Cold Fusion Research - latest news
For some, cold fusion may seem like old news. In fact, cold
fusion stopped gaining wide research only shortly after its discovery in 1989. It was briefly reported as the newest form of alternative energy and the coming of the new future, but when scientists were unable to replicate the same results as their earlier experiments, cold fusion became a science that was not seen with much legitimacy. Scientists began to study different forms of cold fusion and different ways to create alternative energy through methods related to cold fusion outside of the mainstream, but any results found by them usually faced the same scrutiny and subsequent failure as the original cold fusion experiments of 1989.
Cold fusion continued to have a bad reputation amongst scientists of all kind until Andrea Rossi and his collaborator Sergio Focardi recently sprung onto the scene with their new E-Cat invention. What the E-Cat is supposed to do is contain a small nickel hydrogen fusion reaction inside a capsule, and save the energy created from the reaction to be dispersed in the form of electricity later. In order to somewhat distance himself from the negative stigma associated with cold fusion, Rossiprefers to use the term LENR to describe his work, or, low energy nuclear reaction. Some scientists that have seen the demonstrations say that it will bring a new era of alternative energy while some still remain unconvinced. There is dispute between scientists as to whether the reaction is a chemical one or a nuclear one and until this is resolved, Rossi instructed the companies he was dealing with, Ampenergo and Defkalion green technologies, not to allow outside investments.
Ampenergo and Defkalion were the companies that Rossi partnered with in order to make sure that his E-cat device was produced and marketed correctly. However, there has been a recent falling out between him and Defkalion. Within the last few weeks, Rossi decided to discontinue his contract with Defkalion, releasing a statement to remind everyone that no sensitive information was shared with them and that they do not have his permission to continue developing the technology. It is not known exactly what caused the split between Rossi and Defkalion, but the Greek company decided to release a statement regarding Rossi’s departure as well.
In their response they cited the fact that Rossi had been pressured by many organizations to discontinue development on the E-Cat, organizations that were afraid the device would have immense success and hurt the investments of others that had invested in other forms of energy like coal and oil. It is assumed that it is because of this pressure that Rossi decided to pull out from working with Defkalion, though Rossi has neither confirmed nor denied these allegations.
Despite discontinuing production
in Greece, as far as the public knows, Rossi’s contract with Ampenergo is still good. While it
is still much too soon to tell when or even if the E-Cat will ever see mass market release, according to Rossi himself, 97 different E-Cat devices are in operation on an international scale in homes across the world. This is surely an indication
of the future success of the device if these E-Cats receive good reviews from their users.
For more recent news regarding cold fusion, it has been reported for some time now that Rossi’s old partner, turned friendly competitor, Francesco Piantelli has been developing a new form of cold fusion energy that will possibly compete with the E-Cat if it ever reaches the rest of the world. For now, little is known about what Piantelli is planning, however he is in the process of creating his own company in order to further research even more cold fusion methods.
In a press conference in the past day, Rossi was quoted as saying that big companies were backing the E-Cat (though he refused to name any of those companies) and that he was planning on forming a new 1 Megawatt plant in the USA in October. Not having seen much major media coverage on the E-Cat, many are still skeptical as to his claims of great progress that is being made, but time will tell just how successful Mr. Rossi’s invention becomes.