Rossi Again Claims E-cat Plants are Under Construction

Andrea Rossi is again claiming that his E-cat low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) devices are under construction. The inventor is also claiming that he will soon start selling energy from the devices.

In a post September 3, conversation on Rossi’s message board, Frank Acland asked: “Have you started building them yet?” That statement was presumably in reference to E-cat reactors.

Rossi replied: “yes.” The only problem with his answer was that when Acland asked: “When do you expect to have them completed?”

Rossi answered: “confidential.”

This conversation makes absolutely no sense because Rossi is apparently planning to sell the reactors or energy from them. One would think he would announce a date so customers would know when to start buying. In other posts, Rossi claims he has “marketing experts” on his payroll but is not ready to announce when he plans to market.

Google gets involved in Hot Fusion

Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOG); the company formerly known as Google, is lending its vast data crunching capabilities to the battle to make hot fusion a reality. Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOGL) and Tri Alpha Energy have teamed up to create an algorithm that is designed to make it easier commercialize nuclear fusion.

The Optometrist algorithm is designed to combine high-powered computer power with human intuition in an effort to solve some of the many problems related to hot fusion, The Guardian reported. Optometrist was developed by Google Research and tested at Tri Alpha.

“The whole thing is beyond what we know how to do even with Google-scale computer resources,” Ted Baltz of Google’s Accelerated Science Team told The Guardian. That’s saying a lot because Alphabet’s resources are vast; the Silicon Valley reported $99.28 billion in revenues in June 2017. Alphabet also reported having $94.71 billion in cash in the bank on the same day.

Global Warming Gets Worse Threatens Food Supply

Data indicates that global warming is getting worse and threatening the world’s food supply.

The first six months of 2017 were the second-hottest on record NASDA data indicates, The Guardian reported. NASA scientists found that temperatures are nearly one degree (.94) Celsius higher than the 1950 to 1980 average.

What’s truly disturbing is that the only reason why the first six months of 2016 were a little hotter than the first six months of this year was the absence of El Nino, Guardian reporter Dana Nuccitelli noted. El Nino is a phenomenon in the Pacific that can distort weather patterns.

How Global Warming Threatens the World’s Food Supply

If the prospect of increased droughts and wildfires caused by climate change was not scary enough now there is the possibility of food shortages, The Washington Post Wonkblog reported. Research from the Chatham House think tank in London indicates that weather can disrupt global trade leading food shortages.

Details of Rossi Industrial Heat Settlement Available

Swedish Journalist Mats Lewan has uncovered some of the details of the settlement Andrea Rossi and Industrial Heat (IH) made to end their lawsuit. Those details are available at Lewin’s Impossible Invention blog.

Lewin also posted a new interview with Rossi who explained some of the details of the suit and the settlement. Rossi told Lewin that the purpose of the settlement was to protect his Intellectual Property (IP) rights.

“To us, the most important thing was to regain complete ownership of the IP and of all the rights that were conceded through the license,” Rossi told Lewan. “At this point, it had become very clear that a continued collaboration had become impossible because of the choices IH made and because of other reasons.”

Important details of the settlement revealed in a document posted online include:

  • The lawsuit was dismissed with prejudice. That means neither Rossi nor Industrial Heat owner Tom Darden are denying any of their charges. They are simply dropping the suit.

Rossi Industrial Heat Lawsuit Settled

The comedy of errors known as Andrea Rossi’s lawsuit against Tom Darden and Industrial Heat is over. The jury trial before U.S. District Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga ended after just 48 minutes in court on July 5, 2017.

Rossi and Darden’s attorneys apparently hammered out some sort of agreement and shut down the farce, a post on LENR Forum posted on E-Cat World indicates. This came after a mistrial and a failure to seat a Jury on July 29, 2017. The court apparently took the Fourth of July holiday off then came back and ended the trial.

No details of the settlement are available because Rossi and Industrial Heat have apparently signed a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). That means Rossi can post to his Journal of Nuclear Physics blog again but cannot discuss the litigation.

Rossi himself admitted this in a July 5, post to the Journal:

“The terms of the settlement will remain under NDA forever, as per request of the Attorneys of both Parties.

Portugal Fires Prove World must Deal with Global Warming

A tragedy in Portugal demonstrates why the world needs to invest heavily in new energy solutions such as low energy nuclear reaction (LENR). Global warming might have led to the deaths of more than 60 innocent people.

