In December 1996, a penniless Andrea Rossi emigrated to the U.S.A., and was employed in a company specialized in systems that derive energy from biomass, the Bio Development Corporation, of Bedford, NH.
He put his previous patents at the company’s disposal, and a few months later was appointed Chief Scientist.
Bio Development had business concerns with the DOE (Department Of Energy) for research into new energy sources (Energy Act); this was the beginning of Rossi’s cooperation with the DOE on this issue. Rossi’s contribution was significant: in the U.S. he deposited a large number of new patents to produce energy from non-fossil sources.
The technologies developed by his engineering work with Omar and Petroldragon gave a big boost to biodiesel production; even today many biomass plants operate thanks to procedures derived from Petroldragon-Omar technologies.
In 2000, Andrea Rossi designed a large plant for the production of charcoal from wood waste in Chicago; but when he was about to begin construction, he had to face one more obstacle on the part of the Italian Government: landing in Rome during a trip back to Italy from the United States, he was served an arrest warrant for the Omar bankruptcy, and immediately jailed. He was released only after a long procedural battle.
During this period of “forced residence”, Andrea Rossi brought back to Italy the technology of producing electricity from biomass that he had developed in the U.S.
In the meantime, he kept up his professional relationships with the United States, and began working with LTI (Leonardo Technology Incorporated), a company that provided technology and equipment to the DOE (Department of Energy) and the DOD (Department of Defense) for the production of energy from renewable sources.
In 2009 Rossi returned permanently to the U.S. and worked on the development of a new energy source, patented by him, which has been given priority status in the U.S.A.