Inventors Andrea Rossi and Sergio Focardi announced the "E-CAT" in January claiming they had created a reactor that produces massive amounts of energy by fusing nickel and hydrogen nuclei at room temperature.
If the invention proves genuine, it would be one of the greatest scientific achievements of all time and would beat out oil for position as king of energy resources (http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/mar...). It could provide nearly limitless cheap energy with no radioactive byproduct or massive carbon emissions. The inventors say, scaled for commercial use, their process could generate eight units of output per unit of input and would cost roughly one penny per kilowatt-hour, drastically cheaper than a coal plant (http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/01/24/it...).
Skepticism has abounded so far, and expectedly so, since every past claim of cold fusion turned out to be false. Rossi and Focardi's failure to provide details on how the process works has not helped their case nor has the fact that they cannot account for how the cold fusion is triggered. (http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/01/24/it...).
But the inventors do have something going for them. They have demonstrated the device publicly numerous times and their claims are looking more credible as more tests validate them. Video and reports of physicists who were present confirmed that electricity was produced.
The latest tests on the energy catalyzer by NyTeknik took place in Bologna on April 19 and 28. The test, as with previous tests, aimed to measure the net energy that the device generates as accurately as possible. The results of the tests from both dates showed a developed net power of between 2.3 and 2.6 kilowatts with and input electric power of 300 watts. (http://www.nyteknik.se/nyheter/energi_miljo/...)
To date no one has been able to give a detailed explanation of the measured values that NyTeknik now has been able to confirm. But tests by Professor Sven Kullander and Associate Professor Hanno Essen in March found that the measured values can only be explained by a nuclear reaction.
Yet another endorsement of the device came this week as the inventors signed on with a partner firm, Ampenergo--a company formed in 2009 with connections to the U.S. Department of Energy, to assist in the proliferation of the E-Cat technology. (http://freeenergytruth.blogspot.com/)