If growth is any indication of success, then Leonardo Corp. and, specifically, Andrea Rossi’s Research and Development department, is gaining daily successes.
In response to a question on the Journal of Nuclear Physics, Rossi said that his R & D department has grown by leaps and bounds. Just last year, he had 13 people working in his labs. This year, he has 63 people working!
Three years ago, Rossi had only 3 people working in his labs. It certainly sounds like things are “heating up” around the Hot E-Cat!
In other news, Dr. Joseph Fine is a frequent poster on the Journal of Nuclear Physics. He recently asked Rossi a series of questions about his work.
Dr. Fine verified that the Thermal output of the E-Cat is, indeed, 3 to 6 times that of input. This is with power supplied to the functioning E-Cat 50% of the time – the other 50% of the time it runs without any power, or thermal input. Rossi affirmed that the gain of 6 times the input is the average of the normal and the self-sustained modes. This would mean that the gain is actually more during self-sustained periods, if it is averaged out with the fueled periods.
Then, Dr. Fine asked a very good question to clarify the COP 6 information. He asked:
“With a thermal gain/COP of 6, does that mean you obtain the same heat from using only 1/6th the amount of gas used before adoption of the E-Cat? In other words, your gas bill is 1/6th as much as it had been plus the cost of recharging the reactor every six months.”
Rossi’s reply was, “that’s our target”. This seems rather cryptic – as Rossi himself has said before that they have repeatedly achieved a COP 6, so, perhaps this means that the “target” is constant production of this much excess.
This answer, however, may just mean that, yes, the COP 6 exists, but cutting the energy bill of consumers is more complicated. Rossi, from the beginning, has been dedicated to producing an affordable source of energy for individuals. The fact that he is willing to market a domestic E-Cat for as little as possible attests to that – this type of revolutionary technology would be worthy of a payment plan, much like you would see with an auto.
Dr. Fine also asked Rossi if the domestic E-Cat will exert “downward pressure on the price of natural Gas” in northern regions and Antarctica. Rossi’s response was that there are many factors to that scenario, and it will be affected by time and gas demand.
It is good to hear Rossi conversing with people about functions and uses of the E-Cat. What will be even better is public release of his industrial unit, and certification of the domestic models.