Initial Reactions to E-Cat Study Paper
|May 24, 2013||Posted by Jack Cole under Andrea Rossi, E-Cat, Validation Reports|
It has been interesting reading media and reader reactions to the report issued on the testing of Andrea Rossi’s E-Cat HT (high temperature) device. A number of articles have been published on the study at places such as Forbes, Popular Science, ExtremeTech, PhysOrg, and ScienceBlogs. Of course Steven Krivit has weighed in with allegations of manipulation and deception on the part of Rossi.
The Forbes, ExtremeTech, and PhysOrg articles were even-handed in their coverage, whereas the ScienceBlogs post was more inline with Krivit with Popular Science somewhere in between. The reactions seem to place a clear distinction between the options of: it either is a real, practical, functioning device, or Andrea Rossi has designed a very clever scheme to fool the scientists and others involved in the testing.
We are left with a couple of possibilities regarding the results based on these reactions.
1. The effect is real and the excess power/energy was measured conservatively and accurately.
2. Rossi somehow managed to design a clever enough ruse to sneak extra power into the device resulting in apparent excess heating.
I’ve never felt Rossi was trying to deliberately mislead about the performance of his devices, but I did wonder in the past about the possibility he was misleading himself (it can happen to anyone if not careful and aware of this possibility). This report seems to rule out that possibility, and I am happy to have that concern put to rest. I don’t find the clever deception argument to hold that much water, and I am strongly leaning towards the conclusion that he has what he has said all along.