Rossi Interviewed by Bailey and Borwein (Now on Huffington Post)

Thanks to Veblin for sharing a link to an interview by David H. Bailey of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (retired) and University of California, and Jonathan M. Borwein, Laureate Professor of Mathematics, University of Newcastle, Australia on the Math Drudge website.

Here’s the link to the interview:

UPDATE: The interview is now available on Huffington Post Science here:

There are some interesting responses from Rossi — a few quotes that stood out to me:

On Fleischmann and Pons: while he did not have success replicating their experiment: “I think that the real importance (and merit) of the F&P experiments has been the idea to make energy from nuclear effects by means of quantum tunneling”

On critics: “As long as a product is not on the real market, anyone can say whatever he or she wants and gain credibility.”

His theory: “My theory is that a proton from a hydrogen atom enters, by the quantum tunneling effect, into a nucleus of Li-7 (i.e., a lithium nucleus of atomic weight 7), forming a nucleus of Be-8 (i.e., a beryllium nucleus of atomic weight 8), which then decays in a few seconds into two alpha particles (helium nuclei), accompanied with the release of significant nuclear energy. ”

On challenges to keeping the plant up and running: “It is important for us to provide effective control and instrumentation, sufficient to keep the equipment working correctly, yet to avoid excessive or potentially faulty instrumentation that might compromise the reliability of the system in global operation. It is also imperative that the monitoring equipment provide the alarms and other information required by our safety certification company (SGS).”

On Patents: ” I have 64 other patents pending, and I am working on even more of them with my attorneys.”

About manufacturing E-Cats: “we want to offer prices that are very competitive, by means of economy of scale, to discourage “reverse engineering” (by making such reverse engineering pointless). Manufacturing will initially be done in the U.S. and in Europe. If at the end of the current one-year contractual test period (end of February 2016), our results are positive, manufacturing will begin.”

The kinds of products they plan to make with the E-Cat: “We foresee applications for central heating of commercial buildings, heat production for industrial processes and electric power generation. My dream is for domestic heat and power generation.”

He again says they have $3 billion worth of orders in place from 600,000 orders — which gives a cost of $5000 per unit. However Rossi has said that these orders combine industrial plants and domestic plants, so that really doesn’t help us get an estimate of how much domestic or industrial units would cost.

It’s good to see Andrea Rossi talking with people outside the usual circle of questioners on the Journal of Nuclear Physics. I think it provides a little different perspective when he gives more substantial answers compared to his normal brief responses on the JONP.