Florida Board of Professional Engineers Complains Against Rossi – Case is Closed after Investigation

Sam posted a file on the Journal of Nuclear Physics which documents a complaint made against Andrea Rossi/Leonardo Corporation by the Florida Board of Professional Engineers (FBPE) in June 2018 because they believed Rossi was “providing engineering services without the professional license or certification required by Florida law”. Rossi was sent a Cease and Desist notice to stop providing engineering service.

The complaint stated that if Rossi was installing E-Cats in Florida, he needed a permit, and there had been no permit issued to him there.

The documents in the file show the correspondence between Rossi and the investigator for the FBPE which ultimately ended up with the case being closed based on Rossi’s response to the complaint.

Through the course of reading the documents some details are revealed by Rossi that he has not mentioned previously.

He states in one email: “Presently we do not have requests from Clients in Florida and this is the reason for which we are still unknown to your office, but as soon as we will have a request from Florida, I will comply with all the instructions contained in the letter that you mailed to me . . . Presently we have on course two important requests from two Clients: one in Illinois, one in California and in both cases there is an engineer certified in the due State that is taking care of the necessary permissions.”

Another thing that he mentions is that he had a “complicate surgery” in Italy on July 10th which would require him not to talk or read for 10 days. Later on he states that the surgery was a success and the pain was over.

All the documents in the case can be found at this link (thanks to Sam)

https://files.acrobat.com/a/preview/af735f1b-4903-4fa7-adde-3eb5d60b5c1a

Rossi’s response to the document posted by Sam is this:

Andrea Rossi
September 29, 2018 at 8:07 AM
Sam:
A troll sent to the Engineer Association a claim saying I am making without authorization the profession of engineer.
The association of the engineers of Florida asked me to refrain from making so.
Upon their request, I certified that I never have offered services as a professional engineer and obviously that I never have made the profession of Engineer in Florida and never offered or will offer my services as a consultant of engineering . They closed the case after due investigation.
Warm Regards,
A.R.

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Univ. of Illinois Team Finds Semiconducting-like Behaviour in Graphene

Thanks to Ron Kita for forwarding this press release from the University of Illinois.

Below is an excerpt. Full article available here:
https://physics.illinois.edu/news/article/27521

Wigner Crystal Discovered in ‘Magic-angle’ Graphene
Tue, 09/25/2018 – 1:39pm
by Siv Schwink, University of Illinois

Recently, a team of scientists led by Pablo Jarillo-Herrero at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) created a huge stir in the field of condensed matter physics when they showed that two sheets of graphene twisted at specific angles — dubbed “magic-angle” graphene — display two emergent phases of matter not observed in single sheets of graphene.

Graphene is a honeycomb lattice of carbon atoms — it’s essentially a one-atom-thick layer of graphite, the dark, flaky material in pencils.

In two articles published online in March 2018 and appearing in the April 5, 2018 issue of the journal Nature, the team reported the twisted bilayer graphene (tBLG) exhibits an unconventional superconducting phase, akin to what is seen in high-temperature superconducting cuprates.

This phase is obtained by doping (injecting electrons into) an insulating state, which the MIT group interpreted as an example of Mott insulation. A joint team of scientists at UCSB and Columbia University has reproduced the remarkable MIT results.

The discovery holds promise for the eventual development of room-temperature superconductors and a host of other equally groundbreaking applications.

Leonardo Partner Not to be Revealed at January E-Cat Presentation

Gerard McEk asked Andrea Rossi a good question today on the Journal of Nuclear Physics and got a direct answer:

Gerard McEk
September 25, 2018 at 6:32 AM
Dear Andrea,
I am not sure it has been asked, if so, I apologize:
Will your partner in business be introduced during the presentation in January 2019?
Thanks, kind regards, Gerard

Andrea Rossi
September 25, 2018 at 9:56 AM
Gerard McEk:
No.
Warm Regards,
A.R.

There’s been a lot of speculation about who the partner might be, but I guess we should get used to not knowing who it is for quite a while. My guess would be that we won’t hear anything about who they are at least until the turbines start being manufactured, and we are apparently in the early stages of the R&D for building those E-Cat-driven turbines.

