The mainstream media organization "Fox News" has posted an article about the recent test and sale of Andrea Rossi's one megawatt cold fusion plant. It's great that they are covering the introduction of the E-Cat technology to the market, but the article could be more accurate.
If you have not read it already, Fox News has posted an article about the test and sale of the world's first one megawatt cold fusion E-Cat plant. Fox News should be commended for being one of the first mainstream media outlets to cover the historic launch of the cold fusion age. However, their article does not seem to be as well worded as it could be, and is not exactly accurate on all counts.
The first issue with the article is that early on it states scientists say cold fusion is impossible. This is not entirely accurate. The fact is many scientists say it is very possible, and some even claim it is an absolute reality. Over the last twenty years hundreds of scientists have been involved in cold fusion research, and thousands of successful cold fusion experiments have taken place. One example of a scientist who claims cold fusion is very possible, is Chief NASA scientist, Dennis Bushnell. He has went so far to state that cold fusion is perhaps the most promising of all cutting edge, alternative energy technologies. You can read an article about his statements, here.
As the article continues, it claims that many people in the scientific community have dismissed the technology. This is true to an extent, because many scientists are skeptical of breakthrough technologies that challenge the status quo. A good example of this is how there were scientists and engineers declaring that powered flight was impossible, weeks or months after the Wright Brothers few into the sky. However, there are many scientists and engineers that have witnessed demonstrations of the E-Cat technology over the last year, and came away impressed — convinced that the technology represents a novel new source of energy. Dr. Levi of the University of Bologna, Professor Christos Stremmenos, and Dr. Sergio Focardi are just a few names out of many experts that have praised the technology as being valid and real.
Next, the article gives a quote from a scientist who states that the E-Cat test should be treated as a hoax, until independent scientists are able to replicate the results. This statement is overlooking a few important issues. First, there have been many independent scientists witness and participate in tests of E-Cat units. Secondly, the test of the one megawatt plant was complete controlled by the expert engineer representing the customer who was purchasing the plant. If the engineer was not satisfied with the test — that he could conduct in any manner he wanted — he could have easily canceled the purchase. It is important to note however that in these tests Rossi has not allowed scientists to examine the inside of the tiny reactor cores, because inside of them resides the proprietary information that makes the technology work. Namely, a proprietary catalyst and nickel powder that has been treated in very special ways to create an abundance of reaction sites. To protect his industrial secrets and intellectual property, he has had to put some limitations on the information he can provide.
The article also talks about radiation, and how fission reactors produce large amounts of radiation. But the details about how Rossi's technology works — in terms of radiation produced — is not elaborated on. The fact is his system does produce small amounts of radiation in the form of low energy gamma rays, but they are completely shielded by a couple centimeters of lead. Zero radiation escapes into the environment. It would also have been nice for the author to mention that the E-Cat technology utilizes no radioactive elements, and produces no nuclear waste. It is a completely safe and "green" nuclear technology. In fact, due to the very nature of the way the energy is produced, it is impossible for it to "melt down." This is because if the temperatures inside of the reactor cores rise too high, the nickel powder just melts, and the nuclear reactions cease. There is no disaster like in a fission based nuclear reactor, the system just stops producing heat.
Perhaps the most silly part of the article is the quote stating cold fusion defies the laws of thermodynamics, and a self sustaining cold fusion system is impossible. This statement is not just ridiculous, but is offensive to the intellect of many readers of Fox News. In a cold fusion reaction the energy produced is not "free" coming from no where, but comes from the atomic bonds of the hydrogen and nickel, when they 'fuse" together. Just like in conventional fission energy, the energy comes from a portion of the mass of the atom being converted to energy. There is no difference with cold fusion, except that the radiation released is tremendously less, no nuclear materials are consumed as fuel, and no nuclear waste is produced. Basically, cold fusion has all of the advantages of nuclear power, with none of the drawbacks!
