Australian Skeptics are reporting on the latest developments in the world of Andrea Rossi's e-Cat machine.
For those who came in late, this bloke Rossi has invented a machine called the e-Cat that he claims performs cold fusion. There has been buzz about it for a while after his last demonstration allegedly "worked" - at least to the point of convincing someone to actually buy a unit - by generating more electrical power than it took in.
So far most of the actual scientific community are very skeptical about it.
Dick Smith sent over an engineer a couple months back, who reported
that the most likely explanation was an error in measuring the energy that went in and out.
Dick has taken this to the next level by offering a cool $1m cash
. Rossi has rejected the offer unequivocally:
“If this guy wants to test a 1 MW plant and has 1 million to spend he can buy a 1 MW plant, with a regular contract, that gives him all the necessary guarantees and to us the logic financial guarantees. Our plants Are tested by Our Customers and the Consultants they choose. I have not time at all for this clownery. Besides: when Our E-Cats will be in the market, this ‘millionaire’ will have the chance to buy for few hundred dollars an E-Cat and test it as he wants, so why waste money? I do not need his money.” [Quoted verbatim]