On December 19th I participated in Rome, at the ENEA Headquarters, the seminar organized by the Commission Research and Innovative Reactors in the Nuclear Area on the subject of LENR (Low Energy Nuclear Reactions).
It was a technical meeting which saw a considerable success and the presence of some active researchers in this field that, as shown by the E-CAT of Andrea Rossi, could have interesting developments from the industrial point of view, contributing to the advent of a real “energy revolution”.
The main report was presented by Eng. Vittorio Violante, who explained (showing charts and diagrams) that, from his point of view, the LENR are a reality, however referring to the Deuterium – Palladium reactions. To a specific question asked by an audience member – whether he knew the work of Andrea Rossi – Eng. Violante replied, I believe so surprising, that he knew nothing!
The event was broadcast live by streaming, and participated as a guest the Honorable and environmental engineer Davide Crippa (next to me in the photo at right), belonging to the Parliamentary Group of Five Stars, demonstrating how he and the movement of which he is part are very attentive to the problems regarding the development of sustainable energy technologies.
During the lunch break (which preceded the talk of Prof. Alberto Carpinteri) I had with him an exchange of views and enjoyed the “healthy skepticism” of those who approach the areas of research that have not yet had the backing of the mainstream scientific community.
Unfortunately there are those who, in the spirit of contrarian or worse for personal interests, continues today – despite the events – to feel the LENR junk science and Andrea Rossi not credible, as evidenced by certain statements that may be found on the web.
However, I find significant that a research institution with a glorious past as ENEA has made available the premises of its headquarters, which organizes congresses, conferences and national and international workshops.
A slide presentation by Eng. Alberto Taglioni (President of Commission Nuclear Engineering by the Order of Engineers of the Province of Rome).
Maybe something is really moving in Italy and maybe, even if the general public has almost not yet received information, that “signals” to be taken seriously begin to flow to the Institutional organs.
While in the United States continues the lawsuit brought by Andrea Rossi (Leonardo Corporation) against Industrial Heat – accused of breach of contract for not having paid the sum of 89 million $ at the end of the 1-year test of a 1 MW E-Cat – and the development tests of the new reactor “Quark X” travel towards “5 sigma”, in Italy continues to grow an interest in LENR, the nuclear reactions at low energy capable of generating, in the case of Rossi’s reactor, thermal energy clean and free of harmful radiation.
Not surprisingly, on December 19 the Commission Research and Innovative Reactors in the Nuclear Area, established by the Order of Engineers of the Province of Rome, in collaboration with ENEA (former National Agency for Alternative Energies), offers to its subscribers a free informational seminar on the topic of Nuclear reactions at Low Energy as part of the technical-scientific and cultural series of lectures “Magistra Vitae”. See here.
I hope that during this conference the organizers will also speak of the fundamental role played by Andrea Rossi in this area, since the invention of his reactor with potential commercial applications has reignited again, in recent years, the media interest for this kind of research that, after the famous announcement of cold fusion made in 1989 by Fleischmann and Pons, the scientific community has deliberately denigrated and marginalized.
I also find really interesting that the Manager of Energy Services (GSE) – a major company of the Italian Stock Exchange, controlled by the Italian Ministry of Finance as it provides the incentives for renewable energy – has published in the issue 38 (August-November 2016) of its magazine “Elements” an article entitled “The Cold fusion. From fiction to reality?“, in which Andrea Rossi provides interesting answers during an interview about the E-Cat: the ingredients used, the products of the reactions, and so on. Get it here (pp. 68-70).
Rossi interviewed by the magazine of GSE, a big company controlled by the Italian State.
After one year of uninterrupted operation, the 12-months test on the world’s first 1 MW power plant – for the production of steam for industrial process and powered by four 250 kW E-Cat modules – was concluded on February 17, 2016 at 12 a.m.
Andrea Rossi said that, for the results, we should wait the report that will be delivered by the third party entity which performed the measurements on the system during the period of operation. But, if the results will be positive, this date will be remembered, because it will put the bases to the use of a new form of low-cost, clean and safe energy: a kind of “New Fire” for humanity.
