Those who have been following the E-Cat story over the last couple of years have probably lost count of the number of times that Andrea Rossi turned down offers to test the E-Cat. His standard reply when people literally pleaded for him to allow competent third party testers have access to the E-Cat was that the only testing that really counted was that done by customers with real E-Cat products.
So there has been quite a change in attitude since Rossi announced that the third party tests were going on, and he has provided an interesting response to a JONP reader who asked about the reason for this new policy:
We decided to make this third party test because the proposal has been very honest, not from persons bound to our competitors aiming only to make espionage, as happened in past: some of these past wannabe validators have been discovered during a demo with unpermitted devices hidden under the sweater, or they, after writing open letters to test our device, turned out few months later to make tests in competition with us… This time the proposal was very honest and serious, we accepted, once and for ever before the industrial diffusion, to be subject to a third party indipendent test.
This shows a side of Rossi that I have noticed before — many of his decisions and professional relationships are based upon trust. He is certainly cautious, but it seems that he is not stubborn by principle. He will give careful consideration to ideas and proposals, and if he feels that they have merit, and come from trusted people he can be surprisingly flexible. That’s my guess regarding what happened in the case of creating the industrial partnership.