The first part of our investigation into the ECCO reactor was to look at the part processed fuel samples and the Nickel foil that is used to form electrodes inside the reactor.
In the second set of SEM / EDX analysis conducted at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic on 20th April 2017 - a 'grain' of something was found on a sample of ECCO 'Nickel foil'. It stood out because of the brightness of its back-scattering image, which is a good indication that it was of a different composition to the bulk of the Nickel and Sulphate on other parts of the sample.
microscope of feature on ECCO foil
What was it made of?
This 10 micron long, 4-5 micron rice puff looking object, revealed itself upon inspection, to be essentially pure silver.
Why is this interesting? Well, there is no silver whatsoever in the chemicals and apparatus used to make the foil.
The SEM/EDX machine operator said that the other detected elements were probably due to interference from the background that the grain was on, which is not unreasonable since they are mostly elements used in the foil making process. This is confirmed to a certain extent by taking a point sample which shows a higher level of Silver purity.
Confirmation of our previous finding
The reason that we went back to the foil for a second look, at a different sample, was to confirm if the detected copper and a range of precious metals were to be found in other areas. Below is an analysis from the 7th April 2017 session.
with embedded flake of silver on ECCO foil
Where did the silver come from?
Is this really silver being made in the foil making process, or did our silver meteorite crash land on the foil from planet precious? The first thought would be, could this all be contamination? If it is, then let us hope for a lot more!