Rossi: E-Cat Testing Affected by Coronavirus, Doing “Something in Skype”

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic seems to have perfectly coincided with Andrea Rossi’s plans for third party testing of the E-Cat SKL, which I am sure has been a frustrating situation for Rossi and his team to be in. He had said that there was a firm date for testing to start in the second half of March, but it’s hard to imagine that things could go on without interruption in the current environment.

I asked him about this today on the Journal of Nuclear Physics:

Frank Acland
March 20, 2020 at 4:50 PM
Dear Andrea,

Has the third party testing of the E-Cat SKL has started yet?

If not, has it been delayed by the CV?

His reply:

Andrea Rossi
March 21, 2020 at 4:43 AM
Frank Acland:
The C.V. obviously is limiting the tests. I will give information about the tests when they will have been terminated. We can do something by Skype in this moment, waiting for the end of this sanitary tsunami
Warm Regards,

It’s hard to imagine how one can carry out a third party test over Skype. Perhaps they are having some kind of videoconferencing with the testers, but it would seem that they will have to just wait for more favorable conditions in order to carry out the planned testing.

In another comment, Andrea Rossi wanted to make something very clear in response to a question about using the E-Cat to fight the coronavirus:

Andrea Rossi
March 21, 2020 at 6:02 AM
Khashayar Shatti:

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Rossi: E-Cat SKL has Improved over Early Model

Andrea Rossi has mentioned recently on the Journal of Nuclear Physics that he has been able to make further improvements on the E-Cat SKL. Today he provided a little more information about the nature of the improvements. So apparently the power density has been improved, along with amount of electricity generated.

Frank Acland
March 18, 2020 at 9:48 AM
Dear Andrea,

1. Do I understand correctly that the E-Cat SKL is smaller than when you announced it was a 10 cm cube?
2. If it is smaller, is the power output the same as in previous versions?
3. Has the ratio of electricity to heat produced increased over recent weeks?

Andrea Rossi
March 18, 2020 at 11:47 AM
Frank Acland:
1- yes
2- yes
3- yes, the heat is less in percentage
Warm Regards,

Another question was asked about how he could carry on his work during the coronavirus restrictions:

Giuseppe Mantegazza
March 18, 2020 at 11:47 AM
Dr Rossi,
I suppose that wherever you are in Europe in this period you are confined in house for the corona virus:
1- how can you work ?

Andrea Rossi
March 18, 2020 at 12:08 PM
Giuseppe Mantegazza:
1- Yes, also here the movements have been limited, but I have my laboratory adjacent to where I stay, so I work full time also with my collaborators in full respect of the given rules

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MFMP Live Mizuno Analogue Experiment Running Now

Thanks to Bob Greenyer for the following post:

Live Mizuno analogue running now @ Magic Sound Lab in California

Chat is on, so post your questions and comments there.

Alan Goldwater, who is running the test, has updated the live document here:

He adds

“This morning I pumped out the cell again, then loaded 1010 Pa of D2 using 10 mg of LiAlD2 in a small stainless steel ampoule.

Once the temperture is raised, any substantial excess heat will be shown by comparison with the master calibration curve in the Live Document”

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COVID-19 Solutions Thread

Naturally I am following the unfolding story of the spread and impact of the coronavirus COVID-19 across the world. It has had a massive and devastating impact to many so far and it seems like serious problems will continue.

We talk a lot about science and technology here, but this is not a medical website. However I am sure that all readers here are being impacted by this pandemic to one degree or another. I thought it might be useful to put up a thread on the site with the purpose at looking at some of the possible scientific solutions out there that could be implemented that might help ease the situation.

We all want this thing to be dealt with swiftly and effectively, and with the information and communication resources at our disposal these days, it might be that we can tackle the problem more swiftly today than has been possible in the past. There are people all over the world working as we speak to try and find ways to deal with this virus.

