by Joe Shea
American Reporter Editor-in-Chief
April 8, 2016
NEW DEVICE PROMISES CHEAP ENERGY
BRADENTON, Fla., April 8, 2016 -- An invention that is likely to alter human history has been issued a rare U.S. Patent the government has refused to provide in the past for a process, once known as "cold fusion" and now called Low Energy Nuclear Reactions, or LENR), that creates far more energy than used to induce it.
The Energy Catalyzer, for which a Miami firm has paid $1.5 million and has Brad Pitt's British investment firm Briarcliff Trust as a backer, was invented over the past two decades by Italian-American scientist Andrea Rossi of Miami.
"I think Brad Pitt is a pretty legitimate guy who would be badly disappointed to learn that's he's put about a million dollars up only to help a company steal critical energy technology from the legal inventor and patent-holder who worked 20 years to develop it," said one person familiar with the case.
The firm is currently engaged in an $89-million lawsuit with a North Carolina venture capital firm that Rossi claims is trying to infringe on his U.S., European and Italian patents.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a patent for the device, which uses a small amount of a secret catalyst with nickel heated with hydrogen to produce up to 50 times the amount of energy required to create it. That is according to studies conducted by two engineering firms hired separately by the litigants to monitor a year-long test of a 1-Mw device that has been used to provide power to JM Chemicals, a Miami, Fla.-based manufacturing firm, continuously since February 2015.
Since 1989, when no accepted theory for existence of so-called "tabletop" fusion could be discerned and alleged results were declared irreproducible, the U.S. Patent Office has had a policy of not even considering such applications.
In recent years, however, the U.S. Navy's SPAWAR organization and NASA have explored the process and found it so effective that future rockets may be powered by LENR, NASA says. Ywo scientists at MIT, Dr. Peter Hagelstein and Dr. Mitchell Schwartz, have also produced overunity results from the LENR process, although on a far smaller scale.
A number of well-knownn laboratories around the world have also done so, and top Indian scientists have called for a crash program to develop technology based upon LENR. By far, however, Rossi's Energy Catslyser, known as the E-Cat, has been the most successful.
Now the device will be manufactured in competition with other major sources of energy, such as petroleum, solar, wind and nuclear energy, Rossi says. Despite its name, no indication of radioactive energy has been associated with LENR processes.
The intellectual property rights claimed by Rossi are now the subject of a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida brought by Rossi's Leonardo Corp. which alleges that Cherokee Investment Partners LLC and its subsidiary, Industrial Heat LLC, have attempted to exploit rights IH purchased for $10.5 million outside its franchise areas, which include North and South America, Russia and China, according to court documents and press releases issued by both sides.
According to Swedish journalist Mats Lewan, whose acclaimed book, "An Impossible Invention," traces the long development of the Energy Catalyzer, both Industrial Heat LLC (IH) and Cherokee underestimated their former partner.
"IH underestimated Rossi — thinking that he was just another of those confused and not-so-business- and competition-prepared inventors out there, when he was instead extremely focused, persistent (being an former long distance runner), competitive, intelligent, intuitive, far-aiming and hardened by tough experiences in a fairly corrupt power game country like Italy. Rossi managed to find a location and a customer for the one-year test [as their contract required IH to do]. [Rossi] also completed the test (which IH maybe didn't expect), furthermore, with exceptionally good results — a COP (Coefficient of Performance) above 50, far beyond the requirement in the License Agreement for full payment, a COP greater than 6," Lewan has written.
Rossi alleges in the lawsuit that Cherokee has illegally distributed propietary rights to the design of the device to companies around the world in return for payments. Cherokee has denied the claim. Some have estimated that the eventual value of those rights could exceed $1 trillion.