On the Journal of Nuclear Physics today Andrea Rossi was asked about what he thought the effects of his work might be on competitors — and what kinds of progress might be made in the field LENR field by others.
It is impossible to answer to your question, or, at least, I am not able to. I do not know what the competition will do. One thing I am sure of is that from competition will rise more convenience for the market. Remember: ” In mercatu veritas “. I know that giants are already working to compete with us: Shell, Mitsubishi, MIT, Volvo, ABB, NASA…and I am strongly honoured to have inspired, in some way, their work; to be clear: should I have not broken the ice in three years of public work, since January 2011, none of these Entities would have taken seriously LENR in the measure they are taking them now. Is it not true? At the cost of tremendous fights that also involved personal issues that have nothing to do with my work, but still have consumed time and energies. Anything has been tried to kill our work, without substantial effects, though ( thanks to God). Our Team is stronger than ever.
I think it’s fair for him to say that without his entering the public arena in January 2011 there would be much less public interest in LENR than there is now. Just as an example, I certainly would not have launched this site were it not for the first public demonstration by Rossi and Focardi. I had a passing interest in cold fusion before that event, but it was the fact that Rossi was working in the kilowatt levels with the E-Cat that really got me interested because there seemed to be potential for the E-Cat to be incorporated in useful marketable products.
Many others have felt the same way — and from what Rossi says here, that includes some big corporations, universities and government agencies who, from the sound of things, have started up their own research and development programs in the LENR field.
I expect this competition to grow. If and when a positive third party report is published, I think it will get wide attention, and if the overall consensus is that LENR is a useful and superior form of energy production, those who ignore it will be left behind. To remain competitive, companies will have to adapt to a new reality or run the risk of quickly becoming dinosaurs — and it appears that the race to remain relevant has already begun.