The E-Cat domestic unit has been an attention magnet in the last week. The first sparkle was in January 2011, heightening in October of the last year, when the first 1 MW plant was introduced to the public and was tested by the customer’s consultants. Over time the interest in the device had ups and lows, with highlights since there have been rather fascinating developments in the home unit, so much so that it was demoed again on February 20.
Therefore, it’s not really surprising that people constantly question Rossi with various inquiries concerning the operation modes of his apparatus, the COP, the catalyst, the design, the technology and many more meant to clear out at least some of the mysteries surrounding the E-Cat.
The most important highlights of the q&a sessions over at the Journal are:
1) Can electrical heating be used together with heat from one or more operating reactors to assist in starting/sustaining another reactor? That is, does using some heat reduce the electrical heating load?
2) Is there an advantage in using electrical power to drive a Heat Pump instead of resistance heaters to take heat from operating reactors and add it to the Heat Transfer Fluid of standby reactors? Or does the heat have to go directly where it is needed?
2- I can’t explain without a description of the confidential parts of the E-Cat
3- Only with the production of electricity we will improve the COP.
Probably we are very close to this. Very.
Big steps forward in these days ( for the industrial plants).
Questions from Rob
Dear Mr. Rossi,
Does the latest E-cat design include a pump for regulating the water flow?
Looking at the indicated dimensions I assume it’s not, so it may be a requirement that the E-cat is embedded in a heating system with permanent water flow?
The pump will be the same pump you already have in your heating circuit.
Questions from Marius:
Could you please share the pipe size recommended for the E-cat, or even better, the threads type/size (male/female) that will be used on the inlet and outlet of the E-cat.
Additionally, do you recommend to use flexible line or copper pipe directly (with sufficient length to allow for thermal expansion)?
The thread will be M 10, but with an adaptor it can be coupled anyway. We will give all the connection data in the instruction manuals that you will receive together with the proposal.
Question from Alfonso Troisi:
Dear Mr. Rossi,
I would like to know how the meeting with Siemens went. What they proposed was interesting and puts you near your goal of producing electricity with the home unit?
The Siemens turbine, anyway, will be for plants over 15 electric MW of power, no way to make it fit for small applications.
Probably we will start soon the production of a 15 MW plant, totally self sustained utilizing part of the electric energy it produces to drive the E-Cat modules and using the remaining thermal energy for heating.
Question from Rémi André:
As I already pre-ordered the 10 kW Domestic E-Cat I’d like to know if you have any idea of the date when it would be possible to pre-order the “full pack”, I mean the one with very high COP.
The E-Cats with the electric power generators are very close for the industrial use, while for the domestic we can’t make sure projections so far.
The device is still in development of course, with some people still having certain reservations, as the unit does not seem to present substantial more breakthroughs at the current development stage. Rossi claims his apparatus to consume the average of 1.2 kW and maximum of 2.7, thus using up quite some electricity, which is expensive in many parts of the world.
It is believed that once the Andrea Rossi E-Cat follow-up versions 0.2 and 0.3 come out, when it will have mastered the electrical power, then the true revolution needs to be expected indeed.
For now, the numbers don’t seem overly impressive, but this is only the beginning, and the bits and pieces put together from the explanations the inventor shares on his blog are important in fully understanding the E-Cat plant and home device and its development stages.