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279) The iesiUSA company seems to be in trouble.
Will it hurt the reputation of CMNS researchers?
Ludwik Kowalski; 2/2/2006
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Montclair State University, Upper Montclair, NJ, 07043
In unit #274 I wrote that even a single case of fraud associated with CMNS might deliver a devastating blow to the entire discipline. The
consequences of such
episode would be difficult to repair. When this was written I was not aware how bad the iESiUSA business situation was. What follows was
posted by Steven Krivit at the New Energy Times website:
Steven is a journalist who has been investigating many aspects of CMNS field for at least four years.
New Energy Times Editorial Commentary (Feb. 1, 2006)
I've been investigating iESi since June 4, 2005. Most of the references on the "DIY" blog listed below appear to agree with my findings,
though I have not yet looked at every reference in detail.
Since the start of my investigation, I have been, at various times, in direct communication with many iESi personnel including; Patrick Cochrane (CEO),
Tom Bugg (President), Norman Arrison (Staff Scientist), Mark Boocock (U.K. Managing Director), Hywel Rees (U.K. Sales & Partnerships Director),
Terry Dingwall (ex-President), Stephen Monaco (ex-Vice President), Hyunik Yang (ex-Senior Scientist), Nahm Cho (ex-Senior Scientist), Bill Harrington
(ex-Staff Scientist), Alaine Liberty (Technician), and Ken Pierce (Technician).
I have seen several court documents pertaining to pending actions from the company against ex-employees, and also actions from the ex-employees, who
are shareholders, and who are also acting on behalf of many of the other shareholders.
The "company," in this regard, is the board of directors; namely, Patrick Cochrane, Ronald Foster, Fred Dornan and Tom Bugg. They, and not
the shareholders at large, appear to be fully responsible for the state of the company and the alleged misdeeds.
The former senior scientist, Hyunik Yang, told me last fall that he had been hastily appointed to the Board sometime around August. According to Yang,
he subsequently resigned from the Board a month or two later, after starting to see the management problems. On Dec. 1, he informed me that he was no
longer working with iESi.
The story behind iESi is certainly a fascinating one. It may not please many people. Certainly, the several hundred private investors who cumulatively
contributed a few million dollars to the company may not be pleased to finally start learning about the troubles with the company. Some of the
good-hearted employees of the company, like Norm Arrison, may be shocked and disappointed to hear about the mess the company is really in and some of
the alleged wrongdoings on the part of the remaining directors.
There is no certainty at the moment as to what will become of iESi, or its licensing claim to any intellectual property potentially conveyed by Hyunik
Yang. I am told by several sources that there are 20 separate agreements between Yang and Cochrane, and Yang and iESi that govern the licensing of the
intellectual property. I am also told that several of these agreements contradict each other. These matters are now in the hands of half a dozen attorneys
on behalf of Yang, and probably as many on behalf of the iESi board.
Will the true owners of iESi, the hundreds of shareholders, ever see the development of the intellectual property and see a return on their investment?
It's hard to say at the moment.
The iESi story is about wildcatters; bold businessmen willing to take high-risks, and like sharks smelling blood in the water, swarming to what they
think is a vein of gold in an apparent cold fusion gold rush.
Is it fool's gold? I'm still undecided. The underlying science reported by Yang and Vysotskii at ICCF12 has multiple inexplicable characteristics. But
they've been highly-secretive and have refused to reveal any hard data.
Has the iESi leadership contributed toward the progress and the development of this technology? For a while, at least, they most certainly did. Can they
be credited for their willingness to take a risk on a new source of clean energy? Absolutely. Did they bring research funds into the field and promote
progress? Yes, they can be given that credit as well.
However, does the current board of directors have what it takes to salvage this company? That is a question every shareholder should be asking right now.
Unfortunately, it's too late to get your money back. That offer, made by the iESi board in the Dec. 8, 2005 shareholder's update, expired two hours ago,
on Jan. 31, 2006, which coincidentally, was the same time my embargo agreement expired with iESi as well.
Is the leadership at iESi typical of businesspeople who are investing in cold fusion? Fortunately, no, but this is not the first, nor will it be the last
of companies who are willing to make possible indiscretions on the way to hopeful cold fusion profits.
I am pleased to say that there are, in fact, several companies in the U.S., and some in Europe that are making careful, conscientious efforts to develop
cold fusion. However, they are remaining private, and staying under the radar for now. They are not putting themselves in the predicament of taking money
from public investors. This seems wise to me. I have little uncertainty that eventually cold fusion will be commercially viable, but which company, or
companies will figure out the answers? That's anybody's guess.
