Thanks to Julian Becker for finding this important news report from the Chinese Icebank web site about the establishment of a Nickel-Hydrogen Research Center in the Tianjin Huayuan Industrial Park in Tianjin, China. Tom Darden, CEO of Cherokee Investment Partners and Chairman of Industrial Heat, LLC was present at the opening ceremony held on April 16, 2014. Other officials mentioned as being present are:
“Academy of Science and Technology Development researcher Dr. Zhao Gang, chairman of green low-carbon energy planning Dean / High Energy Investment Group Daisi Jia Ling; U.S. representative package: California legislators Travis Allen, California parliamentary Chinese affairs adviser, JD Jeff Leader, Triangle Park, North Carolina”
The reasons for the establishment of the research center given are for both the environmental and economic benefits that nickel-hydrogen reactions provide. The article stresses the importance of the cooperation between the US and Chinese parties as follows (Google translated):
Tom Darden’s research 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 applications in full compliance with China’s 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. Tom Darden as nickel-generation reactor technology representatives, will be free to put this technology transfer from the U.S. to China.
This seems to be an important development in Industrial Heat’s strategy of developing partnerships to roll out E-Cat technology. Darden apparently reported research findings at the meeting, as the article mentions that “final report of the pilot phase of the nickel reaction showed low temperature reaction of nickel is currently the lowest cost power generation technology and abundant raw material resources, alternative energy technologies.”
I wonder if Darden presented results of internal testing that Industrial Heat has been conducting — or if he is referring to other reports, such as the Levi report from last year. I would doubt that he presented the report from the independent testers that we are waiting for. Anyway, there seems to be a lot of serious interest in the E-Cat in China — but as usual no mention of this development in western press sources.