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2, 2011; 1:30 pm MST
Fox News E-Cat Article Needs Work
The mainstream media organization "Fox News" has posted an article about the recent test and sale of Andrea Rossi's one megawatt cold fusion plant. It's great that they are covering the introduction of the E-Cat technology to the market, but the article could be more accurate.
A few invited guests await the outcome of the test of the 1 MW E-Cat on Oct. 28, 2011
Photo by Sterling Allan
PES Network is seeking a business relationship with Andrea Rossi.
Sterling's trip to Bologna was sponsored by Farlie Paynter of Canada, as well as by Mike
Spitzauer, CEO of Green
Power Inc (GPI), the Waste-to-Diesel Fuel company in Pasco,
By Hank Mills
Pure Energy Systems News
If you have not read it already, Fox News has posted an article about the test and sale of the world's first one megawatt cold fusion
plant. Fox News should be commended for being one of the first mainstream media outlets to cover the historic launch of the cold fusion age. However, their article does not seem to be as well worded as it could be, and is not exactly accurate on all counts.
The first issue with the article is that early on it states scientists say cold fusion is impossible. This is not entirely accurate. The fact is many scientists say it is very possible, and some even claim it is an absolute reality. Over the last twenty years hundreds of scientists have been involved in cold fusion research, and thousands of successful cold fusion experiments have taken place. One example of a scientist who claims cold fusion is very possible, is Chief NASA scientist, Dennis Bushnell. He has went so far to state that cold fusion is perhaps the most promising of all cutting edge, alternative energy technologies. You can read an article about his statements,
As the article continues, it claims that many people in the scientific community have dismissed the technology. This is true to an extent, because many scientists are skeptical of breakthrough technologies that challenge the status quo. A good example of this is how there were scientists and engineers declaring that powered flight was impossible, weeks or months after the Wright Brothers few into the sky. However, there are many scientists and engineers that have witnessed demonstrations of the E-Cat technology over the last year, and came away impressed -- convinced that the technology represents a novel new source of energy. Dr. Levi of the University of Bologna, Professor Christos Stremmenos, and Dr. Sergio Focardi are just a few names out of many experts that have praised the technology as being valid and real.
Next, the article gives a quote from a scientist who states that the E-Cat test should be treated as a hoax, until independent scientists are able to replicate the results. This statement is overlooking a few important issues. First, there have been many independent scientists witness and participate in tests of E-Cat units. Secondly, the test of the one megawatt plant was complete controlled by the expert engineer representing the customer who was purchasing the plant. If the engineer was not satisfied with the test -- that he could conduct in any manner he wanted -- he could have easily canceled the purchase. It is important to note however that in these tests Rossi has not allowed scientists to examine the inside of the tiny reactor cores, because inside of them resides the proprietary information that makes the technology work. Namely, a proprietary catalyst and nickel powder that has been treated in very special ways to create an abundance of reaction sites. To protect his industrial secrets and intellectual property, he has had to put some limitations on the information he can provide.
The article also talks about radiation, and how fission reactors produce large amounts of radiation. But the details about how Rossi's technology works -- in terms of radiation produced -- is not elaborated on. The fact is his system does produce small amounts of radiation in the form of low energy gamma rays, but they are completely shielded by a couple centimeters of lead. Zero radiation escapes into the environment. It would also have been nice for the author to mention that the E-Cat technology utilizes no radioactive elements, and produces no nuclear waste. It is a completely safe and "green" nuclear technology. In fact, due to the very nature of the way the energy is produced, it is impossible for it to "melt down." This is because if the temperatures inside of the reactor cores rise too high, the nickel powder just melts, and the nuclear reactions cease. There is no disaster like in a fission based nuclear reactor, the system just stops producing heat.
Perhaps the most silly part of the article is the quote stating cold fusion defies the laws of thermodynamics, and a self sustaining cold fusion system is impossible. This statement is not just ridiculous, but is offensive to the intellect of many readers of Fox News. In a cold fusion reaction the energy produced is not "free" coming from no where, but comes from the atomic bonds of the hydrogen and nickel, when they 'fuse" together. Just like in conventional fission energy, the energy comes from a portion of the mass of the atom being converted to energy. There is no difference with cold fusion, except that the radiation released is tremendously less, no nuclear materials are consumed as fuel, and no nuclear waste is produced. Basically, cold fusion has all of the advantages of nuclear power, with none of the drawbacks!
