I was quite surprised yesterday to read the statement from the five Swedish professors responding to negative insinuations on Swedish Radio and defending their role as testers of Andrea Rossi’s E-Cat. My expectation was that we would hear nothing from anyone involved in the testing until the report was published, but I guessed wrong. Perhaps the professors did not want doubts about their competence and credibility, and the value of their work (which were the main focus of the radio report) to linger and poison the reception of the report when it is finally published.
Whatever their motivation, I feel that the fact that they made this statement at this point is an indication that these men are as convinced of the reality of the E-Cat as they were following their 2013 test. If the new round of testing had revealed that they had made errors in their previous report and they had discovered the E-Cat does not work after all, it is very doubtful that before the new report is published they would have gone on record backing the importance of their research, and defending their credibility in this way.
I think it’s significant that each professor was willing to stick his neck out and sign his name to this statement — each probably aware that he could become the target of criticism and ridicule for doing so. To me, that indicates confidence.
While there were no statements giving any prediction about the results of the testing (which they say is now over), there was an indication of a new aspect involved. They stated that the previous test did not attempt to uncover the source of the excess heat that was measured, and that in order to understand the cause of the anomalous production of energy more testing was needed:
“In particular no connections were made to cold fusion, which can not be done without knowledge of reactor fuel isotopic composition before and after combustion.
The conclusion is that new tests must be partly to clarify whether an anomalous heat production actually takes place and also investigate whether a change in the fuel’s overall isotopic composition takes place.”
This is possibly the most interesting part of the professors’ statement because it appears likely now that in the upcoming report there will be some analysis of the fuel used inside the E-Cat that could give some clue as to how the E-Cat works, not just that it works.
To me, this statement is a positive development, and it seems to bode well for a positive report when it is finally published; however, I must say here that these are my own interpretations of the professors’ statement, and it remains to be seen how accurate they are.