Having attended the historic October 28 test of the E-Cat in Bologna, and being disappointed over the past many months to see so little mainstream coverage of the E-Cat technology since it was announced in January, I was delighted when I received an email from John Brandon the next day, saying: "I'm a reporter with Fox News, can you contact me about the Andrea Rossi experiment?"
I phoned him and we talked for about 20 minutes; then we had about 5 email exchanges thereafter.
I agree with Hank, that Fox is to be commended for giving this coverage. However, after reading Brandon's story, I must say that it now occurs to me why there isn't more mainstream coverage: It's not easy to get your head wrapped around all this and to get things straight.
Let me make some corrections on his quotations of me.
First, he said:
"Sterling Allan, CEO of the alternative energy news agency Pure Energy Systems, told FoxNews.com he attended Rossi’s demonstration and the E-Cat is self sustaining."
Correction: I didn't say it "is" self-sustaining, but that from the best I can tell, it appeared to be. I didn't have enough access during the test to be able to say for sure that this was the case, only that this was the purpose of the test and the customer appears to have signed off on this having occurred. I also would have preferred that he had linked to my report on the Oct. 28 event, rather than linking to our PESN home page.
Next, he wrote:
"Allan hinted on his blog that an unnamed 'customer' of Rossi's device is a military organization that starts with an N. Rossi said this customer measured and verified the test — and told FoxNews.com that Paul Swanson with the U.S. Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems unit (SPAWAR) can vouch for the demonstration."
Correction: That reference to a U.S. (I didn't say "military") organization that starts with an N was not in relation to the "customer" but a previous entity that independently and successfully tested the E-Cat. I never intended to tie those two together, and I actually separated them in my communications with him (or at least I thought I did).
I don't know who the customer is, so I can't give hints about it. I told him as much.
Also, I didn't give him the name of Paul Swanson. That must have come from someone else he talked to.
Also, I kind of resent him calling our service a "blog" when its title is "Pure Energy Systems News", PESN.com. I guess that's how the mainstream refers to alternative media.
Later in the article, Brandon quotes the inventor, Rossi as saying:
"The reactors then produce another 479kWh of energy for another 3-4 hours without needing that initial electrical input — the low-level nuclear reaction continues on its own."
Correction: The output was 479 kW, not kW-h, which is a total measurement, not an instantaneous measurement. Also, the self-sustain mode lasted 5.5 hours, not just 3-4 hours, at the average of 479 kilowatts the entire time, for a total output of 2,635 kilowatt-hours.
Those corrections pointed out, again I applaud Brandon for pursuing this story and getting it up at Fox News.
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PESN Coverage of E-Cat
For a more exhaustive listing, see http://PESWiki.com/index.php/News:Rossi_Cold_Fusion
- E-Cat Orders Being Taken After Successful Launch (PESN; November 3, 2011)
- Fox News E-Cat Article Needs Work (PESN; November 2, 2011)
- Rossi's E-Cat Victory on Cold Fusion's Emergence Day — E-Day (PESN; November 2, 2011)
- After the E-Cat Test: Report and Q&A with Rossi (PESN; October 31, 2011)