Having attended the historic October 28 test of the E-Cat in Bologna, and
being disappointed over the past many months to see so little mainstream
coverage of the E-Cat technology since it was announced in January, I was
delighted when I received an email from John Brandon the next day, saying:
"I'm a reporter with Fox News, can you contact me about the Andrea Rossi
I phoned him and we talked for about 20 minutes; then we had about 5 email
I agree with Hank, that Fox is to be commended for giving this coverage.
However, after reading Brandon's story, I must say that it now occurs to me why
there isn't more mainstream coverage: It's not easy to get your head wrapped
around all this and to get things straight.
Let me make some corrections on his quotations of me.
First, he said:
"Sterling Allan, CEO of the alternative energy news agency Pure Energy
Systems, told FoxNews.com he attended Rossis demonstration and the E-Cat is self sustaining."
Correction: I didn't say it "is" self-sustaining, but
that from the best I can tell, it appeared to be. I didn't have
enough access during the test to be able to say for sure that this was the case,
only that this was the purpose of the test and the customer appears to have
signed off on this having occurred. I also would have preferred that he had linked to my
report on the Oct. 28 event, rather than linking to our PESN home page.
Next, he wrote:
"Allan hinted on his blog that an unnamed 'customer' of Rossi's device is a military organization that starts with an N. Rossi said this customer measured and verified the test -- and told FoxNews.com that Paul Swanson with the U.S. Navys Space and Naval Warfare Systems unit (SPAWAR) can vouch for the demonstration."
Correction: That reference to a U.S. (I didn't say "military")
organization that starts with an N was not in relation to the
"customer" but a previous entity that independently and successfully
tested the E-Cat. I never intended to tie those two together, and I actually
separated them in my communications with him (or at least I thought I did).
I don't know who the customer is, so I can't give hints about it. I told him as
Also, I didn't give him the name of Paul Swanson. That must have come from
someone else he talked to.
Also, I kind of resent him calling our service a "blog" when its title
is "Pure Energy Systems News", PESN.com. I guess that's how the
mainstream refers to alternative media.
Later in the article, Brandon quotes the inventor, Rossi as saying:
"The reactors then produce another 479kWh of energy for another 3-4 hours without needing that initial electrical input -- the low-level nuclear reaction continues on its own."
Correction: The output was 479 kW, not kW-h, which is a total measurement,
not an instantaneous measurement. Also, the self-sustain mode lasted 5.5 hours,
not just 3-4 hours, at the average of 479 kilowatts the entire time, for a total
output of 2,635 kilowatt-hours.
Those corrections pointed out, again I applaud Brandon for pursuing this story
and getting it up at Fox News.
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This story is also published at BeforeItsNews.
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PESN Coverage of E-Cat
For a more exhaustive listing, see News:Rossi_Cold_Fusion
LENR-to-Market Weekly -- November 22, 2012
LENR-to-Market Weekly -- November 15, 2012
LENR-to-Market Weekly -- November 8, 2012
LENR-to-Market Weekly -- November 1, 2012
Weekly -- October 25, 2012
Weekly -- October 18, 2012
Andrea Rossi's Black Box -- by Popular Science (PESN; October 16,
Penon High-Temperature E-Cat Test Results Posted (PESN)
LENR-to-Market Weekly -- October 11, 2012 (PESN)
Weekly -- October 4, 2012 (PESN)
LENR-to-Market Weekly -- September 27, 2012 (PESN)
LENR-to-Market Weekly -- September 20, 2012 (PESN)
LENR-to-Market Weekly -- September 13, 2012 (PESN)
2012 E-Cat Conference Report: 1 MW E-Cat Ready (PESN; September
September 9: Andrea Rossi Q&A, Panel Discussion, Interview
Gives Third-Party Test Results from Hot Cat
Weekly -- September 6, 2012 (PESN; September 6, 2012)
E-Cat Conference in Zurich (PESWiki;
August 31, 2012)
LENR-to-Market Weekly -- August 30, 2012 (PESN)
A Barrel of a Hundred High Temperature E-Cats (PESN;
August 30, 2012)
LENR-to-Market Weekly -- August 23, 2012 (PESN)
Existence of 1,200C E-Cat Test Report Confirmed (PESN;
August 22, 2012)
LENR-to-Market Weekly -- August 16, 2012 (PESN)
about Hot Cat Test Data Leaker (PESN;
August 13, 2012)
Stunning Third Party E-Cat Test Report Details Leaked During NIWeek (PESN;
August 11, 2012)
LENR-to-Market Weekly -- August 9, 2012 (PESN)
Mainstream Coverage of Fleischmann's Death Mentions Nothing of Technology Nearing Marketplace (PESN;
August 8, 2012)