Rossi admits he may not know how Ecat Works

Andrea Rossi made an extremely interesting and revealing revelation at his Journal of Nuclear Science blog the other day he admitted that he may not know exactly how his ecat low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) technology works.

Regular correspondent Steven N. Karels asked Rossi what temperature was necessary to trigger the low energy nuclear reaction inside the ecat. Rossi’s response was very intriguing. On May Fourth the inventor wrote:

“I cannot explain what happens inside the reactor.”

This is a fascinating response because there are two possible answers to it, both of which could shed a great deal of light on Rossi and his thought processes. The possible answers are:

  • Rossi does not understand how the ecat works. This is entirely possible, observers of technology such as Nicholas Nassim Taleb have pointed out that many inventors have not understood the science underlying their creations. Rossi might have a theory as to how it works but he hasn’t been able to prove it.

First Book about Andrea Rossi and Ecat Published

The first major book about Andrea Rossi and his ecat low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) technology has been published. An Impossible Invention details Swedish journalist Mats Lewan’s investigation into Rossi and his cold fusion claims.

Lewan who has a master’s degree in engineering and physics became convinced of eCat’s authenticity after talking to Giuseppe Levi. Lewan started looking into ecat on behalf of Ny Teknik a Swedish technology newspaper that supposedly has 300,000 readers. That’s an impressive circulation figure for a publication in a country that has just nine million inhabitants – Sweden.

The first chapter of the book republished at this word press blog indicates tht Lewan was very suspicious of Rossi and his first ecat demonstration in October 2011. Lewan is well qualified to look into Rossi’s claims because he speaks Italian and his wife is Italian. He has also lived in the country in the past.

New LENR Process Unveiled

It’s a pretty exciting time in the world of Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) or cold fusion. A new LENR device or process of some sort seems to be unveiled every day as scores of garage inventors get involved in the LENR race.

The latest is a named Justin Church who has unveiled a device he calls the H-Cat Heater. The device has been tested by our good friend Sterling D. Allen of Pure Energy Systems. Pictures on Sterling’s website show the device sitting in an old fashioned wash tub.

Basically the H-Cat works by running highly energized hydrogen gas across nano-platinum and nano-palladium catalytic converters. Just like the ones in your car. Allen reports that it generates a lot of heat, and it sounds a lot like cold fusion. In particular it sides like the process Energetics worked with a few years ago.

Rossi Third Independent Ecat Test Underway

Andrea Rossi has revealed that a third independent test of his ecat low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) device is underway. Like year’s test this round of testing is being carried out by unidentified “college professors.”

A picture from last year's hot ecat test

The professors will be using their own equipment and measuring the Hot Ecat, Rossi revealed in a post on his blog. The Third Independent Test is apparently taking place right now and will take around a month. Rossi, admitted he doesn’t know how long the test will take which indicates that he probably is not involved in it. Rossi admitted that he has signed a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) which prevents him from publicizing any results before the test takes place.

Guiseppe Levi

Even though the identity of the professors is not known, we know that Guiseppe Levi of the University of Bologna, Hanno Essen of Sweden’s Royal Institute of Technology and a group of professors from Sweden’s Uppsala University were involved year’s tests. It isn’t clear if any of these people are involved in the current round of testing.

Is the Cold Fusion Revolution Here?

There seems to be a lot happening in the world of cold fusion/low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) right now. So we can now rightly say that a cold fusion revolution could be beginning.

Some of the most important developments include:


  • Peter Hagelstein and Mitchell Swartz’s 2014 Cold Fusion Independent Activities Period (IAP) Course at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in January. Jerry Rys the Alien Scientist blogger attended the course and created a great video about it which does an excellent job of describing cold fusion what cold fusion is and laying out its early history. In particular Rys does a tremendous job of describing the science in such a way that even a history major like me could understand.


He doesn’t seem to be up on recent developments but hopefully that will change. The video is worth watching and showing to cold fusion skeptics. He also makes one important point:

Mitchell Swartz at work

Regulation Crowdfunding could Jump Start LENR Industry

A new kind of financing called Regulation Crowdfunding could provide an important new source of money for low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) research and development. Regulation crowdfunding could also make it far easier for average people to invest in LENR and profit from it.

Crowdfunding is the use of the internet to raise small sums of money from large numbers of investors. Current US law allows organizations such as the Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project to raise funds through crowdfunding but it doesn’t allow them offer to offer equity (stock or ownership) to those who put up money.

The JOBS Act passed by Congress in 2012 allows a company to raise up to $1 million in a year by selling equities to the public through Regulation Crowdfunding. That would allow companies such as LENUCO, NANORTech and Brillouin to offer average people equity in a cold fusion venture in exchange for funding. It could help an inventor raise the money he needs to build an LENR prototype.

Major LENR Demonstrations Held

There were two major demonstrations of little known low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) devices in the last week of January. These demonstrations spotlight lesser known companies that are fast becoming major players.

A NANOR device on display at MIT courtesy Sterling D. Allen and Pure Energy Systems

Mitchell Swartz of Jet Energy again demonstrated and lectured about his NANOR and Phusor cold fusion devices at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT on Jan. 27. The lecture was part of Peter Hagelstein’s well known Cold Fusion 101 short course which is held every year at the end of January. Videos of all the lectures and demonstrations have been posted at several websites.

Swartz has achieved some impressive results with his NANOR according to the lecture. His lecture indicates that the NANOR device is a serious rival to Andrea Rossi’s ecat and Brillouin’s hot tube. The E-Cat World blog listed some impressive accomplishments for NANOR and PHUSOR including:

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

Brillouin Signs Licensing Deal with Korean Firm

Brillouin Energy Corporation could begin manufacturing Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) devices by the end of 2014, the company’s CEO Robert W. George III told Sterling D. Allen of Pure Energy Systems. George also said his company has signed a “multimillion dollar licensing deal” with an unidentified firm in South Korea.

The Korean firm has already paid Brillouin $375,000 in cash as half of the down payment for the rights to manufacture its hot tube boiler technology, George reportedly said. The company is supposed to wire Brillouin another $375,000 within 90 days to cement the deal.

The deal reportedly signed just before Christmas will obligate Brillouin to give the mysterious client a set of plans for the hot tube device. The client would then build and test the devices before deciding what to do with them. George didn’t say what the client plans to do with the devices.

LENR Pioneer Joins Forces with Steam Engine Maker

An alliance that could lead to the development of vehicles and small scale generators powered by low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) has been born. Cyclone Power Technologies the maker of a next generation steam engine has hired Purdue University professor, nuclear physicist and LENR expert Yeong E. Kim as a consultant.

Yeong E. Kim courtesy Pure Energy Systems

Kim’s job at Cyclone is to help the company determine if an LENR powered steam engine is practical and to commercialize such an engine. Dr. Kim has long been an outspoken advocate of LENR or cold fusion. Kim is a theoretical nuclear physicist who is currently serving as a professor of Physics at Purdue. He’s also group leader of the Purdue Nuclear and Many-Body Theory Group and Director of the Center for Sensing Science and Technology.

Kim is part of Cold Fusion Energy Inc., a consortium of scientists working to commercialize LENR. Other members include George H. Miley, Francessco Piantelli, Francesco Celani and MIT Professor Peter L. Hagelstein. No other members of that group appear to be working with Cyclone Power.