As much as I'm a proponent of cold fusion, I would say that this is not a time to invest your life savings or your IRA in cold fusion. This is a time for
angel investors who can afford to take risks and who want to possibly contribute to a great alternative to fossil fuels.
-Steven B. Krivit
Do-It-Yourself Due Diligence Blog (Feb. 1, 2006) New Energy Times Photos of iESi "Corporate Offices" (Feb. 1, 2006)
On Jan. 22, 2006 a New Energy Times (tm) reader informed us that the www.iesiusa.com Web site went dark.
"The website appears to be password protected. I checked and it appears that the password message that used to appear only for the private investor
section now inhibits access to the entire site. Do you know what is going on?"
New Energy Times started investigating Innovative Energy Solutions Inc. (iESi) in June, 2005. At that time we signed both a nondisclosure agreement as
well an embargo agreement. The embargo agreement expires in February and we will therefore be able to report our findings in our March 10 newsletter.
We concluded the major part of our iESi investigation in November, 2005. New Energy Times does not have an ongoing interest in iESi at this time.
New Energy Times is continuing its interest and investigation of Hyunik Yang and the work he has reported at ICCF12.
As a courtesy to interested parties, we captured several of the key pages from the iESi Web site and we present them here, along with photos we took of
their "corporate headquarters."
Appended on 11/21/06
I think that the following piece of information is worth appending. It was posted by New Energy Times journalist Steven Krivit
on a restricted Internet discussion list for CMNS researchers in response to a prominent list member who had chided him to "Loosen up!" in response
to Steven's vigilance of another "cold fusion" company. It a good reminder that waters surrounding scientists are infested by unscrupulous sharks.
Steven has an in-depth investigation at this Web location:
Many people were harmed from the actions of a few with regard to iESiusa. Millions of dollars from innocent, though perhaps somewhat
eager and somewhat naive private investors were apparently lost. The reputations of some good people were harmed. One of the conscientious employees formerly
involved with iESiusa spent what would have amounted to a year's tuition for his children's college fund to extricate himself from a meritless suit by the iESi
executives. But for this fellow, he didn't know the facts until it was too late. He had encouraged the iESiusa board to operate within the law and when they
refused, he blew the whistle on them to federal investigators. Even though he was protected under the U.S. whistleblower act, this action still cost him
thousands of dollars in legal defense and much of his personal time.
The immediate collateral damage is that the CMNS community lost a potentially good ally. There is more collateral damage. It may have discouraged other potential
allies from the business community to set foot into the CMNS community. I do not know the current status of iESiusa at the moment, but it appears that it is
nothing but a skeleton. Their former Web presence http://iesiusa.com/ has now disappeared without a forwarding link. I learned that they have a new Web
site at http://www.iesica.com/. Cochrane appears to be involved in several outstanding related legal challenges, Yang told me today that he is still fighting
his legal battles with iESiusa [Cochrane and other board members]. I know of no scientists who remain with iESiusa.
Terry Dingwall, the former iESiusa President initiated a legal action against the corporation on behalf of the bulk of the shareholders in the fall of 2005 to
protect the interests of the shareholders. According to Dingwall, the company that was formerly based in Nevada, USA, now exists as an empty shell, and at least
some of the iESiusa board members have now started a new company. An Alberta Registrar of Corporations document shows Patrick Cochrane and Ronald Foster as
directors of a company called IESI Energy Solutions (Alberta) ulc.
The web site says Arrison and one other fellow are part of their "team." I spoke with Arrison last week - he tells me me left the company almost
a year ago. What about the other fellow still listed on the iESiusa site, Dumitru Fetcu? The one whose name iESiusa couldn't even spell correctly? This morning
I obtained the following information from a European colleague, "Fetcu is no longer working with iESiusa. He had sent them a termination letter on June 30
this year because they had not paid him according to the contract."
When companies make claims such as has amassed the best collection of cold fusion scientists in the world," they should back that up with fact. If
they cannot, the public should know. When the owners of companies engage in shady business practices, the public has a right to know. And it is the moral and
ethical obligation of the press to be the informant, if necessary, of bad news. Fraudulent and deceptive business practices hurt everybody; investors, scientists
and eventually even those who are guilty of such indiscretions.
