An article has been posted on the Triangle Business Journal in which Lauren Ohnsesorge talks with Tom Darden, Chairman of Industrial Heat LLC, and CEO of Cherokee Industrial Partners (both of Raleigh, North Carolina) about E-Cat technology and the recent test report that was just published.
Darden states that his main concern with this technology is to reduce air pollution. Darden states that he is not in it for the money:
“I’m serious — it’s about air pollution and coal . . . Our company is called Industrial Heat. Our job is to make industrial heat and industrial heat is made by coal… We don’t think any energy should be made by coal, so that’s why I’m doing this. This could be a way to eliminate the use of coal.”
Darden says he calls the report “promising”, and that they will continue to work on developing the technology. When questioned about the allegedly shady background (a charge raised by some critics) of Andrea Rossi, Darden states, “I don’t care who gets there first, how it happens . . . I just want to see it happen.”
Significantly, Darden takes ownership of the E-Cat, saying that “We built the reactor and shipped it over to Switzerland.” (emphasis added — good point, Ged)
The article also mentions that Darden says he has had ‘several high level conversations’ about the technology, including with Chinese officials on a recent trip to China.
This is the first we have heard from anyone from inside Industrial Heat (except for Andrea Rossi) for many months, so although there’s not much information here, it’s a significant statement. I expect that Darden and his associates will be getting a lot of information since the report was published, and it sounds like Darden has high hopes for the E-Cat.
The fact that he has been having high level conversations with people outside of China, I think is very significant. Probably those with whom he has spoken will be paying close attention to the new report, and if they are in high positions could already have specialists analyzing what was reported by the E-Cat testing team.