Dennis wrote:

For example what if some company just says: here is a warehouse, here is a sewer drain, here is a water hydrant, and here is an electric utility pole and meter. Now just give us 1MW of heat in the water flow for 2 weeks. He moves his device(s) into the warehouse and does it.---Game over, no cries of fake, no problem. If I was a company, that is how I would proceed.

Right. That is Rossi's approach, and it fulfills his goals. However, it does not fulfill my goal, which is to convince the world that cold fusion is real and should be funded.

Rossi intends to work quietly at U. Bologna for another year, while setting up a 1 MW reactor in some obscure place in Greece. My guess is that he does not want attention, he does not want mass media exposure. I do not think he wants competition. My goals are the opposite. I would love to trigger widespread interest and see thousands of companies working frantically on cold fusion as soon as possible. So, I am looking at how this demo will be viewed by the mass media and by skeptics. I don't like what I see . . . I hope I am wrong. For the sake of his business plans, Rossi would probably prefer to see the skeptics continue their attacks, although he sometimes admits that the attack irk him personally.

Rossi is aware that my goals are not the same as his.

This business strategy might be labeled "obscurity is good for me." Patterson had an even more extreme version of this. A fat lot of good it did him!

Some people have speculated that the patent was a considered attempt to make himself look bad and keep people off his trail. I think it was inept. I don't get the sense that he is good at mind games or clever subterfuge.

Some people have the mistaken impression that my goal is to cheat Rossi out of his intellectual property. Nothing could be further from the truth. If thousands of companies are soon working feverishly on this product I hope they would soon be paying him royalties. At the pace he is developing the thing there will be no significant royalties before the patent expires. I think my strategy would earn him hundreds of billions of dollars, whereas his strategy will earn him millions at most -- and probably zero. He does not agree.

I have described what I assume must happen for cold fusion to be deployed: "countless government regulatory agencies such as NIST and the NIH, and industry organizations such as Underwriters Laboratories" all doing verification tests with prototypes from GE, Mitsubishi and others. I think the obverse is true. If a gigantic effort is not undertaken, and billions of dollars are not spent to ensure safety and begin mass production, cold fusion will not be deployed. There is far too much political opposition for that to happen. The DoE and fossil fuel companies will easily stop cold fusion if it is only being deployed by tiny company such as Rossi's. They will swat it away by filing one motion in court. The public would never hear about it. The mass media would not report one word of it. They will tell Congress to pass a law banning the sale of nickel nanopowder to private individuals to keep Cravens and others from doing experiments. Cravens wrote:

"It would take a concerted effort and lots of action to prevent 'backwoods use of say 1-5 kW home heaters built by 'good old boys."

I am sure that will not be a problem. The oil companies will see to it that Uncle Sam makes that concerted effort and the taxpayers pay for it. Fossil fuel companies don't play fair. The coal companies are trying to pass laws banning the use of wind turbines in the US and tearing down all existing wind turbines. They will not get that law passed, because the wind industry also pays hefty bribes to members of Congress, but they would if they could!

I do not believer in conspiracy theories but I know damn well how big corporations and government agencies operate! They are not going to roll over and play dead while Rossi takes trillions of dollars away from them. That's ridiculous.

A low-profile garage-scale operation will not work. You need the powerful allies. You need the public and General Electric on your side. Stephen Lawrence hit the nail on the head the other day:

"He's acting more like he's invented a nifty new kind of windshield washing fluid which can be produced in 100 gallon lots in a small factory, rather than like he's invented something which could revolutionize everything and which will necessarily be mass produced in every country on Earth if the potential demand is to be met."

- Jed

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