Are you vulnerable to scam artists? Can you tell a scam artist from the genuine article? Well, let’s see what you think about the latest offering from Andrea Rossi. Andrea Rossi, an Italian inventor with a criminal history of running scams, claims that he has discovered an inexpensive way to produce unlimited energy by using cold fusion with what he calls an E-Cat (energy catalyzer). If his claims are true, his newest offering could change the entire world’s energy concerns to naught. In fact, they could be altered in just the time it would take to buy this nifty little device. So what does this man claim he has discovered and how has he convinced a small group of researchers that his invention is valid?
What Mr. Rossi is claiming is that, using a very limited amount of energy, he can produce electricity. For this low-energy nuclear reaction (LENR) to happen, he says that it is possible using only a small amount of ordinary nickel, hydrogen gas, and a “secret ingredient.” He further states that the energy he does use will boil water, turning it into steam, which in turn will be used to power giant turbines that will produce the needed electricity. Additionally, again according to Mr. Rossi, this new process will not produce any radioactive material, thus eliminating the need to dispose of the radioactive material produced as a byproduct of today’s nuclear power plants.
Sound too good to be true? I thought so, especially when the Italian inventor further claimed that his invention would totally eliminate the need for fossil fuels and put the oil companies out of business. You will have to be the judge but, when I first read this statement, I was skeptical since I could not imagine that the production of oil could be totally eliminated — if for no other reason than that oil would still be needed as a lubricant. Yes, I know about synthetic lubricants, which I personally use in my car, but the fact remains that oil is still the king of lubricants.
When the device was demonstrated to a small audience of 40 scientists and journalists in January of last year, Francesco Celani, a physicist in attendance, took measurements of its output to confirm its validity. Later, Celani was able to present his findings to the 16th International Conference on Cold Fusion a few months later. In his presentation, Celani stated that the device had produced almost 15 to 20 times more energy than it had consumed.
If all of this is true, it would mean that Rossi’s invention could be akin to a bona fide miracle, offering significant amounts of energy that physicists have been trying to find since the beginning of the nuclear age. However, despite its possibilities, remaining skeptics state that they find it impossible to believe that a lone inventor could have developed such a system from a warehouse located in Bologna, Italy. Of course, this skepticism is due in part to Mr. Rossi’s history that branded him as a scam artist when a previous scheme involving incinerating trash for energy failed, resulting in many investors losing money. However, the only crimes that Rossi has ever been charged with were tax fraud and environmental dumping. Both of these were later dropped.
Is this E-Cat energy box the real thing or just another scam? Until we actually see a real cold fusion device that produces huge amounts of energy, I remain a skeptic. However, thrown into the mix is the fact that other physicists are supporting Mr. Rossi’s theory and recognize his invention as being true. The unfortunate thing about all of this is that, if Rossi’s claims are just another scam, people could be bilked out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. But what about you? Do you think that what Mr. Rossi claims to have invented is real, or do you think that, as some people claim, his invention is merely another scam?
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