Andrea Rossi while flying on a private jet during one of his many business trips.
Thanks Andrea for your tenacity and for being able to show the world a new direction!
Bill Gates, co-founder and main shareholder of Microsoft, but also the richest and perhaps the most influential person in the world, has been interested for a long time in the activities in the field of frontier research.
Indeed, Gates has come a long way from when he was a teenager prodigy obsessed with writing computer codes, at the beginning of a four decades career leading to a digital revolution. Now, the “Bill Gates 2.0”, left Microsoft some years ago, can work full-time together with his wife Melinda giving his money away – he has a 67 billion dollar fortune – to make the world a better place, and he thinks that inventions are the key to success, a way to accomplish this goal.
In the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, there are over 1100 employees to help them decide which programs to fund, but Gates still visits sites around the world to see what works and what does not. And now one of Gates’ boldest and – as he says – most important adventures is to build a new kind of nuclear reactor. It would burn depleted uranium making it cleaner, safer and cheaper than today’s reactors. He hopes to have a prototype around 2022.
Bill Gates illustrating to a US journalist the great advantages of “his” nuclear reactor.
But he’s an optimist and still looking for new ideas and challenges.
So, it is not a surprise that Wednesday, after a meeting with the Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, Gates visited the ENEA, i.e. the former Italian National Agency for Alternative Energies, which in 2009 organized the 15th International Conference on Cold Fusion (ICCF-15) in Rome, last year sponsored ICCF-18 held in the USA, and was engaged in the field of LENR also with an agreement signed in 2010 with the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and with many collaborations involving American Institutions and Universities.
Accompanied by the new head of ENEA Federico Testa, Gates toured the labs located near Rome, in Frascati, for a few hours, giving to its researchers – as prof. Vittorio Violante, who is the LENR Research Coordinator at the ENEA headquarters and responsible for the ENEA Task Force for Energy from Metal Hydrogen Systems since 2011 – the opportunity to describe in detail the research carried out by the Institute, which now is close to an economic agreement about funding by Bill Gates or by his Foundation for some research projects.
According to the present journalists, Gates first heard a presentation of the ENEA’s activities and then focused on cold fusion, frontier research in the field of nuclear fusion, sector in which these laboratories represent a center of excellence. Indeed, this is one of the world’s leading centers in nuclear fusion research, laser sources and particle accelerators since the ’50s, among the first to build a sophisticated machinery for fusion studies: the Tokamak Upgrade.
It’s quite funny that “Mr. Microsoft” was interested especially in LENR, a small research field also for the ENEA, whose activity is now directed mainly towards the development of technologies for magnetic and inertial confinement fusion, being involved in the project ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor), so giving contributions in the fields of superconductivity, new materials, neutronics, security, remote handling and plasma physics.
Bill Gates seems very attracted by the Italian genius… here is showing his Da Vinci Codex.
Surely, Bill Gates 2.0 could better satisfy his deep curiosity towards inventions and Cold Fusion with a trip in Raleigh, USA. In 1994, he bought for $30 Millions the Da Vinci Codex – one of about 30 scientific paper left by the Italian genius Leonardo Da Vinci – which now is in his private office and is shown proudly to the guests. I wonder if Bill Gates’ recent and strong interest for LENR was just inspired by another Italian genius, but this is another story… 😉
I was very pleased to see that my book E-Cat – The New Fire, not more than a few days after its publication, is on the main Italian magazine!
Indeed, a detailed newspaper article on the E-Cat, fruit of a long interview with Andrea Rossi and including a wide review of my book, has just been published on the latest issue of “Panorama” (November 12, n°47).
The title of the article is simply: “An ingenious physicist?” (the Italian original title is “Un fisico geniale?”). The author is the journalist and writer Raffaele Panizza.
With a circulation of 303.422 copies (in June 2013), Panorama is an Italian weekly magazine of current events and politics published by the most important publisher of books and magazines existing in Italy: Arnoldo Mondadori Editore SpA, better known as Mondadori.
This magazine addresses world and national news, political analysis, society, economy, health, science and technology reviews, and can be considered the Italian equivalent of the weekly Time in USA, of Der Spiegel in Germany or of L’Express in France.
