On the Journal of Nuclear Physics, recently, Andrea Rossi made some clarifications concerning the Hot Cat. Scientists who post frequently on the Journal asked Rossi varieties of questions, and his answers were very interesting.
Martin asked Rossi about the production of steam with the Hot Cat. His proposition was that with the Stirling engine, there should be no problem with electricity production from the Hot Cat. Rossi’s response was:
“We have stable reactors at more than 100 degrees C. We have to produce steam, now and we are working on it.”
The general consensus is that once Rossi’s Hot Cat can produce steam, there will be plenty of technology, such as the Stirling engine and turbines from Siemens to convert the steam to energy.
Robert Curto asked Rossi once again about the use of the Hot Cat for running desalinization plants. The actual intake, treatment processes, and transport of the water is not the most expensive part of desalination – that is pretty much the same expense as any water treatment procedure. However, removing the salt from the water is the expensive aspect. About 75% of the cost of desalination plants is taken up with the actual removal of salt from the water, and most of that expense is through power usage. Rossi replied that they are, indeed, studying the use of the Hot Cat in desalination applications. Curto referred to a major desalination company called ACCIONA, which currently operates large desalination plants in Tampa Florida and Monterey California, as well as alternative energy outposts all over North America.
Rossi also spoke out about the article in Popular Science (covered here, in detail, by E-CatWorld). Most readers who have followed the development of Rossi’s technology thought the article was somewhat negative, but at least gave attention to the LENR research taking place. Rossi commented:
“The article of Featherweight on Popular Science is honest and sincere. He believed what he wrote, so I appreciate the journalist and the article. Of course the mass media like Popular Science need to see plants in operation to have a precise idea.”
This is Rossi’s refrain when dealing with major media: “the product will prove itself.” It’s hard to remember that, but Rossi knows that once the E-Cat and Hot Cat is publically demonstrated in commercial applications, the media will have some meat to their reports. Too bad they don’t have such high standards in other fields.
Steven Karels, another frequent poster on the JONP, asked Rossi which COP should be used in analysis: 6 or 11? Rossi’s response was:
“In the contracts we still guarantee 6.”
Call this giddy, but the word “contracts” implies that such agreements are being written, which means Rossi has real customers for the Hot Cat. It also means that at least COP 6 will occur, at the minimum, with the Hot Cats – that’s enough to make steam, which got everyone excited in the first place. So, guaranteed potential for steam production is going under contract.
Prof. Azimuth asked Rossi:
“If the hot cat was in SSM for 1 hour at temperature of 1030-1070 degrees C what’s the reason to stop SSM?”
This question is on many minds. If the Hot Cat can run in self sustained mode, or SSM, why stop it? Rossi’s reply:
“For safety reasons we always need the drive.”
In the recent Leonardo tests of the Hot Cat, the unit ran for 218 hours in SSM, and still produced, conservatively, a COP 11. Basically, the use of the drive serves as a regulator, requiring an outside fuel source to intercede in the function of the Hot Cat – and there is still COP 11. That’s a pretty good payoff.
Rossi also responded to a poster that it will be around Christmas before new pictures of the Hot Cat at work will be available. However, he also stated that in 2013, the Hot Cat should be on the market.