The following is a guest post by Rick Allen. The opinions expressed in guest posts are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of E-Cat World.
By putting together several pieces of information that were publicly available on the internet, the identity of the company that owns the E-Cat has been determined: Cherokee Investment Partners LLC. This company created Industrial Heat LLC, funded it with approximately eleven million dollars, acquired the rights to the E-Cat technology, and appointed Andrea Rossi as Chief Scientist.
This ends the mystery about who owns the E-Cat technology, and it also gives us additional information. First, it tells us Andrea Rossi now works for a company that has access to the necessary capital to adequately fund the commercialization of the technology. Secondly, it lets us know that he works for a company with enough experience, funding, and connections to provide top notch scientists and engineers to fully develop the technology. Third, it makes us aware of the Chinese involvement. With the significant connections between Cherokee and China, the E-Cat will have access to an enormous market where an alternative source of clean energy is desperately needed.
I think the Chinese connection may be the most significant aspect of this revelation. Currently, China is suffering from horrible pollution problems due largely to countless coal burning power plants. The construction of these plants are continuing, and their emissions are having an impact on the entire world. If E-Cat technology is adopted and allowed to proliferate in China, it could solve many of the environmental and economic challenges the nation is facing. A source of pollution free, dirt cheap, and safe energy would be very useful to a nation with over a billion citizens
Actually, it may be more likely for the technology to be quickly adopted in China than the United States. This is because, possibly, there may be fewer regulatory restrictions and laws created to hinder the adoption of the technology. In the United States, there is a stigma attached to anything that claims to be “nuclear.” It’s possible that due to the sue-happy, ultra litigious culture of the USA, many groups may try to prevent the technology from being commercialized by urging the government to strictly regulate it in the name of safety. Of course this will be ridiculous, because nickel hydrogen fusion is inherently safe (no nuclear fuel, no nuclear waste, no radiation escaping the reactor, no potential for weaponization, and no conventional melt down possible), but overly cautious individuals and organizations will probably try to claim the technology is dangerous.
What people need to realize is that many of the technologies that allowed our modern civilization to come about were dangerous at first. Steam boilers in trains often exploded, many of the associates of the Wright Brothers died in airplane crashes, and people were electrocuted as the first cities were wired up. However, instead of putting excessive regulations on these technologies, they were allowed to proliferate. If the United States had the same culture back then as it does today, I’m certain that it would have taken each of these technologies decades longer to mature. We might only be flying in Piper Cubs, only have DC current, and be using horse powered buggies to get around today if these attitudes existed back then.
It’s my hope that China will embrace the E-Cat as vigorously and rapidly as the United States adopted all these technologies a hundred years ago. They say necessity is the mother of invention. I would take this further and say that need is the mother of adoption. China needs a clean, alternative technology more than any other nation: they have more mouths to feed, more homes to power, and more cities to develop. I hope they put aside any potential fears about the technology and use it to make their nation a better place and improve the lives of their people. Once other nations see the advantages China is obtaining by using the technology, they will be forced to adopt it as well. No one wants to be outdone by their neighbors or competitors.
Some may claim that China gaining access to the technology is not a good thing, claiming that the communistic system is evil, and the nation oppresses their people. I for one think we need to put aside all political considerations when it comes to supporting the spread of this technology. It needs to be used by all nations regardless of size, population, culture, or political structure. The United States had its chance to adopt cold fusion or LENR technology decades ago, but certain individuals, educational institutions, and government agencies did everything they could to suppress the technology. Since the United States suppressed this technology for so long, I think justice may be served if China or some other nation is the first to adopt it.
Now we must wait for Cherokee to formally announce their involvement. The sooner this happens the better. Just as badly as we need this technology, we also need hope. We need hope for a world without poverty, economic upheaval, pollution, and constant warfare. The E-Cat is not going to automatically solve all these problems, but it may be the one technology with the most potential to help.