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Third Party Tests Prove Rossi’s E-Cat HT2 Works

An independent test report of Andrea Rossi’s E-Cat HT2 is available at the Cornell University Library archive.  The team, seemingly led by Hanno Essén of the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden included four collaborators from Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden with Mr. Rossi’s old friend Giuseppe Levi of Bologna University and Evelyn Foschi of Bologna Italy.

The team collected data over two experimental runs lasting 96 and 116 hours, respectively.  Anomalous heat production was indicated in both experiments.  It would appear fairly conclusively the E-Cat HT2 works.

Using the most conservative assumptions as to the errors in the measurements, the result is energy production still one order of magnitude greater than conventional energy sources and could be as high a three orders of magnitude.

E-Cat HT2 Test Apparatus March of 2013.

Related article: What’s Happened to Andrea Rossi and his E-Cat?

As noted the independent test was run with people quite familiar to Mr. Rossi.  This is no particular surprise.  It is in fact to be expected, both the need for expertise as well as familiarity.  None of the real world circumstances are going to satisfy the skeptics, critics and naysayers.  But the report paper is generously offered to anyone who cares to look and offers a quite thorough look at the protocols and procedures with worthwhile insight to the device and its performance.

The test is also noteworthy in that the financial support for the team came from and is credited to the private Alba Langenskiöld Foundation and commercial firm ELFORSK AB.  This too is not a surprise as close watchers have noted that the Swedes are following closely and have begun their effort to commercialize the technology.

The test set out to determine if the E-Cat HT2 is a net energy producer.  The test design is patterned on an open flame method where the measurements are of radiated heat rather than immersion in water for a convection transfer.  This method makes no assumptions about the nature of the E-Cat HT2 reaction or the contents of the reactor.  Thus no conditions are made for the presumed LENR or Cold Fusion activity, the heat is measured the same way you would measure an electrically heated cylinder or a gas flame combusting inside a cylinder.

The test result paper has come out a little over a month after the event.  The test took place at Rossi’s facility in Italy.  The apparatus used was provided by the test team.

It’s a pretty clean test.  Of course lots of folks can poke holes, but the team, its financial backers and interested commercial interests got what they wanted.

Related article: Nuclear Fusion – Possible at Last?

The cleanliness is important.  Using the test to determine the source of the energy output would only complicate the protocols.  The point wasn’t how, rather a simple “does it or does it not”.  Why bother with the how until you have a concrete “it does.”

That leads to the news that the next test experiment, which is expected to start in the summer of 2013 and last about six months, is to be a long-term performance test of the E-Cat HT2. That test will be crucial for further attempts to unveil the origin of the heat phenomenon observations.

Rossi has enough prescience to grasp that commercial use has to lead the science research needed to gain understanding.  Surely the established science community is watching, but established science works on well, established science, where expertise and depth of understanding can delve further into the particular fields.


Cold Fusion got blown as soon as labels were applied from familiar fields, which threatened the established knowledge.  It’s a sorry situation when human nature needs to associate the new with the old fails and drag the wholly new into science oblivion.

Cold Fusion, LENR or other labels are all addressing a basic truth – it’s a new field, fantastically exciting, packed with potential, and the most compellingly interesting thing since germs and radiation.

By. Brian Westenhaus

Source: http://newenergyandfuel.com/http:/newenergyandfuel/com/2013/05/22/the-rossi-e-cat-ht2-test-report/

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  • Anne on May 23 2013 said:
    Time for Champaign....!
  • AlainCo on May 23 2013 said:
    Good news, but the pathoskeptics will never be satisfied...
    they still imagine conspiracy... ask publication in magazine like Science where Cold Fusion is explicitely forbidden... ask for opening the reactor... for self-sustain...

    Thomas Kuhn convinces me (tructure of Scientific revolution), that scientist wont be alble to accept LENR until there is a theory that explain all perfectly.

    Progress will happen through the businessmen
  • Roger Bird on May 23 2013 said:
    Observation trumps theory. A new economic and energy has begun.
  • decent on May 24 2013 said:
    In modern times it is very unlikely that someone could accidentally discover anything, like it was during Edisson days. Like it happened with Marconi. We know what kind of effort was put in for the first chain reaction in both theory developement and materials developement before it produced any result. And now suddenly just combining Nickel and hydrogen produces cold fusion? It is hard to believe that without any theoretical background suddenly cold fusion was discovered. While the whole scientist community has searched for it for decades. I hope that these scientist at least knew what they were experimenting with. Their efforts must have been directed by at least some theory. By now I have not seen any theory yet. Einstein developed his theory long before scientist were able to observe its effects. And not vice versa. And the same happened with Higgs boson.

