From a blog in Europe at 22passi.blogspot.com comes some insightful information about the Rossi ECat cold fusion reactor. The source of the information is Professor Christos Stremmenos. Professor Stremmenos began his scientific studies at the University of Bologna in the 1950s and continued to live, work and marry in Italy until his retirement.
The professor has been interested in cold fusion since the first experiments by Fleischmann and Pons, with attempts to replicate the two chemists’ experiments. Those studies brought him into close contact with Sergio Focardi; the two have worked together on cold fusion research moving to nickel powder instead of palladium.
Stremmenos role for the path of the Rossi ECat cold fusion reactor back to Greece also begins in the 1950s. Professor Stremmenos opposed the Greek Military Junta that came to power in the late 1960s. That activity formed associations with anti-facists including Andreas Papandreou and with his son George Papandreou, current Prime Minister of Greece. By the 1980s Stremmenos was appointed Ambassador to Italy for Greece.
Stremmenos is the man who bringing the Rossi ECat to Greece working with the Greek government to set up the factory that will manufacture the reactors and which will produce a 1-megawatt power plant.
22passi.blogspot.com has published an English translation parts of a radio interview at radio.rcdc.it with Professor Stremmenos describing his mediation with the Greek government to make an industrial plant possible. Defkalion Green Technology, the new company mentioned in previous reports, is a business venture of which he is vice-chairman — on “honorary terms”, he says.
Stremmenos also offers some criticism of those within the scientific community refusing to give the new discovery due consideration.
With his enthusiasm for the discovery of a new technology which he calls “revolutionary” and capable of solving mankind’s energy problems, Stremmenos declares: “Skeptics shall be defeated by the market — though this discovery is not meant to serve capitalists, but mankind”. The date is set, he says, for the October opening of the first cold fusion power plant, in Greece.
Meanwhile the Greek business newspaper, Express, is reporting back on March 16th of 2011, “A 200 million euro investment is about to arrive in Xanthi (a city in northern Greece) for the startup of an industrial unit for the production of devices for low cost thermal and electric energy generation.”
These two pieces put a much different light on the Rossi Focardi ECat cold fusion reactor. With The University of Bologna, the Greek government, some official involvement and fully private investment coming from Rossi alone the picture is looking quite different than simply an astonishing breakthrough – The Rossi ECat is making progress to market with plans for scale underway.
Those are just confirming extensions of the information we already have. What is new and quite interesting is the discussion describing in broad strokes about how the Italian folks got from the early palladium idea on to nickel and getting output into the kilowatt range. It’s a short story, but does hit the high points – it’s a good read.
Another noticeable point is Stremmenos offering the latest developments of Focardi’s studies, which came about thanks to the innovations made by Dr. Rossi, saying “we have many ideas” – claims Stremmenos – “and there still is a long way to go, but this is a road that may lead to incredible developments”.
This news is sure to light up the Rossi Cold Fusion community, and justifiably so. The news while lightly technical and offering some reassuring background will firm up the positive opinions with more real world facts.
The naysayers are getting into a problematic quandary. On one side the science story is gradually getting exposed. On the other commercial production looks immanent.
Pretty soon it looks like the science community had better be figuring out the why instead of offering pundit like arguments why not.
Lets hope the patent effort bears positive fruit for Rossi and soon. Everyone would sure like to know what’s going on inside that reactor and figuring out the chemistry, physics and why the sciences are working together to release energy.