Andrea Rossi reported last year that a major milestone for him was when his partner — Industrial Heat, we now know — was able to independently build an E-Cat without his involvement. He explained that the E-Cat was:
“Entirely produced by our USA Partner in the new factory ( a magnificence), charged with the charge made by the Partner’s CEO, using the materials we teached to buy, prepare,manipulate, treat, to make the charges, assembled , insulated, has started its operation, and the results are the same of the E-Cats built by us.”
Apparently that was the beginning with Rossi taking a decidedly hands-off approach to production of the E-Cat. Rossi explained yesterday that all production issues are now handled by Industrial Heat. He said that the E-Cats being tested by the 3rd party were made by IH. When asked whether the E-Cats were made by students under his direction Rossi responded:
“The production is not made by students . . . it is made by workers ( and very good too !!!). It is true that I teached to them something, months ago, but I am not working in the production, nor directing it. My role is chief scientist. Now I am totally free from productive and commercial engagements. This makes me extremely more productive under the R&D point of view”
From what Rossi says here, Industrial Heat must now have a substantial operation going on, although we don’t know much about the number of E-Cats being produced or the number of people involved in manufacturing them. It appears that the factory located in the Research Triangle Park in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina, and I’m sure that Cherokee CEO Tom Darden’s presence on the board of governors of RTI International (formerly Research Triangle Institute) will have been very useful in helping to find a suitable premises for a factory, and will continue to be useful in the future if expansion of operations is required.