Those of us interested in the eCat (and many who passionately follow the subject) are puzzled by its lack of media attention. One way or another, this is likely to change in the near future. The latest addition to the small crop of mainstream documentary makers giving it space comes from Holland With thanks to Peswiki for the lead). There are a few interviews in English and the programme is not dedicated to Andrea Rossi’s eCat. Nevertheless, it is a significant and serious snip and perhaps a sign of things to come. The tone is cautious and, at this stage, exactly as it should be.
Unless you speak Dutch (in which case we’d love to hear from you in the comments section!) the most interesting part comes at 2020 via an interview with Professor Kullander.
The following transcript is from that interview:
Since I don’t know exactly what’s in the box – I know it is a Nickel powder, I know it is Hydrogen but it’s also something else which we were not told what it is. I just calculate how much energy you can get with a chemical reaction and this would clearly be impossible to be reproduced chemically. For example to produce the same mount of energy you would need 3,000 cubic centimetre oil – 3 litre oil – and the box is only 50cm3 so I exclude any chemical process to take place. And the only other alternative would be nuclear. So my physicist side tells me that this cannot happen. On the other hand I have been there. I have witnessed 40 litre of water goes through and becomes vapour.and I have seen it We have measured the water. I trusted several of colleagues in Bologna who have followed it also and who have repeatedly verified this so there are two sides to it. So either I have to understand some new physics that goes on inside this box or there will be something wrong in the measurements. So something additional of knowledge to me have to come before I can be completely sure and I think it is so radical and changes so much the way people can consume energy in the future that you must be 100, 110, 120% sure that this is correct.
Cold fusion starts around 14.15 and Rossi around 2015.
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To hardened skeptics, the scientist’s words are likely to sound like backpedaling and to the eternal optimist he will be seen as cheer-leading Rossi but I think that a careful study of this segment is instructive and highlights one of the many reasons that this thing is so damned interesting. He is not reflecting the cynic’s view but that of a cautious observer. What he has seen and measured impressed him and confounds current understanding. He acknowledges that more data is needed and that trust has to be removed from the quation but he does not appear to be a man trying to squirm away from previously rash statements. From all reports, he and Essen maintain their active interest in Rossi’s eCat and this interview reminds us why.