It seems that the E-Cat community had barely finished celebrating the much awaited release of the infamous 3rd party report that Andrea Rossi announced that there would be another test by a 3rd party. This test is supposed to run for 6 months. This was all announced in April of this year, which means that the 6 month period has nearly finished. Of course, that is assuming that the test officially began sometime in April or May. There is no official word from Andrea Rossi as to whether or not the testing has actually started.
Many in the E-Cat community find it frustrating that there are E-Cats and Hot Cats currently in use in several places in the world, and the technology has passed certification and verification tests, yet the units are still undergoing testing. However, 90 days of constant operation, while quite remarkable, still is the longest time the unit has run under testing conditions. Some of the units already in operation have been running for nearly 2 years now, and have undergone several fuel canister changes, but these are not open to public observation, and are not being regulated and documented by third party professors and scientists.
Frank Acland, a frequent contributor on the Journal of Nuclear Physics, recently asked Rossi about this. He asked:
“After the 3rd party report was published in May, there was discussion here that a 6-month E-Cat validation test would be performed. Is this test going forward, and if so, has it already started?”
“As we said, a 6 months long validation test had to be made, and I repeated that validation of the E-Cat is in course. As always, I will not give any specific information regarding the validation test in course, with exception of the fact that this test will last more than 6 months. The results will be published after the test will have been completed, whatever the results, positive or negative.
“I do not know where the publication will be made, because it does not depend on me. Also this long run test is being performed by an independent committee, financed by institutions totally independent from us. Obviously the location in which the test is in course will be disclosed in the publication that will be made. I can only say that it is in the USA factory of a Customer. The E-Cats under test have been manufactured completely in the USA, in the factory of the US Manufacturer, independently from me: therefore also the manufacturing has been made by an independent-from-me-party.”
There are several points in Mr. Rossi’s response that are quite interesting. First, he said that the “test will last more than 6 months”. Next, he stated that the E-Cats being tested were manufactured in the US. And, possibly most importantly, Andrea Rossi himself had no hand in the manufacture of these units.
This gives us a bit of a time frame for the testing. On July 8th, Rossi announced:
“The past three days have been holidays for most, but for us have been a tremendous period of work during which we had a historic page for what concerns our tech: for the first time, an E-Cat module, entirely produced by our USA Partner in the new factory (a magnificence), charged with the charge made by the Partner’s CEO, using the materials we teached to buy, prepare, manipulate, treat, to make the charges, assembled, insulated, has started its operation, and the results are the same of the E-Cats built buy us….it has been completely made by the Customer, not by me…”
This momentous statement makes it clear that the independently manufactured E-Cat first went into operation the first week of July, 2013.
If the units undergoing the 6+ month 3rd party testing are those manufactured independently of Mr. Rossi, then it stands to reason that we can expect results, at best, no sooner than January of 2014. Then, considering the lengthy review time the 3rd parties take in developing their report, along with the possibility of repeated tests being necessary, it could conceivably be this time next year or later before the results are ready for release. This will make for a long period of waiting, even more excruciating than the last one. However, once the independently manufactured E-Cats have operated long enough to undergo at least one fuel canister change under 3rd party supervision, perhaps that will prove that the units are ready for widespread use.