IH Expert Witness Publishes Scathing E-Cat Report

A recent filing in the Rossi vs. IH case has revealed a particularly scathing expert technological report by Rick A. Smith, P.E., which claims to invalidate Fabio Penon’s data and even goes so far as to call it “fictitious.” Smith further contends the water flow numbers were caused by a hot water flow circuit and not any steam flow as advertised by Rossi.

The full report may be read here.

Conclusions
Based on the preceding and my more than forty years’ experience as a professional engineer engaged in facility and utility engineering and operations, it is within a reasonable degree of engineering certainty that I conclude the following:

1. There was no steam flow from the E-cat to the black box, based on both a pressure difference analysis and a heat transfer (temperature difference) analysis. In fact steam flow (other than de minimus amounts to warm the piping) was impossible with the configuration at the time of the validation period. Thus, any steam flow numbers appearing in Mr. Penon’s report are not valid, therefore the whole report is invalid.

2. If there were a heat exchanger and cooling fans in the mezzanine, there is absolutely no physical evidence of their existence.

3. Because of anomalies in the reported data which violate the laws of thermodynamics, and major discrepancies between Mr. Fabiani’s data and Mr. Penon’s data, the data reported by Mr. Penon must be viewed with extreme skepticism.

4. Only the four BF units were running during the majority of the validation period. At times, some units were down for repair or maintenance. Their combined maximum “steam” output is 482 KW thermal. Despite this, Mr. Penon reported significantly higher produced energy numbers for the entire test. It is the author’s opinion that the produced energy numbers in Mr. Penon’s report are incorrect and therefore, his entire report is invalid.

5. It is the author’s opinion that the water flow numbers found in Mr. Penon’s report were not generated by condensate returning from the black box. The alleged steam and condensate system was in reality a hot water flow circuit using the Grundfos pump to circulate the water through the piping and the water meter. Because of this, any “steam” flow numbers in the Penon report are fictitious and the whole report must be invalidated.

6. As the photos of the BF units illustrate, there are no superheaters, thus there can be no superheated steam. Because of this, Mr. Penon’s reported steam temperature numbers are not valid, thus his whole report is invalid.

Final Penon Report on E-Cat Output Published

The Rossi v. Industrial Heat, et al. case in federal court in Florida has resulted in the release of numerous exhibits. In fact, over the past week there has been almost too much to speculate on as both sides can be inferred as making compelling arguments for and against their claims. This is very typical of the U.S. adversarial judicial system where the truth unfortunately matters less than mounting a vigorous legal attack and defense.

Among the documents is the final report of one Fabio Penon, who was the mostly absentee professional chosen as the Expert Responsible for Validation (ERV) by both sides. The report claims the “energy multiple was always higher than 6” and the temperature of the steam produced was in excess of 100 degrees for the 350 days. In fact, on most days the reported COP was in excess of 60, which is a shocking number for many reasons.

You can decide for yourself the veracity of this report by reading it here and all the other court documents.

Troubling Documents in Rossi Case

Rossi et al. v. Darden et al. (1:16-cv-21199), Florida Southern District Court.

The ongoing federal litigation between Andrea Rossi and the principals of Industrial Heat LLC has revealed some troubling documents and correspondence regarding the testing of the E-cat system.  All of the filings and motions may be found here.

Exhibit 5 – Is a list of questions IH’s engineer, Joe Murray, sent to Fabio Penon, the Expert Responsible for Validation (ERV), questioning some of the data from the preliminary reports issued by Penon.  These questions include some troubling observations about the equipment and measuring techniques used.  Apparently these questions were never answered and Penon has yet to respond to this lawsuit.

Document 118-01 – Is a compilation of email communications between Andrea Rossi and the agents of J.M. Products, Inc. (JMP), the purported customer making use of the E-Cat’s excess heat.  Rossi seems to exert an unsettling amount of control over JMP’s operation.  In emails with James A. Bass, the Director of Engineering for JMP, Rossi appears to be “coaching” Bass on what to say to observers, with Bass asking Rossi, “My question is, will the people I meet tomorrow want to know anything technical?”  In another email, Rossi tells an assistant to Henry W. Johnson, Rossi’s attorney and organizer of JMP, that he will transfer $500 from Leonardo Corporation to the JMP account, which had apparently been overdrawn.