Last month we reported how Dick Smith, an Australian entrepreneur and member of the Australian Skeptics group had promised to give $200,000 to the Byron New Energy Charitable Trust if he can be convinced that the E-Cat was a valid technology. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Andrea Rossi was to appear via Skype to discuss his technology at a community meeting in Mullumbimby, New South Wales. Apparently the Skype hookup did not take place. Smith had assigned Ian Bryce, an aerospace engineer to investigate Rossi’s technology, and Bryce remains unconvinced about the E-Cat. Bryce is now hypothesizing that a faulty wiring connection could have been the cause for an apparent energy gain in the E-Cat demonstration last October.
When this critique was brought to Andrea Rossi’s attention on his Journal of Nuclear Physics blog, he responded with a trademark all-caps response:
Thank you for your comment, because it gives me the chance to make clear that:
1- I NEVER APPROACHED THIS DICK SMITH, I DO NOT EVEN KNOW WHO IS HE.
2- HIS REMARKS ARE SIMPLY RIDICULOUS, JUST GO TO CHECK ALL THE REPORTS MADE ON OUR TESTS, JUST GO TO NYTEKNIK TO READ ALL OUR TESTS, IN PARTICULAR THE OCT 6TH TEST AND YOU WILL SEE THAT ALL THE WIRING HAS BEEN CHECKED. ALL THESE WANNABE VALIDATORS SIMPLY INSULT THE SCIENTISTS WHO MADE THE TESTS, LIKE THEY COULD BE SO NAIF NOT TO CHECK PROPERLY ALL THE WIRING CONNECTIONS. BY THE WAY: THE ENERGY CONSUMED HAS BEEN MEASURED NOT ONLY AT THE WIRES TO THE PLUG (ALL OF THEM, WIRE BY WIRE), BUT ALSO TO ALL THE CABLES CONNECTED INSIDE THE E-CAT !!!!
ALSO THE PLUG ( THE ONLY ONE USED) HAS BEEN DETECTED, TO CHECK THAT THERE WERE NOT ANOMALIES!!!
I REMEMBER THAT THE 6TH OCTOBER TEST HAS BEEN ATTENDED FROM SCIENTISTS FROM ALL THE WORLD, AND THAT THE 28TH OCTOBER TEST HAD BEEN MADE INDIPENDENTLY AND WITH INDIPENDENT INSTRUMENTATION BY A COLONEL ENGINEER OF AN ARMY AND THAT HE, USUALLY, WITH 30 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE, TESTS THERMODYNAMIC PLANTS AND MISSILES HEADS OF NUCLEAR CARRIERS.
3- I DO NOT THINK THIS GUY IS A SNAKE, I THINK HE HAS BEEN MISINFORMED FROM SOME PERSON WHO SAID TO HIM STUPIDITIES.
4- WITHIN ONE YEAR WE WILL START TO SELL OUR E-CATS IN MASS, SO ALL THE SKEPTICS WILL BE ABLE TO BUY ONE AND TEST IT.
END OF DISCUSSIONS.
Rossi says in point number four that the E-Cats will be for sale ‘within one year’ now — something he has hedged on until now. Until his machines are on the market and available for everyone to use and test, there will no doubt be plenty of theories put forward about why the E-Cat can’t be doing what is claimed. It is going to be a long year for the E-Cat watching public.