In September, Albert Opdenaker – representative from the DEO – was asked in an e-mail to discuss his stand on the E-cat device and the progress of low energy nuclear reactions, shortly known as LENR. Opdenakers response through his assistant seemed very open and genuine.
He began by admitting that before he was assigned to this field he had not heard of Rossi or the e-cat. He then began to gather information and do his own research on cold fusion and green energy developments and was given the chance to meet and speak with Dennis Bushnell, Chief Scientist for NASA who put him up to speed on the e-cat and it process.
Bushnell explained it further saying that the e-cat for example was not creating cold fusion, but rather some sort of beta decay. His prognosis is that it would take yet another ten to twenty years before a full fledged cold fusion device could be developed.
In a more recent email, written by Opdenaker himself, there are mentions that e-cat and other inventions that followed it have been part of over 100 experiments and confirmed that LENR could be executed. No much more energy could be produced with very low nano-scale level production of waste, as compared to conventional chemical reaction processes.
Opdenaker continues arguing that the e-cat was a device that actually functioned and represents a very important corner stone on LENR research and pointed out that Andrea Rossi was able to supply his big time clients with more than ten fully functional e-cat plants.
The interference of the Department Of Energy at this stage to help the positive development of the e-cat device is non-existent, as it didn’t count at all to spread the word to increase distribution in the first place. Opdenaker said he was excited to see what the future had in store for LENR, because this could change the world as a whole.
Email reply from Opdenaker:
…I JUST LEARNED ABOUT HIS WORK [Rossi's] A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO, BECAUSE, AS YOU KNOW, THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA HAS NOT REALLY BEEN REPORTING ON THE E-CAT DEVICE. I WAS SURPRISED WHEN I CAME ACROSS SOME REPORTS ON THE INTERNET RECENTLY.SO LET ME TRY TO ANSWER YOUR REAL QUESTION,
…I HAVE TO ADMIT THAT MUCH HAS HAPPENED IN THE FIELD EVEN SINCE THE 2004 [DOE] REVIEW WAS HELD, AND, IF ANOTHER REVIEW WERE HELD TODAY, IT IS POSSIBLE THAT A DIFFERENT OUTCOME WOULD RESULT. I DO NOT PRETEND TO SPEAK FOR THE WHOLE DEPARTMENT OR EVEN FOR A SMALL PART OF IT. I CAN TELL YOU THAT UNTIL I STARTED BEING ASSIGNED TO ANSWER QUESTIONS LIKE THE ONE THAT YOU SENT TO SECRETARY CHU, I HAD NO IDEA THAT THINGS HAD BEEN CHANGING SO MUCH AND SO QUICKLY IN THIS FIELD. EVEN AFTER I STARTED DOING SOME POKING AROUND TO SEE WHAT WAS HAPPENING WITH ROSSI AND FRIENDS, I WAS NOT TOO SURE ABOUT THE RESULTS BEING REPORTED. MY CHANGE OF MIND WAS A DIRECT RESULT OF TALKING WITH DR. DENNIS BUSHNELL, THE CHIEF SCIENTIST FOR NASA LANGLEY WHO HAS ASSURED ME THAT OVER 100 EXPERIMENTS WORLDWIDE INDICATE THAT LENR IS REAL, CAPABLE OF PRODUCING ENERGY MUCH GREATER THAT CHEMICAL REACTIONS, WITH MINIMAL RADIATION, THAT THEORIES INDICATE THAT WHAT IS HAPPENING IS WEAK INTERACTIONS, BETA DECAY AND NOT FUSION OF ANY KIND. FRANKLY, IT DOES NOT SEEM TO ME TO MATTER WHAT WE CALL IT IF IT WORKS AND BUSHNELL SAYS IT DOES WORK. HE BELIEVES THAT THE ROSSI DEMONSTRATIONS SUGGEST THAT LENR MAY PRODUCE “USEFUL” QUANTITIES OF HEAT, AND WHAT IS NEEDED IS 10-20 YEARS OF WORK TO ENGINEER ROSSI’S IDEAS FOR PERFORMANCE.HOWEVER, IF ROSSI HAS ALREADY SOLD MORE THAN 10 OF THE 1 MW PLANTS AS I AM READING ON THE NET, AND IT TURNS OUT THAT THE PLANTS WORK, AND ROSSI’S CUSTOMERS ARE HAPPY WITH THEM, I DO NOT THINK THAT THE DOE NEEDS TO GET INTO THE MIX TO CONVINCE PEOPLE TO BUY A PRODUCT THAT OTHERS HAVE ALREADY BOUGHT AND ARE WILDLY HAPPY WITH. IT IS JUST A MATTER OF A SHORT WAIT TO SEE WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN…..[snip]
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