Hydrinos a pie in the sky clean energy?

It isn’t every day an announcement heralding confirmation of a new process for producing vast amounts of cheap energy comes over the transom. So, skepticism is in order.

Plus, we’re talking about Blacklight Power here.

Blacklight is the New Jersey company famous – or infamous, in the view of the many in the physics community – for its decades-old claim to be able to do what quantum mechanics says can’t be done: take the simple hydrogen atom to a lower-energy state by, essentially, pushing the orbiting electron closer to the proton.

Founder Randell Mills dubbed this new form of hydrogen “hydrinos,” and said the process that produces them yields “over 200 times the energy required to extract hydrogen from water by electrolysis.”

So what’s the new news?

Well, here’s the first paragraph of a press release the company put out this week: “BlackLight Power, Inc. (BLP) today announced that CIHT (Catalyst-Induced-Hydrino-Transition) technology has been independently confirmed by Dr. K.V. Ramanujachary, Rowan University Meritorious Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry.”

The release goes onto quote Mills saying, “We have demonstrated the ability to produce electrical power using chemical systems for the direct production of electric power from the conversion of hydrogen to hydrinos, a more stable form of hydrogen.”

Whether physicists will be convinced by this new research remains to be seen.

Early Web reaction has been, yes, skeptical.

But it is interesting to note that despite the jeers Mills gets from many, his hydrino-based enterprise continues to gather in enough venture capital to soldier on.

* Pete Danko, EarthTechling