Just 6 months ago, the Hot Cat was not even on the radar of those following the development of Andrea Rossi’s LENR studies. Back then, 1 MW industrial plant was in certification progress, and we expected the domestic E-Cat to be released by 2013. Well, the domestic E-Cat is still in certification tests, and Rossi warns us that he has no control of the proceedings. Certification is harder on domestic equipment that will be handled by the untrained general public.
The industrial plant, however, is being sold to approved customers. But, the new kid on the block, so to speak, is the Hot Cat. This one seemed to catch everyone – except Rossi – by surprise. During the course of the summer, as the 1 MW unit was receiving independent verification, there seemed to be a lot of excitement in the Rossi camp. It was later in the summer when Rossi revealed what all of the excitement was about: a LENR device that could produce enough heat to create steam. Steam runs turbines, and turbines create electricity. Suddenly, we were looking at a true product that could actually replace power plants in the production of electricity?
So, how is that going? Recently, on his Journal of Nuclear Physics, a poster named Drew asked Rossi if he plans to start experiments using the Hot Cat with turbines. Rossi’s response was, “As soon as possible, hopefully in 2013.” Rossi only recently redesigned his Hot Cat to make it more efficient, and is now planning out the use of turbine testing.
As he says, the certifications are still in the works – but that doesn’t mean that work on the units has to become stagnant. Apparently, as one unit becomes certified, Rossi is already working on its replacement. By the time the domestic version is certified, Rossi may already have a replacement for it that will not only heat a house, but provide electricity as well.