The engineer charged by entrepreneur Dick Smith with examining the plausibility of “cold fusion” technology being spruiked by a NSW retiree has detailed a string of reasons why he believes the mooted invention is flawed.
Aerospace engineer Ian Bryce said sloppy procedures, shoddy set up and a mysterious power supply to the contraption developed by an Italian inventor all pointed towards it almost certainly not working as hyped.
Italian scientist Andrea Rossi claims to have invented “cold fusion” technology, which could solve the world’s energy problems by producing almost limitless power.
The claims and the contraptions — of which Mr Rossi claims to have sold several for about $2 million each — have been met with deep cynicism from the scientific community.
Source: The Australian
This has red flags of pseudoscience all over. The article notes the “presence of a large, unexplained “blue box” sitting adjacent to the invention, which was clearly a substantial power supply.” The method is implausible. The write up of results is unprofessional and has not been verified. Where is the independent evaluation? Give scientists the system and let them examine it, take it apart. Something is VERY fishy with all these kinds of devices. The setup suggests that investment money is the goal. It just ain’t that easy to do cold fusion; we’ve been trying for decades.
I’m not sure cynicism is the correct word here. ‘Skepticism’ is valid because the evidence is pathetic.
UPDATE (5-Feb-2012): Check out The Skeptic Zone podcast for a detailed discussion about the presentation of this device to Australian investors. Many details that leave you saying “Hmmm…” about this device.