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Convectron experiments at KEMA High Power Laboratory, Arnhem, The Netherlands, 1987
The 1980's - article in Nature, share issues and daring experiments
Article in Nature in 1980, makes ik to the NY Times
In 1980 Nature published the first journal article on ball lightning by Dr Dijkhuis. This was recorded by The New York Times of 25 March 1980 in its Science Watch columns. In 1983 the Dutch public limited company Convectron N.V. (the "Predecessor") was founded. It obtained the property rights of two patent applications on fusion energy from bosonic plasmoids.
Public limited company and two public share issues
The Predecessor conducted two public share issues to finance its planned activities. These experienced fierce opposition from persons out of Dutch scientific circles, ridiculing any small-scale, low-budget shortcut route to controlled nuclear fusion. However, these found favour with concerned media, industry, local government and especially private investors thus enabling partial funding of two test programs for prototype demonstration of the Convectron fusion reactor concept.
Short-circuit tests with submarine batteries
During 1984-85, the Predecessor started with one, and at a later stage used two submarine propulsion batteries (see the photo elsewhere on this site) for fireball tests by interruption of short-circuit currents. A high-speed film camera recorded fireball generation which was broadcasted nationally and worldwide in TV documentaries on ball lightning.
Laval nozzle high-voltage breakdown tests at KEMA
During 1986-87, the Predecessor built a Laval nozzle facility (see the photo ath the top of the page), for detection and demonstration of deuterium fusion in supersonic flow under high-voltage breakdown conditions. The third of three test sessions at the KEMA High-Power Laboratory in Arnhem, The Netherlands recorded neutron counts as from deuterium fusion.
End of experiments due to exhaustion of budget
At the end of their constrained budgets both test programs had shown promise but no definitive answers, and the Predecessor went into a dormant state. Patents with annual fees were abandoned, others expired over time. The Predecessor was dissolved by decision of a general meeting held on 8 October 2009; to make way for a new company with new initiatives.
Fierce but unfounded criticism in the past
The boson model that forms the basis for the Convectron explanation of nuclear fusion in ball lightning is based on advanced and complex, but solid physics theory. Two previous issues of shares of the Predecessor of the Company in the 1980's were mainly limited to the Netherlands. These issues encountered fierce but but unfounded opposition and were even ridiculed by some members of the Dutch scientific establishment.
Spectacular progress of the model since the 1980s
Meanwhile, the model has made a quantum leap in detail and explanation, and there is now a complete and rigorous mathematical foundation. Basic elements of the model that encountered opposition in the past, are now generally accepted principles in related fields and are promising components for future applications. In essence, the Convectron boson model is a plasma version of photonics as currently in use for solids.
Unfounded opposition remains a risk
Despite the decisive progress of the model, there still remain elements for unfounded opposition, that could generate corresponding reactions as in the 1980's.