On one level, the confusion surrounding the University of Bologna’s eCat research is a small detail that no one should sweat over but an eCat in the hands of respected academics would send a strong signal to those outide the circle of priviledge surrounding the inventor. A long published intent, reports of the cancellation of the relevant research contract appeared to indicate a change of heart and caused the smuggest of cynics to sneer a told-you-so.
Following today’s confirmation from Radio Metropolitana and AR’s denial, Mats Lewan at Ny Teknik reports that a new research deal is being worked out in collaboration with National Instruments and Rossi. If this comes to pass, it turns the story on its head. In one swoop we move from Krivit’s negative spin on the issue to solid evidence that Rossi is more than one of NI’s nameless customers – merely buying some kit from them. The devil will be in the detail but NI is not stupid. It knows the controversy surrounding the eCat and cold fusion. This may have turned from a minor stir of mud to a genuine boost of confidence for those waiting for the other shoe to drop.
It is tempting to wonder if this move is in response to Defkalion’s recent invite for independent testers but this is not likely something dreamed up overnight. No matter – NI’s apparent involvement would also boost confidence in AR’s other claims regarding that company. It would then be easy to imagine a succession of positive dominoes slamming one after the other to knock a chunk of mud from the eCat’s gleaming surface.
As is the norm in this drama, it’s too early to call but I am hoping for good news. I do not blame AR for being secretive and agree with others that he needs to play this game with whatever tools he can muster. It could be that – even if the timing of this development turns out be coincidental – competition from DGT or others might force this thing into the open. If so, and once in motion, things could start moving fast.
Ny Teknik’s article is here:
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