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You are here: > News > January 16, 2012

E-Cat Weekly -- February 16, 2012

This past week's highlights include witnessing entrepreneur, Dick Smith, offer Rossi $1 million if he could run a simple, convincing demonstration of his technology. Rossi refused, calling it "clownery". Dick then extended the offer to Defkalion, and indications are they will accept the challenge.

Dick Smith shown prior to Wilberforce Award, giving $1 million to a youth who shows the most "leadership in communicating an alternative to our population and consumption growth-obsessed economy." (Source: Now Dick Smith wants to see $1 million go toward vindicating LENR technology.

Full Disclosure:
PES Network has a business relationship with Andrea Rossi.

By Sterling D. Allan
Pure Energy Systems News

Once again we bring you a compilation of various news items about Andrea Rossi's E-Cat that have emerged since our February 9 compilation.

Mainstream news sources are indicated with the yellow highlight.

  • Sources
  • Products
    • Andrea Rossi: Almost 100,000 Domestic eCat [Pre-]Orders - A few weeks ago the ‘news' that Andrea Rossi's call for a 10,000 eCat pre-order list had actually reached 50,000 was greeted with mixed reactions. Some tried to estimate the interest in the subject by studying site stats (such as those from feeling certain that active… (ECatNews; February 10, 2012)
    • Duncan talks ‘cold fusion' at Saturday Science - If a device said to create energy by fusing common materials goes on the market this year, Rob Duncan, University of Missouri's vice chancellor of research, told a crowd at the University of Missouri he'll be one of the first in line. (Columbia Daily Tribune; February 12, 2012) 
  • Production
    • Rossi Taking ‘Calculated Risk' Building E-Cat Production Line Before Certification - Andrea Rossi has mentioned a number of times recently that he is in the process of building a robotized production line to build his low-cost E-Cat heaters. He has also said that he is in the process of applying for safety certification for the domestic E-Cats from Underwriters Labs. A reader of the Journal... (E-CatWorld; February 14, 2012)
  • Business
    • Russia & Japan eCat Licences For Sale - There seems to be some confusion in the ranks about Rossi accepting money. While he has indicated that he will not take it from the general public, his intention to start business after the 28th Oct test was always loud and clear. He often references partners and… (ECatNews; February 16, 2012)
    • Rossi: Leonardo Corp. Now Owned By a Trust of Investors - Andrea Rossi has just made a post in connection with the recent offer of Dick Smith to pay a million dollars for a successful E-Cat test... It's very interesting to see that Leonardo Corp. is now apparently owned by an outside entity, and Rossi is apparently not fully in charge of the company he founded. He gives no details about the organization, but presumably there will be some kind of board of directors overseeing his operations who he will now answer to. (E-CatWorld; February 15, 2012) (And ecatnews and energycatalyzer3)
    • Which is real fat cat OIL or LENR ? - My friends. I am just gonna have some fun throwing $ numbers around so have patience (OpEdNews; February 12, 2012)
  • Credibility
  • Patents
    • asdfsd
  • Theory
    • asfds
  • Commentary 

