For many years whenever he spoke about the commercial development of the E-Cat, Andrea Rossi seemed to have a go-it-alone attitude, but lately there have been signals that Leonardo Corporation will be willing to cooperate with other companies in certain circumstances. Today, on the Journal of Nuclear Physics, Rossi made a comment in a response to a question that goes farther than I can recall in showing openness to working with other companies in the commercialization of E-Cat technology:
Dear Andrea Rossi:
Are you not worried of the titanic dimensions of the competitors that are looming ?
February 27, 2016 at 8:41 AM
We are making a tremendous job and it will be so difficult to compete against us, that it will be less expensive and dangerous to find an agreement with us. We will be open to agreements as well as hard to be pushed away. We are ready. F9.
Perhaps the influence of Tom Darden and others in his circle has been working on Rossi. Tom Darden advocated this cooperative approach in his speech at the ICCF19 conference in Padua last year (see here) when he said:
I know that some of you have felt that business are, and have been adversarial to your work. I understand that. But recall that commerce has long proven to be primary agent of change in every technical endeavor. We engage with the large companies and we all need them to achieve ubiquity for your ideas. We want to work in a collaborative way with many more large companies, and we want to help others do that.
If the E-Cat technology turns out to be as revolutionary as Rossi is indicating these days, I think it will be very likely that there will be many companies interested in incorporating it into their products, and it seems that the door is now open for discussions on how to do this.