Apr 042016
The heart of the E-Cat: copper pipes surrounded by electrical heater

The heart of the E-Cat: copper pipes surrounded by electrical heater

April 4, 2016 – By Steven B. Krivit –

Luca Gamberale, an independent low-energy nuclear reaction (LENR) researcher, has provided New Energy Times with a revised analysis of his attempt to validate Defkalion Green Technologies’ version of Andrea Rossi’s Energy Catalyzer (E-Cat). Gamberale’s updated report contains only translation corrections, not technical corrections.

New Energy Times did not publish the original report or write a news story on the original version in 2014 because we had dismissed all claims resembling Rossi’s as hoaxes in 2011.

The report shows how Defkalion created an illusion of a LENR-based energy device. It reveals how Defkalion may have duplicated what Rossi was doing.

We are publishing Gamberale’s report because we now see its instructional value in identifying potential fraud and commercial scams in the LENR field.

Gamberale’s report is articulate, detailed and authoritative. His work demonstrates a high standard of professionalism and integrity. New Energy Times is not going to provide a technical analysis of the report; it speaks for itself.

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Mar 292016

Industrial Heat Goes Cold on Rossi
March 29, 2016 – By Steven B. Krivit –

A quiet chill has come over the relationship between Industrial Heat, LLC, a North Carolina company, and Andrea Rossi, an Italian businessman and white-collar criminal who has been convicted of fraud and appears to be running a scam.

Rossi has repeatedly claimed since 2011 that he has a working 1 megawatt LENR thermal generator. During that time he has failed to deliver tangible evidence of any such system.

On March 21, New Energy Times sent questions to Thomas Francis Darden II, the manager, president, and director of Industrial Heat, as well as to J.T. Vaughn, the vice president, inquiring about the status of the company’s relationship, if any, with Rossi. We wanted to know whether Industrial Heat was still in partnership with Rossi. We sent the questions again on March 23.

Neither Darden nor Vaughn responded.

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Mar 102016

Industrial Heat's E-Cat Exit
March 10, 2016 – By Steven B. Krivit –

Industrial Heat has apparently terminated its relationship with businessman Andrea Rossi. Industrial Heat is the only company that had publicly confirmed that it had licensed technology from Rossi.

On March 8, New Energy Times sent a news inquiry to Thomas Francis Darden II, the founder and chief executive officer of Cherokee Investment Partners LLC, in Raleigh, North Carolina, which manages the Cherokee Fund. The company operates a group of private equity funds specializing in cleaning up pollution. Darden is also the manager, president and director of Industrial Heat, LLC, one of Cherokee’s businesses. Industrial Heat issued a statement today responding to our inquiry about its low-energy nuclear reaction (LENR) activities.

On Jan. 24, 2014, J.T. Vaughn, the vice president of Industrial Heat, announced in a press release that Industrial Heat had acquired intellectual property rights from Andrea Rossi.

Rossi is a convicted white-collar criminal with a string of failed energy ventures. His most notorious endeavor was his effort between 1970 and 1990 to turn industrial waste into fuel. Rossi’s company produced no fuel, instead creating toxic waste. He caused environmental damage to the land and groundwater in the Milan, Italy, area. Rossi evaded Italian law enforcement, fled for the United States and later, on his return to Italy, was arrested in the Rome airport. More than 100 articles in major Italian newspapers depict Rossi’s financial and environmental criminal history.

1980s: A pile of used tires and waste in front of Ross's Petroldragon machine. Image courtesy L'Unita

1980s: A pile of used tires and waste in front of Rossi’s Petroldragon machine. Image courtesy L’Unita

Rossi moved on to thermoelectric devices and obtained money from the U.S. government to develop devices that he claimed would generate 800-1,000 Watts of heat. According the final report from the U.S. Army, 19 of the 27 devices Rossi delivered produced nothing. The remaining eight produced less than 1 Watt each.

Since 2011, Rossi has claimed to have a LENR-based contraption constructed from an electric heater, a pump, pipes and insulation that can produce 1 million Watts (1 MW) of heat.

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Feb 262016
Sterling Allan Arrested

Sterling Allan (Utah County Sheriff’s Dept.)

Feb. 26, 2016 – By Steven B. Krivit –

Sterling Allan, 52, of Fountain Green, Utah, the creator of Pure Energy News Service and the Free Energy Blog, has been arrested on multiple counts of child sex abuse, according to the Provo, Utah, Daily Herald. Bail has been set at $250,000. Allan remains in Utah County jail.

According to the Daily Herald, the arrest of Allan comes after more than a year of investigation. Police reports say that a special agent with the FBI received a tip in January 2015 that Allan was involved in the sexual exploitation of children. Allan’s arrest details are available at the Utah County Sheriff’s Web site.

Allan is a divorced father of three girls and one boy, ages 17, 15, 13 and 11. In his spare time, Allan produced an Internet-based video program called “Sterling Sunday School.” In what may have been his last broadcast, on Dec. 28, 2014, at 29:30 in this video, titled “Final Judgment,” Allan admitted to what he called his “predisposition to pedophilia.” He also said that he had made mistakes, and he accepted what he called his “weaknesses.” In a subsequent post on his Web site, he wrote that he was expecting to be arrested.

Allan has had close relationships with researchers and inventors for whom he has published news stories. In 2011, he encouraged his readers to invest in Andrea Rossi’s company, Leonardo Corp. Allan explained his agreement with Rossi to New Energy Times in 2012.

“If Pure Energy New Service brings the sale of a one megawatt heating unit to Rossi, then we’ll get a commission,” Allan wrote. “Ditto for investment. Ditto for licensees.”

Andrea Rossi and Sterling Allan

Andrea Rossi and Sterling Allan

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Feb 252016

New Energy Times Adds NRL Report to Archives
Feb. 25, 2016 – By Steven B. Krivit –

New Energy Times has added a long-lost report on low-energy nuclear reaction (LENR) research to its archives.

On Feb. 17, 2016, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, New Energy Times obtained a copy of a 1996 technical report from the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) that has never been publicly available.

Between 1992 and 1995, three U.S. Navy laboratories tried to collaborate and replicate results in palladium/deuterium systems. Dawn Dominguez, an organic chemist, was the principal investigator at NRL. She attempted to replicate experiments performed by Melvin Miles, an electrochemist, at the Naval Air Weapons Station, in China Lake, California.

Dominguez searched exclusively for excess heat. None of her experiments showed positive results. In Miles’ critique of the experiment, he explained that, although Dominguez had zero experiments that showed positive results, she also had zero experiments that were done properly.

“This NRL report,” Miles said, “is useful because it provides an excellent example of the wrong things to do.”

Robert Nowak, a program manager with the Office of Naval Research, managed the project. Nowak invited researchers at what was later renamed the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWAR) in San Diego, California, to participate in the program, but he offered no financial support. The SPAWAR researchers, Stanislaw Szpak, an electrochemist, and Pamela Mosier-Boss, an analytical chemist, were, therefore, unable to participate fully.

New Energy Times also obtained a copy of the NRL report from Miles with his handwritten notes. After discussing the long-lost NRL report with Miles and Mosier-Boss, they each wrote summaries of the Dominguez report.

All versions of the reports and summaries are available at this New Energy Times Web page.

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