    So, whatever theory lies behind E-cat it must be fit into existing and proved particle theories. And atomic weak forces aren't something that we see in action every day or can experiment with so easy.
  • Roger Bird on May 24 2013 said:
    decent, you are standing back, way back, and making a decision about something you know exactly zip about.
  • mazwa on May 25 2013 said:
    I've taken time to read the test report. The test, as reported, lacks crucial care that should have been taken to avoid doubts. And such a claim, of such a revolutionary discovery, should be tested way seriously.

    Assuming the scientists themselves are not part of some scam, the tests where performed according to Rossi's procedures - whitch, in fisrt place, where not the best way to do it, where not the best way to avoid doubts - and using Rossi's setup. Yes, the measurement equipament where provided by the "independent" scientists, but they where not the best choices, and they are not tamper proof!

    Thermal cameras, for example, depends heavily on calibration pre-procedures to yeld meaningfull results. The results could have been tampered in a number of ways. And the calibration where not flawless. One flaw that I can point out is the fact that emissivity calibration dots where good to low temperatures relative to test (see page 17 of the report). Emissivity may not be constant as temperature changes! And Blackbody radiation increases with T^4, so a mild error in the surface temperature determination can compromise the results.

    But the major flaw, or major weakness in the procedures, in my oppinion, is in the power measurement. The power source is a blackbox of unknown hardware, and it can fool the PCE-830 power meter. They say in the report it is "wide-band", but it is made for grid measurements, so it is "wide-band" only in grid measurement context. Manufacturer information says it's sample rate is 1024 times per period. Grid period is 60Hz, so sample rate is around 62KHz (manufacturer also informs that sensitiveness for disturbances is from 16µs, whitch is consistent with 62KHz sampling). This means any wave 2 times or above this frequency would pass through the power meter without detection!

    That would have been too easy!

    Intellectual property can be granted by patent registering, and such a cheap device for energy production, if proven, would grant instat and infinite fundig, for quick apprimoration and scale production. Rossi would instantly become the next Marc Zuckerberg. So why all this secrecy? Why not patenting it? Why not grantig scientifc communit the opportunity to perform better tests?

    No wonder why this device is not calling attention of the major media and the major energy investors.
  • Becktemba on May 27 2013 said:
    I will take a real Scientist Opinion over an uninformed Blogger any day. In any case there are a slew of papers online that can be read to see the natural progression of the experimentation and theory for those who have a scientific background. Also, there at lest three companies that are claiming that they are getting the same type of reactions. Those who are obsessed with discrediting Rossi are in good company with those in history that were pathological in their rejection of new ideas even in the face of mounting evidence.
  • Lonnie McVaigh on May 29 2013 said:
    I'm glad Andrea Rossi is taking the tests to the independent investors rather than the Physicist's and Scientist's. They are all about getting Government Grants at the Universities and few if any own their Research Privately... No skin in the game when your totally bought out!!!

    The Oil, Gas and Nuclear Fision Companies are not going to help develope something that is so much cheaper to lose business shares in the market either... This is going to be for those entry level investors like IPO's, (Initial Public Offering) who look to sweep away the Main Stream and long standing Cartel of old...

    However, some talk about diversification thru insider trading... (NI) National Instruments, Siemens and other developers are even dumping Solar now to build up a huge capital offering... That should do it, many Military Contractors who are more independent already have put in seed money... Now, it's a matter of time and direction with talk of DIY Kits for home owners and small business's...
  • James Watt on June 11 2013 said:
    Once MIT, University of Cambridge and University of Edinburgh have observed, tested and calibrated this technology I will listen, until them, its an unprovable idea only. Its call the scientific theory.
  • IggyDalryple on June 12 2013 said:
    Decent, you sound like Charles Holland Duell,former commissioner of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, who was purported to have said, "The US Patent Office should be shut down because everything worth inventing has already been invented."

    That quote, however, has been debunked because not even govt bureaucrats are that stupid....but the debunkers, most likely, had never met Mr Decent.
  • John De Herrera on June 12 2013 said:
    decent: "While the whole scientist community has searched for it for decades."
    The key to this technical development is that this is a whole NEW ENVIRONMENT - chemical OR nuclear reactions within the lattice of a metal? Where the metal (Ni) is infused with hydrogen, then heated, a catalyst is added, and pulsed energy is applied? We now have a tool to explore new reactions (energy, Transformations, neutralize radioactive waste). Perhaps many more discoveries will be made and we can usher in an Energy Era, with safe, low cost, abundant energy for everyone! jdh
  • russ george on June 21 2013 said:
    Rossi's connection to practical cold fusion energy fits perfectly in Sweden. Here's a link to why Sweden's district heating is ideally suited to cold fusion heat.


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