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Industrial Heat Acquires E-Cat Technology, Opening Commercial LENR Frontier

A major development in the story of LENR (low energy nuclear reactions, aka 'cold fusion') broke on Friday afternoon from Raleigh, North Carolina, with start-up Industrial Heat, LLC's announcement via a press release that the company had acquired the rights to Andrea Rossi's E-Cat technology. The E-Cat is an energy production technology that produces industrial levels of heat through a proprietary LENR system using nickel and hydrogen. E-Cat inventor Andrea Rossi has for a long time stated that he had sold the rights to his technology to a US partner, but has never named them due to confidentiality agreements. This is the first public announcement of his partner's identity.

Industrial Heat, LLC is a new company founded by JT Vaughn and Tom Darden (and other unnamed investors), both of private equity firm Cherokee Industrial Partners, also based in Raleigh. For years Cherokee has been in the business of investing in and cleaning up brownfield sites, and has a strong record of commitment to environmentally friendly business practices.

Related article: Andrea Rossi’s Official ECAT Website Ready to Accept Orders for 1MW Unit

The press release emphasizes the environmental benefits of E-Cat technology, stating that 'A primary goal of the company is to make the technology widely available, because of its potential impact on air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels and biomass.' Industrial Heat spokesman JT Vaughn remarked that 'The world needs a new, clean and efficient energy source. Such a technology would raise the standard of living in developing countries and reduce the environmental impact of producing energy.'

LENR/cold fusion has been a very controversial topic ever since it was first brought to the attention of the world by chemists Pons and Fleischmann in 1989. LENR advocates have always claimed that it is possible to create a system that can produce more energy than is input into it -- but this anomalous heat effect has often been very difficult to achieve, and many people have been skeptical of the reality of the phenomenon. Andrea Rossi's contribution to the field has been to apparently devise a way to amplify and control this effect so that useful levels of excess heat can be produced consistently and in a stable manner.

Related article: What Could be Bigger than Shale -- How about LENR?

One of the most significant aspects of this announcement is the fact that Industrial Heat is fully convinced that Rossi's technology works. The press release mentions their satisfaction with independent E-Cat testing reports, and their own investigation of the technology. I believe this announcement represents a major milestone in the history of energy production, with a serious business organization publicly getting behind a new form of clean and abundant nuclear energy.

Not only does this announcement represent a crucial endorsement of the E-Cat, it also indicates that a major new frontier has been opened up in the field of energy production technology. My expectation is that before long we will see widespread and serious research undertaken around the world in science and industry to more fully understand and harness the mysterious and seemingly very powerful forces that take place in these low energy nuclear reactions. We could now be seeing the emergence of an important and viable alternative to both fossil fuels and nuclear fission.


By. Frank Acland, Publisher, E-Cat World

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  • Roger Bird on January 28 2014 said:
    Frank is too shy to tell you that he and Mr. Moho (sp?) broke this story a week or two before Industrial Heat and Cherokee Investments came clean.
  • John De Herrera on February 01 2014 said:
    Wonderful news - Thanks Frank!
    This is very positive news and the promise of a clean, safe,inexpensive and abundant energy system seems to be getting closer and closer to commercial reality. All the HUFFING and PUFFING from the Skeptics, skeptics, pseudo skeptics didn't blow the Rossi E-Cat House down!
  • Dan Sandberg on February 12 2014 said:

    Please continue to follow the story. In a few years at most I'm quite confident you'll re-evaluate your views about the 'Skeptics, skeptics, pseudo skeptics'.
  • Spasa-Biops on February 13 2014 said:
    Well let's see if the E-Cat is real Now! If true the World is in for major changes in Energy. As a Fusion Scientist, I have questions about the Cold Fusion Process, leaning toward Hot Fusion like the ITER! But do follow the research / experiment / and will give it a chance. Nuclear Physics, as most perceive, could be wrong; some scientists actually think the World is Round! If wrong, call me...I have developed a way to greatly build up the Fusion process in the Deu-Tri Hot Fusion Magnetic Confinement Process....but if my Fusion Reaction develops it's own gravity and breaks free of it's magnetic cage, it may lead to "The Runaway Effect," and feed off the Earth's hydrogen, turning our little speck of a dust planet into a Dwarf Star!!!
  • Maurice Daignault, B.A., B.Sc.Physics and a degree in Business Administration on February 14 2014 said:
    You all know the story. Two physicist, Ponds and Fleishmann ( March 1989) announced they had observed an anomalous heat generation phenomena in a test tube filled with heavy water and equipped with a palladium electrode. No chemical reaction could explain what they had observed. The only plausible explication was nuclear.

    After doing some tests, specialists in nuclear physics and quantum mechanics then said that this phenomenon was impossible, with the know and accepted theories. So they decided that this was a hoax and they destroyed the careers of those two scientists.
    This is history.

    My questions are the following:
    1- Why would two very serious scientist lie on something so important?
    2- Are there (out there in this very objective world) any interests that had a lot to gain if
    their claims where proven to be wrong?
    3- Is energy a small or a multi-billon $$$ business?
    4- What are the impacts of such a discovery on the "financial establishment"?
    5- Who are we to pretend that we know "all" the laws of Nature and who are we to take a
    decision on "how" Nature should and should not behave?

    Before answering any of my questions did you know that presently there are many experiments that corroborate what Ponds and Fleishman had observed?

    At a very serious and renown American school, the MIT, a course is given by two scientists.
    Dr. Peter Hagelstein and Dr. Mitchell Swartz have the courage to give lectures on LANR
    (Lattice Activated Nuclear Reactions). Nothing official or yet credited by the MIT be reassured... ("establishment" has to be very very careful when such a TABOO subject is openly developed). Take a look for yourself. It is the MIT IAP Course on LANR
    Very instructive videos ca be seen at:


    Why can't we admit that we do not know everything and foresee that a new domain of physics is about to emerge?

    Thank you.
  • Stuart J. McIntosh on April 06 2014 said:
    In my Social Tennis Club a well known nuclear physicist of Russian origin was highly amused at my interest in the subject wondering about radiation evidence from it.

    I being a layman only care about energy IN and energy OUT ; that the latter exceeds the former by a nice margin....AND better still that its benign.

    Solar and Wind are renewable but their down times hurt.....may even be FATAL ??
  • Anon on July 05 2014 said:
    Maurice Daignault, that's not an MIT class that's just a conference held at MIT.
  • Mike Plaisant on October 14 2014 said:
    Yes it is a course. A really interesting course about Lattice Activated Nuclear Reactions in fact. Thank you Mr. Daignault for your comment on this interesting topic.
  • Luigi Nonsenzo & His X-Ray Chick on October 16 2014 said:
    If it really is the case that Rossi transferred all IP to Industrial Heat, what in god's name was he doing interfering with the October 2014 "independent" test in person?

    It's a scam.
  • Zachary Bachmutsky on November 21 2014 said:
    In Israel is company which more than 30 years ago had developed low potential turbine to produce electricity from geothermal source . This system will be good for E-Cat device , because it works at low temperatures . It is needed a check !

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