Andrea Rossi - A Tough Journey

However, there were two juggernauts that had already started rolling onto Rossi’s dream. The fossil fuel industry noticed that they had competition, and organized crime moved into the waste business. Two international, powerful, and ruthless lobbies were interested in Rossi’s business – one from the raw resources end and one from the products end. Rossi did not see it at first, but it was the beginning of the end of Petroldragon.

Petroldragon was not considered to be a waste disposal company, because it manufactured fuel from the waste rather than disposing it. The Camorra family, however, wanted to corner the market on waste.

At the same time, Petroldragon had moved into the biodiesel market, and gotten the attention of the oil industry.

The Italian government, with no notice, classified Petroldragon as a waste disposal company that – no surprise – did not have the proper permits. Rossi had also bought the Omar refinery for the production of biofuel. This, too, was declared a toxic waste dump. Not only were his factories condemned, but the fuel they had produced and that had been taxed as fuel was considered toxic waste. Hundreds of customers of Rossi were ruined.

The persecution was personal, as well. Rossi was arrested by the police and vilified by the press. Lawsuits and bankruptcies left him without any money or property. His wife left him, and he lost contact with his 3 children. Rossi himself said that in the days before internet, the media controlled all news and he had no voice. [7] 

The Valley of the Shadow of Death was a long one. During this time, Rossi’s beloved mother died, breaking his heart.[8]  He witnessed the death of his dreams for clean energy for the planet. He watched his factories shut down and bankrupted. He saw is personal investments and family fortunes seized by the government.

For 17 years, Rossi was pursued wherever he went. He was tried 56 times. Of the 56 charges, 5 resulted in convictions. Those convictions were for failing to be in compliance with the suddenly changed permit laws.[9]  He was put in prison several times, and each time was acquitted of all charges that had led to his imprisonment. One of those charges was that of money laundering through the recycling of the silver and gold salvaged from the refining process.[10]  Even after he emigrated to the U.S. for a fresh start, the legal problems were not over.


[7]  Lewan, Mats (2014-09-30). An Impossible Invention: The True Story of the Energy Source that Could Change the World (p. 55). Mats Lewan. Kindle Edition.
[8]   Nikolova, Vessela (2014). E-Cat “The New Fire”. (p. 114)
[9]  Lewan, Mats (2014-09-30). An Impossible Invention: The True Story of the Energy Source that Could Change the World (p. 61). Mats Lewan. Kindle Edition.
[10]  Lewan, Mats (2014-09-30). An Impossible Invention: The True Story of the Energy Source that Could Change the World (p. 54). Mats Lewan. Kindle Edition.