Recently, a press release containing the statement from the spokesperson of National Instrument announced that the company is no longer supplying Leonardo Corporation with control systems. This caused vivid reactions among the E-Cat supporters and skeptics alike.
On the peak of the stir, Andrea Rossi came out and offered some explanations and additional details about the E-Cat. Probably the most important highlights of his statement is the one regarding the commercialization of the Energy Catalyzer for home use.
Our scheduling, obviously, will not be affected, the suppliers we have chosen are already respecting all the scheduled milestones. Yes, we have already the control systems set up in the 1 MW plant, which will be delivered to the Customer very soon. By the way, such systems have been chosen directly from the Customer, who preferred a supplier he was already working with. I want to add that we have chosen other Customers not because better, but only because of their longstanding collaboration with our Partners and Customer. I personally think that NI is a very good company and, again, we will maintain them in our list of Suppliers, honoured of this.
The distribution of the E-Cat home device is scheduled to start in up to eighteen months. The construction of the robotized production factory seems to be also on schedule, but this doesn’t mean there’s no more room for speculations.
As to his relationship with National Instruments, Rossi stated that he has always worked very well with N.I., learning from the company in the process.
Additionally, National Instruments (through Julia Betts – NI’s Corporate Communications and Investor Relations Manager) confirmed the connection with Rossi.
“Many, including myself, have taken this to mean there have been merely some preliminary discussions regarding a business relationship between the two parties. After my conversation with Ms. Betts, it would seem that the word “discussion” as used in this context has a meaning with somewhat more depth, with that meaning being ongoing technical collaboration between the parties. This collaboration has been at the level that Rossi has frequently alluded to in his comments on JONP and, specifically to comments he made earlier this week. Over the past several months he has frequently stated that he was working with National Instruments on E-Cat development. I specifically asked Ms. Betts if these statements were exaggerations or outright lies on Mr. Rossi’s part and she informed me that THEY WERE NOT, and that indeed Mr. Rossi has been portraying Leonardo Corp’s work with National Instruments accurately.”
For everyone looking for closure on this whole partnership, it might be useful to check out the NI Corroborates Rossi’s Statements article.