The question about the real nature of the Rossi E-Cat has heated up once again. This has started with the talk made by Dr. Mike McKubre at the Cafe Scientifique several months ago where he discussed the issue of cold fusion and mentioned the E-Cat technology. It is actually an interesting speech since he talked about the whole history of cold fusion. As an offshoot of Mc Kubre’s lecture, there has been a lot of discussion has regarding the licenses and government control needed if one considers the E-Cat as a nuclear device.
The importation of a nuclear reactor has to go through strict government safety rules and regulations. This is true not only in the United States of America but everywhere else in the world. In the US, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is the government body that is tasked to issue a license to the seller and the buyer. The US Department of Energy is also involved in this control. Most governments around that world have their own rules that govern the importation of nuclear reactors.
One thing that has to be noted is that since the introduction of the Rossi E-Cat, it was never considered a nuclear reactor by Italian inventor Andrea Rossi. He calls his invention the energy catalyzer device, which has been shortened to E-Cat. Another name for the device is Low Energy Nuclear Reactor (LENR). He also calls his device a fusor energy device. When asked if his invention is a nuclear reactor, the inventor has not given a straight answer to the question. It was actually his collaborator, Sergio Focaldi who stated that the device is a nuclear reactor.
The only E-Cat patent existing in the world today is Rossi’s patent in Italy. The Andrea Rossi E-Cat patent in Italy, however, also does not state that the device is a nuclear reactor. If this is the case, Rossi does not need the license that pertains to nuclear reactors. The issue is not resolved until now and the rumors continue to circulate around the many E-Cat blogs in the internet. With all these speculation, it all really boils down to the biggest question. And this actually pertains to the real nature of the reaction that happens inside the core of the Andrea Rossi E-Cat. Hopefully, Andrea