Eridanio, a poster on Andrea Rossi’s Journal of Nuclear Physics, recently suggested to the scientist that the domestic E-Cats could undergo beta testing. In other words, a set number of people, between 1,000 and 10,000, could install the domestic E-Cat in their homes for a set time. If necessary, the testing could be done in a small, isolated geographic area. The Leonardo Corp. in partnership with the certifiers could train, report, and maintain the tests with agreements with the NDA.
This seems similar to beta testing done by pharmaceutical companies. Once they have done exhaustive lab studies and testing, a new drug is tested in a blind study in which some people receive the new medicine, and others receive a placebo. Then, the testing progresses to use of the drug by volunteers, or paid testers. At this stage, the drug is in experimental phase only. During this stage of development, the drug is evaluated for performance in treating the targeted illness, and side-effects are carefully noted. In some cases, the drug reveals that it can be used for a number of different illnesses.
So, why can’t we do that with the E-Cat?
If a person is willing to risk his own home to test the unit, he could be allowed to do so. If there are worries about damage to neighborhoods, only those who live in a rural area would be allowed to test the device. A perimeter could be designated for the safety of others. This seems like a genuinely logical solution. With risks, that’s true.
However, Rossi says, “No”.
“Your option is not allowed. The certification for a domestic device is for all or nobody.”
So maybe, just maybe, this is one case in which the government’s attention would be good as history shows governments have no qualms about testing unknown technology on civilians.