Andrea Rossi - Mountain Top Highs
Petroldragon was based on Rossi’s experiments with turning waste into fuel. This was a natural progression from his experiments in reclaiming lost energy from burning waste. The 1970s and early 1980s witnessed an energy crisis in much of the world, and Rossi was convinced that he could, through scientific means, replicate the process of turning waste matter into oil.
In Bacialli’s biography, the story is very vivid, and quoted here as a whole.
Thus, by the tender age of 28, Andrea Rossi had achieved more than most people achieve in a lifetime.
By 1983, at age 33, Rossi had built a facility that could generate several tons of fuel oil every single day. The plant was self-sustaining, generating its own energy for all processes. And, he could produce this oil boom for 30% less than fossil fuels.
Rossi’s oil was dubbed Retrofluopetrolio by the enamored press. Rossi’s ability to work long, exhausting hours in unpopular matters resulted in a process and product that could save the planet from the waste and abuse of Man. He had invested not only his time and work, but millions of his own lire in the process.
Industries all over Italy clamored for one of his biomass plants. Several times, Rossi discovered that potential partners were only trying to buy his technology in order to bury it. President Jimmy Carter offered him a lifetime visa to come to the United States and bring his technology with him. But, Rossi chose to remain faithful to his home country. It’s too bad his country did not share such loyalty. Almost from the beginning, he would find evidence of sabotage in various plants.
Permits for the transportation and storing of waste materials were obtained and taxes were paid on materials brought in as well as those produced. The taxes paid by Refluopetrolio were fuel taxes, not waste taxes, because the government recognized that this was fuel. Rossi even built a racetrack and raced an Alpha Romeo that used Refluopetrolio. This was Rossi’s attempt to show people that it would be a replacement for fossil fuels in transportation.
Ever the entrepreneur, when Rossi discovered that silver and gold were obtained through the refining process, he began a jewelry business. That proved to be a mistake, because the government saw that as a form of tax evasion.
 Nikolova, Vessela (2014). E-Cat “The New Fire”