One of the most elusive, and as some scientists may add, the most unattainable scientific breakthroughs - cold fusion, along with say zero-point energy - remains the kind of science that conceivably makes sense, but had until today remained out of the grasp of scientists.
What could potentially lead to an overnight revolution in energy production, cold fusion, that is nuclear reactions or nuclear fusion at almost room temperatures, exists as the answer to global energy issues and where some scientists have said it is impossible, indeed against the laws of physics, one Italian scientist has apparently proven to the contrary.
In news emerging today, Italian physicist Andrea Rossi said that he has created a machine which conducts cold fusion, a potentially revolutionary breakthrough.
Apparently Rossi’s machine, the E-Cat, successfully fused nickel and hydrogen at room temperature effectively creating limitless amounts of energy without any of nuclear fusion’s usually dangerous radiation.
Cold fusion had long been dismissed as a flight of fancy with the physics community saying that it defied the laws of physics. Moreover, many cold fusion demonstrations in the past were debunked as hoaxes. The idea was first suggested in the early part of the 20th century by Austrian physicists, Friedrich Paneth and Kurt Peters. However, the concept was never successfully proven.
But according to Rossi, tests were conducted on his E-Cat machine at the University of Bologna last month and the machine apparently did achieve cold fusion.
Speaking on his invention and explaining the experiment, Rossi said, “With low energy, it's possible to give a heater a certain amount of energy and to get from the same heater a superior amount of energy. The heat is initiated by electrical resistance. The reactors then produce another 479kWh of energy for another three to four hours without needing that initial electrical input -- the low-level nuclear reaction continues on its own,” adding, “The test we made by the customer was to see if the process was working properly, and to control whether the energy was in an amount superior to the amount supplied to the system. We have nothing to say, just to make plans that work properly and let those facts win against the scepticism.”
But while Rossi is confident that his machine works, many in the scientific community have dismissed his claims, despite several sources corroborating Rossi’s apparent achievement. Detractors have said that before making the claims, Rossi should submit his machine, method and technique for independent verification.
One supporter of Rossi in particular is the alternative energy news agency, Pure Energy Systems, whose CEO, Sterling Allen, went on record to say, “What Rossi demonstrated was 470 kilowatts of continuous output in self-sustain mode -- meaning the output was enough to keep the thing running on its own,” in effect saying that the E-Cat was self-sustaining as is expected from a cold fusion machine.
Rossi has not said anything on whether the E-Cat will be submitted for independent testing.