Inventor Andrea Rossi

Andrea Rossi<br>

Andrea Rossi

CEO - Leonardo Corporation
R&D, Production and Business Operation General Manager, 1997- Present (18 years)

Inventor of E-Cat and "The Rossi Effect"

Works on: "Rossi Effect" Project -Energy Catalyzer (E-Cat) 2014 to Present
Thermal energy production reactions based on Lithium Nickel Hydrogen.

+ Experience

CEO Leonardo Corporation ( R&D, Production and Business Operation General Manager )
1997- Present (17 years)

Technical Director at E.F.A. srl (R&D and Production Manager)
2009- 2013 (3 years)

Technical Director at EON. Srl (R&D and Production Manager)
2004- 2009 (5 years)

CEO at Dragon Engineering ( R&D, Production and Business Operation General Manager )
1980- 1996 (16 years)

Director at La Metallotecnica srl ( his father's Metal Carpentry Company)
1972- 1980 :8 years)

+ Projects

"Rossi Effect" Project -Energy Catalyzer (E-cat) 2014 to Present
Thermal energy production reactions based on Lithium Nickel Hydrogen

Heat and electricity production with alternative energy sources 2010 to Present

Plants with biomass energy production 2006 to Present

Flue gas cleaning and waste incin eration plants 1992 to Present

+ Languages

Italian    (Native or bilingual proficiency)
English    (Full professional proficiency)
French    (Limited working proficiency)

+ Skills & Expertise

Renewable Energy
Chemical Engineering

+ Education

University degli Studi di Milano
Doctorate in Philosophy, 1970 -1975

Liceo Scientifico Alessandro Volta (Milano ITALY)
Bachelor of Science (BS), 1964 -1969

+ Publications & Patents

Hospital wastes treatment with energy recovery
1975 — article on Tecnica Ospedaliera

Wastes incineration and flue gas pollution control systems
1978 — TECNICHE NUOVE (MI) Italy

Oil from organic wastes

Andrea Rossi - Main Patents:
Production of fuel from organic wastes — 1978 Italy
Production of energy with nickel & hydrogen wo — 2009/125444A1 Italy
Exothermic reactions of metals with hydrides — Patent Pending 12/736,193 — 2010 USA

+ Interests

Physics, Tennis, Jogging

Andrea Rossi Biography

Andrea Rossi

Andrea Rossi is an inventor and scientist with many patents to his name. He has interest in alternative fuels, particularly the eco-friendly reuse of waste materials as well as LENR Technology. He is the inventor of the E-Cat and the Rossi Effect.
For more information please visit the official Andrea Rossi homepage at www.andrea-rossi.com


Andrea Rossi was born in Milan, Italy, on the 3rd of June, 1950.  His father Luigi owned a metals workshop in Milan, and Andrea spent many hours there as a child. All of the tools necessary to machine metal were available to him, and he learned to use welders, hydraulic machines, lathes, and other power and hand tools. He learned how to tool metal and to make it do what he wanted it to do. In school he particularly enjoyed sports. In fact, his cross-country skills were quite prodigious, and he set a new Junior World Record in the 24 hour run. He set the record in 1969, at age 19. The next year he went on to become the Italian cross country champion. His understanding of physics, first developed in his metalworking hobbies, became more evident and polished in school, where he excelled in physics as well as chemistry.


One of Rossi’s first patents was awarded in 1974, one year after he graduated from University of Milan. In 1977, he registered patent in defense of his intellectual property.  The patent was for a filter cleaner that would operate at high temperatures for the purpose of ricer purification. In 1978, he published the book The Incineration of Waste and Smoke Purification. This book is still a textbook at the Polytechnic Institute of Milan, used in Chemical Plants courses.

Rossi also adapted the family business to produce equipment that he patented. The family plant, called “La Metallotecnica” became home base for his first big business venture. At the newly tooled plant, he produced his incinerators. From the beginning, Rossi was committed to reducing waste and pollution, and producing clean energy. Today he and his company hold patents related to the E-CAT.


In 1978, Andrea Rossi had mastered turning waste of organic origin into a liquid quite similar to oil. In the social and historical context of those years, the idea was quite challenging and thus required hard work. The United States, for instance, and other countries in the world, were experiencing serious fuel shortages. Rossi has always been a hard worker, as evidenced by his devotion to studies and athletics. So, the endless hours of research, trial, and error necessary to develop this science was of secondary concern. His focus was to identify a problem, and then solve it.

The Patent Office Cicogna of Milan granted a patent on Rossi’s technology 1978. Rossi’s invention of transforming organic waste into oil was indeed a huge success. The major customers for his product Refluopetrolio were refineries, which found the synthetic oil especially useful and affordable for their processes. They used this fuel to produce fuel oils and solvents. All of this, however, was about to change. The fossil fuel industry took note of the fact that his company Petroldragon was manufacturing biodiesel. This made a huge industry take notice of Rossi’s efforts, and pressure on the Italian government began. The government suddenly classified everything that Petroldragon processed as toxic waste.

Interestingly enough, the waste that was being stored in Rossi’s factories suddenly had to be disposed of. The disposal company was paid much more to transport the “waste” from Rossi’s holding tanks, and the material was either burned or dumped in Campania, located in Southern Italy. There, the legally dumped toxic waste polluted the groundwater and soil. The governmental process of accepting bids and awarding waste disposal contracts usually takes several months, sometimes, years, to accomplish. However, in this instance, it only took days to complete the process.

