E-Cat Covered on New Zealand TV

3 News is a major commercial TV news channel in New Zealand and on Wednesday covered the Lugano report, and included an interview with Auckland University of Technology professor Allan Blackman.

The coverage is not in-depth, and fairly typical of what one would expect from a TV show. Professor Blackman is unconvinced, comparing Rossi’s story to  the Fleischmann and Pons affair 25 years ago, and talking about the unlikelihood of achieving fusion at room temperatures.

One aspect of the story that they got wrong was saying that Rossi is asking for money, and is taking orders online. That’s not true — you can go to ecat.com and sign up on a list indicating your interest in e-cat products, but no money is being asked for. This is what they say:

“ECAT.com will provide answers to inquires from potential customers and collect non-binding orders for the first ECAT products. Due to the high expected demand, orders will be put on a waiting list. Delivery to be announced. – See more at: http://ecat.com/#sthash.uaPgw2n0.dpuf

The video clip and accompanying story can be found here:

http://www.3news.co.nz/world/scientist-claims-to-have-mastered-cold-fusion-2014101510

TV clip from YouTube (thanks, Facelpalm)

  • builditnow

    The report was pleasantly positive, for a major news organization, with the usual inaccuracies.
    I think the NZ professor is correct, publication in a respected peer reviewed magazine could well kick the awareness of the E-Cat to up to the point where the Lame Street Media could feel safe to mention it.

    I’ve seen comments that the E-Cat report has been presented to The Journal of Physics D for publication.

    I wonder if the Chief Editor of The Journal of Physics D has a connection with the team.
    Editor-in-Chief Professor Giorgio Margaritondo École Polytechnique, Lausanne, Switzerland
    http://iopscience.iop.org/0022-3727/page/Editorial%20Board

    Also, other members of the Editorial Board.
    A Fontcuberta i Morral École Polytechnique, Lausanne, Switzerland
    U Röthlisberger École Polytechnique, Lausanne, Switzerland

  • MasterBlaster7

    Yah, thats about what I expected it to be. The science guy was getting a lot of things wrong too. Protect the patents? what patents? there cant be patents in the US due to the special patent office rules against cold fusion. It is a trade secret. There are a lot of other little things like this, but it is to be expected…and I still like the Kiwi’s. What this really shows is that a working commercial prototype is needed to push these walls down.

    • jousterusa

      I would quibble on just one point: “What this really shows is…” What it really shows is what happens when the normal reporting environment is not corrupted. All of the major news outlets in America should have reported something, even if only what the Kiwis did.

  • Gerrit

    They might be referring to ecataustralia.com the company by Roger Green. On that website there is a big “reserve your unit now” button. That might look a bit too shady for a lot of people.

    • Ophelia Rump

      If you are a reporter you should push the button and see what happens.
      It is no excuse for shoddy years old reprint reporting for a new report.

  • Facepalm
    • ecatworld

      Thanks, Facepalm. I have added this to the post.

  • Bob Greenyer

    It is actually progress – people might give it a look and some will judge for themselves. In Australia, a nation that nearly uses more energy than any other per head, Coal production is one of the major exports – there are interests to preserve.

    • hempenearth

      Not to mention Australia has a third of the worlds known uranium reserves.

  • Teemu

    News coverage of the new report continues to be disappointing, but expected.

  • Andreas Moraitis

    I’ve missed the part about the money, since I could not start the video. The accompanying text looks not that bad to me. Possibly they are trying to hedge their bet. It is at least mainstream news, and it might encourage other journalists to report about the subject, hopefully somewhat more differentiating.