According to information obtained by New Energy Times on Thursday and last fall, it appears that Andrea Rossi, the inventor of the Energy Catalyzer, deliberately misplaced thermocouples to give false readings of excess heat.
Yesterday, New Energy Times reported that back in October, Roland Pettersson, a retired analytical chemist from Uppsala University, identified a major flaw in Andrea Rossi’s Energy Catalyzer demonstration.
Even though Pettersson identified the flaw, and knew it would have been a “piece of cake” for Rossi to mount the thermocouples correctly, Pettersson failed to recognize its significance. Instead, he maintained his faith in Rossi’s E-Cat.
Pettersson said that Rossi misplaced thermocouples, the key components that provided the data for Rossi’s second version of his Energy Catalyzer. But Pettersson thought that Rossi had just been sloppy and hasty, as he told New Energy Times in a Nov. 18, 2011, telephone interview.
“Well, I think it’s very simple: Because this is the easiest way to [do it], to put the thermocouples there,” Pettersson said. “If you want to put it into the flow you must make some kind of T-connection. If I get the chance, I will do that work. In fact, it’s a piece of cake to do that.”
On Thursday, New Energy Times spoke with Pettersson again. He said that Rossi repeated the same procedure again on Feb. 20, 2012.
“It was only a demonstration. Just the same as in October.” Pettersson said.
Pettersson’s observations support earlier critique given by LENR researcher Brian Ahern, who wrote an e-mail to the CMNS list on Oct. 9, 2011, in response to the news of Rossi’s Oct. 6, 2011 demonstration.
“This test was an intentional deception, as usual,” Ahern wrote. “He mounted the thermocouple such that it responded directly to the heater and not the actual temperature of the hot water. This was not an oversight. He used this trick in February  with Levi.
“This is why the power appeared to go up when shutting off the power. The liquid heat transfer exceeded the vapor and the thermocouple temperature rose as it did not reflect the fluid characteristics as much as the location of the external thermocouple.
“Mounting thermocouples externally is also absurd. A T-type fitting to place it in the actual flow costs less than $20.”
But did Rossi know anything about thermocouples? In fact, he was an expert, as he wrote on his blog on May 21, 2011.
“I know very well the thermoelectric issue, because I made a patent exactly for high temperature [thermoelectrics],” Rossi wrote. “I worked for years, from 1996 through 2000 in this field, and applied them to engines, power generators, boilers, I worked [on contracts] for the Department of Energy and the Department of Defense in this field, through Leonardo Technologies Inc. … I made with my hands thermocouples with a very particular directional fusion I had invented, obtaining a 100 Watts set very, very good, tested in the University of New Hampshire in 1998.”
New Energy Times confirmed Rossi’s statements about a patent. On Sept. 16, 2003, Rossi was issued U.S. patent US6620994 B2 for a thermoelectric generator.
While the patent was still pending, Rossi and his colleagues were able to obtain a Department of Defense contract with the Army to do further development on the thermoelectric devices. Strangely, the novel results observed at the University of New Hampshire could never be repeated. Not one of the devices Rossi had agreed to deliver under contract worked.