The Rossi Energy catalyzer holds promise in a time when oil prices are at the most volatile since the 1970s. However, is this technology everything it claims? The Rossi catalzyer is a device that produces high levels of heat by infusing hydrogen atoms into a nickel metal lattice and transmuting the nickel metal into copper. If independently confirmed, it would be the first working Low Energy Nuclear Reactor or Cold Fusion machine.

Why Cold Fusion Would Be A Game changer

Rossi’s energy catalyzer could be the achievement of a long held dream of physicists since the first successfully split atom. Nuclear energy is one of the most effective energy sources besides fossil fuels. Once a nuclear reaction starts, it can continually produce power for long periods of time from a limited amount of fuel. This is important in the face of the looming scarcity of oil, a product that takes millions of years to form. The main obstacles to the widespread adoption of nuclear power are the severely radioactive waste produced through nuclear fission and the huge amounts of energy it takes to start and maintain a fusion reaction. A working low energy nuclear fusion device would solve all these problems by producing clean nuclear energy at a much more affordable cost.

Obstacles and Challenges

If the potential gains of low energy nuclear reactions are enormous, then the obstacles are just as great. The basis for all low energy nuclear reactions is the fusion of hydrogen atoms into a metal lattice to produce heat. Scientist performed several experiments on the phenomenon, but the results came out mixed. For every scientist that supports results, there are several in the scientific community that remain sceptical. The sceptics have reason to doubt because if such a reaction is proven true, it would seemingly overcome the laws of thermodynamics. A process now believed as impossible as a perpetual motion machine. Rossi’s catalyzer presents an opportunity to overcome these objections. Rossi claims that the thermal energy produced by his device is not done through normal nuclear reactions so it would not directly violate physical laws. Already, similar experiments at MIT and support from top scientists at NASA are helping the Rossi catalyzer gain support. Further indepen
dent testing and clearer explanations of the process will further strengthen its case.

What Happens Next if the Technology Gets Accepted?

So, say that further testing of the Rossi energy catalyzer proves successful. What will be the next step. As of now a big obstacle for the catalyzer is gaining an internationally recognized patent of the process. After that, the next step would be development of the technology for large-scale energy production. At the moment the catalyzer only transmutes nickel to copper and produces a significant amount of heat for the material used. It is a bit of a step to take a lab reaction and make it happen on a scale large enough to match the energy production of most power plants. It will be quite interesting to see how Dr. Rossi can develop this technology upon proving the claims of his catalyzer.

Tega Jessa is a freelance science writer. He wrote articles on various science topics for universetoday.com focusing on space, physics, and renewable energy. She writes for Degree Jungle, which provides information about online colleges to future students.

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7 Responses to Are the Rossi E-Cat and LENR the Dark Horses of Renewable Energy?

  1. Philip scrive:

    As one who's been following LENR (or Cold Fusion as it was then called) since the days of Pons & Fleischmann, I find it odd that based on no more than Rossi's say-so and a few very sketchy 'independent' reports, the E-Cat crowd now touts the E-Cat as 'fait accomplit'! (in the bag)
    I originally was very interested in Mr. Rossi's progress, but with the years it has become obvious to me anyway that nothing really has changed since the very first day, in terms of tangible and clearly demonstrated results.
    It reminds me of another similar boondoggle, BLP (Black Light Power) who have been milking a similar cow for going on twenty years now, with claim after claim of 'certified' tests and private funding, and imminent commercial rollout of their pet technology. Plus ca change plus c'est pareil.
    Given the state of the world nowadays (especially third world countries) it would be at the very least unconscionable, if not outright criminal, to be pussyfooting about trying to improve such a technology on your own and keeping it all a secret. (A secret sauce no less, lol). The environmental destruction and human toll that has ocurred over the last two years would be a very heavy burden to live with in my opinion if it could have been avoided by proper and timely scientific disclosure.

  2. John Downs scrive:

    I was interested to hear that the E-Cat is driven by the infusion of hydrogen into a nickel metal lattice. The infusion of hydrogen into nickel metals under hydrothermal (high pressure and high temperature) conditions is exactly what can happen in deep oil and gas wells. Some of the fluids used in the construction of these wells are known to naturally infuse hydrogen into nickel-containing metal components installed deep below the surface in the wells. The advantage of using deep wells as chemical reactors is that the geothermal heat (up to 250 deg C) and pressure (up to 20,000 psi) are basically free and continuously on tap – its what you get when you drill down into the earth's crust. I wonder if redundant deep gas wells could be converted into long (e.g. 15,000 ft) vertical E-Cat reactors, ignited and driven by natural hydrothermal energy ?

  3. mcloki scrive:

    you think that the electric companies don't want to get into this as well. They are just as greedy. And as far as patents go Patents Smatents. Tell the Chinese to pay a license fee. The reason the press isn't all over this is because there isn't a TV moment yet. Boil one cup of water or heat a pool in winter and it becomes TV worthy. TV needs something visual. A bunch of pipes wrapped in tin foil looks more like BBQ tht a major scientific breakthrough. It's also summer. Who breaks news in the summer. It's about the heat, the Olympics and ice cream. vacations, fires. Come September especially after the August conferences you'll start hearing more.

  4. Bernard Koppenhofer scrive:

    Governments are scared of LENR. It will cause huge economic and social disruptions. It is obvious to me they are trying to make these disruptions as gradual as possible. Of course the oil/gas/nuclear industry loves that approach because it gives them time to become "players" in the new energy, or maybe even to eliminate it. What amazes and scares me is their control of the major media.

  5. Petroldragon scrive:

    Rossi, where is my E-Cat of ONE MWh that you had to deliver to me on this month? I spent a lot of money!!!! I’m still waiting ..!!!???

  6. Bernard Koppenhofer scrive:

    I compare the E-cat to refrigeration. The need and demand for refrigeration was obvious, it became a household reality within 10 years, and that was in the 1920's. I predict the E-Cat will take five years or less, if the government and oil industry stays out of it's way.

    • Frank scrive:

      How can government and oil industry stays out of it's way? They both are greedy and have all the cards, (patent, licenses,taxes,money, regulatory rules,political influences,power,OH YEAH did I mention MONEY+POWER= GREED.) But I would like to stay optimistic and think that the people still run the government and realize that this is best for the human race.What I dont understand is why the mainstream media isn't all over this,this is news that Will change the world as we know it.
      Like, no more overhead power lines , grow pineapples in the deaerts ,no starving children,cheap affordable transportation,no pollution,comfort living,Global warming problem solved,more jobs,I can go on and on but you get the message.

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