In my experience, ECW readers tend to be inventive, creative and inclined to solve problems. The purpose of this thread is for readers to share information about possible scientific/medical solutions to the disease, with the hope that we might be able to have some kind of positive influence on the current situation.

This thread is not meant for general news and events surrounding COVID-19, which can be found on many, many sites all over the web. I’d like this thread to be focused on sharing scientific information that could prove useful in the fight to defeat this virus.

I wish all of you the best as we face this problem together.

Rossi: ‘Well Developed’ Business Plan Prepared With Deloitte

Today I asked a question about the status of Leonardo Corporation’s business plan.

Frank Acland
March 14, 2020 at 8:42 AM
Dear Andrea,

How well-developed is your business plan at this point?

Andrea Rossi
March 14, 2020 at 9:33 AM
Frank Acland:
Our business plan is well developed, prepared well together with Deloitte and foresees differenrt scenarios depending on the allegaices.

Thank you for your kind attention to our work,
Warm Regards,

It’s interesting that he mentions Deloitte here. Deloitte is a well-known multinational company that offers business services to clients around the world. Here is a description from Wikipedia:

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited /dəˈlɔɪt ˈtuːʃ toʊˈmɑːtsuː/, commonly referred to as Deloitte, is a multinational professional services network. Deloitte is one of the “Big Four” accounting organizations and the largest professional services network in the world by revenue and number of professionals with headquarters in London, United Kingdom.

Deloitte provides audit, tax, consulting, enterprise risk and financial advisory services with approximately 312,000 professionals globally. In FY 2019, the network earned a record US$46.2 billion in aggregate revenues. As of 2017, Deloitte is the 4th largest privately owned company in the United States. (

One would expect that Leonardo and any partners he is working with would be thinking big if they are using Deloitte’s consulting services. Deloitte would be up to speed on all the current business practices involved in launching new new technology like the E-Cat into the marketplace, and would be aware of some of the pitfalls and obstacles that might be faced.

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Australian Team Controls Nucleus of Atom Using Only Electric Fields

Thanks to the readers who alerted me to an article on the website about an article just published in Nature reporting on a Australian team of engineers who have managed to control nuclear spin exclusively with electric fields, rather than magnetic fields.

Link to the article is here:

An excerpt from the article:

“In a study published today in Nature, a team of engineers at UNSW Sydney has done what a celebrated scientist first suggested in 1961 was possible, but has eluded everyone since: controlling the nucleus of a single atom using only electric fields.

“This discovery means that we now have a pathway to build quantum computers using single-atom spins without the need for any oscillating magnetic field for their operation,” says UNSW’s Scientia Professor of Quantum Engineering Andrea Morello. “Moreover, we can use these nuclei as exquisitely precise sensors of electric and magnetic fields, or to answer fundamental questions in quantum science.”

The original article in Nature can be accessed here:

The abstract is available for free; there is a cost to read the full article.

Can the E-Cat Survive Andrea Rossi? Rossi Says Yes

This is a question that has come up here on ECW in recent days, and someone has posted a question about it on the Journal of Nuclear Physics today — what happens to the E-Cat if he is no longer around?

Andrea Rossi has dealt with this question in the past and given similar responses, but I guess with the world now dealing with a new rapidly spreading disease, and Rossi in Europe, people are going to be wondering about it now more than ever.

Rossi claims to have invented a version of his E-Cat, the E-Cat SKL, that can create electricity with tiny amounts of fuel, with no power input required. He says he is on the cusp of carrying out third party testing and making a public presentation of it, just at the time when COVID-19 is on the march in Europe, where he says he is now working.

I have no doubt that Rossi is taking strong precautions to make sure he personally is protected from this virus, but he almost 70 years old, and mortal like the rest of us. Sooner or later he will pass away, and it would be a shame if the E-Cat died with him.

