In January of this year, a European patent on a LENR device was granted to Francesco Piantelli. In the patent it is stated that Piantelli has worked with powdered nickel in his experiments since 1998.
Christos Stremmenos challenges this claim. He says, in the Journal of Nuclear Physics, that he was the only person working with nickel powder through the 1990s, along with Prof. E. Bonetti and Prof. Focardi. He states also that:
“I know that Andrea Rossi since half of ’90 years working with the powders of nickel.” (Google translation)
Stremmenos said that at that timem while he was working with nickel powder, he often consulted with Piantelli, and Piantelli told him that nickel powder would not work. He also said that Piantelli’s explanation of why the powder would not work was abstruse.
As proof of the fact that he had been working with nickel powder, Stremmenos refers to one of his publications entitled “Cold Fusion, a debate that continues”, published in 1999. In this publication, he goes into great detail about the effectiveness and improved efficiency of preparing powder to uniform thickness of grains so that the reactions take place more evenly. In his posting on the JONP, Stremmenos continues to say, again – translation through Google:
“Piantelli in that time not only working with the fingers of nickel, but he said he could not work with the powder. So the idea of dust has pulled out of copying the work of others, that is my and Dr. Andrea Rossi. “
This is a very clear accusation that Piantelli has gotten a patent on a process he never used, and that was being perfected by other scientists.
Stremmenos goes on to say that Piantelli’s does not work, and that he doesn’t understand how he was able to get a patent. From what I understand from the translation, Piantelli said that his results were in a publication of Nuovo Cimento, but the published results were negative for a successful demonstration.
He then states that, when a patent is granted, other scientists should be able to build the same device from the patent. Stremmenos and Prof. Zichichi at the University of Bologna built the device, and it did not work.
In conclusion, Stremmenos questioned the point of giving someone a patent for something that doesn’t work, and that he would certainly like to know how to get that kind of patent. He also says that Piantelli’s patent is worth nothing, because Rossi has the previous patent, and should be the recipient of international extension so that no one else can get a patent on his material.
He then finishes his statement with:
“Come on Andrea, do not get discouraged, even though I know that you are a lion.”