    • E-cat Scam Theories And Why They're Wrong - It is not a secret that innovations are not usually met with much enthusiasm. We are used to follow our ways and be content with things and processes that we're familiar with. So it's hard to kiss them goodbye in face of the unknown: new theories, new science or just something out of the ordinary. (ECatReport; February 13, 2012)
    • eCat Chatters - As though orchestrated by Rossi himself, the volume of reasonable and unreasonable criticism of his claims has intensified recently. The measure of reason will differ from person to person and I try to steer a productive conversation by encouraging all views even when I disagree with them. It… (ECatNews; February 13, 2012)
    • The Believer - An analogy from the discovery of fire. (E-CatWorld; February 12, 2012)
  • Skeptics
    • Fraud claims over E-Cat 'cold fusion' machine heating up - Australian engineer says wiring errors may be responsible for alleged 'scam' (MSNBC; February 10, 2012)
      • Questionable Attack on Rossi and Ecat attracts too much Attention - A very amateur attack on Andrea Rossi's ecat low energy nuclear reaction process by a couple of self-proclaimed "skeptics" that have never actually seen the device is attracting far too much attention. The most visible example of this attention appeared on the website of a major American cable network called MSNBC. (ColdFusion3; February 11, 2012)
      • Dick Smith Skeptical Of Alleged Cold Fusion Device - Dick Smith wasn't about to unload $200k into the project without giving it the once-over. He's a patron of Australian Skeptics, after all. He approached aeronautics engineer and fellow Australian Skeptics buddy Ian Bryce to check out device. (Gizmodo; February 12, 2012)
      • Smith Offers $1 Million Prize for Successful E-Cat Demo - New Energy Times received an e-mail from Dick Smith, an Australian businessman. He has offered to pay Andrea Rossi $1 million for a successful test of his device. We don't wish to comment about Smith's offer, however, we are providing the full text of his letter in the pdf link below. (New Energy Times; February 14, 2012) (And  e-catworld)
        • E-Cat Proof Challenge: $1,000,000 is a "Clownerie"? (Updated) - Today, Valentine's Day, 2012, Dick Smith, an Australian entrepreneur, sent Andrea Rossi, the inventor of the Energy Catalyzer, or E-Cat, a letter challenging Rossi to prove that the device works as Rossi claims and offering a prize of $1,000,000 if it, in fact, does! (Forbes; February 14, 2012) (And coldfusion3)
        • E-Cat Test No Money Can Buy - By now the entire online media related to the ECat has been buzzing about the $1 million offer Andrea Rossi received from Dick Smith, in order to do an E-Cat re-test of the… (ECatReport; February 15, 2012)
        • Wow! Updated - Update at end of post. The eCat wires are buzzing with Dick Smith's offer of $1,000,000 (US) for a simple repeat of the March Kullander & Essen test. Made through Steven Krivit, the offer is brilliant in its simplicity. The shrewd announcement is counter to the  last… (ECatNews; February 14, 2012)
      • Sterling Allan sent the following email to Andrea Rossi
        From: Sterling Allan 
        To: Andrea Rossi 
        Sent: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 2:29 PM
        Subject: accept Smith's offer

        Hi Andrea,

        I strongly encourage you to accept the offer extended by Dick Smith  

        It will accomplish a lot of good for the cause of LENR
        - vindicate E-Cat
        - silence many skeptics
        - provide you with 1 million USD

        If you do not accept the offer, then the skepticism will grow much stronger, including from your supporters, who do not see a valid reason to reject this offer.

        Just take one of your modules, and let the named scientists (or others of your mutual choosing) test it for five hours, showing an overunity of at least 8x.

        If you have what you claim to have, this should be very simple for you to accomplish.

        Sterling D. Allan

        Here is Rossi's response

        From: "Andrea Rossi - Leonardo Corp." 
        To: "Sterling Allan" 
        Sent: Thursday, February 16, 2012 2:12 AM [MST]
        Subject: Re: accept Smith's offer

        I have already answered on my blog to this clownerie, and I have not 
        time to lose.
        This clownerie fits perfectly with your greek friends.
        We are working seriously, let us in peace.

        I'm suggesting (and I doubt I'm the only one making such a suggestion) to Defkalion that they should offer to take Dick Smith up on his challenge. Defkalion is presently set up to do just such a test. It's perfect timing.

        That would 
        1) save LENR from being seemingly discredited from Rossi's unfounded insults
        2) give Defkalion a great credibility boost
        3) bring the legitimacy of LERN into mainstream consciousness

        -- Sterling

        The following relevant post was published on the Defkalion forum by Defkalion GT on February 16, 2012; 5:04 am

        So far we have not officially received (through a telephone, letter, fax or e-mail) any such offer published in different sites. If the offer and the "donor" are real, we will accept the challenge, performing a test under the protocol we have announced in our last Press Release (viewtopic.php?f=4&t=926&start=210).

