Is Cold Fusion considered a viable source of energy?

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Offline Joe L. Ogan

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Is Cold Fusion considered a viable source of energy in the scientific world and is anyone actively engaged in trying to make it work?  Thanks for comments.  Joe L. Ogan

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Is Cold Fusion considered a viable source of energy?
« Reply #1 on: 08/01/2010 08:49:11 »
There are quite a few people trying to make cold fusion work economically for the same reasons that medievel alchemists tried to turn base metals into gold; the reward for success are enormous even if the chance is very low. Putting it another way, I would not invest in a company whose sole work was trying to get cold fusion to be economic.

From a physics perspective, it seems unlikely to be achievable and would depend on effects not yet known about. By the way, did you know you can build your own fusion reactor (not strictly a cold fusion reactor) for a few thousand dollars. It works in that it will produce a neutron flux, but you have to put in much more energy than you get out. This last point being the real challenge with fusion reactors.