One of the currently interesting questions surrounding the E-Cat is what is going on at the University of Bologna in connection with it. There have been a few clues dropped recently which make the subject all the more intriguing.
First a little background. Andrea Rossi had said last year that he was going to be hiring the University to do some private research for him there. In January of this year, the physics department there issued a statement saying that a contract signed between Rossi and the department was terminated since Rossi did not make the agreed payment. However, in the same statement, the department said:
However, the Department of Physics has made available its experience and its equipment to carry out independent measurements on the production of heat by the equipment’s e-cat in order to provide an answer to the entire scientific community and the general public about the phenomenon. The measurement results will be published.
At that time, Mats Lewan of the Swedish science magazine NyTeknik published a quote of Andrea Rossi who said ““the work of the University of Bologna has already started with meetings together with National Instruments to prepare the whole system analysis.”
Fast forwarding to this week, we learned from Stefano Concezzi, director of National Instruments’ Science and Big Physics Segment that NI has sponsored a lab at the Bologna physics department for the study of LENR (maybe specifically the E-Cat). When Rossi was informed about Concezzi’s statement, he responded, “As I always said, we learnt from them and they have been very generous”
So there is seems to have been some kind ongoing relationship between NI, UniBO physics dept. and Andrea Rossi. I found the following analysis posted on this site from one of our readers, AB, interesting. Some further clues are provided.
I believe that University of Bologna is secretly conducting R&D on e-cats in collaboration with National Instruments.
A series of clues led me to believe this:
1) The first was a series of posts on facebook on the Sergio Focardi fan page in which a student at UniBo mentioned that radiation detection equipment was being calibrated in preparation for e-cat testing.
2) I then read some comments on an Italian skeptics blog frequented by some UniBo staff where a poster admitted there had been a second, secret e-cat R&D contract after the first contract fell through. He wasn’t sure whether it had become active but assumed so since there wouldn’t be a any point preparing the detectors otherwise.
A couple of months passed.
3) Stefano Concezzi from National Instruments stated that they have sponsored LENR research at UniBo. Passerini claimed that this research was directed by Prof. Levi, who was closely involved with Rossi in several e-cat tests.
4) On the same Italian skeptics blog, a poster claimed that Stefano Concezzi was lying in regards to LENR testing at UniBo. A second poster then responded to him “You don’t understand, there is no general LENR research at UniBo but research on … specifically.”
5) All this made me curious, so I asked Rossi directly whether there was e-cat R&D at UniBo sponsored by NI. He deleted my question from his blog, which suggests that it is sensitive. The only way this question differs from Stefano Concezzi’s statement however is by the word “e-cat” instead of “LENR”.
What comes of all this remains to be seen. It is not clear whether there is any connection between the 600C E-Cat testing and what might be happening in Bologna. But there does seem to be something afoot. We will be watching and waiting for sure.