        In case this is a real proposal, we will accept an official letter and a proof of donated funds from a prime bank before any such testing.

        Also note that our first independent official tests are starting on 24th of February 2012. No "donations" or any money where required or offered for these independent tests.

        One source from Australia is very familiar with Dick Smith, and doesn't doubt in the least that he will make good on his offer of $1 million. He said: "I've seen Dick Smith at a drop of a hat drop $5 million just to get others to donate to Salvation Army. He's always doing stunts -- the Australian version of Branson. He'll be very thorough [in his testing]."

        • Updated: Dick Smith Extends $1m Offer To Defkalion - Following Andrea Rossi's refusal of Dick Smith's $1m test offer, the Australian Businessman and skeptic has now extended that offer to Defkalion. While a cursory check has been made on his identity, care should be taken until it is confirmed by his office. The offer was made… (ECatNews; February 16, 2012) (And
          • Dick Smith phoned me (Sterling Allan) at around 3 pm MST, expressing his interest in extending this offer to Defkalion. I recommended that he authorize one of Defkalion's first testing groups, such as the Greek government, to test on his behalf. Also, as witnesses, he was thinking he could have those two Swedish skeptics attend; and if they collaborate the results, then Defkalion gets the $1 million reward. I forwarded his contact details to Defkalion. 
            "That would be the fantastic thing in the world" he said, regarding the prospects of seeing something like this vindicated, though he is skeptical that this will be the outcome. "That would bring me immense satisfaction."
          • Follow-up (Feb. 17, 2012; 3:45 am MST) - Defkalion responded favorably. Dick Smith (by phone to me) said he would prefer a shorter test, e.g. 6 hours, which his scientific advisors say would be adequate to rule out a chemical reaction. He is suspicious of 48h x 2 tests, which no one person could watch continuously, opening the possibility of subterfuge, though he would not rule out agreeing to such a long test. He'll be out until Tuesday, when discussions will continue. -- Sterling
          • Yes! Updated - Contains posts from Dick Smith to their forum. (ECatNews; February 17, 2012)
      • Rossi Responds to Australian E-Cat Critique - Last month we reported how Dick Smith, an Australian entrepreneur and member of the Australian Skeptics group had promised to give $200,000 to the Byron New Energy Charitable Trust if he can be convinced that the E-Cat was a valid technology.... (E-CatWorld; February 12, 2012)
    • Report #4: Rossi's NASA Test Fails to Launch - New Energy Times obtained this story as it took place; however, in an agreement with NASA, New Energy Times agreed to embargo the story until 2012. (NewEnergyTimes; February 10, 2012)
  • Other Cold Fusion Competitor News
    (Typically also mention E-Cat)
    • Defkalion
      • news from Defkalion: 
      • Defkalion Will Have Seven Well-Known Labs Test LENR Device - Independent confirmation of Low Energy Nuclear Reaction or Cold Fusion could be right around the corner. Greece's Defkalion Green Technologies plans to have what it calls seven "well known research centers and organizations" test its Hyperion hydrogen nickel LENR heating device. (ColdFusion3; February 9, 2012)
      • Featured / Best Exotic FE: Nuclear > Cold Fusion > Defkalion
        Hope from Athens found in Cold Fusion - On the heels of the riots and building burning, I landed in Athens to visit Defkalion and was able to see a demonstration of their test set-up for the upcoming seven testing groups. I was also impressed by the team working with the technology that could help bring remedy to Greece, Europe, and the world. (PESN and BeforeItsNews; February 13, 2012)
        • Cold fusion: E-Cat of greek Defkalion almost ready for market  (Original in Italian) - Defkalion Green Technologies continues to develop its Hyperion , a competitor of ' E-Cat by Andrea Rossi. The latest news on the progress of the Greek company's plans are by Sterling D. Allan Pure Energy Systems blogger, who went to Greece in recent days to meet the team Defkalion and see where you work. (; February 16, 2012)
