Pop Sci features Rossi and his cold fusion ‘pie in the sky’

Here is a feature from Popular Science about Rossi’s free energy claims.

Can Andrea Rossi’s Infinite-Energy Black Box Power The World–Or Just Scam It? | Popular Science.

On January 14, 2011, a 61-year-old Italian inventor named Andrea Rossi staged a spectacular demonstration.

In a warehouse in Bologna, he switched on a strange contraption that looked like a leg of lamb wrapped in aluminum foil. He called it the “E-Cat,” short for “energy catalyzer.” It contained a pinch of powdered nickel, a puff of hydrogen gas, and a dash of a secret catalyst. When the mixture was heated with an electrical current, a mysterious reaction occurred, generating large amounts of excess heat—far more than any known chemical reaction could produce. The heat boiled water into steam. The steam could be used to spin a turbine to make electricity.

Here, Rossi claimed, was a machine that harnessed a previously unknown type of nuclear reaction—a machine that could produce nearly infinite energy cheaply and with no radioactive by-products. It would put the oil companies out of business. It would enable humanity to explore space on the cheap. It would change the world overnight.

According to Rossi, the nuclear reactions occurring inside the E-Cat emit low-level gamma rays. Lead shielding surrounding the reactor chambers converts these gamma rays into thermal energy, which heats up the water.

After testing, this device was a bust.

Here’s a list of previous stories we’ve done on Rossi and his e-cat machine.

Oz skeptic offers prize if Rossi’s E-cat works

For a great listen, check out the Skeptic Zone episode where they report on the test of the e-cat.

Tip: Matt Crowley

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  11 comments for “Pop Sci features Rossi and his cold fusion ‘pie in the sky’

  1. Bernie Koppenhofer
    October 25, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    LENR has been duplicated hundreds of times in labs around the world, showing excess energy.

    • Chew
      October 25, 2012 at 9:17 PM

      Really? Please provide links.

      • Am_Sci
        October 25, 2012 at 10:17 PM

        Sorry, the links only work if you’re wearing your aluminum foil hat.

    • One Eyed Jack
      October 26, 2012 at 10:03 AM

      As Chew said, links.

      You can’t make a statement like that without providing evidence.

  2. praos
    October 26, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    LENRs are real, as testified by hundreds of papers in peer-reviewed journals. Dr Celani even offers a demonstration aparatus for a modest sum, so anybody could replicate the 1+ reaction. Rossi simply made this well-known reaction efficient enough to make economic sense, so what’s big deal? If everything is not right on schedule, show me what is. Of course, eCat still could be a scam (just as everything else, including windmills), but there is nothing to mark it as a scam in advance.
    If the underlaying theory is yet to be developed, so what? Up to 18st century the real chemistry of burning was a mystery — does it mean that fire till then was a scam?

    • One Eyed Jack
      October 26, 2012 at 6:23 PM

      Please provide some links these papers you mention. I really want to read them.

    • am_sci
      October 26, 2012 at 8:27 PM

      First of all, regardless of what place you think windmill generators have in the world’s energy needs, I can’t imagine you really think they are a scam. You can buy or build a small one yourself; the blades turn and an electrical current is generated– there’s really no disputing that.

      Cold fusion may be possible, but anyone who claims to have successfully started a fusion reaction should either publish detailed steps so that it can be reproduced independently, or shut up. Variations on this basic energy scam have been going on for over one hundred years; some crank says he is in the process of making a huge energy breakthrough, cue the investors. Inevitably, the delays will keep coming accompanied by a litany of excuses. The inventor usually offers a demonstration of their device, but it’s always on their terms because they are secretly manipulating the results. They never give a detailed explanation of how the device works, instead baffling inquirers with a hodgepodge of scientifical, but ultimately nonsensical explanations.

      Here is a question for you, though. If this man has indeed found the solution to the world’s energy problems, why is he being so secretive? After all, he can patent his device to prevent theft (technically, he doesn’t even need a working demo yet). If he shows that his device works to the satisfaction of mainstream scientists, he will become a billionaire overnight.

      The truth is, no cold fusion reaction has ever been demonstrated and you will not find any serious scientific paper claiming it has been. If a breakthrough of that magnitude occurs, you won’t be reading the paper on conspiracy web sites; the editors of journals like “Science” and “Nature” will be begging for the opportunity to publish it.

