In the recent video interview for ecat.com we can see that even if discussions are held inside the Bologna lab, people (first the entire group in the opening scene of the video and then Rossi himself during the interview) wear outdoor coats – a clear sign that the lab was not heated enough (at least at that time) to fit indoor outfits.
Some followers of the Journal of Nuclear Physics noticed and Andrea Rossi was quickly asked (logically) why he’s not heating the lab with ECats.
The answer came as quickly:
Dear Bob K,
Good question. As a matter of fact, we use the Bologna Laboratory only for
experiments and tests, not every day but only now and again. When we open the
laboratory after some day of closure of the same, in this season it is very
cold (between 2 and 5 Celsius degrees). The Laboratory has a surface of 1000
square meters ( about 10000 sq. ft.) and a height of 6 m ( about 18 ft) for a
total volume of 6000 cubic meters. To heat a 6000 cubic meters room from 3
Celsius degrees ( the temperature of Bologna on the morning of that day) to a
temperature of at least 15 Celsius degrees with a 10 kW heater like the E-Cat
takes many hours, so we needed the help of additional heaters. The E-Cats we
test 24 hours per day are installed in rooms that are used in continuous, not
now and again.
further adding that:
The E-Cats are not convenient to warm a room if you have to stay there few
hours, it is convenient if you have to heat a house or a room continuously. In
the Bologna Lab we have only the E-Cats subject to measurements.
Just like other answers these will, most likely, give birth to more debating. From this side, Rossi’s detailed explanation is interesting from three points of view:
1. He uses the Bologna Lab for experiments and tests only, while ongoing ECat testing is being done elsewhere.
2. Measurements are also done in the Bologna lab.
1+2 above confirm that, regardless of the contract with the university, work and ECats testing and experiments go on in their lab.
3. ECat home units are convenient to use for ongoing heating purposes. It would be interesting to get more info on the rooms the devices run in constantly.