From what I have been able to gather, what will be presented at the January presentation (if it actually takes place then) is the demonstration of an E-Cat SK coupled with what Rossi states is ‘heat exchanging system that is working well’.

Rossi also stated today that the presentation would not be held in the factory of a client.

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Press Release: US Naval Research Lab Awards $12 Million Contract to MacAulay-Brown, Inc for R&D of Pulsed Power Sources (Includes LENR)

Thanks to Alan Smith for passing along the following press release from MacAulay-Brown, Inc. (MacB).

https://www.macb.com/index.php/macb-wins-12m-plasma-physics-contract-with-the-naval-research-lab/

MacB Wins $12M Plasma Physics Contract with the Naval Research Lab

DAYTON, Ohio August 27, 2018 – MacAulay-Brown, Inc. (MacB), an Alion company, has been awarded a $12 million Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Plasma Physics Division. The division is involved in the research, design, development, integration, and testing of pulsed power sources. Most of the work on the five-year SeaPort-e task order will be performed at MacB’s Commonwealth Technology Division (known as CTI) in Alexandria, Virginia.

Under this effort, MacB scientists, engineers, and technicians will perform on-site experimental and theoretical research in pulsed power physics and engineering, plasma physics, intense laser and charged particle-beam physics, advanced radiation production, and transport. Additional work will include electromagnetic-launcher technology, the physics of low-energy nuclear reactions and advanced energetics, production of high-power microwave sources, and the development of new techniques to diagnose and advance those experiments.

“CTI has provided scientific expertise, custom engineering, and fabrication services for the Plasma Physics Division since the 1980s,” said Greg Yadzinski, Vice President of the CTI organization under MacB’s National Security Group (NSG). “This new work will build on CTI’s long history of service to expand our capabilities into the division’s broad theoretical and experimental pulsed power physics, the interaction of electromagnetic waves with plasma, and other pulsed power architectures for future applications.”

ABOUT ALION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
At Alion, we combine large company resources with small business responsiveness to design and deliver engineering solutions across six core capability areas. With an 80-year technical heritage and an employee-base comprised of more than 30% veterans, we bridge invention and action to support military readiness from the lab to the battle space. Our engineers, technologists, and program managers bring together an agile engineering methodology and the best tools on the market to deliver mission success faster and at lower costs. We are committed to maintaining the highest standards; as such, Alion is ISO 9001:2008 certified and maintains CMMI Level 3-appraised development facilities. Based just outside of Washington, D.C., we help our clients achieve practical innovations by turning big ideas into real solutions. To learn more, visit www.alionscience.com.

ABOUT MACAULAY-BROWN, INC., an ALION COMPANY
For 39 years, MacAulay-Brown, Inc. (MacB), an Alion company, has been solving many of the Nation’s most complex National Security challenges. MacB is committed to delivering critical capabilities in the areas of Intelligence and Analysis, Cybersecurity, Secure Cloud Engineering, Research and Development, Integrated Laboratories and Information Technology to Defense, Intelligence Community, Special Operations Forces, Homeland Security, and Federal agencies to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world. Learn more about MacB at www.macb.com.

 

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Report: Industrial Heat Valuation at $113 Million

Thanks to JB for providing a link to a report from the UK Proactive Investors website which is reporting a steep rise in valuation for Industrial Heat LLC, which is one company in the Woodford Patient Capital fund, an investment fund operated by UK-based Woodford Investment Management company.

According to the article, the valuation for Industrial Heat is now US$112.9 million.

The article is available here: http://www.proactiveinvestors.co.uk/companies/news/205425/woodford-patient-capital-rallies-as-cold-fusion-play-heats-up-205425.html

While no longer associated with Andrea Rossi’s Leonardo Corporation, Industrial Heat has been providing funding to other researchers working in the LENR field. As far as I know there is no published document available listing exactly who Industrial Heat is supporting in the LENR field.

