From: Eric Walker This was the point of trying a crude replication. It requires nothing exotic to do this, and it appears that yes- there is unusual heating with the US 5-cent coins as both anode and cathode, with borax electrolyte, under AC power (~10 watts) compared to using the US penny (copper); and it is time to move this into a lab to document. What led you to think it might not be Joule heating? Eric Celani?
Ohmic heating is fully conservative, and if you put in 10 watts of electric power and get back 12 watts of heat, then either it is measurement error… or … not exactly Joule heating. But let’s be clear that this particular incarnation of “spillover asymmetry” is less certain than Celani’s work, which seems to pass all of the early tests of skeptical criticism. However, it all goes back to the incredible latent message in the Romanowski paper on the power of catalyst to split a rather strong molecular bond. How can a catalyst supply ~3eV of effective “catalytic power”, as the paper suggests, and yet this resource not be amenable to capture in some form, when you goal from the start is to capitalize on it? Of course, the catalysis of hydrogen isomerism has never been proved to violate CoE, and it is well-studied, but if Celani can do it (as well as Rossi, DGT, Thermacore, Mills, Ahern, Piantelli, Arata, etc,) then we have to ask, at some point: what is the simplest possible incarnation of the phenomenon of “turning the spillover effect into modest net gain”? Jones