According to Torkel Nyberg in “Wow! Rossi is Planning a #LeonardoCorp #LENR #IPO?“, Andrea Rossi is probably planning a cold fusion IPO.
One theory about how his “E-Cat” works (nickel-catalyzed fusion of LiAlH4 fuel with energy released by beta decay of the resulting 8Be) is at http://hydrofusion.com/ecat-science/the-rossi-effect beginning
The Rossi Effect is based on a LENR process including Hydrogen and Lithium where Nickel is merely used as a catalyst and is not consumed in the process (some Nickel – Hydrogen reactions occur but the major part of the Nickel is not consumed and can be recycled). The Hydrogen – Lithium reaction is highly exothermic;
- Li7 + H1 → Be8 → 2He4 + 17.3 MeV,
where the 17.3 MeV (=2.8*10-12J) is released as heat.