1.34 per cent, indicating that the process of transmutation of oxygen into hydrogen in the last test was more active” (emphasis added).

It then says this: “the external energy needed to make these 208,678 litres of pure hydrogen ... averaged at 414 watt hour = 4.6 volts x 90 amps.”

Hang on: SHT seems here to say that 200,000 litres of hydrogen weighs 200 kg. Is that right? It seems not. If we take the standard measurement as a guideline, a litre of hydrogen has a mass of about .09 grams – 200,000 litres should weigh 18 kg.

None of this is stopping LENR advocates getting excited, but it seems to Vulture South that SHT might at least have double-checked the arithmetic in its media release. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
That glass of water you just drank? It was OLDER than the SUN
One MEELLION years older. Some of it anyway
GRAV WAVE DRAMA: 'Big Bang echo' may have been grit on the scanner – boffins
Exit Planet Dust on faster-than-light expansion of universe
SpaceX Dragon cargo truck flies 3D printer to ISS: Clawdown in 3, 2...
Craft berths at space station with supplies, experiments, toys
Big dinosaur wowed females with its ENORMOUS HOOTER
That's right, Doris, I've got biggest snout in the prehistoric world
Japanese volcano eruption reportedly leaves 31 people presumed dead
Hopes fade of finding survivors on Mount Ontake
Relive the death of Earth over and over again in Extinction Game
Apocalypse now, and tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after that ...
prev story


Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.