E-Cat Covered on New Zealand TV

3 News is a major commercial TV news channel in New Zealand and on Wednesday covered the Lugano report, and included an interview with Auckland University of Technology professor Allan Blackman.

The coverage is not in-depth, and fairly typical of what one would expect from a TV show. Professor Blackman is unconvinced, comparing Rossi’s story to  the Fleischmann and Pons affair 25 years ago, and talking about the unlikelihood of achieving fusion at room temperatures.

One aspect of the story that they got wrong was saying that Rossi is asking for money, and is taking orders online. That’s not true — you can go to ecat.com and sign up on a list indicating your interest in e-cat products, but no money is being asked for. This is what they say:

“ECAT.com will provide answers to inquires from potential customers and collect non-binding orders for the first ECAT products. Due to the high expected demand, orders will be put on a waiting list. Delivery to be announced. – See more at: http://ecat.com/#sthash.uaPgw2n0.dpuf

The video clip and accompanying story can be found here:

http://www.3news.co.nz/world/scientist-claims-to-have-mastered-cold-fusion-2014101510

TV clip from YouTube (thanks, Facelpalm)

  • Andreas Moraitis

    I’ve missed the part about the money, since I could not start the video. The accompanying text looks not that bad to me. Possibly they are trying to hedge their bet. It is at least mainstream news, and it might encourage other journalists to report about the subject, hopefully somewhat more differentiating.

  • Andreas Moraitis

    I’ve missed the part about the money, since I could not start the video. The accompanying text looks not that bad to me. Possibly they are trying to hedge their bet. It is at least mainstream news, and it might encourage other journalists to report about the subject, hopefully somewhat more differentiating.

    • mike

      It’s called disinformation and is slanderous.

  • Teemu

    News coverage of the new report continues to be disappointing, but expected.

  • Bob Greenyer

    It is actually progress – people might give it a look and some will judge for themselves. In Australia, a nation that nearly uses more energy than any other per head, Coal production is one of the major exports – there are interests to preserve.

    • hempenearth

      Not to mention Australia has a third of the worlds known uranium reserves.

  • Bob Greenyer

    It is actually progress – people might give it a look and some will judge for themselves. In Australia, a nation that nearly uses more energy than any other per head, Coal production is one of the major exports – there are interests to preserve.

    • Wayne M.

      Bob,

      This is actually not progress. The 3rd party “independent” report has been out for over a week and this is the best mainstream reporting so far? Please.

      What a crushing blow to my expectations and hope for LENR. The 3rd party report is dead in the water. It will never be published in any reputable, peer reviewed publication. There is so much ambiguity and lack of detail in the report, no one is going to be able to replicate it by any means other than serendipity.

      Even in the “Michael McKubre Reviews the E-Cat Report” blog on this website stung me enough to reel me back. McKubre’s analysis dammed with faint praise. He is a diplomat, I am not. Considering the amount of time the Professors had for their research, McKubre’s observations pointed out sloppy and amateurish practices.

      We can hope that another test is forthcoming that address these competencies. One without Dr. Rossi’s fingerprints on the samples.

      Then, IF the report gets accepted, even in Popular Science, you will get better mainstream reporting. It might be reported in New Zealand AND Australia.

      • mike

        it’s not Rossi and it is not because it’s too mysterious. They are deliberately suppressing it. And it is evil. What about Mills? They say he is a fraud and he has some of the greatest inventions of our time. So you are seriously mistaken I think. They are at war with us. it is time to take the gloves off.

    • hempenearth

      Not to mention Australia has a third of the worlds known uranium reserves.

  • Facepalm
    • ecatworld

      Thanks, Facepalm. I have added this to the post.

  • Facepalm
    • Frank Acland

      Thanks, Facepalm. I have added this to the post.

  • Gerrit

    They might be referring to ecataustralia.com the company by Roger Green. On that website there is a big “reserve your unit now” button. That might look a bit too shady for a lot of people.

    • Ophelia Rump

      If you are a reporter you should push the button and see what happens.
      It is no excuse for shoddy years old reprint reporting for a new report.

  • Gerrit

    They might be referring to ecataustralia.com the company of Roger Green. On that website there is a big “reserve your unit now” button. That might look a bit too shady for a lot of people.

    • Ophelia Rump

      If you are a reporter you should push the button and see what happens.
      It is no excuse for shoddy years old reprint reporting for a new report.

  • SH

    So the ecat website says the 1MW plant is on the market. Why is that? If they had actually sold a few of these wouldn’t that have already validated the tech beyond any doubt? I am really optimistic that the ecat is real and Rossi isn’t scamming anyone, but I don’t understand how they can say it is on the market when it obviously isn’t. If you have to pre-order something, that means it isn’t available on the market yet, so they should change that language.