Tom Darden, one of the directors of Industrial Heat, outlined his goals for Industrial Heat’s involvement in LENR at the ICCF-19 in Padua, Italy in April 2015. He said:

“We’re collaborating with and investing alongside fellow researchers and developers. Scientists compete to be the first, and they count on open sharing of what has been discovered to advance the process. They want to be able to be able to safely share their work in an environment where why they do what they do, truly matters, and where it aligns with what they value. They want to know that their work will be funded and their ideas will be merit tested, and advanced as merited, and they will be rewarded fairly. We’re privileged to be creating that kind of environment at Industrial Heat.”

https://e-catworld.com/2015/04/14/tom-dardens-speech-on-lenr-at-iccf19/

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More on the Partner and E-Cat Plans

Reading Andrea Rossi’s recent comments on the current situation with the turbines and the partner, I have been trying to sort out in my mind what is going on with Leonardo. So I just sent Rossi my current thinking on what is going on. Here are my assumptions and his responses.

Frank Acland
September 19, 2018 at 11:16 AM
Dear Andrea,

It has been interesting to read your comments lately regarding your plans for using a turbine with the E-Cat SK. I think I am beginning to understand the situation a little better, but I would like to see if I am thinking correctly.

Are the following assumptions of mine correct – please correct me if I am wrong.

1. You have developed the E-Cat SK to what you consider to be a point where it is stable enough to be used in a commercial industrial product.

2. Your business/industrial partner agrees with you about 1.

3. The E-Cat SK needs to be combined with a turbine in order to operate in a stable, effective manner.

4. You personally are not an expert in turbines, but your partner is, and has the resources to develop a turbine that will work with the SK.

5. Leonardo and the Partner will work together to build a plant utilizing these turbines.

6. This plant will be built at your Partner’s existing facility.

7. The first plant will be installed at your Partner’s facilities to provide heat and electricity for their own operations.

8. Your presentation in January will be to announce to the world that you have a technology ready for industrialization, and you are ready to start working with prospective customers and making contracts.

Many thanks, and best wishes for your work.

Frank Acland

Andrea Rossi
September 19, 2018 at 11:23 AM
Frank Acland:
1. yes
2. yes
3. not necessarily
4. yes
5. yes
6. yes
7. yes
8. probably
Warm Regards,
A.R.

So from this, I have to now think that Rossi’s partner is an engineering company, expert in building turbines. Possibly it was the partner who have been pushing the turbine solution, since they can see the possibilities and benefits where Rossi himself may not have been able to. The partner will probably be thinking first and foremost of how the E-Cat can benefit themselves by providing cheap energy for their own uses. and they will probably have been able to work out a very advantageous deal for themselves, and in sales going forward.

Also, although the E-Cat SK may be ready to produce, the turbines may take some time for designing and testing before they are ready to be put into practical action, and to be sold on the market. Rossi says that the SK does not necessarily need to be coupled with a turbine so there may be other plant designs under development. There does seem to be a big workload ahead for this thing to start taking off. I’m still not sure what to expect for the January demonstration.

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DOE Lab Research Provides New Understanding of Inner Workings of Lithium-ion Battery Technology

Thanks to an ECW reader for letting me know about a news release from the US Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory provides some interesting information about research that has been done into the inner workings of lithium-ion batteries. New technology has allowed researchers to examine what is going on in these batteries on the nano scale, and has revealed information that was unavailable previously. The researchers believe that new information could lead to better battery technology in the future.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

“Previously, researchers thought that lithium iron phosphate was a one-dimensional conductor, meaning lithium ions are only able to travel in one direction through the bulk of the material, like salmon swimming upstream.

“But while sifting through their data, the researchers noticed that lithium was moving in a completely different direction on the surface of the material than one would expect based on previous models. It was as if someone had tossed a leaf onto the surface of the stream and discovered that the water was flowing in a completely different direction than the swimming salmon.

They worked with Saiful Islam, a chemistry professor at the University of Bath, UK, to develop computer models and simulations of the system. Those revealed that lithium ions moved in two additional directions on the surface of the material, making lithium iron phosphate a three-dimensional conductor.”

