Andrea Rossi -Bordering On The Unbelievable

When Andrea Rossi broke a nearly 80 year old cross country record at age 17, the local newspaper said his accomplishment was “bordering on the unbelievable.” [15] These words proved to be prophetic in many ways. Rossi’s work over the last decade has been in the field of cold fusion. His work has been viewed with both hope and with skepticism.

If Rossi has learned anything in his life, it is to continue in the face of exhaustion, challenge, loneliness, and skepticism. For a person with a warm spirit, he has developed a hard shell, which many people find off-putting.

Rossi, in an interview with Mats Lewan, said, “First of all, I am not a very social person. I am a hermit. I’m not that easy to get along with. Second, I have always been extremely involved in the things I’ve done and I have had very little time to cultivate friendships.” [16]

Combine this independence with a philosophical approach to science, and you have a scientist sure to infuriate main-stream fellows with his determination to do things his own way. Rossi is a theoretical philosopher, meaning that he approaches experimentation from a different perspective than other scientists. He says,

“I gave a dissertation on theoretical philosophy, based on the phenomenological interpretation of the theory of relativity. Phenomenology involves analyzing the distinction between subjective and objective aspects of theory. It is quite complex. First, you must study the theory carefully. Then you must criticize aspects of it both from objective and subjective perspectives, that is, what in your opinion is essential to criticize and what is possible to criticize in the given situations. Remember, for a philosopher, what is required for something to be considered valid is that it can be demonstrated to be wrong in at least one situation. From this perspective, things that are always true are nonsense. They are meaningless.” [17]


As a result of this philosophy, Rossi pursues testing of his devices always with an eye for development. He keeps his technology to himself, not even sharing it with trusted advisors, because he has learned the hard way that powerful interests would bury disruptive technology such as cold fusion.

He supervises his own tests, seldom allowing third parties control over the processes. His experiences with Petrodragon and the sabotage and plotting have created in him the ability to remain steadfast in protecting his intellectual property.

With this in mind, Rossi did not share any of the crucial data for his device with his chief advisor Sergio Focardi. He did not include this information in his patent applications, either, which drew much criticism from the mainstream scientific community. Traditionally, scientists are expected to share their processes with each other in the spirit of academia. However, Rossi is not part of the mainstream scientific community. He works separately, developing his ideas separately from their stricture.

He and Focardi developed an energy catalyzer, or E-Cat. This device uses a little bit of nickel powder and some hydrogen to create nuclear fusion. This fusion creates as much as 10 times more energy than is required to produce the reaction, and the reaction is mostly self-sustaining.

In a move that shook the very foundation of his following Rossi finally sold the license for manufacturing and selling the E-Cats in the Americas and China to another company, Industrial Heat LLC, with its main office in Raleigh- North Carolina.. They know what the secret catalyst is that makes the E-Cat work.

IH has a one megawatt plant built by Rossi that is currently in operation for a confidential customer.

The next year (2016) should prove to be quite revealing. And, all of this is possible because of a man who has been capable of facing exhausting and lonely challenges, without public enthusiasm for his efforts.

[15]Lewan, Mats (2014-09-30). An Impossible Invention: The True Story of the Energy Source that Could Change the World (p. 38). Mats Lewan. Kindle Edition.

[16]Lewan, Mats (2014-09-30). An Impossible Invention: The True Story of the Energy Source that Could Change the World (p. 57). Mats Lewan. Kindle Edition.

[17]Lewan, Mats (2014-09-30). An Impossible Invention: The True Story of the Energy Source that Could Change the World (p. 40). Mats Lewan. Kindle Edition.