Because Andrea Rossi is said to be setting up eCat manufacturing facility near my office in the U.S. seems a good time to look into the cold fusion eCat a little more.  Do Andrea A. Rossi and Professor Sergio Focardi of the University of Bologna have a cold fusion device capable of producing over 10 kilowatts of heat power while consuming hardly any energy at all?

“Against all the odds," reported Wired late October 2011, "Andrea Rossi’s E-Cat cold fusion power plant passed its biggest test yesterday, producing an average of 470 kilowatts for more than five hours. (A technical glitch prevented it from achieving a megawatt as originally planned). The demonstration was monitored closely by engineers from Rossi’s mysterious US customer, which was evidently satisfied and paid up.”

Cold cuts or cats?  Notably, Rossi and Focardi don't always use the term "cold fusion" to describe their process.  Instead, they often refer to the system as an amplifier or catalyzer process.

Focardi said: ""Experimentally, we obtained copper; and we believe that its appearance is due to the fusion of atomic nuclei of nickel and hydrogen, the ingredients that feed our reactor. Since hydrogen and nickel 'weigh' with less, copper must have released a lot of energy, since 'nothing is created or destroyed.' Indeed, the 'Missing Mass' has been transformed into energy, which we have measured: it is in the order of a few kilowatts, two hundred times the energy that was the beginning of the reaction."

In other quotes, the dynamic Italian also said, "Sterling Allan is a scientific journalist that really has understood the spirit of our work."  This is reportedly stated by Andrea Rossi regarding the Coast to Coast AM radio show, where so called outside-the-box (gentle term) thinkers are invited to present information to millions of listeners.

Doing a lot of digging into Rossi's Journal of Nuclear Physics blog shows that scientists are posting and linking speculation that "hydrinos" (of Blacklight Power fame) or shrunken hydrogen atoms may be involved in this cold fusion and process and their formation may be the source of most of the energy released.  But however it works, something does seem to be working.

We'll keep an eye on this one.  Meanwhile, keep up with the official eCat site here: http://ecat.com/