Refueling depots – they’re a necessary camp for all fighting units, and a prime target for the enemy. But, what if refueling depots were unnecessary? What if fuel was the LEAST of the military’s problems?
E-Cat technology, currently international patent pending, was created by Andrea Rossi to provide power for people’s homes and businesses. It’s a clean energy that produces no off-gasses and lasts for – well, just about forever. The only power source that can compare to the longevity is a nuclear reactor, such as is found on some submarines and aircraft carriers. In fact, a nuclear aircraft carrier doesn’t need refueling for 50 years.
While the philosophical weight of a military that never needs fuel is staggering, the practical aspect is intriguing. What if personnel carriers, tanks, bombers, jets, and other military vehicles never needed refueling? Of course, there would still be the logistics of mechanical maintenance – bearings, brakes, engines, and everything else mechanical would have to be replaced as needed. The soldiers and crews would have to be relieved. But, no longer would the supply train have to haul flammable liquids into the heat of battle to refuel military equipment. Mid-air refueling would no longer be necessary.
The lifespan of the fuel unit would actually outlive the war machines, themselves. While U.S. Navy fighter jets may be in use for decades, the parts are upgraded and replaced on a regular basis. Tanks and personnel carriers are just like any other vehicle – they wear out, and need parts replaced.
The Vehicle E-Cat, or VE-Cat power units would need to be interchangeable, at least between like vehicles. This way, when a vehicle is destroyed or worn out, the VE-Cat unit can be salvaged and used in the next vehicle. Of course, then you have the dangerous scenario of having valuable human lives endangered as they try to salvage the machinery.
So, is there a practicality to this? The E-Cat takes about an hour to start up, and an hour to come to a complete stop. Obviously, quick response units would not be able to make use of this technology. The difference would be if the units, such as jets, could take to the air with their normal fuel, then switch to VE-Cat mid flight, once the units are running. Either that, or the units are never turned off, which may present its own problems with excess power generation. Rossi does reveal that his units will have adjustable power output, so maybe they could be “geared down” to a sort of cold fusion idle until the need arises for full power.
Another characteristic of the E-Cat units would be their silence. They produce power with little to no sound. Rossi, and the witnesses to the E-Cat test done in October of 2011, say the only sound is from that of auxiliary units being powered by the fusion machine. The idea of almost silent military machines is terrifying. All you would hear would be the creak and squeak of the mechanical parts, rather than the rumble of diesel engines or the scream of jet engines.
The cost of operating military machines would be significantly reduced, too. A home fusion unit, capable of powering an entire household with its multiple electrical needs, is projected to cost under $1000. While an E-Cat machine for vehicles has not yet been developed, the prospect rewrites the operating budget for any motorized vehicle.
What do you think? Is this vision of no refueling depots even possible? Or is it far-fetched?