Sebastian Anthony at Extremetech.com has written an article about the Industrial Heat acquisition of the E-Cat, and like some other writers I have seen, gives a new level of respect to Rossi because of the involvement of Tom Darden of Cherokee Investment Partners. Anthony notes that Cherokee is a ‘a large US investment company’ and that it has experience in the energy sector with solar power and waste-to-energy technology.
Anthony writes about reports of Darden visiting China ‘to showcase the E-Cat’ — which I don’t think is what literally happened, since there are no reports of Darden taking any E-Cat device on his recent visit to Baoding. His mission seemed to be to talk with government business officials about the possibility of doing some kind of manufacturing there.
Anthony concludes on a cautious, but open-minded note, saying:
While the Industrial Heat acquisition adds a lot of credence to Rossi’s claims, it’s still not scientific proof that LENR is actually occurring inside the E-Cat. Rossi says that he has a team of international scientists that are planning to do another round of tests on the E-Cat. Their tests should “end in March,” with a peer-reviewed report to follow sometime after that. The May 2013 study left a lot of questions unanswered, which in turn led to the authors’ conclusions being mostly dismissed. Hopefully this next study will finally prove that cold fusion is real.
I really think that the ‘Cherokee effect’ is making some people who might have previously been dismissive of the E-Cat sit up and take notice — and with good reason, in my opinion. As I wrote earlier today in comment on another post — I feel the days where one can credibly think that Rossi has been lying about his technology are over. I can see no rational case that can be made suggesting that Rossi has hoodwinked the Industrial Heat folks.
I think we’ll be seeing an increasing level of credulity from many now-cautious people over time.