Andrea Rossi is already manufacturing and selling his industrial-sized E-Cat power units. The high temperature units currently under development promise steam power in large applications. With steam power, you get steam engines, and with steam engines and turbines, you get electricity.
Many people are eagerly awaiting the certification of his domestic units, designed to provide heat and hot water for individual homes. This, alone, will be a economic boom for homeowners and landlords alike. However, the concept of having steam engines or steam powered turbines seems to have little application in a domestic setting. Is it possible that the heat from a domestic E-Cat be used to provide electricity through use of a steam turbine?
With the right turbine or engine, the answer is yes. The domestic E-Cat does not produce enough heat to run a typical steam engine – hence the excitement over Rossi’s high temperature E-Cat. However, According to Scott Beach, who recently posted on Rossi’s site, Journal of Nuclear Physics, a low-heat steam engine has been built that would serve the purpose of working with the domestic E-Cat.
The Cyclone Waste Heat Engine is a steam engine that is designed to run on left-over heat, or wasted heat from industrial applications such as flares, exhaust pipes, and commercial ovens. The domestic E-Cat would certainly emit enough heat to run this type of engine. The smaller E-Cat emits about 400 degrees C, and this waste heat engine can run on 316 degrees C. This steam engine is supposed to be able to operate a 10kW generator – capable of providing electrical power to an entire home. The unit itself is about the size of a bathtub.
If these two technologies can be combined, the individual’s ability to manufacture their own electricity will finally be realized. With the power supplied by the E-Cat and the generation supplied by the WHE, We may all be able to get “off the grid” within the next few years.