Destroying Petroldragon was not enough, though. Rossi was immediately castigated in the public media for dumping toxic waste – the very same waste that had been fuel and biodiesel just a few weeks ago. The same waste that had been constantly tested by the Finance Ministry for years. Rossi was publicly accused of running unlicensed waste treatment plants. Tax evasion was added to the list of felonies, even though he had been constantly monitored for years by the Finance Ministry, which assessed all taxes.

However, the result of this was that any customers who had purchased fuel from Petroldragon had to hire waste disposal companies to remove it. Warehouses full of Refluopetrolio were condemned, and the owners held liable for dumping toxic waste – safely in barrels, of course, but dumping, nonetheless. Omar and the rest of Rossi’s plants were shut down. Over a period of 17 years, Rossi was detained several times. In each of these cases, he was acquitted. Five of the accusations of the charges had convictions. Those convictions were for failing to be in compliance with the suddenly changed permit laws.  Although he has been vindicated over and over again, the damage to Petroldragon was fatal, and it was time to move on.


Several plants around world are now operating with Rossi’s Waste-to-Biofuel technology from the 80 & 90s. The latest is a plant based in Edmonton, Canada were they opened a Waste-to-Biofuels and Chemicals Facility in 2014 which will be used to convert garbage into biofuels. The plan is that eventually this plant will process up to 90 per cent of Edmonton’s garbage that will end up being recycled (up from the current 60 per cent).

Photo by Gizmag.com 

The plant being used is owned and operated by Enerkem Alberta Biofuels, and they have supposedly based their technology on a patent awarded to Andrea Rossi who made a comment about this on the Journal of Nuclear Physics in June 2014:

“About Enerkem: it definitely has utilized my patent of 1978 ( expired in 1998), and I am delighted to see that my work of 35 years ago is generating good results.”


Since the loss of Petroldragon and its contributions to recycling, Rossi has moved on to other studies in alternative energies. This has been partly done through his job at Bio Developmental Corporation, where he was able to continue experimentation. In addition, he has started working with Sergio Focardi to build a device that creates energy using Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR).

Andrea Rossi with Sergio Focardi Photo:Frederico Borella 

This type of energy production was first demonstrated by Fleischmann and Pons in 1989. While “cold fusion” was eagerly hailed by the media and some scientists, it soon became categorized as a pathological science based on the fact that other scientists could not replicate the reaction accomplished by Fleischmann and Pons. Since then over 3,500 journal papers, news articles and books show excess heat in LENR processes around the world. Many governmental organizations and companies, such as NASA, Toyota and Boeing, are currently working on this disruptive technology.

In his early research and experimentation back in 2007, Rossi noticed that the device he was working on was actually creating energy, rather than simply producing fuel. From this point, he started exploring ways to use the device to create energy on purpose. Sergio Focardi, an emeritus professor at the University of Bologna, had been working on using nickel and hydrogen to accomplish such a reaction since 1992. The two of them teamed up with Focardi being Rossi’s scientific advisor, and they started building an Energy Catalyzer, otherwise known as an E-Cat.


Rossi and Focardi demonstrated a small LENR E-CAT in a semi-public conference for the first time in January 2014. It produced heat consistently. One month later, Sergio Focardi stated to journalist Mats Lewan: “When you achieve results it is gratifying to spread the word on them. Moreover, I am 78 years old and cannot wait that long”. They also demonstrated a larger, industrial version of 1MW in October 2011. Some of those who observed the demonstrations were skeptical, while others have decided to take a closer look at the technology. Since the first official demonstration in 2011 several 3rd party reports have been published. Most recently in October 2014 when six international scientists performed a 32 days test in an independent lab in Lugano, Switzerland. The total net energy obtained during the 32 days run was about 1.5 MWh. The report stated:

“This amount of energy is far more than can be obtained from any known chemical sources in the small reactor volume.”

In January of 2014 it was announced that the American company Industrial Heat had acquired the licensing rights to his technology in the US, Russia and China. “The world needs a new, clean and efficient energy source. Such a technology would raise the standard of living in developing countries and reduce the environmental impact of producing energy,” said JT Vaughn speaking on behalf of Industrial Heat (IH). “


Andrea Rossi, now living in Miami, Florida, continues to redesign, test, and build E-CATS. Currently, a one year test is in course for the 1MW plant in a non-disclosed location in Florida for the first commercial customer. The test that will be finished in February 2016, might be “positive or negative” even though Rossi have stated earlier that “it looks promising” several months in advance.  While skepticism continue to cast a pall on LENR and cold fusion, Rossi and his team continues to work tirelessly on the E-Cat. Rossi regularly works 16 hour days, and maintains communication with fellow scientists via his blog, the Journal of Nuclear Physics.


Andrea Rossi
Leonardo Corporation
Leonardo Corporation
Andrea Rossi is an inventor and scientist with many patents to his name. He has interest in alternative fuels, particularly LENR Technology. He is the inventor of the patented E-Cat and the Rossi Effect.
1331 Lincoln Road
DOB: 06/03/1950

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