The full article can be found here:

https://www6.slac.stanford.edu/news/2018-09-17-x-rays-uncover-hidden-property-leads-failure-lithium-ion-battery-material.aspx

Maybe the ‘popcorn effect’ mentioned in the article — where lithium rearranges itself inside the battery and causes failure — can help explain some of the fires that have occurred in some of these batteries. Possibly there is also some relevance to LENR effects in which lithium is one of the materials involved.

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DARPA Funds $1.3 Million Study of Quantized Inertia – Converting Light into Thrust

A professor at the University of Plymouth (UK) will receive a $1.3 million grant from DARPA (United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) to study ‘Quantized Inertia’ which theorizes that light can be converted into thrust.

Dr. Mike McCullough, Lecturer in Geomatics, will lead a team that will develop a fully predictive theory of how matter interacts with light, and then conduct experiments to test the theory. Dr. McCullough thinks it could be possible to develop spacecraft that require no propellant, just a source of electricity.

I am not sure whether this has anything in common with the EmDrive theory, but the goals of propellant-less propulsion certainly sound similar.

An article from the University of Plymouth’s website provides more details here:

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/news/scientists-receive-13-million-to-study-new-propulsion-idea-for-spacecraft

Rossi: 40 MW E-Cat Plant to use Multiple Gas Turbines

Andrea Rossi was asked recently on the Journal of Nuclear Physics if he was still working on the jet engines, and he replied, “The work on jet engines is in progress.” Today there was another Q&A on the subject:

Jeff
September 17, 2018 at 8:44 AM
Dr Andrea Rossi,
Can you tell us if the supply of the 40 MW heat will be generated by means of multiple gas jet kind of turbines?
Thank you if you can answer,
Jeff

Andrea Rossi
September 17, 2018 at 9:55 AM
Jeff:
Yes.
Warm Regards,
A.R.

Perhaps jet turbines are required to get rid of the large amounts of heat generated by the SK E-Cats. Rossi has also stated that the 40 MW plant he is building for a customer will be built and installed in “lots”, in other words will not be all installed at once. So maybe this means that one turbine will be built and installed at a time. Or perhaps a few at a time.

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Rossi on Leonardo’s Partner

After Andrea Rossi and Industrial Heat famously split following the settlement of their litigation, Rossi quite quickly alluded to a new ‘partner’ who was assisting him with his work. He has provided very little information about this partner, or the nature of its relationship with Leonardo, but it seems to be very important in terms of bringing the E-Cat into the commercial real.

I have been asking some questions about this partner as we now seem to be moving into an important phase of the E-Cat’s development. Here are some Q&As from the Journal of Nuclear Physics:

Frank Acland
September 10, 2018 at 10:51 AM
Dear Andrea,

Congratulations on the decision to go with the E-Cat SK for industrialization, and best wishes for success with this new project. Do you now have to find investors to raise funds for the industrialization process?

Andrea Rossi
September 10, 2018 at 12:08 PM
Frank Acland:
We already found the right Partner.
Warm Regards,
A.R.

Frank Acland
September 14, 2018 at 8:15 AM
Dear Andrea,

You have stated that your partner is mainly an industrial partner. Does this mean that they are helping you to prepare for the mass production of your E-Cat SK reactors?

Andrea Rossi
September 14, 2018 at 10:33 AM
Frank Acland:
Yes.
Warm Regards,
A.R.

Frank Acland
September 14, 2018 at 11:38 AM
Dear Andrea,

Thank you for your response about the partner. Can you say in what ways is your partner helping you:

a) Providing expertise of persons with manufacturing experience?
b) Providing building space in which you can build your E-Cats?
c) Providing equipment with which to build the E-Cats?
d) Providing other financial resources to support the industrialization?

Andrea Rossi
September 14, 2018 at 12:46 PM
Frank Acland:
1- yes
2- yes
3- yes
4- yes
Warm Regards,
A.R.

Of course, this all needs to be confirmed, but if true, it sounds like he is being backed up and supported in many important ways by this partner. He said that they were involved in the recent SK testing and their response was ‘positive’. For a company with significant financial and engineering resources to be on board with manufacturing E-Cats, they have to be convinced it is real and a worthwhile investment. For Rossi, it is ideal not just to have financial resources behind him, but industrial ones too, and not least, a location already in place where they can build his plants.

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