Around 30 people were burned to death in their cars trying to escape what was described as a “raging inferno” on June 18, Portuguese Secretary of State Jorge Gomes told reporters. Another 31 died in their homes or on the fire lines trying to contain massive wildfires, The New York Times reported.

The fires spread quickly because of drought that was caused by global warming. Portugal and Spain are experiencing a warmer and drier June than usual, Thomas Curt a researcher at France’s Irstea climate and agriculture research institute told Phys.org. Temperatures in the region have increased faster than the global average over the past 50 years.

Curt thinks that many parts of the world are at risk from megafires which consume more than 1,000 hectares. Such blazes can be almost impossible for firefighters to contain and overwhelm emergency responses, making evacuations impossible.

Rossi and Musk on Climate Change Etc

All those interested in climate change, undoubtedly know that President Donald J. Trump (R-New York) has decided to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. That prompted some very interesting reactions from Ecat inventor Andrea Rossi, Elon Musk and others.

The Paris Climate Agreement is a pact in which nations agreed to lower emissions of greenhouse gases in an effort to limit temperature increases to 1.5 degrees a year. The agreement is deliberately vague and not binding; but it angered some Americans who believed it unfairly blamed the United States for the world’s problems. The pact is still in place despite Trump’s action and even the United States will follow it for a number of years.

Musk Dumps Trump

Trump’s move is a risky one that has already alienated a potential. Elon Musk almost immediately tweeted that he is leaving two advisory councils to the president, Bloomberg reported. Musk was not alone; Disney CEO Bob Iger whose company is facing a boycott also quit a presidential council, Quartz reported.

Australia and China Collaborate on Fusion

Australia National University (ANU) and the University of South China have embarked upon a major hot fusion research effort.

ANU will ship the H1 Heliac stellerator from its Australian Plasma Fusion Research Facility to China later this year. The device is currently kept in Canberra, Australia’s capitol. Once in China it will be the first stellerator in the People’s Republic. China has four Tokamaks but no stellerators, the facility’s director Dr. Cormac Corr told The Canberra Times. There is also some LENR or cold fusion research going on at the China Institute of Atomic Power in Beijing.

The H1 Heliac Stellerator

A stellerator is a weird shaped fusion reactor that uses magnetic fields to contain superhot plasma. The most advanced stellerator the Wendelstein 7-X in Germany is now up and running and making plasma.

The strange shape in a stellerator makes it easier to contain the plasma. It also makes such devices the but of jokes. The Wendelstein 7-X bears a strong resemblance to Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon.

Hot Fusion Heats Up

Hot fusion might be closer to reality than some of its critics think, but still facing some problems News stories indicate that two important hot fusion milestones might be achieved in the near future.

The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) in France is scheduled to begin generating hot plasma by December 2025, Wall Street Pit reported. Plasma is the super-hot liquid that makes fusion possible. The ITER is an $18 billion (€17.05 billion) multinational effort to prove that the Tokamak fusion reactor is a practical means of producing power.

The December 2025 date is not set in stone, there’s a strong possibility that the ITER might start producing plasma much sooner. Its administrators might be using the old public relations and customer service strategy of under-promise and over-deliver.

They might think the ITER can produce hot plasma much sooner but they are not sure. Therefore they mention a date that’s several years out, so if the reactor starts producing lasma in 2019 it will be pleasant surprise rather than a disappointment.

Tesla Plans Electric Semi-Truck, Electric Cars Spreading Fast

The world’s appetite for electricity is about to increase dramatically. Tesla is planning to unveil an electric semi-truck as early as September and Volkswagen is planning a vast network of filling stations for electric cars in the United States.

Tesla Semi truck unveil set for September,” Elon Musk tweeted on April 13. “Team has done an amazing job. Seriously next level.”

Volkswagen is planning to spend $2 billion build a network of 2,500 charging stations for electric cars, Seeking Alpha contributor Anton Wahlman reported. There will be one supercharger every 66 miles across the United States. The idea is to compete with Tesla’s fast growing network of superchargers.

Tesla currently has around 790 super chargers and 4,148 standalone charging sites for electric cars. Another company, Chargepoint is operating 34,156 charging locations for electric vehicles.

If that was not enough VW just unveiled an electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) called the Crozz at the Shanghai Auto Show. The Crozz is an all-electric crossover that is supposed to go on sale in 2020 and compete with Tesla’s Model Y.