- Rebuttal to Krivit's Accusation that Andrea Rossi is a Fraudster (PESN; October 30, 2011)
- >> 1 MW E-Cat Cold Fusion Device Test Successful (PESN; October 28, 2011)
- How Much is One (1) Megawatt? (PESWiki; October 27, 2011)
- Tracking the One Megawatt E-Cat Test October 28, 2011 (PESWiki; October 20, 2011)
- Cheap power: An overnight revolution — Commentary (PESN; October 16, 2011)
- Rossi Answers Questions on the E-Cat (PESN; October 11, 2011)
- Cold Fusion E-Cat Case Design Competition (PESWiki; October 10, 2011)
- E-Cat Test Validates Cold Fusion Despite Challenges (PESN; October 8, 2011)
- Photos of the October 6, 2011 E-Cat Test (PESWiki; October 5, 2011)
- Real-Time Updates on the October 6, 2011 E-Cat Test (PESWiki; October 5, 2011)
- Scientists to Test Cold Fusion E-Cat (PESN; Sept. 26, 2011)
- Rossi's Home Sacrificed For Cold Fusion E-Cat Launch (PESN; Sept. 21, 2011)
- The Ultimate Ni-H Cold Fusion E-Cat Test (PESN; Sept. 16, 2011)
- Rossi's 1 MW Cold Fusion E-Cat Reactor Photos and Video Posted (PESN; Sept. 14, 2011)
- More Uncertainty as Ni-H Cold Fusion Launches Near – NASA (PESN; Sept. 6, 2011)
- Rossi-Defkalion Split Controversy – index of articles (PESN; Aug. 7,8, 2011)
- E-Cat Competitors Revealed During Viareggio Conference (PESN; July 25, 2011)
- Rossi's Self Sustaining One Megawatt Reactor (PESN; July 21, 2011)
- E-Cat News Coming Fast and Furious (PESN; July 14, 2011)
- EV World Interviews Andrea Rossi (PESN; July 14, 2011)
- Hitler Panics Over Rossi's Energy Catalyzer (PESN; July 5, 2011)
- Cheap Cold Fusion to Save World Billions (PESN; July 3, 2011)
- Defkalion Press Conference Reveals E-Cat Rollout Plans (PESN; June 25, 2011)
- A Nobel Laureate speaks out on the Energy Catalyzer (PESN; June 23, 2011)
- Rossi Explains E-Cat Setup in New Video (PESN; June 21, 2011)
- Defkalion Announces Energy Catalyzer Press Conference (PESN; June 17, 2011)
- Cold Fusion #1 Claims NASA Chief (PESN; May 31, 2011)
- Ampenergo Amps Up Rossi's Energy Catalyzer in America (PESN; May 17, 2011)
- Seven Reasons to Embrace Rossi's Energy Catalyzer (E-Cat) (PESN; May 7, 2011)
- NyTeknik Validates Rossi's Energy Catalyzer (PESN; May 2, 2011)
- Sterling Allan on Cash-Flow: "It's an act of revolution to support free energy." (PESN; April 28, 2011)
- Rossi Cold Fusion Validated by Swedish Skeptic's Society (PESN; April 7, 2011)
- Breakdown to Breakthrough is Possible Now (PESN; March 25, 2011)
- Andrea Rossi with Sterling Allan on Coast to Coast AM (PESN; March 24, 2011)
- Rossi's Cold Fusion Energy Catalyzer: Frequently Asked Questions (PESN; March 21, 2011)
- Sterling Allan Appearing on Coast to Coast AM March 23, 2011 (PESN; March 18, 2011)
- Welcome Worry-Free Nuclear Power: Rossi's Energy Catalyzer (PESN; March 17, 2011)
- Cold Fusion Steams Ahead at World's Oldest University (PESN; March 7, 2011)
- Future Impact of Rossi's Cold Fusion (PESN; February 28, 2011)
- Rossi's cold fusion reactor achieves 15 kW for 18 hours (PESN; February 22, 2011)
- BlackLight Power vs. Rossi's Cold Fusion – Related Technologies? (PESN; February 8, 2011)
- Fear Mongering: From Cannabis to Cold Fusion (PESN; January 23, 2011)
- Fighting the Infection of Cynical Skepticism with Cold Fusion (PESN; January 21, 2011)
- Hope Grows as Journals Weigh in on Italian Cold Fusion Breakthrough (PESN; January 19, 2011)
- Cold Fusion getting hot with 10kw heater prepping for market (PESN; January 17, 2011)
- > Multi-kilowatt Ni-H cold fusion demo under way January 14 in Italy (PESN; January 14, 2011)
Resources at PESWiki.com