German Spiegel Online Features Rossi & E-Cat

Spiegel Online, A major German news outlet has a feature article by Ralph Diermann about Andrea Rossi and the E-Cat in its science section today. Translated into English, the title is “Dubious Invention: Mr. Rossi and his Wonder Reactor”, and it provides a reasonably balanced picture of the E-Cat, including comments from proponents and detractors.

The author contacted some scientists working in the ‘hot’ fusion fields who stated that Andrea Rossi could not possibly be achieving nuclear fusion within his system based on the currently understood laws of physics. One scientist stated that what Rossi does belongs in the category of charlatanism.

On the other hand, the author quotes Hanno Essén, and Bo Höistad, both of whom participated in the 2012-2013 3rd Party testing. Essén states that “We think it is very, very unlikely that the test runs have been manipulated . . . As far as we can tell, there were no interventions that have our central results can influence.” Höistad mentions that he found the test results so extraordinary that he asked for further testing under more extreme conditions (probably a reference to the current round of 3rd party testing).

As has been typical of much mainstream coverage of the E-Cat to date, the conclusion of the article is noncommittal. The article ends:

If Rossi’s reactor actually should reliably generate heat, the human dream of clean, cheap and inexhaustible energy would be true. If he does not, Rossi deserves at least respect for another achievement: that he has successfully led the public and some scientists around by the nose for a long time.

  • http://www.lenrnews.eu/lenr-summary-for-policy-makers/ AlainCo

    German today have a good English… better than French (improving anyway). I did not dare to write in German… I have enough problems with English and French, not to wound another mother language.

  • GreenWin

    Isabella Milch, speaking for the Max Planck Inst. Plasma Physics opens the door to the inevitable revision of physics, with the statement:

    “If
    the generally accepted laws of physics describe nature correctly, in
    these systems ‘cold fusion’ is not possible.”
    One can then reasonably assume the generally accepted laws of physics, the same laws unable to describe, measure or observe dark matter comprising 96% of the universe – are incomplete at best.

    LENR opens the door to an entirely new body of research and development in hard sciences. This means jobs. But before the jobs materialize, there will have to be some hard to admit apologies from our institutions of higher learning, and our governments. We must be rigorously honest about this.

  • Pekka Janhunen

    The long-awaited Elforsk report seems to be out (60 pages), http://www.elforsk.se/Rapporter/?rid=13_90_ Haven’t read it yet though…

    • Fortyniner

      The summary in English seems rather non-commital:

      “Summary

      Are we on the verge of a new era when it comes to environmental
      and sustainable power generation? Is there anything new coming
      up around the corner, which could revolutionize our way in
      generating heat and electricity and driving tomorrow’s vehicles?
      Those are the questions that have arisen owing to the field Low
      Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR) again has been shown attention.

      This report is an overview of the field Low Energy Nuclear Reactions
      or what it sometimes is called Cold Fusion. Devices and
      arrangements, which are declared to be based on the LENR
      technology, are now beginning to being demonstrated at some
      different locations in the world. The energy efficiency of those
      devices is said to substantially exceed the supplied energy needed
      to start and stabilize the process. If this is right – which is in
      question by many – we are confronted with the unexpected, that
      there is perhaps a new process which by far surpasses conventional
      fuel based energy conversion. Furthermore the devices are said to
      work without any appreciable environmental disadvantage. Or are
      those results now being shown consequences of error
      measurements and wishful thinking?”

      http://www.elforsk.se/Rapporter/?download=englishSummary&rid=13_90_

      • Fortyniner

        The PDF is too big for Google, but this is their translation of the list of contents for the report (with some slight edits):

        Contents
        1 Introduction 1
        1.1 Is there a new kind of energy conversion ……………………………………. …… 1
        1.2 How it all started ……………………………………… ………………………….. 2
        1.3 A controversial research ………………………………………. …………………… 3
        2 Forms of State on LENR 4
        2.1 What is meant by LENR technology? ………………………………………….. …………. 4
        2.2 What are explanatory models ? ………………………………………….. …………. 6
        2.2.1 Explanatory models on ball lightning and other plasmoids ……… 7
        2.2.2 Some Explanatory models around ultracold neutrons ………………… 8
        2.2.3 Other explanatory mechanisms around low – energy fusion ……………….. 9
        2.2.4 Rydberg and Bose-Einstein – state elements in nuclear reactions ………. 10
        2.2.5 Hidetsugu Ikegami hypothesis of pycnonuclear fusion ……………… 12
        2.3 How much is spent on LENR developments ? ………………………………………. 13
        2.3.1 R & D efforts within the academic world and the authorities … 13
        2.3.2 R & D in companies …………………………………….. …………………… 14
        2.4 Ongoing research in the LENR field …………………………………….. ….. 15
        2.4.1 Credibility of practical experiments ……………………………………. .. 16
        2.5 EU research ………………………………………. ………………………………….. 17
        2.6 State of commercialisation………………………………………. ………………….. 18
        2.7 Applications of interest ………………………………………. …………………… 20
        3 Validated energy systems 21
        3.1 Validated plasma equipment ……………………………………….. ………………. 21
        3.2 ” validated ” nickel-hydrogen LENR plants …………………………………. …. 22
        3.2.1 E-Cat Leonardo Corporation …………………………………… ……….. 22
        3.2.2 Hyperion Defkalion Green Technologies ………………………………. 24
        3.2.3 BEC Brillouin BoilerTMBrillouin Corp. . ……………………………………. 25
        3.2.4 CIHT cell – BlackLight Power ………………………………….. ……. 26
        3.2.5 NANORTM Jet Energy …………………………………….. ……………… 28
        4 Possible applications of LENR technology 29
        4.1 Electricity and Heat ……………………………………… ……………………. 29
        4.2 Automotive Applications ………………………………………… ……………………… 29
        4.3 Aerospace and Space Applications ………………………………………. ………………… 30
        4.4 Transmutation of Radioactive Waste ……………………………………… ……….. 31
        4.5 Consumer Products ………………………………………… ……………………… 32
        5 Questions Concerning the Utility (of LENR)…………… 33
        5.1 Market Scenarios ………………………………………… …………………………. 34
        5.2 Environmental and safety issues ………………………………………. …………………… 35
        5.2.1 Unrecognized negative characteristics …………………………………….. ……. 36
        5.2.2 Security ………………………………………. …………………… 37
        6 Conclusions 38
        6.1 Where does the research on LENR technology today ? ………………………………… 38
        6.2 Where is the explanation / why ? ………………………………………….. ………….. 38
        6.3 Where are the biggest challenges ? ………………………………………….. …. 39
        7 References 40
        ELFORSK
        7.1 Articles, reports and minutes …………………………………….. …………….. 40
        7.2 Website Hosting ………………………………………… …………………………………… 44
        8 Appendix 47
        8.1 Patents ………………………………………… ………………………………………… 47
        8.1.1 U.S. ………………………………………. …………………………………. 47
        8.1.2 Asia ………………………………………. ………………………………… 48
        8.1.3 Europe ………………………………………. ……………………………… 48

