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Andrea Rossi's E-Cataclysm?

Aug 08, 2011

The inventor of the E-Catalyst low energy nuclear reaction generator just split with his Greek partner. Does this spell the end of the LENR dream?

When (or IF?) low energy nuclear reaction takes place in the form of the Rossi-Focardi E-Catalyst, it won't be in Greece. That much is certain after Andrea Rossi and Defkalion decided to go their separate ways on August 4, 2011. Owned by Cyprus-based Praxen, Defkalion Green Technologies had planned to hold a demonstration of a 1MW generator based on the E-Cat, supposedly is the first commercially-viable LENR energy device.

Low Energy Nuclear Reaction or LENR claims to generate excess heat at the atomic level with negligible radioactivity. Conventional physics currently cannot account for the claimed low temperature reaction and transmutation of nickel isotopes into copper isotopes; and this has resulted in much skepticism over Rossi's claims. Sergio Focardi is a retired physicist from the University of Bologna who works with the Italian engineer and businessman who claims to have found a way to generate commercially-exploitable levels of heat from what has been previously referred to as Cold Fusion by combining nickel and hydrogen in a special catalytic device of his invention; hence the term E-Cat.

On August 4, 2011, Energia da Fonti Alternative (EFA) SRL, the Italian company that licensed the production rights to Praxen's Defkalion Green Technologies issued a press release stating categorically…

"All business relationships with Praxen , the Cyprus based company that owns the Greek company Defkalion Green Technologies S.A., have been cancelled and as of today neither Praxen nor Defkalion, nor any other Greek company whatsoever holds any rights for the production of the E-Cat or for any other exploitation of Andrea Rossi’s technology."

Why the split? Neither party has said, but current speculation is that Defkalion ran out of money and couldn't meet their contractual obligations. Defkalion admits that there has been "very strong international pressure and to many degrees business traps from banks, financial partners, etc. to cancel the project." Presumably, this environment may have made it difficult for them to raise the funds they needed.

In the meantime, Rossi has now found a U.S. partner who is funding E-Cat development. The planned demonstration in Greece in October will now, according to personal correspondence between Rossi and EV World, take place in the United States. Who the new investor is isn't known at this time, but since Rossi is now living in Florida, we could presume the investor is also located there and that the demonstration may also take place there, but this is just speculation at this time.

Despite the break-up, Defkalion and Rossi appear to be parting ways on surprisingly amicable terms with Defkalion reaffirming their belief in the the reality of the Rossi-Focardi process. They state in an explanatory announcement

"Defkalion believes in Andrea Rossi, his invention, and the ability to successfully bring to the world this revolutionary invention where society will benefit from cheaper energy, and so too the planet from cleaner energy."

For its part, EFA is unequivocal in stating its position that "neither Praxen nor Defkalion, nor any other Greek company whatsoever holds any rights for the production of the E-Cat." They stress that not only does neither Rossi nor EFA have any plans to develop any projects in Greece, but that E-Cat technology has never been demonstrated in the "Ellenic Republic."

"… the technology is still fully owned by Andrea Rossi's company, Leonardo Corporation… [and] remains a well preserved industrial secret."

So, it would seem that the situation isn't as dire as it first appeared over the weekend. Rossi sounds confident that he is still on track to demonstrate his E-Cat device this fall and has now found an American partner with deeper pockets than Defkalion, but he is also obviously exasperated by the attention the split has generated, stating late on August 8, 2011 in all caps:

"WARNING TO ALL THE READERS OF THE JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR PHYSICS:
WITH THIS LETTER OF DEFKALION, AFTER THE LETTER OF PROF. STREMMENOS AND THE PRESS RELEASE OF EFA SRL, AND AFTER THE MANY COMMENTS AND THE RELATIVE ANSWERS, THE ISSUE IS OVER. WE WILL NOT MAKE OTHER STATEMENTS AND WILL NOT APPROVE FURTHER COMMENTS ON TIS ISSUE.
ANDREA ROSSI."

ADDENDUM # 1 (10Aug2011)

Defkalion has just issued a further explanation of their relationship with Rossi through the Pure Energy Systems web site. Apparently, the Greek company has developed some related technology that Rossi has signed off on. All that appears lacking is the actual core material (catalyst) which eventually is supposed to be replaced every six months.

See also Tomorrow's Energy: Will It Be Hot or Cold?

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