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Cold fusion at energy conference

Cold fusion was the subject of a presentation at the All-Energy Conference held in Melbourne in October, but with a twist.

Ian Bryce, chief investigator for Australian Skeptics, was invited to present on his research into the Italian Andrea Rossi’s development of what he claims is cold fusion technology that can be used from domestic to industrial applications.

The All-Energy Conference has developed into Australia’s largest clean and renewable energy event, with approximately 4000 registrants. Supported by the Victorian government, it covers the latest research, development, implementation, finance and regulation of energy generation and utilisation around the world.

Bryce’s paper was titled, “Investor beware – cold fusion and other investment scams”, and covered his investigations of Rossi’s E-CAT (energy catalyser) technology. A full report on Bryce’s investigation can be found here.

Rossi’s initial claims looked sound, Bryce says, because 15 of the world’s top scientists, including from NASA, gave it support after witnessing demonstrations.

In the expose, the Skeptics revealed how the scientists were fooled.

The presentation also explained how to perform due diligence so that investors’ money may be directed to schemes that have at least a chance of working.

Bryce says that “delegates migrated from other streams at the convention, which were on serious developments in technology and investment. This resulted in a full room, and the audience seemed to enjoy the change of pace to hear about scammers in their own field.

“I pointed out that any serious development in energy should have been represented at this conference, but among the 100 presenters and 300 exhibitors, none of what I suggest are scams were to be seen.

“In the breaks, six people kept me busy for 90 minutes with further discussions.”

As an update to Bryce’s original reports, he says that Sol Millin, the initial would-be Australian representative for E-CAT, had dropped out of the scene and was not answering emails. Rossi eventually sold an Australian licence to a Roger Green, who saw an E-CAT demonstration in Bologna on 24 February 2012. His website repeats the claims of cheap power from low energy nuclear reactions, and offers a 10kW domestic unit for $2500 and a 1MW industrial E-CAT for US$1.5M.

Green’s previous forays into energy technologies (under the name of Eco Global Fuels) include hypersonic propulsion, a self-regenerating magnetic battery, the AURA tower (crop fertilisation without toxic fertilizers), imploder water treatment technology, a Tesla bladeless disk turbine, and “Quantum Well Thermoelectric Converter (QTEG)”.

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