        It seems to be a very detailed overview of the current state of CF development, but may not contain much that hasn’t been thoroughly chewed over here and on Vortex.

        • GreenWin

          Peter, thanks! This is yet another milestone in the not so long road to LENR. Not so long as… ahem, hot fusion that is. If you check my link to the Swedish Energy Board membership, this Report will stimulate Swedish/EU utilities to consider LENR in their service offerings. The commercial tact seems to be the key.

  • Daniel Maris

    Sounds encouraging.

  • SiriusMan

    Finally, a mainstream news outlet covering the E-Cat story!

    I am not even upset that the tone of the article is so mixed between positive/negative. Anything to raise the curiosity of the general public is good in my view. Hopefully some inquisitive readers will now go and look into this LENR thing further…

    One thing that is kind of strange about this article is the complete absence of any context…no mention of cold fusion, 1989 F&P, nor any mention of all the recent LENR activity. It paints Rossi as a lone inventor who has built a ‘fusion reactor’. I wonder if that was deliberate or more simply due to space constraints (or perhaps a general lack of knowledge on the part of the author)?

    • http://www.lenrnews.eu/lenr-summary-for-policy-makers/ AlainCo

      yes, but very uninformed and very negative reaction…

      Pomp&eriksson are cited much and Bo Hoistad answer is cleanly ignored as usual…

      Is it on Wikipedia?
      of course they forgot to put ibtimes!

      this level of lack of honesty is shocking.

      • tombuktu

        Hello AlainCo,
        thank you for your good work on the SPIEGEL-forum/-blog along to that article.
        As german I feel ashamed of the ignorance of Max-Planck-Institute.
        I hope in the end they feel ashamed by their own ignorance.

        But there is one thing I want to say about the online presence of cold fusion here in Germany. Most of the people who show positive interest in cold fusion are also interested in
        conspiracy (dark forces rule the world secretly and all politicians are remote controlled by “them”, etc.).In addition Rossi’s reputation is not the best, because of his early years.
        So if you say “cold fusion” and you argue with “Rossi”, your only “friends” are the weirdos from the conspiracy-alien-group. I don’t know how many people think I am a weirdo too, since I sometimes say that cold fusion is not dead.

        Tom

        • GreenWin

          Tom, it is near impossible to hide the history of abuse of cold fusion R&D. As a result, along with the good news of LENR, humans will have to accept the reasons for its ridicule and delay in reaching market. This is not conspiracy. It is the work of a few, influential, greed-driven characters who are deeply corrupt. Nothing new, really.

          • http://www.lenrnews.eu/lenr-summary-for-policy-makers/ AlainCo

            history , if you follow what Kuhn and taleb say, will forget all and rewrite a linear care bear history…
            F&P will be evil greedy scientist who delayed LENr recognition, like Brockris fraudster, Rossi bandit… and all will be done by MIT who have seen the reality since the beginning.

            • Alan DeAngelis

              Yes, Winston Smith will be working overtime.

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osDfe_fiLoM

              • GreenWin

                Ah yes… re-written history will be the villain’s escape route. Except for digital cache. Which lies hidden, far from NSA, MI5, CCP and other snoopers. It is not even formally digital, but more Akashic, making rewrites and weaseling of the guilty rather impossible. 🙁

                • http://www.lenrnews.eu/lenr-summary-for-policy-makers/ AlainCo

                  hum… Im agraid digital memory will be ignored like LENr evidence are today.

                  usual method to hide a fact is first to ignore it…
                  You have media and academics to rewrite all…

                  see how LENR is ALREADY rewritten.

                  no limit. we will learn real LENR history when the academic will need it.
                  I have seen many elements of French history rewritten according to the political context… napoleon, Vercingetorix,Jeanne d’Arc, Louis 14/15/16

    • Fortyniner

      Perhaps he should have read the Elforsk report before displaying his ignorance in print. Maybe he will do so now it is available, although so far only in Swedish (as might be expected).

  • gbas3 gbas3

    the people forgot that behind Mr Rossi there was Prof. Sergio Focardi. One of the most important experts in nuclear physics of the twentieth century. This alone would be enough to have a few doubts about the consistency of E-CAT