Incredible new technology providing almost limitless energy could be just around the corner thanks to an Italian scientist.
Andrea Rossi claims he's developed the world's first cold fusion power plant, and it's small enough to fit into a shipping container.
But AUT chemistry professor Allan Blackman is sceptical, calling it possibly too good to be true.
Fusion is the process that powers the sun, but current scientific belief is that it can only occur at extremely high pressure and temperatures of around 10 million degC – conditions that can't be safely replicated on Earth.
But Rossi's device appears to work, according to a supposedly independent report, but no one – not even the researchers who looked at it – seems to know how, and Rossi isn't telling.
The report however wasn't published in a peer-reviewed journal, and Dr Blackman says until it is and it can be replicated by others, Rossi will remain on the fringes. But if Rossi tells the world how his device works, he could lose the patent rights.
"If it's real, than a) he's going to make a hell of a lot of money, and b) he's going to win an instant Nobel prize, and c) the world's energy problems will be certainly alleviated," says Dr Blackman.
"But his extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof, and he hasn't quite got there yet."
For more on this and other science news making headlines, watch the video for the full interview with Allan Blackman.
source: newshub archive