Today georgehants put a question to Andrea Rossi on the Journal of Nuclear Physics about whether there was anything that he could say or do to help LENR/cold fusion become a generally accepted research area.
Andrea Rossi responded:
I agree with you, after the Report of the Independent Third Party ( and the work of many colleagues of mine, like for example Brian Ahern in the MIT) many scientists of the so called mainstream science have changed opinion. Before our work, to show anything regarding the LENR to a mainstream scientist was like to show garlic and crucifix to Dracula; today most accept that it is a field that is worth R&D. The final push can only be given by reliably working plants that produce energy in a profitable way in an industry. This is exactly what our Team is doing by means of the 1 MW plant upon which we are working so hard.
Once again, Rossi states that only a working, profitable commercial plant will be able to erase all doubts and overcome widespread disinterest — but it’s interesting that he thinks the tide is turning somewhat among people who are paying attention.
It’s also interesting that he again brings up Brian Ahern at MIT and mentions him as a colleague. I don’t think they are working together, but Rossi has said that his team at Industrial Heat has been able to replicate an LENR effect using a patent from LENR, so Rossi probably sees them as both working on the same front. Interestingly, Ahern is also helping the Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project.