      • am_sci
        October 28, 2012 at 4:49 AM

        Slight correction: no practical cold fusion reaction has been demonstrated. Apparently, adding a muon to a hydrogen atom can catalyze a fusion reaction at low temps.

  3. Daniel
    October 28, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    It always amuses me when people come up with free energy schemes. They always claim their machine will provide cheap energy (the same claim was made for nuclear power when I was young!) but they never provide enough information for their machine to be tested independently, and they often claim that government or big oil is preventing them from developing their machine. Meanwhile, there is nearly unlimited “free” energy all around us. Of course, you need a device to collect it (solar panel, windmill, geothermal collector, hydro generator, etc.) and you need a way to get it to where it will be used if you’re producing more than you’ll use yourself. But these scam artists always present their machine as unique.

    I find these schemes fascinating, and I love “perpetual motion” toys like the drinking bird, or gizmos that use a hidden battery to keep a ball rolling back and forth forever.

  4. Peterem
    October 29, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    There is a tremendous and growing amount of information available on this subject. You can be the judge of its veracity.

    http://www.e-catworld.com/
    http://nasawatch.com/archives/2012/06/cold-fusion-upd.html
    There are three NASA videos on the subject well worth watching.
    Many people believe Rossi is a fraud, but the lenr reaction and potential is real.
    http://news.newenergytimes.net/

  5. Peterem
    October 29, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Papers please. Where are your papers?

    Weak Interaction Theory
    Srivastava, Yogendra N., Widom, Allen, and Larsen, Lewis, “A Primer for Electroweak Induced Low-Energy Nuclear Reactions”, Pramana – Journal of Physics, Vol. 75 (4) p. 617 – 637 (Online Oct. 17, 2010)
    Evidence for Existence of Neutrons in LENR
    Mosier-Boss, Pamela A., Dea, Jack Y., Forsley, Lawrence P.G., Morey, Mark S. , Tinsley, James R., Hurley, John Paul and Gordon, Frank E., “Comparison of Pd/D Co-deposition and DT Neutron-Generated Triple Tracks Observed in CR-39 Detectors,” European Physical Journal, Applied Physics, Vol. 51 (2), (Onlne July 7, 2010) p. ???, (2010) (Full list of SPAWAR Papers)
    Speculations for the Non-Existence of Energetic Alpha Particles in LENR
    Hagelstein, Peter L., “Constraints on Energetic Particles in the Fleischmann–Pons Experiment,”Naturwissenschaften, DOI 10.1007/s00114-009-0644-4, Feb. 9, 2010