    • friendlyprogrammer

      Yes. If you followed this story at all you would know Rossi has sold these in the past as well, but it no more validates anything according to mainstream science than any experiment would. Mainstream science needs papers and math and formulas all tied into a neat little bundle before they will even look at it. The Wright brothers had been flying for about four years before science admitted it might be possible.

      • mike

        Yea, the so called geniuses need to be spoon fed.

  • MasterBlaster7

    Yah, thats about what I expected it to be. The science guy was getting a lot of things wrong too. Protect the patents? what patents? there cant be patents in the US due to the special patent office rules against cold fusion. It is a trade secret. There are a lot of other little things like this, but it is to be expected…and I still like the Kiwi’s. What this really shows is that a working commercial prototype is needed to push these walls down.

    • jousterusa

      I would quibble on just one point: “What this really shows is…” What it really shows is what happens when the normal reporting environment is not corrupted. All of the major news outlets in America should have reported something, even if only what the Kiwis did.

  • MasterBlaster7

    Yah, thats about what I expected it to be. The science guy was getting a lot of things wrong too. Protect the patents? what patents? there cant be patents in the US due to the special patent office rules against cold fusion. It is a trade secret. There are a lot of other little things like this, but it is to be expected…and I still like the Kiwi’s. What this really shows is that a working commercial prototype is needed to push these walls down.

    • jousterusa

      I would quibble on just one point: “What this really shows is…” What it really shows is what happens when the normal reporting environment is not corrupted. All of the major news outlets in America should have reported something, even if only what the Kiwis did.

  • bkrharold

    This report is not helpful, or informative, as it was not very well researched and lacks recent developments. Perhaps they should stick to simpler subjects like rescuing a cat from a tree, as serious reporting is obviously beyond their capabilities.

  • builditnow

    The report was pleasantly positive, for a major news organization, with the usual inaccuracies.
    I think the NZ professor is correct, publication in a respected peer reviewed magazine could well kick the awareness of the E-Cat to up to the point where the Lame Street Media could feel safe to mention it.

    I’ve seen comments that the E-Cat report has been presented to The Journal of Physics D for publication.

    I wonder if the Chief Editor of The Journal of Physics D has a connection with the team.
    Editor-in-Chief Professor Giorgio Margaritondo École Polytechnique, Lausanne, Switzerland
    http://iopscience.iop.org/0022-3727/page/Editorial%20Board

    Also, other members of the Editorial Board.
    A Fontcuberta i Morral École Polytechnique, Lausanne, Switzerland
    U Röthlisberger École Polytechnique, Lausanne, Switzerland

  • builditnow

    The report was pleasantly positive, for a major news organization, with the usual inaccuracies.
    I think the NZ professor is correct, publication in a respected peer reviewed magazine could well kick the awareness of the E-Cat to up to the point where the Lame Street Media could feel safe to mention it.

    I’ve seen comments that the E-Cat report has been presented to The Journal of Physics D for publication.

    I wonder if the Chief Editor of The Journal of Physics D has a connection with the team.
    Editor-in-Chief Professor Giorgio Margaritondo École Polytechnique, Lausanne, Switzerland
    http://iopscience.iop.org/0022-3727/page/Editorial%20Board

    Also, other members of the Editorial Board.
    A Fontcuberta i Morral École Polytechnique, Lausanne, Switzerland
    U Röthlisberger École Polytechnique, Lausanne, Switzerland

  • Mcdownunder

    Professor Allan Blackman
    Head of Postgraduate
    Phone: (+64) 09 921 9642
    Email: allan.blackman@aut.ac.nz
    Qualifications:
    B.Sc (Hons) (University of Otago)
    Ph.D (University of Otago)
    Memberships and Affiliations:
    Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry
    Editorial Board Member, Polyhedron (Elsevier)

    Biography:
    Following my Ph.D at Otago under the expert supervision of Professor David Buckingham and Dr Charles Clark I undertook postdoctoral study with Professor George Christou at Indiana University. I returned to a lecturer position at Otago where I eventually became Associate Professor (2008). During this time I spent periods of sabbatical leave with Professor Bill Tolman (Minnesota), Professor Lawrie Gahan (Brisbane), Dr Carole Duboc, Dr Marie-Noëlle Collomb and Dr Alain Deronzier (Grenoble). In 2013 I was appointed Professor of Chemistry at AUT.

    Teaching Areas:General Chemistry; Inorganic Chemistry
    Research areas:
    The synthesis, structure and reactivity of coordination complexes.
    The use of coordination complexes as catalysts for biological and industrial processes.
    Kinetics of chemical reactions.
    Multinuclear NMR and X-ray crystallography as characterisation tools.
    Chemical education.

    Send him an email anyone????