Andrea Rossi, inventor of the Energy Catalyzer, or E-Cat, has declined an offer from an Italian government laboratory for independent testing of his device.
According to Francesco Celani, a physicist with the Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics in Frascati, Rossi says he has sold his device and that he has no other unit available for independent testing.
Celani offered to perform the independent confirmation of Rossi’s energy claim. Celani’s offer, made on or about Nov. 10, included:
- Use of government equipment that is regularly tested and calibrated.
- A cost of only two percent of what Rossi has promised (since March 10, 2011) to pay to the physics department of the University of Bologna for testing.
- A rapid evaluation of 20 days (10 for the test and another 10 to write the report,) rather than the two-year duration of the proposed University of Bologna research.
- An offer of fulltime observation and control by Rossi.
- A promise of no attempts to reveal Rossi’s industrial secret.
According to an e-mail Celani sent to his colleagues, Rossi declined his offer.
“Rossi answered that my test, among others of very low cost…was too-late because the E-Cat [had been] sold,” Celani wrote.
This summer, on July 14, 2011, Rossi asked NASA if they would like the opportunity to independently test his device. NASA accepted Rossi’s offer and began drafting an agreement. NASA stated that a confirmatory test would cost about $50,000. Rossi responded to NASA on July 22 and told them that they could test his device if they paid him $15 million. (New Energy Times will report more details about the Rossi-NASA story in forthcoming reports.)
The Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics story was first reported by Focus.it, an Italian news magazine.