It has been awhile since we have heard from Andrea Rossi, Italian inventor and entrepreneur, who claims to have invented a cold fusion device that can generate energy at room temperatures. Called the Energy Catyalyzer or E-CAT, it is purported to be a Low-Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) thermal power source that can produce a net energy output.
Rossi has had public demonstrations of the E-CAT but has been reluctant to allow anyone to investigate it for fear they would steal his secrets prior to it being patented. As a result, there are many skeptics who do not believe the device is a true cold fusion device. This is well documented in the link in the above paragraph. Rossi claims that he is having 1 MW E-CATS manufactured in the US and is working with German electrical engineering firm Seimans to develop a model that generates electricity.
Now OILPRICE reports tests by a third party say the E-CAT is for real. You can read the test results here. The tests were carried out in March by Hanno Essén of the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden and included four collaborators from Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden with Mr. Rossi’s friend Giuseppe Levi of Bologna University and Evelyn Foschi of Bologna Italy. The tests took place at Rossi’s facility in Italy. The test results do not tell us the source of the heat and how it is created by the E-CAT. Instead, the test confirms what Rossi has alleged – the E-CAT works. According to OILPRICE:
The team collected data over two experimental runs lasting 96 and 116 hours, respectively. Anomalous heat production was indicated in both experiments. It would appear fairly conclusively the E-Cat HT2 works.
Using the most conservative assumptions as to the errors in the measurements, the result is energy production still one order of magnitude greater than conventional energy sources and could be as high a three orders of magnitude.
…the financial support for the team came from and is credited to the private Alba Langenskiöld Foundation and commercial firm ELFORSK AB.
Rossi says the next test experiment, which is expected to start this summer and last about six months, is to be a long-term performance test of the E-Cat HT2. That test will be crucial for further attempts to unveil the origin of the heat phenomenon observations.
See the comments at NEW ENERGY AND FUEL, The Rossi E-CAT HT2 Test Report.
As expected, we have our doubters. NEW ENERGY TIMES responded with Rossi Manipulates Academics to Create Illusion of Independent Test claiming the test was not independent:
The authors of the paper did not perform an independent test; instead, they were participants in another Rossi demonstration and performed measurements on one of Rossi’s devices in his facility.
The authors of the paper lack full knowledge of the type and preparation of the materials used in the reactor and the modulation of input power, which, according to the paper, were industrial trade secrets.
The authors didn’t perform any calorimetry and used a method to measure temperature to extrapolate output power that neither they nor anyone in the field of low-energy nuclear reaction research has ever used to analyze for heat power or energy.
In response to a question from New Energy Times about whether he had full knowledge of how to perform and operate the experiment, Essén effectively confirmed that he had not replicated the experiment.
“No, but I am sure that I could repeat it with some effort,” Essén wrote.
The comments on this post are also worth reading.
Finally, it important to note that the paper submitted by Essén et al has not been peer reviewed.
So one more time Rossi continues to create controversy and publicity for himself with no answer as to whether the net energy output is real or how it is generated.