It is clear to me that Steven is a very gifted journalist and a dedicated defender of general public. In fact, suspecting something inappropriate, he is now
investigating another company. I do not think that this will turn out to be anything comparable with the iESi episode. Another way in which his online journal,
New Energy, serves general public is publishing summaries of laboratory results. A good example of this is his report #7 at:
My own unit #314, to be posted soon at my website, was prompted on that report. What a coincidence, just now, as I was about ready to append this piece, another
message from Steven Krivit was posted on our restricted CMNS list. He was responding to someone who referred to unpleasant aspects of critical investigations
and to “personal factors.” Part of his reply is shown below. I hope Steven will again give me permission to be quoted. He wrote:
“. . . I will continue to investigate and report as I see best, on behalf of the public's interest. What I report will not always be pleasant, but that is the way
of the world and it is my choice to keep this community, and the world at large, informed of all matters pertaining to CMNS. The field is not the same as it was
two years ago. Money is coming in. A journalist (Bruce Gellerman) recently got an award for covering the field -- the first in over a decade. New branches of
government(s) are becoming interested (again.) National security concerns are being triggered. Secret meetings are being held. We are in for changing times, and
to borrow a term from electrochemistry, a fair amount of disequilibrium. . . .”
Appended on 11/27/06
The paragraph below is from a paper that Robert W. Bass publishd in the Infinite Energy Magazine (Issue 67, May/June 2006).
The title of the paper, dated March 16, 2006) was: “An Afternoon to Remember: Cold Fusion Session of APS Meeting.”
Investigative reporter Steve Krivit has been diligently exploring every plausible development in the entire CF field, and surprised me by having
persuaded Hyunik Yang and his former Russian collaborator Vysotskii to disclose at ICCF12 some of the formerly closely-held information regarding Innovative Energy
Solutions Inc., where in June 2005 Fleischmann, McKubre, Hagelstein, Beaudette, Krivit, and myself were privileged to witness what purported to be the first
large-scale (20 kilowatts!) CF power demonstration. (Steve has a continuing interest in following developments at www.iesiusa.com, which, sad to say, has lately
become distracted by intellectual property ownership issues and from which their former chief scientific manager Yang has now departed.) However, Steve refrained
from mentioning iESi in his well-illustrated current-activity-survey slideshow, which I hope he makes available on his website cited above.
I would be very much interested in what other witnesses the “first large-scale (20 kilowatts!) CF power demonstration” think about the iESiusa episode today
(especially Peter Hagelstein, from whom I first heard about iESiusa, and Martin Fleischmann). More specifically, it would be interesting to know at what stage
they become suspicious that someone might be manipulating them, and other scientists, to impress naive investors. The issue is not simple. Business people are
not scientists and many of them think that risky stock market operations are accepted parts of healthy economy. They are willing to lean on claims made by
scientists; their only concern is to avoid doing things that are not legal. Scientists, on the other hand, often have good reasons for taking some claims seriously.
Working in a field that has been discriminated against, they are willing to accept any promise of financial support for research.
Appended on 11/29/07
The original 2004 claim, recovering heat which would otherwise be wasted, was not unreasonable, as illustrated below. This piece was published at:
INNOVATIVE ENERGY FORMED TO DELIVER CLEAN ENERGY.
Worldwide Energy August 1, 2004
Dr. Hyunik Yang, Dr. Dumitru Fetcu, Patrick J. Cochrane and other industry experts have launched a new venture to deliver innovative and clean energy solutions. The new
, Innovative Energy Solutions Incorporated (iESi), has developed unparalleled patented technologies in the areas of hydrogen generation, low-cost heat generation and
energy conservation. The company's first available solution, iESi Heat Pipe, is a unique patented heat delivery system enabling end users to recycle waste heat and
dramatically reduce energy consumption.
iESi is organized into three broad divisions to maximize return on its intellectual capital and intellectual property. These divisions include hydrogen generation, heat
generation and waste heat recovery.
In order to remain competitive in today's global market, businesses are forced to address the uncertainly of rising and volatile energy costs as well as concerns regarding
the dependence on oil from the Middle East. Government controls have also added additional regulations and at times impeded exploration and the development of new energy
sources. iESi solutions offer a viable alternative to traditional energy sources.
"The application of our patented technologies allows our customers to go from dependence on energy providers to energy self sufficiency," said Terry Dingwall,
president, iESi. "Dr. Yang and our team are continually conducting research to enhance iESi's offerings. We plan to unveil revolutionary new technologies in the third
quarter of 2004."
iESi's Heat Pipe product has established a reputation as a practical technology to utilize waste energy. The product is an innovative solution that recovers heat energy
from a variety of industrial and commercial processes. Waste heat that is normally dissipated into the atmosphere can now be recovered and reused, enabling end users to
reduce overall energy costs as well as greenhouse emissions. The patented technology of the Home Heat Exchanger saves the average consumer about 20-30 percent of their
total heating bill and can easily be installed by homeowners on their fireplaces, gas stoves or furnaces.
As concern grows for the world's natural resources, energy efficiency is gaining worldwide attention. iESi is poised to be the leader in the development of innovative
energy solutions through its safe and patented plasma processes which includes low cost hydrogen generation and low cost heat generation.
