Andrea Rossi thinks that others will soon be able to replicate his ecat low energy nuclear reaction technology much like Alexander G. Parkohomov did in December. The inventor even admitted as much in a post on his Journal of Nuclear Physics blog.
In a response to a post by Hank Mills Rossi wrote:
“I know some of the groups that are making replications: they are making a good job with strong engagement and I think soon successful experiments will be announced.”
I think that we can infer two important conclusions from this somewhat cryptic answer. These conclusions are:
- Rossi has some direct or indirect contact with some of the people involved in the replication efforts. He might be trading data with them or he might be keeping tabs on them online or through private detectives or some other means.
- The process by which Rossi creates his low energy nuclear reaction is relatively easy to produce.
The second conclusion explains why Rossi has become secretive. He is afraid that any information that leaks out of his workshops will help his competitors replicate his technology. That could also mean that a lot of the work being done on ecat is of limited commercial value because others could quickly replicate it.
The only way somebody could make money from it would be to produce an actual working unit and start selling it. The technology might be so easy to copy that it cannot be practically patented, bad news for Rossi but good news for those of us who want a cheap energy revolution.
That also explains the obsession with secrecy at Rossi’s facilities and those of his partners at Industrial Heat. Rossi described these in this post:
“Visits are allowed to nobody, not even to the closest friends, until the test is finished. Data will be supplied after the end of the tests. The only thing I can say is that I am continuing to work in the plant 16 hours per day.”
This is also why we do not even know the location of the one megawatt ecat unit that was supposedly transferred to Industrial Heat. Rossi and his team are afraid that even a glimpse of it could show their competitors how to duplicate it.
There’s one more conclusion to be made here. Rossi and his team could be making progress so fast that they’re afraid others could beat them to market with an LENR process. They fear anybody could quickly develop such a process if they were able to get some of Rossi’s data.
Hopefully Rossi will soon reach a position when he can dispense with this secrecy and reveal his process to the world. That might lay the groundwork for an LENR revolution or at least trigger a new wave of research that could produce some interesting new results.