Some great sleuthing by E-Cat World reader ‘Mr. Moho’ has turned up more information about the Cherokee Investment Partnership involvement with the E-Cat. An article on a Chinese site called Icebank.cn, (apparently a refrigeration company) provides more information about Cherokee Investment Partners CEO Thomas Darden’s recent visit to China in connection with his involvement with the newly formed company Industrial Heat LLC.
It must be noted that the information gleaned has come from a Google translation of the article, and so some of the quotes and details may be a little confusing, but I think the general gist of the story is quite clear.
The meeting was apparently held for Cherokee CEO (and Industrial Heat Chairman) Tom Darden to report to Chinese officials and business personnel about the E-Cat. The article says that he met with “the president of the National Academy of planning a low-carbon energy” — who would have to be a government official. From the article it appears that Mr. Darden reported on test results:
Tests also showed that the nickel energy generation has very good prospects in addition to the economic costs, in the field of environmental protection also has a unique huge advantage. Nickel reaction process, there will be no emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants, will not produce radioactive material, but also do not need coal or oil and other fossil fuels . . .
Mr. Thomas’s [Darden's] team in the field of power generation reaction of nickel has many years of experience, both sides in respect of technical co-operation in the Chinese market application is fully in line with our industry-oriented and advantages, can unleash America’s most sophisticated technological advantage, hoping the two sides ordered the pace of cooperation and achieve mutual benefit and win-win.
We have been looking at a possible Cherokee-E-Cat connection over the last couple of days here, and this latest information leaves very little doubt that Cherokee Investment Partners is the American ‘Partner’ that Rossi has been talking about for so long, and that they have now set up a new entity — Industrial Heat LLC — as some kind of vehicle for developing the E-Cat technology. It seems clear now that Cherokee has witnessed testing and is confident enough to start a marketing and fundraising push.
On a broader scale, this outreach to China is a very interesting development. Cherokee has long worked in China, so Mr. Darden has plenty of connections there. It would seem China’s command economy, if the government really gets on board with the E-Cat, would be able to diffuse the technology much faster than in many western countries where there are many competing interests and lobbies, with many legal, regulatory and economic barriers to something so radically new as the E-Cat. In China, if those in power want something to happen, they usually find a way to make it happen. If China does lead the way, it will be interesting to see how the rest of the world would respond — who would want to be left in the dust, if China turns to a clean, green, and superior energy source?
Yesterday I think the evidence for Cherokee’s involvement with the E-Cat was convincing — today it is much stronger. The E-Cat has a company with influence and experience to help bring it to the world. A perusal of Cherokee’s web site provides lots of interesting information about their connections and influence. In particular Tom Darden is very close to American designer Bill McDonough who has prolific portfolio working with major companies and countries. He may be an important ally for Cherokee in promoting the E-Cat and helping to break down institutional barriers.
I wonder when we will hear from Cherokee Investment Partners directly about their plans. So far they have been publicly silent about their involvement, and they may feel it is in their best interest to remain that way.