The interview with Andrea was a real scoop for the skilled journalist author of the article, because now Rossi only very rarely (to say the least) gives interviews to Italian newspapers.
The beginning of the long article on Andrea Rossi, the E-Cat and my book.
Here’s a translation of the article summary published in the highlights of the last issue that you can find in the Panorama’s website: “Andrea Rossi is a much discussed entrepreneur: he was able to produce nuclear energy at low temperature. His project, the E-Cat, that for the first time realizes the cold fusion, has received the imprimatur of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. And the license was sold to a start-up in North Carolina, which in one year should put on the market the first megawatt plant: the price is $ 1 million“.
Finally, only a couple of brief excerpts from the positive and well-documented article:
“Andrea Rossi from Caponago saw rewarded his Faustian perseverance. A Prometheus which, for stealing the fire from the gods, accepted that the eagle gnawed his liver for two decades”, and “Also the Relativity of Einstein was considered a joke for a long time. Here it is no longer science. It is frontier”.
It was published this week, in the latest issue of the bi-annual magazine Elforsk Perspektiv, an article on the 2nd Third Party Report (TPR-2) and on the Hot-Cat. The title: “Isotopic changes indicate ‘Cold’ nuclear reaction: Elforsk following developments“.
Elforsk Perspektiv is a trade magazine published by Swedish energy R&D organization Elforsk AB, which since a couple of years takes a very serious look at LENR and partly financed the two tests on the Hot-Cat performed in 2013 and in early 2014.
The article covers the results obtained in the last independent test, including the isotopic analysis of fuel and ash. So, the contents are not new, but it is significant that an important national industry organization is taking the LENR, and especially Industrial Heat‘s E-Cat, more and more seriously.
Indeed, the involvement of Elforsk began in 2012, when it was asked by a group of Swedish scientists to support the evaluation of an invention: the Energy Catalyzer, or E-Cat. After the first positive evaluation conducted by Swedish and Italian researchers, they budgeted 230,000 Euros per year in 2013 and 2014 for further investigation on the E-Cat.
Soon after the release of the 2nd Third Party Report, Elforsk published in its website an article in which the CEO Magnus Oloffsson said about such report the following words:
“Clear isotope changes in the analyzed fuel indicate nuclear reactions at low temperatures. It suggests that we may be facing a new way to extract nuclear energy, probably without ionizing radiation and radioactive waste. The discovery could eventually become very important for the world’s energy supply”.
You can read the article clicking on the pictures in this post to obtain a hi-res image. Below is the original version in Swedish (page on the left), above you’ll find the English translation.
Not all writers are so lucky to be in a friendly contact with a Nobel Laureate for Physics.
Brian Josephson was one of the first readers of my book when it was only an early manuscript. He encouraged me in the work and gave me some valuable advice.
Brian is one of the few high-level scientists to have immediately expressed a positive opinion on the invention of Andrea Rossi, that he wanted to met privately during a stay in the USA.
So, it did not surprise me to read his post on the website of Nature in relation to the Independent Third Party Report released a few days ago by Levi et al.
He wrote, in the Seven Days online column of the popular magazine:
“The most important news of the year, perhaps, not just the last seven days? The results of a new investigation into the Rossi reactor (allegedly a high-power cold fusion reactor), involving running the reactor over a 32-day period, are now out. The report not only confirms output power far in excess of anything possible by chemical reaction, but also gives a clear indication that a nuclear reaction is occurring, on the basis of a substantial change in the isotopic proportions of Li and Ni over the period of the run. The report, entitled Observation of abundant heat production from a reactor device and of isotopic changes in the fuel may be seen at http://www.sifferkoll.se/sifferkoll/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/LuganoReportSubmit.pdf. As before, I predict that pigs will fly before Nature makes any mention of the report, which has also been put on hold by the physics preprint archive arxiv.org (with an earlier report, a leaked email disclosed that the moderators were trying hard to find a reason to block the report but eventually gave in). Brian Josephson”
Thank you again, Brian!