The University of Bologna once again denied online rumors that it has an agreement to test Andrea Rossi’s ecat low energy nuclear reaction device (LENR). The University again denied this because Rossi has announced that testing on his “hot ecat” is complete and he will publish the results sometime this fall.

There had been an earlier agreement to test the device at the University but it broke down in January. There has been no indication that the agreement has been revived.

It should be noted here that Rossi himself has not stated the University of Bologna would conduct the testing. The rumors seem to arise from the fact that Rossi’s ecat workshop is located in Bologna and that he works closely with two retired University of Bologna professors Sergio Focardi and Giuseppe Levi. There has been unconfirmed speculation that Focardi himself is in charge of the testing and the device.

It should also be noted that any involvement that Focardi and Levi have with Rossi and his device is purely on their own initiative as private citizens. There is a strong possibility that Focardi and Levi have a business arrangement with Rossi and his Leonardo Corporation. That would have nothing to do with the University.

Interestingly enough Dario Braga the Vice Rector for Research and Paul Capiluppi the Director of the University’s Department of Physics did state that they would be willing to make equipment and expertise available to measure the production of heat by the ecat. Personally I think Rossi should take them up on their offer it would greatly enhance his credibility. Of course it should be noted here that Rossi may have agreements with others that make this legally impossible.

Cheap Method of Producing Water from Hydrogen Unveiled

In a development that might help all LENR researchers scientists at England’s famous University of Cambridge has apparently developed an inexpensive method for producing hydrogen from water. Since hydrogen is needed to produce reactions in most LENR methods including Rossi’s, Celani’s and Brillouin’s this is very interesting news. It could make LENR research and the commercialization of cold fusion cheaper and easier.

A press release stated that Dr. Erwin Reisner a research fellow at the Christian Doppler Laboratory has invented an inexpensive catalyst that can create hydrogen from water. The catalyst creates a chemical reaction that splits the two basic elements that make up water: hydrogen and oxygen. The catalyst is apparently cobalt based.  Reisner believes that this could one day be used to develop what he calls “an industrial-water splitting process.”

The process works under air and Reisner and his team are reportedly trying to develop a solar-powered device that would create hydrogen using this process. This process might allow the production of largest amounts of hydrogen for LENR research or use in LENR devices. It could also be used to create hydrogen for other purposes including fuel cells and jet or rocket fuel.