Rumor Mill: E-cat operating in USA
The ever popular online rumor mill is claiming that one of Andrea Rossi’s e-cat low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) devices is up and running somewhere in the USA. Several online sources claim that the plant was shipped to a “civilian” customer somewhere in the US about two months ago and is now in operation. Note: since we don’t know who the customer is how do we know the customer is a civilian one or not?
Earlier reports said that three ecat units were shipped to the USA in April. Even if those reports are true it seems a little too early for the units to be up and running.
The problem with these claims is that they don’t say where the plant is or who is operating or testing it. Some of them are also based on unproven claims Rossi has made on his website that production of ecats has begun in the US but didn’t say where they would be produced. Rossi has presented these claims before but has never provided any proof of an ecat factory in the US.
Rossi has also stated that the next generation of ecats will be built entirely built in the US and that he is chief scientist at a US production facility. Since there’s no evidence of this facility it’s hard to say what to make out of these claims. Instead it’s safe to assume that all the ecat work is being done at Rossi’s facility in Italy. Note Rossi himself lives in Miami Beach, Fla., at least part of the year. Past reports that there is an ecat production facility in Florida have been disproved.
An interesting critique of the ecat test data posted by Giuseppe Levi and his colleagues in April has been posted on arxuv.org a website associated with Cornell University. The report was made by Goran Ericsson and Stephan Pomp of Sweden’s Uppsala University.
They noted that the report was not independent and that Levi and his colleagues did not have enough access to the ecat to determine exactly how it worked. In particular they noted that the researchers were no able to open up the device and see how it worked.
In other words more information and a comprehensive report are needed. Unfortunately Rossi doesn’t seem to be willing to allow such an examination because he is afraid of other scientists copying his devices. Rossi does not yet have any sort of patent protection for his process.
Also last month the EGO OUT blog reported that Purdue University Professor Yeong E. Kim a veteran LENR researcher has examined an experimental LENR reactor Defkalion is operating in Vancouver, British Columbia. Kim said the results were very positive but didn’t elaborate. Kim claimed that Defkalion had made what he called a “breakthrough” and said that Defkalion’s breakthrough was accomplished by a new breed of scientists and engineers who were led by a mathematician who has become an excellent scientist.
Kim also noted that what he calls “nonconformist newcomers” such as the Defkalion team believe that LNER is far more complex than previously believed. That requires a complete redesign of the components used. Kim’s statements may explain why it’s taken so long for Rossi and other researchers such as Francesco Celani and Francesco Celani to get working LENR devices up and running.
It would be nice if we’d have more information on all of these topics. Judging by Kim’s statements it might take much longer and cost far more to get LENR up and running than we previously thought.