Thursday, April 7, 2016

E-Cat: the saga continues.


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)

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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.
According to the license agreement, Industrial Heat was supposed to pay Rossi another $89 million after the successful completion of a one-year operating test in February 2016. Some of the accusations in the complaint, filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, appear suspicious.
Rossi says that “Industrial Heat and/or IPH engaged and paid two of their representatives, Mr. Barry West and Mr. Fulvio Fabiani, to monitor, maintain, take part in, and report on the operation of the E-Cat unit being tested.”
New Energy Times does not know who West is, but Fabiani, whose expertise is in electronics and computer science, was Rossi’s right-hand man, according to journalist Mats Lewan, who writes for the Swedish technology newsweekly Ny Teknik. If Rossi’s claim is true, Industrial Heat paid Rossi’s closest technician and engineer to perform technical due diligence for Industrial Heat.
According to Rossi’s lawsuit, on or about March 29, 2016, Fabio Penon, whom Rossi called an expert responsible for validation of the test, “published his final report regarding the operation of the E-Cat.” As of today, New Energy Times is not aware of any evidence that such a report was ever published publicly. According to Rossi’s blog, Penon was paid half of his compensation by Industrial Heat and half by Rossi’s Leonardo Corp.
Penon has worked for Rossi and written at least one report about Rossi’s E-Cat since 2012. He identifies himself as “M.Eng. (Nuclear Engineering Specialist).”
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.



17 comments:

  1. Somehow, you need to admire Rossi. Won't give up.

    But there are paths with no return, I presume.

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    1. In a certain way, yes. This story continues to be fascinating. I am starting to understand that just as there exist "con artists", there may exist also people who are "artists in being conned". I think this latter characteristic has some survival value when it is a question of following a leader, no matter what, no questions asked. It is depressing to think about that, but that's what people do. In difficult situations, they tend to follow someone they decide is the leader. And they keep at that. The results, unfortunately, are not so good and that's for everyone to see.

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    2. Just after I had written the above, I stumbled into this:

      https://www.rt.com/usa/intelligence-stanford-years-fragile-531/

      worth reading, because it says that human intelligence has been declining over the past ca. 5000 years. It means that stupidity has a certain survival value. I think it can be interpreted in the sense I was making in the comment: the ability of following a leader without asking question has some survival value. The leader may be totally clueless about what he is doing, but his capability of attracting followers makes following him a good option in the survival game.

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  2. You've got to admire his enormous brass balls!! Either he actually believes it works or he's the most extreme bluffer in all of history!

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  3. I just learned about Rossi last week from his fervent believer who published an article in a respected academic blog. As is depressingly common these days, I figured out the reality by reading the comments.

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    1. Write to Mr. Santa, 1, Elfin Alley, Alaska.

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  5. We have discovered an inexhaustible source of energy! Apparently Mr. Rossi never gives up. Now to figure out how to convert that into something that can do actual useful work... that is the hard part.

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  6. Please re-do this chart -is the result not in itself an anomaly? http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Cu9YbovWbAY/Vd7j7K1_sxI/AAAAAAAAPBk/mPXZxq7Xo7A/s1600/RossiEcat.png

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    1. Why do you call it an anomaly? It is the typical trajectory of fads. They start, go viral, then disappear slowly

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    2. That's the long tail of the E-cat.

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    3. Fads indeed follow the contra-Seneca effect.

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  7. As with climate change deniers, we here actually have to deal with a very fundamental problem: trust in information, that come from other people.
    If we do not have the evidence right before our eyes, we have to believe somebody: that she or he is both competent and well minded.
    In earnest - what justification do i have really to believe the global warming information or to disbelieve in cold fusion? What justification did a German in 1936 have to disbelieve the then ruling people and their propaganda?
    In the end, it's what one calls an "informed decision" - based on gut feelings.
    As anyones time is limited - the ultimate limited resource - i can make the informed decision to not bothering any more about Rossi or whoever, consciously taking the risk to be narrow-minded and miss something great.

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    1. Dear Dominik, we are all exposed to all kinds of lies, but we must keep believing that truth exists. And that it can be found if you look hard enough for it.

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    2. Hahahaha, agreed. Surely gave me a laugh though! She post about cat food all over the place

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Who

Ugo Bardi is a member of the Club of Rome and the author of "Extracted: how the quest for mineral resources is plundering the Planet" (Chelsea Green 2014)