Dr. Yang holds a PhD in the field of mechanical engineering from Columbia University in New York. Dr. Yang has spent the last 17 years researching quantum energy, in
addition to his responsibilities as an associate professor at Hanyang University in South Korea. Dr. Yang has been included in the Who's Who of Science and Engineering
Innovative Energy Solutions Inc. (iESi) is a leader in developing next generation clean energy technologies. iESi owns several patents related to heat pipe systems and
hydrogen generation technology. Headquartered in Las Vegas, iESi also has offices in Canada, Europe and South Korea.
For more information, visit http://www.iesiusa.com or call. 913/707-2776.
Appebded on 4/17/08
This was fetched by Google today.
Also Dated as January 27, 2007. Here is a quote from this webpage:
. . . . Dr. Philipp Kanarev, chairman of Kuban State Agrarian University’s department of theoretical mechanics, Krasnodar, Russia, developed a method of water plasma
electrolysis that he sees as the best way to get cheap hydrogen from water. He tells why his 1987 report on it didn’t reach news media nor the open literature about
patents. Since his device was developed “at the enterprise of the military industrial complex”, his certificate of invention was stamped “for service use only” and its
content was not published openly.
At that time, the focus was on purifying and disinfecting water with the help of the plasma in his reactor. Two years later Drs. Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann announced
they had excess energy output during a type of electrolysis. This renewed research efforts behind the former Iron Curtain as well as in the West. In 1996 one of Kanarev’s
co-authors on the 1987 certificate published results on the excess energy output from the plasma process. The next year they applied for a patent. Then a full group of Russian
scientists tested the device and documented its output. Technical people can read more about Kanarev’s theory in his books, such as Crisis of Theoretical Physics. Results of
the plasma-electrolytic experiments were predicted by the theory.
The bottom line for us non-techies is that hydrogen can compete with fossil fuels as an energy carrier. Previously, existing methods of getting hydrogen from water required
more power than is produced when hydrogen is burned. Kanarev says it is possible to get ten times more energy output than input, and he calculates that ideally more than
1,500 ampere-hours of electrical energy could be produced from each litre of water. Engineering the lab models into industrial models has been delayed by lack of money, he
said this year. He was apparently too wrapped up in his research to attend this year’s Berlin conference, but sent a paper.
Hal Fox of Utah has interviewed scientists in the former Soviet Union. He points out that the high-density charge cluster (HDCC) phenomenon first discovered by Ken Shoulders
was also independently found by several others. When the process is refined into a reliable product, HDCCs may be used to harness 30 times more energy than is pulsed into the
devices. Fox said his Emerging Energy Marketing Firm is promised enough funding to develop such technologies. They can be used to transmute both liquid and solid high-level
radioactive wastes into safer substances. Shoulders received the US patent for HDCC methods, and later Alexander Ilyanok in Belarus and Russian scientists Mesyats and
Baraboshkin also discovered charge clusters.
At the Berlin meeting Fox reported another patented Soviet-based invention. A.I. Koldomasov’s device piezo-electrically vibrates a mix of waters through a special dielectric
material to produce heat energy in more abundance than the energy which powers the oscillator. The device is reported to put out 40 kilowatts of heat energy with only two
kilowatts of electrical input. Last year Dr. Josef Gruber described a visit to the research institute where Koldomasov is managing engineer. Koldomasov discovered the new
energy source while observing cavitation – implosions in water such as found in “water hammer” in pipes. Gruber showed a photograph of the small device, filled with pure
water mixed with only one per cent deuterium (heavy water). Although there are no spark plugs or similar equipment, electrical discharge could be seen. Energy comes out in
the form of both heat and electrical current. “Depending on kind and location of the magnets, DC or AC (electricity) may be observed.” Gruber said testing revealed 2000
per cent excess energy.
Don’t more-output-than-input machines violate a law of physics? A few speakers said that “law” is invalid if a machine releases trapped potential energy from nature in
previously-unrecognized ways. They cited zero-point fluctuations of the vacuum of space, vacuum spin or aether as the source of excess energy. The word “aether” is loaded
with baggage from the nineteenth century, when aether was thought to be a static substance filling all space, just sitting there. In contrast, a new understanding is of a
non-material dynamic primary background out of which the material world is created. This aether is seen as being incredibly dense with energy in constant motion.
Dr. Harold Aspden from England (www.aspden.org) is both a theoretical physicist and practical. In 1972 he was 30 years ahead of his time with his book Modern Aether Science.
As patent director of IBM Europe and then a professor of electrical engineering, he could have taken the easy route of accepting consensus science. But he instead came up
with a physical theory that applies to new energy technologies including magnetic motors and plasma discharges. . . . .
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