The prototype 1 Megawatt E-Cat was demonstrated last October in Italy. It was purchased by a customer in the U.S. for the military. Instead of shipping it across the ocean, a new one was built. The original one had a problem with leaky gaskets which had to be fixed. Through work with the customer, the E-Cat has been improved. A demonstration of the new instrumentation was given on 20 February 2012. Formerly, stable operation could only be achieved by limiting operation to about 250 degrees Centigrade. Now stable operation appears to be possible at 600 degrees Centigrade. Testing at a higher temperature has been proceeding for over a month so far. The original prototype in Italy is being sold to a European customer. The 1 Megawatt E-Cat is still selling for 1.5 million U.S. dollars.
Like Rossi's company, claims to allow operation at higher temperatures of about 350 degrees Centigrade. This is the the limit for using water as the thermal transfer medium. Defkalion also states that it limits temperature in the core to 500 degress centigrade. About Defkalion had a test on 24 February attended by some Italian governmental officials. After which, they imposed a blackout on information until August 2012. Some anonymous person posted the following:
I was told that they were trying to actually see what happens in their device with some glass with a melting point of 1500degc. They saw it light up like the sun and then it melted the glass. This just took a second or two. I was told what their working theory was, but they really don’t know what is going on. They have brought in several academics with a myraid of explanations . . .
This makes me speculate that perhaps helium-3 was being adsorbed into the glass and triggered a reaction. I have not seen any speculation from anyone other than myself.
The 14 May 2012 issue of Chemical and Engineering News has the following:
After 20-plus years of outcast status, unconventional heat-producing nuclear reactions still seem plausible(pp. 42-44)
Maybe I should join the American Chemical Society so I can read it.
Other things I read today:
Possible Ferromagnetism of Hign Density Hydrogen Solids