We don’t know very much at all about the business structure that is now running the commercialization aspects of Andrea Rossi’s E-Cat invention. Andrea Rossi announced last year that he had entered into a partnership with a US company, and that this company now had access to the secrets involved in the workings of the E-Cat. Rossi has said that his position is now that of chief scientific officer of the company, and it has been a long time since he has even referred to Leonardo Corporation, where he used to hold the title of CEO.
A question came up on the Journal of Nuclear Physics recently, asking about the leadership of the E-Cat efforts in light of the new partnership, and Rossi responded:
The leadership is a team, kind of the Senate of the ancient Rome, not an individual. This is our strength.
I am sure that when the contract was drawn up (described as a ‘mammoth’ contract by Rossi), leadership and decision-making was something that had to be clearly defined, and team decision-making was probably something spelled out there. If you have a good team that works well together it can create a powerful dynamic where shared strengths and talents are an asset. There are also times when group decision making can be slower and less flexible that a more hierarchical system.
From what we I can glean so far about the arrangement, The partner is a manufacturer with the ability to build as many e-cats as are ordered and it shares Rossi’s philosophy of getting the e-cat into the hands of the people and lowering energy prices.
I doubt Rossi would have agreed to an arrangement that would have kept him out of the key decisions to be made, but he also would have had to cede some power, too. I wonder if there is a Senate president.