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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Status Update on the E-Cat

The E-Cat in the news:
Link to Pravda

Interview with Andrea Rossi:

My Synopsis the information released on Andre Rossi's E-Cat:

The E-Cat uses a specially processed nickel powder, enriched in isotopes 62 and 64.  Atomic hydrogen released or recombined with a hydride depending on the temperature.  A special catalyst discovered by Andrea Rossi is required to reach high COP energy production.  

Early work in the development of the E-Cat was plagued by instability developing as the temperature rises. Originally this was addressed by restricting the temperature to between 100 and 130 degrees. Andrea Rossi found a new solution to problem. This involves separating the unit into two components.

The basic basic module is an apparatus consisting of two components: 
  • An activator, which consumes about 900 Wh/h and produces about 910 Wh/h of heat. 
  • The E-Cat proper which produces 10 kW and needs only the input from energy from the activator.
This heat from the activator activates the E-Cat and and can be further utilized by the application, so that its electrical cost is paid back by itself. The activator is active for about 35% of the operational time of the system. The E-Cat proper, activated by the heat of the Activator, works for about the 65% of the operational time, producing about 10 kWh/h without consuming any electricity from the grid. By combining modules industrial units E-Cats of 10 kW, 100 kW, 1 MW size can be manufactured.

Work on a natural gas driven E-Cat is in progress at the request of a client.  However, difficulties have been encountered in the initiation of such a device.

Unexpected phenomena have been observed during the operation of the E-Cat.  This has led to the hope that someday direct conversion of energy from the E-Cat to electricity might be possible.

Safety certification of a home unit has been delayed until there is a sufficient track record for the industrial units in operation.

As I noted earlier:

  • The formerly assumed main reaction, i.e. the transmutation from nickel into copper, seems to be only a side effect which does not yield significant amounts of energy.
  • Transmutations from nickel into other nickel isotopes and iron were also reported / detected.
  • The measured gamma radiation indicates that a transmutation from hydrogen into helium takes place.
  • No memtion of d+p → 3He or where the helium comes from.

The high temperature unit will operate at 350 degrees at the heat exchanger. Destructive testing has been performed above 1000 degrees. See the photo below.

HotCat Destructive Testing

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