Here is the question and answer from the JONP:

Paul di Anno
March 12, 2020 at 6:40 AM
Hello Dr. Rossi,I wanted to ask you, is there anyone else, besides you who fully knows how the ecat works? in the unfortunate case of health problems, will there be anyone who can carry on your work? I wish you a lot of health, but in life you have to be careful, especially in this period. I hope that the presentation and all your work will soon be very successful. good luck !

Andrea Rossi
March 12, 2020 at 10:45 AM
Paul di Anno:
Yes, all has been organized in a way that in case of my death the work will go on all the same.
Warm Regards,

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E-Cat Testing and Coronavirus

Some questions have been posted on the Journal of Nuclear Physics regarding the impact of the coronavirus on Andrea Rossi’s announced third party testing and eventual public demonstration of the E-Cat SKL.

Rossi stated recently that the testing would be taking place in Europe, although he did not specify which country. Today when asked by reader Drew G. about transporting the SKL to Europe from the USA, Rossi replied, “I am in Europe already”.

Gerard McEk asked how long the third party testing would take, and Rossi replied, “I don’t even know, it will depend from many factors. The past developments about the Corona virus getting pandemic will not help.”

Steven Karels asked about whether travel restrictions would affect the demonstration. Rossi responded, “1 if the corona virus will force restrictions, the demonstration will be made on streaming. Obviously we will respect all the rules on the matter”.

Italy is in now in a mandatory lock-down situation to keep the virus from spreading rapidly, so if Rossi is in Italy, it would have a significant impact on his ability to operate smoothly. However, it’s quite possible that other countries could put in place similar restrictions, so overall the prospect of the coronavirus impacting the testing and presentation of the E-Cat SKL is quite high.



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Oil Prices Crash

I am sure all readers are very aware that the onset of the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak has had a dramatic impact on the world’s financial markets, including energy prices. Now, the failure of OPEC and Russia last week to agree to an oil production cut has triggered an even more sudden crash in oil prices.

At the time of writing, oil prices have dropped over 20 per cent since last week, with the price for Brent Crude at $35.53, and WTI Crude at $31.87. Russian president Vladimir Putin stated “I want to stress that for the Russian budget, for our economy, the current oil prices level is acceptable”.

While energy prices prices have fluctuated significantly in recent years, this is the most dramatic crash in in oil markets that I can recall since starting this website. Dramatic changes in energy markets can have big implications for producers,  governments, consumers and the overall geopolitical landscape.

Of course here at ECW, we are contemplating energy technologies that could also impact the whole energy production landscape, and could have important implications for the economics of the energy industry, and market readjustment may be something we have to get used to.



Aureon Energy Website Launched – New Company to Commercialize SAFIRE technology

A new website for Aureon Energy, a company to commercialize the SAFIRE project, has been published at

Here are a few highlights from the website.

Aureon describes SAFIRE as follows:

“SAFIRE can create, control, contain, sustain, and repeat-at-will any number of plasma regimes. No other technology in the world can do this.”

The Opportunity page outlines their business strategy:

They characterize SAFIRE as a “medium-temperature plasma reactor currently producing a controllable plasma discharge, which can be generated at will, and run continuously over extended periods of time”. They state that there is no need for expensive magnets to control the plasma.

Aureon projects that over the next five years they will create a commercial product, which will remediate nuclear waste and simultaneously produce energy. They outline three stages of development:

Phase 1 – Refining process and designing new reactor
Phase 2 – Build non-commercial reactor prototype
Phase 3 – Manufacture of final commercial prototypes.

The science of SAFIRE page describes their scientific approach:

Aureon does not claim to understand the science behind the results they have observed experimentally in which excess heat is produced, and transmutations occur. They are open to testing various theories through experimentation and invite people to propose such experiments. They cite LENR theories and Randall Mills’ hydrino theory as possible explanations, but endorse no particular model.

There is a page on the site that lists patents published to date (

Their team includes Montgomery Childs (CEO and Founder), Michael Clarage (Chief Science Officer) and Paul Anderson (Chief Technical Officer). Hal Puthoff, a familiar name to many, is a member of their Science Advisory Board.



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