Three PDF files were released by NASA to Steen Krivit of the New Energy times. The release of the documents was paved by the Freedom of Information Act. The documents do not contain any confidential information. It merely reveals the stand of two influential NASA scientists with regards to E-Cat fusion technology. The most significant documents provided by NASA are the presentations of Michael Nelson and Dennis Bushnell.
Michael Nelson is a respected NASA Engineer and is also a researcher of low energy nuclear reactions and space applications. In his slide presentation, Nelson said the reason why E-Cat fusion inventor Andrea Rossi was not successful in decisively proving the capability of his device to generate excess thermal energy. In one of the slides, Nelson commented on Rossi’s E-Cat fusion based on the nuclear reaction criteria: gamma radiation – it is impossible to determine because Andrea Rossi avoided direct measurement out of fear of revealing the secret catalyst; self-sustained mode – it has been claimed that it is possible but it has never been satisfactorily demonstrated; and duration of test to rule out chemical reaction must be 3 or more days for small E-Cat, 2 or more weeks for an Ottoman (or Fat Cat), and several months for a 1 MW plant.
Dennis Bushnell is the chief scientist at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. In his lecture at the World Future Society conference in Boston, sometime in 2009, Bushnell mentioned that LENR or cold fusion – based on the works of Allan Widom and Lewis Larsen – is a possible alternative source of energy. Since then, NASA has been conducting LENR experiments. According to WL Theory, LENR is a product of quantum weak interaction theory in condensed matter and not fusion.
Both NASA experts show favor on LENR but it doesn’t mean they favor E-Cat fusion; unless Rossi will subject his device under scientific investigation.