by Steve St. Angelo, SRSRocco Report:
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.
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