Andrea Rossi has good reason to work so hard on his E-Cat. His crews continued working even through the earthquake a couple of weeks ago. He has mentioned before that younger inventors and researchers often expect quick results, giving up research when they don’t have good fortune with their work.
Rossi himself said that he had to go through 37 different E-Cats versions before achieving his first working module. He responded to a question from one of his posters on his Journal of Nuclear Physics blog with the news that yes, he had indeed experienced push-downs in his work, and that the causes and results of each of the 37 experiments were thoroughly documented.
In the past, Rossi has stated that the reason he works with the smaller E-Cats is because they are safer to work on than larger models. Perhaps the result of this security measure is that now, rather than depending on one huge unit, industrial and commercial applications will be able to tailor the power array to their need more easily. Rossi and his research and development team have worked with the smaller device for years, and are very familiar with it.
This familiarity has twofold results; the safety of experiments and security of the lab conditions benefit, and the work with operational efficiency can carry on without fear of making a mistake with dire results.
Indeed, the volatility of any experiment would slow down the research, which is why Rossi so carefully had his researchers notate and analyze every detail of his experiments and developments, because every initial failure he has encountered eventually became a step ahead in developing a working E-Cat reactor.
Rossi went on to explain that research and development are not for amateurs. First of all, it requires the ability to keep working in the face of adversity. Secondly, it can be, simply said, dangerous. Professionals undertaking LENR experiments know the dangers and are well prepared for them. Rossi also stresses the need for professionally outfitted laboratories, with professional-grade protection.
All of these safety and security measures will pay off as the E-Cat is now undergoing safety certifications and is so close to market release. His work with higher heat E-Cats is indicative that his caution has paid off, with growth in research, development, and product in an environment of scientific precision.