Recently, Andrea Rossi was able to provide some specifics on the actual size of the domestic E-Cats currently under certification tests. He pointed out that the dimensions may change due to certification requirements, but that as it stands, the domestic version measures 12 inches by 12 inches by 6 inches.
The E-Cat will be hooked up to bypass any existing heater, and controlled by the thermostat. At least, that’s what it sounds like:
“…it (the E-Cat) can get its energy to the circuits, so that the sensors of temperature of the existing heating system, becomes a sort of a pick-up will sense the temperature and regulate…flow depending on the temperature that the apparatus will be able to produce. So that automatically, during the operation of the E-Cat, the consumption of a fuel, of a traditional fuel, will be automatically reduced (emphasis added).”
This sounds too easy to be true, but then, emergent technology always catches the imagination. The work of Fleischman and Pons, while not duplicated at the time, has provided inspiration for those to follow, such as Rossi. And perhaps the inspiration for Fleischman and Pons was the Farnsworth-Hirsch fusor.
This “home fusion device” was developed to produce free neutrons, and has been used by hobbyists for years to produce brief fusion events. This technology, while seen as some to be merely a hobby, actually is used to keep plasma from contacting the sides of its container. This keeps the plasma hot enough maintain a reaction, rather than allowing the plasma to touch the sides of the container, cooling off in the process.
The fusor is a small device, easily assembled in the home. The E-Cat is also a small device, easily implemented in the home. It will be fun to see what happens when ordinary people can get their hands on an E-Cat.