It’s Official US Startup Admits to Purchasing Rossi’s E-cat LENR Technology


A North Carolina based company called Industrial Heat LLC has come out and admitted that it now owns Andrea Rossi’s ecat low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) technology. Industrial Heat has put out a press release in which it confirmed rumors that it had spent $11 million to purchase Rossi’s device.

The New Home of the Ecat an aerial view of North Carolina's Research Triangle

The press release also confirmed speculation that Tom Darden of Cherokee Investment Partners a North Carolina equity fund is a principal investor in Industrial heat. It stated that one of Darden’s associates J.T. Vaughn is the manager of Industrial Heat LLC. Industrial Heat LLC is based in the Research Triangle region around Raleigh, North Carolina where many technology companies have operations. Cherokee’s website describes Vaughn as a Senior Analyst at the firm.

Tom Darden of Cherokee Investment Partners LLC, courtesy Bizjournals

Vaughn said that his company had acquired the intellectual property rights to the Ecat in the press release. Vaughn and Darden were convinced of the Ecat’s authenticity by a report prepared by physics professors Guiseppe Levi, Hanno Essen, Ronald Petterson, Torbojorn Hartman, Bo Hoistad, Roland Pettersson and Lars Tegner. The scientists tested the ecat in December 2012 and March 2013 and observed its operations. Vaughn and Darden also had an unidentified independent expert exam the ecat before investing their money in it.

The press release stated that Industrial Heat has prepared numerous patent applications to protect ecat technology but wouldn’t’ elaborate. The release didn’t say if any of these applications have been filed or not.

“The world needs a new, clean and efficient energy source,” Vaugh said of his reasons for acquiring Ecat in the press release.  “Such a technology would raise the standard of living in developing countries and reduce the environmental impact of producing energy.”

JT Vaugn Courtesy Pure Energy Systems and Sterling Allen

The press release stated that Industrial Heat wants to enter into partnerships with other companies, universities and nongovernment organizations (NGOs) to develop LENR technology. It didn’t identify any of these partners or mention any specific uses for Ecat technology.

Predictably and sadly the cold fusion skeptics have already started attacking Industrial Heat. The Gizmodo blog is claiming that Darden and Vaughn were bamboozled and bought a reactor that might not actually work. Typically the skeptics provide absolutely no proof for their accusations they just make them and hope nobody questions their statements. Those who criticize Rossi for not verifying claims turn around and do exactly the same thing.

Tom Darden

Vaughn and Darden seem like hardhead and sensible businessmen who have done their homework. They actually looked into Ecat and got the facts before investing. Gizmodo mentions Rossi’s criminal conviction but doesn’t mention the involvement of distinguished professors such as Guiseppe Levi in the ecat project.

Industrial Heat’s confirmation is very good news, despite the skeptics. It’s the biggest investment so far in cold fusion and it proves there are far sighted businessmen interested in commercializing this important technology. Hopefully Industrial Heat will be able to commercialize the Ecat and looking into other LENR devices such as those at Brillouin.

I also hope that Industrial Heat’s brave stand will inspire other investors to put their money behind low energy nuclear reaction. We need massive investment in this technology now.


5 Responses to It’s Official US Startup Admits to Purchasing Rossi’s E-cat LENR Technology

  • James Rovnak says:

    Hopefully it has begun – the change in the World’s major source of Energy. Sooner the Better?

  • Dr. Paul C. Murray says:

    The test procedure report is 30 pages long with lots of calculations etc.

    The Ecat results can be stated in just 2 lines which makes it suspicious of the conclusions.

    1. Ecat temperature and electrical power input.
    2. Dummy Ecat electrically heated to same temperature observed by Ecat.
    Escess heat generated by Ecat equals electrical input of Dummy minus electrical input for Ecat.

    I haven’t seen such a measurement. Two measurements each gives the answer, “Is Ecat producing excess energy. If so how much and gives to increase factor number. Why 30 pages? To confuse?

    Dr. Paul C. Murray

    • jennifer says:

      I think you’re right about the confusion and I think it is probably deliberate. My guess is that the official version of the test report released is deliberately incomplete to protect Rossi’s intellectual property rights. Rossi is afraid that full test results would let competitors figure out how his technology works and copy it. He has no patent. Celani has admitted to doing this. One interesting point is that Cherokee may have seen a different test report with the real measurements in it. One suggestion ask Mr. Rossi and Cherokee about this. Sooner or later Rossi is going to have release that information.

  • gillana says:

    As we say in Italian: Now comedians lovely dance
    Come diciamo noi italiani: Ora comicia il ballo ed il bello

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