There is no better way to describe the history behind the supposed world-changing cold fusion E-Cat invention anything other than a complete fiasco. The E-Cat’s inventor, Andrea Rossi, promised that his is breakthrough cold fusion technology would solve the world’s energy problem.
Unfortunately, not only has the E-Cat failed to live up to its lofty promise in providing cheap energy to the world, its inventor is now tied up in nasty “tit-for-tat” legal battle. According to Ugo Bardi’s article, Saving The World, One Lawsuit At A Time: a new disaster for Rossi’s E-Cat:
The E-cat saga continues! The energy-producing device that should have saved the world seems to be set to do that one lawsuit at a time. The latest chapter of the saga involves the “Industrial Heat” company that, apparently, provided serious money for the intellectual rights on Rossi’s device. As in previous cases, however, the story ended in a bitter quarrel when the company discovered that the device couldn’t generate the excess energy it claimed to be able to generate.
I actually knew something like this was eventually going to happen to some poor slob that invested money in Rossi’s E-Cat perpetual energy machine. I found this out early on by reading updates on the E-Cat on Ugo Bardi’s Cassandra’s Legacy blog over the past several years.
Ugo Bardi is professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Florence, in Italy. Ugo also studies resource depletion and understands the serious ramifications of peak oil and the falling EROI – Energy Returned On Invested. I have been following his work for years and was invited to be apart of a peak-oil email discussion group. I’ve learned quite a lot about energy…. what works, and what doesn’t from reading Ugo’s articles and through direct correspondence.
I have to tell you, when I read Ugo’s title of his most recent article, Saving The World, One Lawsuit At A time: a new disaster for Rossi’s E-Cat, I really laughed at loud. Ugo has a great sense of humor, especially when it comes to clowns pretending to be scientists.
To get a brief idea of Ugo’s chronological history of Rossi and his E-Cat cold fusion Lego machine, here are a few of his articles:
This Sinking Of The E-Cat (March 2012):
Above: the cruise ship “Costa Concordia”, Italian technological marvel, sunken after hitting a reef in front of the “Giglio” Island in January 2012. Recently, we saw the sinking of another pretended technological marvel from Italy, the cold fusion reactor called “E-Cat;” destroyed by its own contradictions.
It was Captain Kirk of the starship “Enterprise” who said that it is not a good idea to put oneself in a no-win situation. Good advice that was not taken by Mr. Andrea Rossi, inventor of the “E-Cat,” the cold fusion device that he claimed to be able to solve the world’s energy problems. After having been unable to show that his device produces energy, Mr. Rossi stated that he didn’t need any more tests because he could now proceed to market it in millions of pieces. But, in reality, Mr. Rossi had simply placed himself in a no-win situation. The E-Cat is now fast sinking, hit by the contradictions of its inventor.
Let’s start with what Rossi himself had declared about his E-Cat. He said that it is based on the fusion of hydrogen and nickel nuclei (see Rossi’s patent) and that gamma rays are produced during operation (see here) so that lead shields had to be placed inside the device. Rossi also said that he was building a factory in the United States where he would produce E-Cats by the millions; to be sold as water heaters for people’s homes. According to some recent statements by Rossi, the device had been undergoing safety testing for months at Underwriters Laboratory.
It couldn’t go unnoticed in Florida that someone was claiming to be producing nuclear reactors in large numbers. On February 24, an officer of the State of Florida Bureau of Radiation Control went to investigate what was going on in the pretended “E-Cat factory” in Miami. There, he found no factory, but an apartment and Andrea Rossi in person. Questioned on the E-Cat, Rossi declared that “no nuclear reactions occur inside the device.” Rossi also stated that all the facilities for testing and production are “overseas,” and that safety certification with Underwriters Laboratory will be arranged in the future. The officer then left, writing in his report that his bureau has no jurisdiction over a device which has nothing nuclear inside. (The complete documentation is here, comments can be found here and here. Rossi himself confirmed the story here.)
Full article and embedded links here: The Sinking Of The E-Cat
The End Of The E-Cat Story? Andrea Rossi Losses Supporters For His “Cold Fusion” Device (January 2013):
The story of the E-Cat, the “cold fusion” device proposed by Mr. Andrea Rossi seems to be losing interest everywhere. Yesterday, Jan 14, another of Rossi’s supporters, Mr. Daniele Passerini, announced that he is abandoning the fray and closing down his blog, at least for the time being.
