An independent test report of Andrea Rossi’s E-Cat HT2 is available at the Cornell University Library archive. The team, seemingly led by Hanno Essén of the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden included four collaborators from Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden with Mr. Rossi’s old friend Giuseppe Levi of Bologna University and Evelyn Foschi of Bologna Italy.
The team collected data over two experimental runs lasting 96 and 116 hours, respectively. Anomalous heat production was indicated in both experiments. It would appear fairly conclusively the E-Cat HT2 works.
Using the most conservative assumptions as to the errors in the measurements, the result is energy production still one order of magnitude greater than conventional energy sources and could be as high a three orders of magnitude.
As noted the independent test was run with people quite familiar to Mr. Rossi. This is no particular surprise. It is in fact to be expected both as to the need for expertise as well as familiarity. None of the real world circumstances are going to satisfy the skeptics, critics and naysayers. But the report paper is generously offered to anyone who cares to look and offers a quite thorough look at the protocols and procedures with worthwhile insight to the device and its performance.
The test is also noteworthy in that the financial support for the team came from and is credited to the private Alba Langenskiöld Foundation and commercial firm ELFORSK AB. This too is not a surprise as close watchers have noted that the Swedes are following closely and have begun their effort to commercialize the technology.
The test set out to determine if the E-Cat HT2 is a net energy producer. The test design is patterned on an open flame method where the measurements are of radiated heat rather than immersion in water for a convection transfer. This method makes no assumptions about the nature of the E-Cat HT2 reaction or the contents of the reactor. Thus no conditions are made for the presumed LENR or Cold Fusion activity, the heat is measured the same way you would measure an electrically heated cylinder or a gas flame combusting inside a cylinder.
The test result paper has come out a little over a month after the event. The test took place at Rossi’s facility in Italy. The apparatus used was provided by the test team.
It’s a pretty clean test. Of course lots of folks can poke holes, but the team, its financial backers and interested commercial interests got what they wanted.
The cleanliness is important. Using the test to determine the source of the energy output would only complicate the protocols. The point wasn’t how, rather a simple “does it or does it not”. Why bother with the how until you have a concrete “it does.”
That leads to the news the next test experiment, which is expected to start in the summer of 2013; to last about six months is to be a long-term performance test of the E-Cat HT2. That test will be crucial for further attempts to unveil the origin of the heat phenomenon observations.
Rossi has enough prescience to grasp that commercial use has to lead the science research needed to gain understanding. Surely the established science community is watching, but established science works on well, established science, where expertise and depth of understanding can delve further into the particular fields.
Cold Fusion got blown as soon as labels were applied from familiar fields, which threatened the established knowledge. It’s a sorry situation when human natures need to associate the new with the old fails and drags the wholly new into science oblivion.
Cold Fusion, LENR or other labels are all addressing a basic truth – it’s a new field, fantastically exciting, packed with potential, and the most compellingly interesting thing since germs and radiation.