    Gas Absorption Experiment
    Kitamura, Akira, Nohmi, Takayoshi, Sasaki, Yu, Takahashi, Akito, Seto, Reiko and Fujita, Yushi, “Anomalous Effects in Charging of Pd Powders With High Density Hydrogen Isotopes,” Physics Letters A, Vo. 373 (35), p. 3109-3112 (24 August 2009), (Online July 3, 2009)
    Particle Tracks
    Mosier-Boss, P.A., Szpak, S., Gordon, F.E. and Forsley, L.P.G., “Characterization of Tracks in CR-39 Detectors Obtained as a Result of Pd/D Co-deposition,” Eur. Phys. J. Appl. Phys. 46, 30901, DOI: 10.1051/epjap/2009067, (17 April, 2009) (Full list of SPAWAR Papers)
    Cold Fusion Theory
    Kim, Y.E., “Theory of Bose-Einstein Condensation Mechanism for Deuteron-Induced Nuclear Reactions in Micro/Nano-Scale Metal Grains And Particles,” Naturwissenschaften, DOI 10.1007/s00114-009-0537-6 (May 14, 2009)
    Cold Fusion Theory
    Kalman, Peter, Keszthelyi, T., and Kis, D., “Solid State Modified Nuclear Processes,” European Physical Journal, Applied Physics, Vol. 44, p. 297-302 (2008)
    Response to Kowalski SPAWAR Replication
    Mosier-Boss, Pamela, Szpak, Stan, Gordon, Frank, and Forsley, Lawrence P.G., “Reply to Comment on ‘The Use of CR-39 in Pd/D Co-deposition Experiments': A Response to Kowalski,” European Physical Journal, Applied Physics, Vol. 44, p. 291-295 (2008) (Full list of SPAWAR Papers)
    Kowalski SPAWAR Replication
    Kowalski, Ludwik, “Comment on ‘The Use of CR-39 in Pd/D Co-deposition Experiments’ by P.A. Mosier-Boss, S. Szpak, F.E. Gordon and L.P.G. Forsley, Interpreting SPAWAR-Type Dominant Pits,” European Physical Journal, Applied Physics, Vol. 44, p. 287-290 (2008) (Full list of SPAWAR Papers)
    Got Neutrons?
    Pamela A. Mosier-Boss, Stanislaw Szpak, Frank E. Gordon and Lawrence P. G. Forsley, “Triple Tracks in CR-39 as the Result of Pd–D Co-deposition: Evidence of Energetic Neutrons,” Naturwissenschaften, Vol. 96, p. 135–142, (Oct. 1, 2008) (Full list of SPAWAR Papers)
    Low-Flux Neutrons
    Williams, Winthrop, Forsley, Lawrence, Tanzella, Francis, Mosier-Boss, Pamelan, Robertson, Neil, Saito, H., Yurkovic, J., Zakskorn, S., “Analysis of Nuclear Particles from Independent Replications Using the SPAWAR Co-Dep TGP Protocol and CR-39 Track Detectors,” 8th International Workshop on Anomalies in Hydrogen- and Deuterium-Loaded Metals, Oct. 13-18, 2007, Catania, Italy
    Low-Flux Neutrons
    Tanzella, Francis, Earle, Ben P., McKubre, Michael, C.H., “The Search for Nuclear Particles in the Pd-D Co-Deposition Experiment,” presented at the Eighth International Workshop on Anomalies in Hydrogen/ Deuterium Loaded Metals, Catania, 13–18 October 2007
    Meeting Report
    Srinivasan, M., “Energy concepts for the 21st century,” Current Science, (Indian Academy of Sciences,) Vol. 94, No. 7, p. 842-843 (April 10, 2008)
    Review Paper
    Krivit, S.B. “Low Energy Nuclear Reaction Research – Global Scenario,” Current Science, (Indian Academy of Sciences,) Vol. 94, No. 7, p. 854-857 (April 10, 2008)
    Review of use of SSNTDs in Pd/D and H/D Co-deposition Experiments
    Mosier-Boss, P., Szpak, S., Gordon, F., Forsley, L, “Use of CR-39 in Pd/D Co-deposition Experiments,” European Physical Journal, Applied Physics , Vol. 40, p. 293–303, (Dec. 13, 2007) DOI: 10.1051/epjap:2007152 (Full list of SPAWAR Papers)
    Review Paper
    Biberian, Jean Paul, “Condensed Matter Nuclear Science (Cold Fusion): An Update,” Int. J. Nuclear Energy Science and Technology, Vol. 3, No. 1, p. 31–42, (2007)
    Summary Paper – Review of Excess Heat Effects
    Hubler, G., “Anomalous Effects in Hydrogen-Charged Palladium – A Review,” Journal of Surface & Coatings Technology, Vol. 201, Issues 19-20, p. 8568-8573, (5 August 2007)
    Repeatable Experiment Producing Evidence of Charged Particles
    Szpak, S., et al., “Further Evidence Of Nuclear Reactions In The Pd/D Lattice: Emission Of Charged Particles,” Naturwissenschaften, Vol. 94(6), p. 511-514, DOI 10.1007/s00114-007-0221-7 (March 2007) (erratum) (Full list of SPAWAR Papers)
    Theory for Transmuting Nuclear Waste based on Widom-Larsen Theory
    Bourgoin, R., “Transmuting Nuclear Waste by Use of a Quasi-Superconductor,” Acta Physica Polonic B, Vol 38, (Jan. 15, 2007)
    Alteration of the Reaction Channels of the DD Reaction in Accelerator Experiments
    Huke, A., et al., “Evidence for a Host-Material Dependence of the N/P Branching Ratio of Low-Energy D+D Reactions Within Metallic Environments,” European Physical Journal A, Vol. 27(S1), p. 187, (2006)
    Cavitation Foil Damage
    Stringham, R., “Ejecta Sites And DD Fusion Events,” Presented at APS March Meeting, Baltimore, MD, Paper W41.00008, p. 1-14, (March 13-17, 2006)
    Measurement of CMNS Reactions Using Ion Accelerators
    Czerski, K., et al., “Experimental and Theoretical Screening Energies for the 2H(d, p) 3H Reaction in Metallic Environments,” European Physical Journal A, Vol. 27(S1), p. 83, (2006)

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