For the last six months, many of us have been waiting in hope for the promised research contract between Andrea Rossi’s company and The University of Bologna to be actioned. The lure of independent tests coupled with the long association with the academic bastion through Professors Focardi and Levi lent a level of credibility to the eCat which appears to have been a mirage.
Confirming the cancellation to Steven Krivit, it seems that AR’s recent announcement of independent research through two unnamed universities will not include that Italian establishment.
At a cost of €500,000, the plan was to have been to sell the 1MW plant and then use some of the proceeds to fund this research. However, when the money did not appear, the University set a date of January as a default deadline to call it a day.
Recently, Rossi told us that they were a well-fuelled warship. If true, poverty cannot be the problem.
It is tempting to assume there was never any intention to pay the money or deliver an eCat for independent testing and I have no doubt that this latest revelation will reinforce the pessimistic views of hard and reasonable sceptics alike. It is certainly not good news, if Krivit’s report is correct.
However, I would caution against assuming doom as much as I would avoid donning rose-tinted glasses and spinning this as good news in disguise. If claims for the eCat are solid, then Rossi is riding a monster. If we suspend disbelief then he has plenty of money and a partner helping him to gear up for a million unit factory. That position is far from the one he talked of only a few weeks ago. Things are moving fast – changing fast. Perhaps his focus is elsewhere. Perhaps he has proven himself to powerful people and perhaps he is taking advice and making new alliances.
Speculation is easy but we are all likely to come up with a mix of wrong answers. I am dissapointed and concerned about the threads beginning to show but in the scheme of things it is simply another itch that Defkalion may or may not be about to scratch. In the spirit of seperating tech from business, we are long past the point where little else matters beyond solid proof. It might make sense for Dr Rossi to play this dance of veils but the same cannot be said of Defkalion. If they deliver, the superposition of truths will collapse to one and if not… the other truth will begin to take shape whether we like it or not.
I remain hopeful but longing for something solid to cling on to.
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