June 6, 2013 in Future
Events over the past couple of weeks have given me reason to watch Andrea Rossi’s work with renewed interest.
I’m not the only one.
After months of little to no information, everyone with an interest in the E-Cat is writing about the story of LENR.
Mark Gibbs, of Forbes, has written three stories since May 20.
- Finally! Independent Testing of Rossi’s E-Cat
- The E-Cat Testing Team – Real or Ringers?
- Rossi is a Fraud, No He’s Not
In addition to regular posts, the site has added static pages that define the technology and document everything that we know about it.
This has reignited debate over whether Rossi is a fraud or he has actually created an energy source that may work contrary to established laws of thermodynamics.
Critics cite Rossi’s secrecy as evidence that he hasn’t done anything special. They say they won’t believe until they have proof and they offer all types of theories regarding what may really be taking place.
They generally cling to the view that anything which violates established universal laws can’t be true.
Rossi says he understands their criticism. However, he won’t release an explanation of the technology until he has established his business.
In similar situations, the normal practice is to establish a patent.
However, this hasn’t been a possibility for Rossi.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has a policy of not issuing patents for cold-fusion related products until there is absolute proof it works.
Conspiracy theorists say this policy is how energy insiders control cold fusion and other controversial energy systems that could threaten their monopoly on the world’s power sources.
Whatever the motivation, the practical reality is that legal protection of Rossi’s technology is not yet possible in the United States, so the only viable means of trade protection for Rossi is secrecy.
With this in mind, Rossi is moving circumspectly.
He has selected a major partner to help him with the project and, as he alludes to in the email exchange recorded here, to protect him physically.
This need for physical protection is an indicator that Rossi is aware of what has typically happened to those who make significant progress with alternative energy sources.
This partner may serve other roles too.
Some have speculated his partner is helping him acquire the illusive patent should the third-party report be the proof the USPTO needs.
At this point, we can only imagine what they are.