Thanks to Alainco on the LENR-Forum (here) for this interesting news: The European Patent Office has granted a patent on Francesco Piantelli’s “Method and Apparatus for Generating Energy by Nuclear Reactions of Hydrogen Adsobred by Orbital Capture on a Nanocrystalline Structure of a Metal”.
The documentation of this patent, which was granted on July 24, 2015, and published on August 26, 2015 can be found here: https://register.epo.org/application?number=EP12728780&lng=en&tab=main
In the claims document (see here), the patent refers to using hydrogen and a transition metal (Piantelli has traditionally used nickel) to obtain energy via nuclear reactions — and in claim 2. it refers to “A method according to claim 1, wherein said secondary material (28) comprises Lithium, in particular said Lithium comprising predetermined fractions of 6Li and 7Li isotopes.”
Nickel, hydrogen and lithium are all essential components of Andrea Rossi’s E-Cat, who has a patent approved in the US, and now Piantelli has one in Europe. I am not sure if the methods described in each patent are close enough to be in competition or conflict with one another, but I would expect that there will be close scrutiny on both sides of the Atlantic taking place. I am not familiar with the name of the applicants on the Piantelli document — but one looks to be a family member. Nichenergy, based in Milan, Italy is the company that is set up to commercialize Piantelli’s invention — but it is not named on the patent.