Sergio Focardi Speaks about E-cat
A new video interview of Sergio Focardi discussing the e-cat and Andrea Rossi has been posted on Youtube. In the interview New Energy Times‘ Stephen Krivit asks questions in English that Andrea Rossi translates into Italian for Focardi to answer. Rossi then translates the Italian back into English for Krivit.
The results are a little confused, but interesting. It would be nice if some Italian speakers would take a look at this and see if Rossi’s translations are accurate.
Some highlights of the interview for those who don’t want to watch it include:
Focardi has only been helping Rossi with e-cat for about three years. Rossi had called Focardi about three years ago and asked for help. The two met and Focardi examined the device and agreed to help. Focardi wanted to help because he understood that Rossi had solved the “cold fusion problem.”
Krivit asked Focardi about his past nickel hydrogen cold fusion research with Francesco Piantelli. Focardi did not say much about this. Piantelli has formed his own company and is now trying to develop his own cold fusion process. He has also filed for three patents on his process.
Focardi said previous cold fusion researchers had only been able to make small amounts of power sporadically. The e-cat was able to make large amounts of energy continuously.
Focardi’s main contribution to the e-cat research has been in the field of safety. The big danger related to e-cat could come from neutron emissions, Focardi said. Focardi examined the device’s circuitry and showed Rossi and his team how to protect users from radiation.
Krivit asked about pressure because the e-cat heats water to generate steam. One of the big dangers from steam engines is that pressure can build up causing explosions.
“We never had any problems,” Focardi responded through Rossi, “evidently the thickness of the walls have (been) designed to resist pressure.” Note I added the word been here so English speaking people can understand what was said.
“He does not how the reactors are built,” Rossi said about this statement.
Krivit then asked about the e-cat news conference in January. Rossi said Focardi wanted the conference to publicize a scientific paper he had written about the e-cat. Rossi said Focardi had expected a battle about e-cat with skeptics of Low Energy Nuclear Fusion and wanted to refute them.
Krivit said the paper had been submitted to physics journals in March and rejected. Focardi is apparently upset about this rejection.
“They rejected it because they said it was written improperly to be a scientific publication,” Rossi said Focardi said. Focardi said that after a lifetime spent in high level physics research including work at CERN he knows how to write a scientific paper.
Focardi said the e-cat is superior to previous efforts to create cold fusion which used palladium, platinum and deuterium. Focardi said these efforts did not produce sustained reactions.
Focardi said the e-cat work is important because present energy resources (presumably oil and coal) will be exhausted in 150 years. The e-cat could provide an endless source of energy because it runs on nickel and hydrogen. There is enough nickel in the earth to power e-cats indefinitely and electrolysis of water can create sufficient amounts of hydrogen to operate the devices. Focardi also said he was having working with Rossi on e-cat.
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