I reported here last year: "NEDO cold fusion RFP still in progress." I said:
A couple of years ago, the Japanese government NEDO agency circulated a document suggesting that the government invest in cold fusion. The CleanPlanet web site describes this: cleanplanet.co.jp/news.php?lang=en This links to an article by Krivit and the NEDO proposal. The last news from the NEDO site was the the project and RFP requests were delayed. This is project to be funded at $1 million per year for 20 years, with 15 different research categories. So we are talking about $67,000 per year. I do not see cold fusion listed in the latest version of the RFP. The term they are using for cold fusion is 金属水素間新規熱反応 ( new thermal reaction in metal hydrides). Just now I did a Google a search for that topic within current NEDO web pages, to see if there any more news of this. Here is a site-specific search for this term. site:http://www.nedo.go.jp 金属水素間新規熱反応 This leads to a preliminary study from last year: http://www.nedo.go.jp/library/…01607/20160000000621.html That document is partly in English. The NEDO site can be hard to reach, so here is the English text from that document, in case you have trouble accessing it. Interim Report for the period of H-27 (2015) to H-28 (2016) on R&D Subject: Advanced Research Program for Energy and Environmental Technologies / Phenomenology and Controllability of New Exothermic Reaction between Metal and Hydrogen Outline of Project: This NEDO-MHE (metal hydrogen energy) project aims at verification of the new exothermic reaction of nano-metal hydrogen gas systems and clarification of development subjects for the next stage national project, by the following works: 1) Installation of a new precise calorimetry system in Tohoku University and confirmation of the new exothermic reaction by it. 2) Evaluation of the new exothermic phenomena between nano-metal and hydrogen gas from various analysis angles of co-operating experimental works of 6 collaborated parties (Technova Inc., Nissan Motors Co., Tohoku U., Kyushu U., Nagoya U, Kobe U.) . 3) Feasibility study on realization of commercial energy devices and status study on world- wide works. 4) To hold the leading R&D committee in every two months to discuss status results academically and strategically. Brief Summary of Implemented Works: 1) A design was made for new MHE calorimetry facility by improving/adding temperature sensors, heat flux estimation, and oil cooling parts to the basic Technova-Kobe MHE experimental system, aiming at more precise calorimetric evaluation of proposed MHE sample runs. In the reported period, we have finished ordering necessary components/parts, and some have been already delivered to Tohoku University for the system assembling to be started in April 2016. 2) By using the existing MHE experimental system at Technova-Kobe U in Fukae Campus, examination works have been done with two typical MHE samples (PS3=nanoPd/mesosilica and PNZ3=Pd1Ni7/ZrO2) to carry out multi-angle analyses on excess heat phenomena which are difficult to explain by ordinary chemical reactions. Discussion has been done for preparing next samples for MHE examination. Kyushu University and Nagoya University are independently making own designed nano-metal samples. These samples will be tested in May and July 2016. 3) Survey works on world-wide works on anomalous excess heat phenomena by various methods are underway, for understanding current status of technological developments. 4) Leading R&D Committee meetings: The first LRDC meeting was held at Technova on February 5 2016 with attendees from 6 parties, NEDO members and an external science monitor. Presentations on analyses of No.1 co-operational experiment with PS3 sample were made by 6 parties, and development status of each party was reported. Some hot discussions were exchanged on experimental data and future planned works. LRDC will be held in every two months.