…. The closing of Mr. Passerini’s blog comes after that, in November of last year, another of Mr. Rossi’s supporters, Mr. Paul Story of “eCatNews” declared that he would close his blog because, “with scant hope of Rossi delivering on his promises, I find myself wondering why I would waste any more time on him. If he is committing fraud, he should be pursued by the police. Interest in the man or the subject is now relegated to the level of curiosity, not dedication.”
Full article and embedded links: The End Of The E-Cat Story
Dead Cat Bouncing (August 2013):
I said in a previous post that I have lost all interest in the “E-Cat”, purported desktop nuclear device invented by Mr. Andrea Rossi. Although initially I had found it intriguing, and even fun (also here), it had become a never ending story, eventually boring.
However, if the e-cat is not interesting as an energy producing device, it is still an interesting case-study of information diffusion over the web. In the figure above, you see the results given by a “google trends” search that measures the number of times that a certain term is typed in the Google search engine. Looking for “e-cat”, together with “Rossi” the result is that many people agree with me: the e-cat story was interesting at the beginning, now not so much any more.
Note, indeed, how the recent attempts by Andrea Rossi and his followers to revive interest in the device have had little success. The most recent interest peak is related to the so called “hot cat” that was supposed to be an improved version of the old ones. It did produce a little “bump” in the curve, but nothing more. The cat still bounces a little, but it is basically dead.
Full article and embedded links: Dead Cat Bouncing
Rossi’s E-Cat: The Slow Death Of Meme (August 2015):
Results of a search using Google “Trends.” The E-Cat is dead, but it keeps bouncing; a little.
News about the E-Cat, the (in)famous desktop nuclear fusion reactor: Mr. Andrea Rossi, the inventor, has announced that he finally succeeded in obtaining a patent for his device and that it will be soon commercialized as a home water heater.
After four years of similar claims by Rossi, all regularly unfulfilled, it is not interesting to discuss this new one except, maybe, to note that, in the patent, the famed “nuclear reactor” has now become just a chemical reactor, hence contradicting all of Rossi’s previous claims. But, at the same time, in one of Rossi’s sites (as described here), it is still claimed that a nuclear reaction takes place, but not anymore the one that once was described, involving nickel and hydrogen. Truly, Rossi seems to aim at the world Guinness record for the number of times a person can contradict his/her own public statements.
Full article and embedded links: Rossi’s E-Cat: Slow Death Of Meme
E-Cat: The Sage Continues (April 2016):
Maybe this device produces energy, too?
Of course, you all know that if I am criticizing Rossi’s E-Cat it is because I am part of the great conspiracy to keep hidden the fact that oil is infinite and ever recreated in the depths of the earth. I am a gatekeeper; no, really…….. (UB)
Convicted Fraudster Rossi Accuses Licensee Industrial Heat of Fraud
by Steven Krivit, April 6, 2016
Andrea Rossi, a convicted white-collar criminal with a string of failed energy ventures, is suing Thomas Darden, JT Vaughn, and their affiliated companies Cherokee Investment Partners LLC, Industrial Heat LLC, and IPH International B.V. for fraud. Rossi is accusing them of stealing his intellectual property, which, judging by all public facts known to New Energy Times, does not exist.
According to the complaint, Industrial Heat had paid Rossi $11 million for a license to what he calls his Energy Catalyzer, or E-Cat, an assembly of copper pipes that he says can produce 1 megawatt of commercially useful excess heat from low-energy nuclear reactions (LENRs). Attorney John Annesser, with the Silver Law Group in Islamorada, Florida, is representing Rossi. Annesser has been licensed for four years. Before that, he worked as a general contractor.
… Despite Rossi’s assertions in his lawsuit, no published evidence has ever described any truly independent testing of his E-Cat. Neither is there any evidence of any “major independent third-party certification institute,” as Lewan claimed.
Full article here: E-Cat: The Saga Continues
Well, there you have it. Those were just some of the many articles Ugo wrote about the infamous E-Cat. Unfortunately, I still get a great deal of email in my INBOX on all of these supposed “NEW or FREE ENERGY” technologies. I have had many emails sent to me in the past several years on how the reader believed the E-Cat was the next “Energy Savior.”
I highly doubt my responses to these avid E-Cat supporters changed their minds. People will continue to have faith in “BELIEF” over science or facts even if the evidence shows them otherwise. This is the problem with using logic and reasoning on those who rather just “BELIEVE.”
I included these articles about the E-Cat by Ugo Bardi just to give my readers and followers a taste of the FREE ENERGY NONSENSE out there many have fallen HOOK-LINK & SINKER.
As they say… there’s a sucker born every minute.
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