According to Andrea Rossi the long-awaited 3rd party report of European testing of Andrea Rossi’s hot cat reactor is undergoing further tests. Rossi reported, “I have been informed today that the third party tests will be completed in the third week of March.”
I followed up with a question about what the reason for the delay was. Rossi’s reply was that “the peer reviewers asked for additional tests to confirm the results.”
I would guess that once the testing is finally over (and it’s possible that they may want more time after the 3rd week of March), that it will take at least a few weeks to write the report, so realistically I don’t think now that we should be expecting to see the report published until April now.
Here are are a couple possible reasons that I can think of that the peer reviewers in this situation want to do more testing.
1. The effect is so small that they can’t determine whether it is significant or just noise.
2. The effect is so impressive that they want to be absolutely certain there is no conventional explanation for it.
I would guess that if there is nothing interesting going on, the peer reviewers would have pulled the plug and given up on the whole affair.
Any other ideas?