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Nuclear power to stay in Germany, says EU commissioner with big hopes on fusion

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Nuclear energy will remain in Germany for the next 40 years, the EU commissioner for energy Guenther Oettinger told German news website RP online. Germany decided in 2011 to close its nuclear reactors by 2022 but Oettinger predicts advances in nuclear fusion could convince the government to change its view.

Cold Fusion News about Andrea Rossi and Sergio Focardi E-Cat (Energy Catalyzer)

Published December 29, 2012.

The Swedish TV show World of Science’s documentary about Andrea Rossi made some interesting revelations about the ecat inventor and his work and stirred up a lot of controversy.

The program’s reporter Linus Brohult travelled to Italy to interview Rossi and view his ecat low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) technology. Like recent US documentary the Beleivers the World of Science features a clip from the 1997 film The Saint which featured a cold fusion reactor as a plot device. The documentary shows pictures of Martin Fleischman and Stanley Pons back in 1989.

Andrea Rossi is described as an engineer and shown in a coffee shop. The documentary mentions Rossi’s attempts to make biodiesel fuel from garbage in the 1980s. It doesn’t mention the criminal charges filed against Rossi over that effort.

The documentary shows Rossi’s prototype factory in the town of Ferrara outside Bologna. It doesn’t show a new ecat facility as some bloggers have claimed instead it seems to show the same Leonardo Corporation facility that we’ve seen in earlier Rossi videos.

It also has some animation of the ecat that shows the device is heated by a built in electric radiator. The ecat is shown operating and Rossi explains it’s workings. Rossi told Brohult that the reactor was still hot several hours after it had been turned off which indicates a reaction had occurred.

The inside of Rossi’s one megawatt ecat unit was also shown. Rossi explained that the unit contains 100 one kilowatt ecat reactors and could generate as much electricity as a large wind turbine. It should be pointed out here that Rossi himself has admitted he hasn’t been able to generate enough steam with the ecat to generate electricity.

Greek physicist and diplomat Christos Stremmenos is also shown. Stremmenos explains that the technology was developed by Italian physicists before Rossi took over. The physicists presumably include Sergio Focardi whose name is mentioned.

Brohult to his credit does talk to some skeptics including Peter Ekstrom of Lund University who thinks that Rossi’s device would produce deadly gamma radiation if it were for real. Brohult even travelled to Sweden’s Lund University to talk to physicists that are skeptical of ecat. Another scientist named Goran Nybon demonstrated how an electric kettle could be used to create the illusion of generating excess heat. Nybon claimed that ecat is an illusion.

Some Rossi skeptics including Steven B. Krivit of the New Energy Times have alleged that this is what Rossi has done. It should be noted here that there is no evidence to back Krivit’s allegations up they are simply his speculation. The scientists at Lund interviewed by Brohult share Krivit’s view. It should be noted that those physicists have not actually examined the ecat so their claims are also speculation.

All in all in the documentary seems like a balanced effort that does a good job of showing both sides of the debate. The New Energy Times allegations that Brohult and World of Science were tricked or fooled by Rossi don’t hold water. The journalists are apparently very skeptical of Rossi and his claims and cold fusion in general. They are willing to interview critics and show their views.

The documentary also shows Rossi at his September Energy Change with ecat technology conference in Zurich. Brohult reported that representatives of several large European energy companies attended the conference.

Brohult also interviewed Hanno Essen a Swedish physicist who along with reporter Mats Lewan and physicist Sven Kullander examined the ecat and found that it worked. Kullander and Lewan are also interviewed. Essen in particular was prepared to go on Swedish TV and state that ecat generated 10 times the energy that was fed into it.

Essen said the ecat was producing a new and unknown nuclear reaction. He was unable to provide a satisfactory explanation.

Magnus Holm of Hydro Fusion was interviewed as well. Holm made a number of claims including one that a container the size of a soda bottle could power a car for its entire life time using LENR fuel. Footage of Joseph Zawodny’s youtube video promoting NASA’s cold fusion work is shown.

At the end of the day the documentary doesn’t tell us that much but it doesn’t promote Rossi or his work only takes note of them. World of Science is to be commended for being fair and open on the subject. Hopefully major American and British media will take note of it and do something similar. Such as a real follow up to Scott Pelley’s classic 2009 cold fusion piece for 60 Minutes. That would be a great way to start the New Year.

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  1. The Swedish TV documentary about Andrea Rossi did a good job of letting people know about this remarkable Italian inventor. There is a large effort to discredit Andrea Rossi including slanderous accusations of “fraud” and “con artist”. Without clear evidence that the Rossi Energy Reactor is another “free-energy” misguided adventure or a clear fraud, we can wait and see if there will be a commercial unit installed soon. An independent third party validation would give clear evidence that Rossi is REAL! jdh

    Comment by John De Herrera | January 1, 2013 | Reply

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  4. Nuclear Power is perfectly safe as long as it is built according to German standards by German technicians. Gerry Frederics

    Comment by Gerry Frederics | January 7, 2013 | Reply

    • hi gerry
      the japanese said the same thing i believe.. in fact they still do!!
      confusingly i bought a japanese motorcycle instead of a german one and the choice was difficult admittedly. but the japanese had the edge leading edge on that imho..

      however i was impressed with the wind farms that were built rapidly over the last few years in north germany.. german industrial prowess is indeed mighty!

      nuclear is not a very popular option in germany i hear.. dont you export it to norway ? and then norway exports hydro and only uses reactors for running paper mills i hear (Halden thorium).. still needs some development that thorium thing… also Halden regularly pollutes the oslo fjord with nasty beta emitters! whats that all about then?? must have a health effect in a wind bottleneck like oslo huh?

      thanks for the response, its unusual to meeet someone who is positive about nuclear..
      sorry about the delay in my response.. the site is not well set up for comments.. thanks for perservering!
      ps i do have german goretex motorcycle gear.. the heine gerrick leaks. 🙂
      but my good Rukka kit is totally waterproof and breathable

      german goretex boots are the best imo

      i hope the german nuclear industry doesnt hire from heine gerrick.. that would be of concern.. 🙂

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