Australian Skeptics patron, Dick Smith, will give $1,000,000, with no strings attached, to an Italian inventor if he can prove his cold fusion invention works.
“I do not want to know how the unit operates, nor to have a share in the profits from any sales,” Smith says. “My satisfaction will come from knowing that if the unit is successful, some of the world’s greatest problems – especially in relation to climate change – will be solved.”
Cold fusion technology (now described as low energy nuclear reaction) promises unlimited, clean, cheap, safe, and waste-free energy, but to date no-one has been able to develop a properly working system.
Smith says that the energy catalyser (ECAT) technology invented by Andrea Rossi of Bologna has been through a number of tests, some of which have been endorsed by international scientists but others which have proved unsuccessful or inconclusive, raising doubts that the technology works as described.
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Previous stories here on Doubtful News have reported the details given by Ian Bryce and the Australian Skeptics regarding this device. There are many questions, no answers yet from Mr. Rossi regarding these issues surrounding the device. Now, it’s crunch time. $1 million is available but MUCH more would be the reward if this device really did work. So, Mr. Rossi has a clear choice – show his hand or give up the game.
Meanwhile, as in other places, E-cat supporters come visit EVERY blog site that posts about the device and create trouble. This is no exception.
UPDATE (15-Feb-2012): The Australian skeptics report that the offer was rejected.