Industrial Heat sinks money into E-cat cold fusion “technology”

It’s been a little while since we heard what was happening with the E-cat cold fusion machine. You’ll recall it was HIGHLY questionable and HIGHLY implausible. See all stories here. It still has not been proven to work.

But it appears there is an investor who has bought the rights to the technology.

Dubious Cold Fusion Machine Acquired By North Carolina Company.

A U.S. company called Industrial Heat has bought the rights to the notorious (and dubious) cold fusion technology called the Energy Catalyzer, or E-Cat. The device was created by Italian inventor Andrea Rossi, a convicted scam artist who has claimed for years that it can produce energy in the form of heat, far more than it consumes.

Regardless, Industrial Heat, based in Raleigh, N.C., hopes to “make the technology widely available,” it said in the announcement. “The world needs a new, clean and efficient energy source,” said company spokesman JT Vaughn, who didn’t immediately reply to a call seeking comment. “Such a technology would raise the standard of living in developing countries and reduce the environmental impact of producing energy.

There has never been a definitive test of the device and Rossi would not let others have it to test. The one paper on it is problematic and even though he claims it was verified by a third party, no one should feel confident that his paper-thin promises will overturn physics as we know it. You need to do a lot better than that. What will happen when the new company attempts to utilize it? Will we find out for sure what’s under the hood, so to speak? Or will it just fade away? I’m hoping for huge scandal myself so everyone knows about it.

Reminder: Cold fusion has not been verified by science and has been rejected. So I do not allow cold fusion advocates to post claims that it’s being verified all over the world. All over the internet maybe but this is a science based site. If you are interested in cold fusion work today, there’s a whole internet out there to examine. Have at it.

Tip: Christopher Howard

  8 comments for “Industrial Heat sinks money into E-cat cold fusion “technology”

  1. Jon Oliver
    January 27, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    It doesn’t look like that supporting paper was published in a peer-reviewed journal… not a good sign.

  2. One Eyed Jack
    January 27, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    A little poking around the internet reveals that Industrial Heat LLC was created in 2012, and was funded with 12 million from Cherokee Investment Partner’s. The rights to the E-Cat LENR “technology” were purchased for 11 million. Cherokee is a hedge fund that specializes in alternative energy development and environmentally friendly energies. Andrea Rossi will be part of the management/development team at Industrial Heat LLC. It appears that this company was created for the sole purpose of purchasing the E-Cat.

    While Cherokee appears to do admirable work like funding small start-ups for inventors in the energy sector, I think they’ve made a serious misstep here. However, with 2 billion in assets I imagine they can absorb the loss because that’s all this will be.

  3. fred
    January 28, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    strange that domain is not in use. Someone owns it and is selling for $50K. It was registered in 2000 and appears to have been renewed annually

  4. Frank Mulkern
    March 18, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    The Problem with the E-CAT is the inventor doesn`t know how it works. Until a Cold Fission theory can be presented and verified, LENR will never be accepted as a new energy source

  5. George
    March 27, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    First off let me say that I believe Rossi is most likely a scam artist. However, I take issues with several of the comments above. There have been many reputable scientist who have done numerous experiments which have resulted in the measurement of anomalous heat which can not be explained by any means know other than some sort of nuclear reaction. Second, knowing how somethings works, while certainly important, is not a necessity to commercial use. How long did we use fire, gravity and many other now well understood natural phenomenon before we understood how they worked?
    I am a skeptic naturally, however, the number of experiments which have been conducted successfully demonstrating anomalous heat is now overwhelming and we must do further work to understand what the process and begin to harvest it for the betterment of all mankind.

  6. March 27, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    The difference is that fire and gravity are replicable with ease, reliable in fact. This is something that seems very elusive. Only a few people claim to have the devices and they are not open about it? There is every reason to be doubtful of this claim and NOT plunk down cash to support it. Reeks of some ploy.

  7. March 28, 2014 at 1:07 AM

    Fission/fusion are already well understood mechanistically; we understand how they work, and what is necessary/sufficient to produce and sustain reactions. Anomalous heat can be the result of experimental error, or an exothermic chemical reaction resulting from the “unknown additive,” which isn’t demonstrably understood by the individuals holding the trade secret. If they were to reveal what all additives consist of, we’d be able to determine if their expected heat production value was correct in the first place. Until such time as they reveal their procedure and the results can be replicated, experimental/calculation error is a far simpler explanation than the rest of the world having the wrong idea about how a nuclear reaction can be initiated and sustained.

  8. Jeff T.
    May 23, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Even if it can’t be explained, it may be accepted if it works.

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