        • Defkalion Reveales LENR Device, Licensing, Stock Plans - Long time alternative energy enthusiast Sterling D. Allan of the Pure Energy Systems blog just traveled the company's offices in Greece to inspect their work. Allan braved civil unrest in Greece that included riots to see the work going on there. Even though he has a close association with Andrea Rossi Allan was very impressed with Hyperion and Defkalion which is planning to begin third party testing of its device soon. (EnergyCatalyzer3; February 15, 2012)
        • A Visit To Defkalion - Deviating from the return leg of a trip to S Africa, Sterling Allan of Peswiki dropped in on Defkalion GT's Greek offices. His report is worth the read. Although he did not witness any tests or see their lab, he was able to gain an impression of a group of competent people doing business. (ECatNews; February 14, 2012) (And nickelpower)
  • General Cold Fusion
    • Is low-energy nuclear reaction new physics or an old scam? - (A survey of recent developments) It is still too early to tell whether commercial LENR is imminent or will turn out to be a red herring. But this story is definitely one to watch. (; February 17, 2012)
    • The Dawn of the Energy Age — Article on LENR - Mark J Belanger, a columnist writing for South Coast Today, a local magazine based in New Bedford, Masssachusetts writes a comprehensive article about LENR in general, and Rossi's E-Cat in particular. He takes the view that LENR's time has come and that Rossi's and others' devices (mentions Defkalion, NASA also) will totally transform the energy industry. Belanger's outlook for... (E-CatWorld; February 10, 2012)
    • Billionaire helps fund MU energy research - The founder of an apparel company has given the University of Missouri $5.5 million to study new sources of clean energy. Sidney Kimmel, founder and chairman of The Jones Group — which includes brands such as Anne Klein, Nine West and Gloria Vanderbilt — donated the money through his charitable foundation. (Columbia Daily Tribune; February 10, 2012)
    • PLAN X: Three Scenarios - OK! There are a lot of very intelligent people out there who find the idea of active conspiracies, whose aim is to control and "own" LENR energy generation – delay its rollout until such time as they have devised an implemented a plan for control, and assure a military advantage for their side – as "Paranoid!" It's too late to stop it. They would never do that to us! My response is "Bah, Humbug!" Consider these three possible realities. (E-CatSite; February 14, 2012)
      • PLAN X: The John Galt Manifold - The responses to "Three Scenarios" has provided a number of astute and constructive ideas. Obviously starting a thought process is like starting a painting, in that the focus is on the overall pattern and not on specific details. While the stimulus for writing these articles is the advent of the LENR age, it has become clear to me that the real issue at hand... (E-CatSite; February 14, 2012)
    • $29.5 Billion requested by DoE; $0 for cold fusion - "The central theme of this year's budget in SC [Office of Science] is research in new technologies for a clean energy future that address competing demands on our environment," the document states. (ColdFusionTimes; February 12, 2012)
    • Cold fusion should be part of the energy equation - Instead of government investing in Solyndra-type energy solutions, energy research should be concentrated on the cleanest energy of all fossil fuels, nuclear energy. Perhaps cold fusion can solve the problem of storing unspent fuel rods virtually forever (ShoreNewsToday; February 14, 2012)
  • Events
    • Soon live streaming on Cold Fusion  (Original in Italian) - I leave the player on the blog to follow the conference from here in little more than an hour's lecture Francesco Celani live streaming from Colognola ai Colli (VE). Thursday, February 16, 2012; At 20.30; Hills Sports Hall of Colognola - Free Entry  (22Passi; February 16, 2012)
    • Remember the 22nd of March: The LENR at CERN! - I get by Francesco Celani, and the public willingly, the official launch of the colloquium, which he (INFN Frascati) and Yogendra Srivastava (University of Perugia) held at CERN on March 22 next year, from 16.30 to 17.30, in order to provide the scientific community a "review of the major progress made since March 1989 and through experimental studies (22Passi; February 9, 2012)

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