We don’t know who the third party E-Cat SKL testers are yet, but Andrea Rossi has stated on the Journal of Nuclear Physics that he has been interacting with them over Skype during this period of disruption due to the coronavirus outbreak. I tried to get a little better picture of what has been going on by asking Rossi some questions:
March 26, 2020 at 2:53 AM
1. Do I understand correctly that you are interacting with third party testers via Skype?
2. Are you running tests on the E-Cat SKL in your lab that they are able to observe?
3. Are they compiling data about their observations?
4. When they are able, will they visit your lab, or will you go to them?
5. Will a report be written about this Skype testing, or is it more informal?
Thank you, and best wishes,
March 26, 2020 at 5:36 AM
5 it is more informal, for obvious reasons
So obviously this is not the ideal situation, nor could this be considered third party testing. A true third party test would require the testers to have hands-on contact with the E-Cat and be able to run their own experiments. But it sounds like Rossi is trying to do something to move his project along, and like most meetings these days it has to be done remotely.
I asked Rossi yesterday how productive and useful this Skype activity has been, he replied: “Very much, in preparation of the real stuff.”