Apr 082016
Rossi mesmerizes Essén and Kullander

Andrea Rossi mesmerizes Swedish physics professors Hanno Essén and Sven Kullander. He convinces them that massive amounts of steam are coming out of his E-Cat.

April 8, 2016 – By Steven B. Krivit –

Industrial Heat LLC, a North Carolina company affiliated with Cherokee Investment Partners LLC, issued a statement yesterday rejecting the claims made in a lawsuit filed on April 5, 2016, by Andrea Rossi, a convicted white-collar criminal with a  string of failed energy ventures.

In the statement, Industrial Heat said that it “has worked for over three years to substantiate the results claimed by Mr. Rossi from the E-Cat technology — all without success.”

Darden’s statement conflicts directly with Rossi’s recent blog post statements that the one-year test was successful and that a positive independent report will be released soon.

Six months ago, on Sept. 27, 2015, Thomas Francis Darden II, the manager, president, and director of Industrial Heat, told Fortune magazine something different. “Rossi’s was one of the first investments we made,” Darden said. “We’ve been seeing the creation of isotopes and energy releases at relatively low temperatures — 1,000 degrees centigrade — which could be a sign that fusion has occurred.” Darden also encouraged prudence. Continue reading »

Apr 062016

“Smoke Screen” by mbowe-wallpapers

April 6, 2016 – By Steven B. Krivit –

Andrea Rossi, a convicted white-collar criminal with a string of failed energy ventures, is suing Thomas Darden, JT Vaughn, and their affiliated companies Cherokee Investment Partners LLC, Industrial Heat LLC, and IPH International B.V. for fraud. Rossi is accusing them of stealing his intellectual property.

Judging by all available facts known to New Energy Times, although Rossi and his Leonardo Corp. may have some patents and patent applications, there is no evidence that he has any working system that can produce commercially relevant amounts of excess heat based on what is contained in Rossi’s published intellectual property.

According to the complaint, Industrial Heat had paid Rossi $11 million for a license to what he calls his Energy Catalyzer, or E-Cat, an assembly of copper pipes that he says can produce 1 megawatt of commercially useful excess heat from low-energy nuclear reactions (LENRs). Attorney John Annesser, with the Silver Law Group in Islamorada, Florida, is representing Rossi. Annesser has been licensed for four years. Before that, he worked as a general contractor.

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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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